Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 397
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 294
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 138
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 64
12 eggs, large руб 92
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 169
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 337
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 91
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 547
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 78,177
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 46,509
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,654
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 39,719
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 28,976
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 5,050
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 476
40” flat screen TV руб 30,314
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,613
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 382
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 705
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 4,877
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 2,801
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,706
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,071
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,217,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 39
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,017
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 353
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 495
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,499
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 269
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 168
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 192
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 75
Tube of toothpaste руб 103
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 685
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,598
2 tickets to the movies руб 671
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,118
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,601
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 418
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 186
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 191
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 33,408
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 38
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,374
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 122

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 117
2nd Moscow 110
3rd Saint Petersburg 92
4th Vladivostok 87
5th Kazan' 81
6th Yekaterinburg 74
7th Novosibirsk 72
8th Samara 70
9th Nizhniy Novgorod 65
10th Rostov-on-Don 63
11th Perm 62
12th Voronezh 61

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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Magnitogorsk costs руб 1,200,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Saint Petersburg costs руб 41 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Saint Petersburg costs руб 30,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Saint Petersburg costs руб 50 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Saint Petersburg costs руб 40 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Saint Petersburg costs руб 80 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Saint Petersburg costs руб 450 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Saint Petersburg costs руб 70 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Saint Petersburg costs руб 30 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Saint Petersburg costs руб 80 (1 day ago)