Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 224,624
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 117,591
  • Russia is the cheapest country in Eastern Europe (12 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 92% of countries in the World (56 out of 61)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 546
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 402
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 203
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 86
12 eggs, large руб 139
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 234
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 452
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 127
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 43
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 747
2 liters of coca-cola руб 158
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 39
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 103,191
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 59,886
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 8,310
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 54,045
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 33,043
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 4,978
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 552
40” flat screen tv руб 25,348
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 8,625
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 575
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 1,092
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 6,469
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 3,173
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 7,429
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,203
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 2,635,790
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 54
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,056
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 492
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 657
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 2,079
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 476
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 269
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 320
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 123
Tube of toothpaste руб 150
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 602
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,779
2 tickets to the movies руб 758
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 7,321
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,871
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 559
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 220
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 266
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 72,054
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 3.87
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 4,774
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 200

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 79
2nd Saint Petersburg 73
3rd Yakutsk 54
4th Stary Oskol 48
5th Kaliningrad 43
6th Chelyabinsk 40
7th Perm 39
8th Voronezh 39
9th Izhevsk 38
10th Omsk 35
11th Tomsk 35

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

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Surgut costs руб 50,000 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Moscow costs руб 6,436 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Moscow costs руб 33,333 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Saint Petersburg costs руб 300 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Saint Petersburg costs руб 3,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Ufa costs руб 220 (8 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Ufa costs руб 10,000 (8 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Ufa costs руб 250 (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Ufa costs руб 250 (8 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Ufa costs руб 500 (8 days ago)

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