Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,083 (руб 153,636)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,060 (руб 78,173)
  • Russia is the 2nd cheapest country in Eastern Europe (12 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 89% of countries in the World (70 out of 79)
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Food
RUB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 399 ($5.42)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 284 ($3.86)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 143 ($1.94)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 65 ($0.89)
12 eggs, large руб 88 ($1.19)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 129 ($1.75)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 345 ($4.68)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 108 ($1.46)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 35 ($0.47)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 66 ($0.90)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 583 ($8)
2 liters of coca-cola руб 109 ($1.48)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 28 ($0.39)
Housing
RUB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 68,166 ($924)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 37,974 ($515)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,392 ($87)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 31,618 ($429)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 22,018 ($299)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 4,038 ($55)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 448 ($6)
40” flat screen tv руб 24,813 ($336)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,723 ($91)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 416 ($5.64)
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 926 ($13)
Clothes
RUB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 4,661 ($63)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 2,580 ($35)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,596 ($76)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 6,714 ($91)
Transportation
RUB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,237,120 ($16,774)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 47 ($0.64)
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,548 ($21)
Personal Care
RUB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 476 ($6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 504 ($7)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,289 ($17)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 311 ($4.22)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 183 ($2.48)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 206 ($2.79)
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 77 ($1.05)
Tube of toothpaste руб 97 ($1.32)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 580 ($8)
Entertainment
RUB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,480 ($20)
2 tickets to the movies руб 574 ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,826 ($79)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,401 ($46)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 387 ($5.25)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 168 ($2.27)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 221 ($2.99)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 38,001 ($515)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 7 ($0.09)
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,491 ($47)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 160 ($2.17)

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 86
2nd Nizhnekamsk 77
3rd Yakutsk 75
4th Grozny 73
5th Saint Petersburg 73
6th Yekaterinburg 62
7th Novosibirsk 59
8th Samara 58
9th Sterlitamak 57
10th Voronezh 55
11th Ufa 54
12th Krasnodar 53
13th Perm 53
14th Volgograd 52
15th Kaliningrad 52
16th Tomsk 50
17th Krasnoyarsk 48
18th Izhevsk 48
19th Irkutsk 47
20th Omsk 47
21st Chelyabinsk 46

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 450 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Vladivostok costs руб 3.00 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Vladivostok costs руб 49 (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Vladivostok costs руб 700 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Vladivostok costs руб 68 (4 days ago)
  • 500 g of bread in Vladivostok costs руб 20 (4 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Vladivostok costs руб 1,500 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Vladivostok costs руб 150 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Vladivostok costs руб 200 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Vladivostok costs руб 190 (4 days ago)