Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 196,494
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 102,210
  • Russia is the most expensive country in Eastern Europe (1 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Russia is more expensive than in 61% of countries in the World (36 out of 89)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 573
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 351
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 182
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 81
12 eggs, large руб 120
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 226
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 422
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 116
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 66
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 70
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 665
2 liters of coca-cola руб 134
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 41
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 89,557
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 51,498
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 8,435
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 47,110
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 30,796
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 4,797
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 562
40” flat screen tv руб 28,680
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 8,430
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 559
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 821
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 6,096
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 3,534
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 6,752
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,111
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 2,178,290
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 52
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,915
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 443
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 420
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,384
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 303
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 200
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 240
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 104
Tube of toothpaste руб 129
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 654
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,544
2 tickets to the movies руб 682
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 4,133
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 4,162
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 393
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 203
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 204
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 49,805
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.29
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,354
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 179

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 156
2nd Vladivostok 106
3rd Yakutsk 103
4th Stary Oskol 103
5th Nizhnekamsk 95
6th Yekaterinburg 87
7th Sterlitamak 87
8th Samara 87
9th Ufa 79
10th Kemerovo 78
11th Voronezh 77
12th Yaroslavl' 77
13th Perm 76
14th Krasnodar 76
15th Krasnoyarsk 75
16th Volgograd 75
17th Kaliningrad 73
18th Irkutsk 72
19th Tomsk 71
20th Ryazan 70
21st Chelyabinsk 69
22nd Izhevsk 68
23rd Omsk 68
24th Grozny 0

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

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Moscow costs руб 2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Saint Petersburg costs руб 78 (4 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Saint Petersburg costs руб 192 (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Saint Petersburg costs руб 8,000 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Saint Petersburg costs руб 70 (4 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Saint Petersburg costs руб 250 (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Saint Petersburg costs руб 600 (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Saint Petersburg costs руб 60 (4 days ago)
  • Public transport in Saint Petersburg costs руб 1,200 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Saint Petersburg costs руб 56 (4 days ago)

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