Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 400
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 287
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 136
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 63
12 eggs, large руб 95
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 165
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 349
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 89
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 61
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 560
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 75,747
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 47,183
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,837
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 38,777
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 28,301
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 4,542
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 472
40” flat screen TV руб 31,682
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,043
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 384
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 670
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,439
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 2,959
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,865
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,294
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,261,810
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 39
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,011
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 409
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 508
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,427
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 280
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 179
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 189
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 78
Tube of toothpaste руб 103
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 737
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,856
2 tickets to the movies руб 670
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,201
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,719
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 436
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 194
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 207
iPad Air 2, 64GB руб 41,270
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.42
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,324
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 119

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 124
2nd Moscow 117
3rd Saint Petersburg 96
4th Vladivostok 91
5th Kazan' 85
6th Yekaterinburg 79
7th Novosibirsk 73
8th Samara 72
9th Nizhniy Novgorod 68
10th Rostov-on-Don 66
11th Perm 64

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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 50 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Moscow costs руб 12,198 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Yekaterinburg costs руб 2.00 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Moscow costs руб 450,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Moscow costs руб 3,000 (3 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Moscow costs руб 600 (3 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Moscow costs руб 144 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Moscow costs руб 200 (3 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Moscow costs руб 500 (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Moscow costs руб 1,500 (3 days ago)