Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 171,157
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 82,808
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 47% of countries in Eastern Europe (8 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 65% of countries in the World (61 out of 94)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 466
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 308
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 177
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 79
12 eggs, large руб 115
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 206
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 410
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 115
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 59
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 69
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 631
2 liters of coca-cola руб 130
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 62,658
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 44,642
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 8,116
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 36,661
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 26,502
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 4,494
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 525
40” flat screen tv руб 29,351
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 8,731
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 490
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 773
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 5,378
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 3,420
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 6,726
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,140
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,924,830
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 50
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,664
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 466
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 459
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,425
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 300
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 210
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 248
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 101
Tube of toothpaste руб 123
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 662
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,583
2 tickets to the movies руб 572
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 3,947
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 4,452
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 394
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 190
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 231
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 48,530
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.66
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 2,624
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 171

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 Moscow 135
2nd Stary Oskol 93
3rd Yakutsk 91
4th Vladivostok 89
5th Nizhnekamsk 87
6th Sterlitamak 86
7th Novosibirsk 80
8th Yekaterinburg 77
9th Samara 76
10th Ufa 70
11th Kemerovo 69
12th Voronezh 67
13th Perm 67
14th Krasnodar 67
15th Volgograd 66
16th Krasnoyarsk 65
17th Kaliningrad 64
18th Irkutsk 62
19th Tomsk 62
20th Ryazan 61
21st Omsk 60
22nd Izhevsk 60
23rd Chelyabinsk 58
24th Grozny 0

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Kursk costs руб 140 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Kursk costs руб 600 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Kursk costs руб 1.00 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Kursk costs руб 200 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Kursk costs руб 100 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Kursk costs руб 350 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kursk costs руб 5,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Kursk costs руб 500 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Kursk costs руб 1,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Kursk costs руб 25 (about 20 hours ago)

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