Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 362
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 291
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 133
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 64
12 eggs, large руб 84
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 152
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 314
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 36
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 64
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 525
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 74,208
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 39,455
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,183
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 36,908
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 24,698
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 4,236
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 487
40” flat screen TV руб 26,082
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,619
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 409
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 524
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,132
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 3,053
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,599
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,497
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,104,090
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 42
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,753
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 298
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 511
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,331
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 230
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 159
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 213
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 70
Tube of toothpaste руб 103
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 557
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,556
2 tickets to the movies руб 665
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,252
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,386
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 372
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 176
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 232
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 31,630
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 4.92
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,051
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 136

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 109
2nd Moscow 97
3rd Yakutsk 89
4th Vladivostok 89
5th Saint Petersburg 87
6th Yekaterinburg 76
7th Kazan' 75
8th Sterlitamak 70
9th Novosibirsk 66
10th Samara 65
11th Nizhniy Novgorod 63
12th Rostov-on-Don 61
13th Krasnodar 59
14th Voronezh 58
15th Perm 58
16th Chelyabinsk 53

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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Recent Prices Added

  • 10 eggs, large in Kurgan costs руб 54 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 900 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Saint Petersburg costs руб 1,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Saint Petersburg costs руб 200 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Saint Petersburg costs руб 150 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Saint Petersburg costs руб 250 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Saint Petersburg costs руб 2,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Saint Petersburg costs руб 500 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Saint Petersburg costs руб 400 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Saint Petersburg costs руб 80 (about 18 hours ago)