Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 160,935
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 85,257
  • 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 67% of countries in the World (62 out of 93)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 378
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 255
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 140
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 66
12 eggs, large руб 87
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 150
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 320
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 61
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 530
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 75,673
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 43,484
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,636
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 39,851
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 25,004
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 4,110
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 417
40” flat screen tv руб 24,777
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,517
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 430
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 724
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 5,782
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 2,833
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,928
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 6,846
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,412,860
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 45
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,919
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 502
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 585
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,351
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 238
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 155
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 198
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 69
Tube of toothpaste руб 96
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 603
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,797
2 tickets to the movies руб 617
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 6,547
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,282
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 431
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 215
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 241
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 30,129
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.68
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,340
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 150

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 102
2nd Yakutsk 92
3rd Saint Petersburg 91
4th Vladivostok 85
5th Kazan' 78
6th Yekaterinburg 75
7th Sterlitamak 69
8th Samara 69
9th Ufa 66
10th Nizhniy Novgorod 65
11th Krasnodar 62
12th Voronezh 62
13th Perm 60
14th Omsk 56
15th 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.

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Prices recently added

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Moscow costs руб 250 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Moscow costs руб 600 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Moscow costs руб 1,500 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 110 g tube of toothpaste in Moscow costs руб 100 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Moscow costs руб 60 (about 24 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Moscow costs руб 55 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Moscow costs руб 1,970 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Moscow costs руб 1,500 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 500 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Moscow costs руб 84 (about 24 hours ago)