Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 403
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 292
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 131
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 63
12 eggs, large руб 90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 169
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 318
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 94
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 38
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 65
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 548
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 37
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 77,762
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 45,918
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,611
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 41,142
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 28,485
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 4,991
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 474
40” flat screen TV руб 29,867
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,436
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 415
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 628
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,022
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 2,780
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,644
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,860
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,162,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 40
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,951
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 345
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 530
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,418
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 245
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 161
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 189
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 72
Tube of toothpaste руб 105
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 664
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,643
2 tickets to the movies руб 681
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,150
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,575
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 412
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 187
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 201
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 33,319
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 218
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,306
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 125

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 Moscow 130
2nd Saint Petersburg 128
3rd Samara 118
4th Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 108
5th Vladivostok 79
6th Kazan' 76
7th Yekaterinburg 72
8th Novosibirsk 67
9th Rostov-on-Don 61
10th Nizhniy Novgorod 60
11th Voronezh 57
12th Perm 57

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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 kg of rice in Moscow costs руб 60 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Moscow costs руб 40 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Moscow costs руб 130 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Moscow costs руб 700 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Moscow costs руб 70 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Moscow costs руб 60 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Moscow costs руб 100 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Moscow costs руб 250 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Moscow costs руб 100 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Moscow costs руб 140 (about 2 hours ago)