Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 407
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 290
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 138
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 63
12 eggs, large руб 95
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 166
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 360
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 91
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 63
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 558
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 74,744
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 46,164
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,425
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 39,235
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 28,932
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 4,765
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 481
40” flat screen TV руб 31,682
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,043
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 366
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 670
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,192
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 2,959
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,931
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,067
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,253,300
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 39
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,075
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 423
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 508
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,423
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 280
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 179
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 187
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 78
Tube of toothpaste руб 103
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 737
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,739
2 tickets to the movies руб 671
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,302
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,682
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 459
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 195
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 206
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 37,746
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.54
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,372
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 119

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 119
2nd Moscow 111
3rd Saint Petersburg 90
4th Vladivostok 87
5th Kazan' 82
6th Yekaterinburg 75
7th Novosibirsk 70
8th Samara 70
9th Nizhniy Novgorod 65
10th Rostov-on-Don 62
11th Perm 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

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 300 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Moscow costs руб 5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Moscow costs руб 250 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Moscow costs руб 350 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Moscow costs руб 6,000 (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Moscow costs руб 2,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Moscow costs руб 39 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Moscow costs руб 1,200,000 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Moscow costs руб 3,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 500 (1 day ago)

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