Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 356
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 262
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 138
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 64
12 eggs, large руб 83
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 138
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 300
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 93
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 60
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 525
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 95
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 30
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 73,090
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 39,254
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,108
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 36,512
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 23,714
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 3,850
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 472
40” flat screen TV руб 26,936
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,231
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 389
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 581
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,453
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 3,038
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,625
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,735
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,294,120
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 44
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,749
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 345
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 585
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,193
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 208
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 166
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 200
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 68
Tube of toothpaste руб 104
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 528
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,738
2 tickets to the movies руб 667
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,942
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,199
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 379
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 181
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 240
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 31,587
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 5.33
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,382
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 143

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:
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 112
2nd Moscow 102
3rd Yakutsk 93
4th Saint Petersburg 89
5th Vladivostok 85
6th Nizhniy Novgorod 79
7th Kazan' 77
8th Yekaterinburg 76
9th Novosibirsk 71
10th Samara 69
11th Sterlitamak 69
12th Ufa 68
13th Rostov-on-Don 64
14th Tomsk 63
15th Krasnodar 61
16th Voronezh 61
17th Perm 60
18th Omsk 59
19th Chelyabinsk 56

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 - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Tula costs руб 19,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Tula costs руб 23,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Tula costs руб 70 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Tula costs руб 25 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Tula costs руб 65 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Saint Petersburg costs руб 30,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Saratov costs руб 1,500 (2 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Saratov costs руб 5.00 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Saratov costs руб 100 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Saratov costs руб 300 (2 days ago)