Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 394
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 290
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 137
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 63
12 eggs, large руб 93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 164
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 333
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 91
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 62
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 575
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 30
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 75,882
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 45,917
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,693
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 38,931
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 27,139
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 4,485
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 435
40” flat screen TV руб 30,583
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,813
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 384
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 645
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,507
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 3,014
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,925
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,300
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,268,090
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 39
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,014
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 429
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 479
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,421
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 290
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 185
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 195
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 82
Tube of toothpaste руб 106
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 762
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,855
2 tickets to the movies руб 677
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,308
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,760
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 432
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 192
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 202
iPod nano 16GB руб 12,077
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.32
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,363
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 120

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 121
2nd Moscow 113
3rd Saint Petersburg 91
4th Vladivostok 86
5th Kazan' 78
6th Yekaterinburg 75
7th Novosibirsk 70
8th Samara 68
9th Nizhniy Novgorod 65
10th Perm 62
11th Rostov-on-Don 62

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Moscow costs руб 250 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Moscow costs руб 5,000 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Moscow costs руб 800 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Moscow costs руб 5.00 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Moscow costs руб 49 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Moscow costs руб 1,600 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 450 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 300 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Moscow costs руб 9,000 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Moscow costs руб 60,000 (about 15 hours ago)