Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 357
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 284
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 134
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 64
12 eggs, large руб 81
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 146
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 309
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 94
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 62
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 528
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 74,401
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 39,896
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,144
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 37,069
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 24,805
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 3,895
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 482
40” flat screen TV руб 26,462
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,863
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 384
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 523
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,275
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 3,110
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,592
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,318
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,162,950
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 43
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,678
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 318
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 498
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,232
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 232
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 159
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 205
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 70
Tube of toothpaste руб 103
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 529
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,635
2 tickets to the movies руб 669
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 4,972
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,313
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 371
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 176
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 227
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 31,742
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 4.78
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,075
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 137

Map of Cost of Living in Russia

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This map shows only the top cities in Russia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Russia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 108
2nd Moscow 97
3rd Yakutsk 88
4th Vladivostok 88
5th Saint Petersburg 86
6th Kazan' 74
7th Yekaterinburg 73
8th Sterlitamak 70
9th Samara 66
10th Novosibirsk 66
11th Nizhniy Novgorod 63
12th Ufa 63
13th Rostov-on-Don 61
14th Krasnodar 59
15th Perm 57
16th Voronezh 57
17th Chelyabinsk 53

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to Russia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Russia of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Moscow costs руб 45,000 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Moscow costs руб 55 (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Moscow costs руб 2,075 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Moscow costs руб 150,000 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Moscow costs руб 55 (2 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Moscow costs руб 1,500,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Tomsk costs руб 41 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Tomsk costs руб 89 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Tomsk costs руб 190 (5 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Tomsk costs руб 54 (5 days ago)