Cost of living in Kostroma, Russia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 334
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 209
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 104
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 60
12 eggs, large руб 68
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 52
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 689
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 76
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 46
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 300
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 16
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 28,622
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 28,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 12,208
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 20,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 15,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 12,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 448
40” flat screen TV руб 33,892
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 4,500
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 170
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 1,287
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 1,000
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 1,220
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 1,500
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,058,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 33
Monthly ticket public transport руб 886
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 92
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 500
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 123
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 122
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 65
Tube of toothpaste руб 60
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 156
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 388
2 tickets to the movies руб 430
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 486
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,000
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 60
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 125
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 1,779
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 83
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 27 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 25, 2016.

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