Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 156,267
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 81,271
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 75% of countries in Eastern Europe (12 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 78% of countries in the World (66 out of 85)
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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 268
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 149
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 67
12 eggs, large руб 87
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 144
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 314
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 36
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 65
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 593
2 liters of coca-cola руб 102
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 72,055
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 39,440
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,007
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 38,229
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 24,453
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 4,115
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 398
40” flat screen tv руб 26,107
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,653
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 479
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 689
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 5,535
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 2,517
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,952
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 6,686
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,344,170
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 46
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,888
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 427
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 559
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,300
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 337
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 170
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 230
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 80
Tube of toothpaste руб 101
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 592
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,494
2 tickets to the movies руб 597
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,865
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,636
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 398
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 201
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 215
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 32,128
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.68
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,564
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 157

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 97
2nd Yakutsk 84
3rd Saint Petersburg 83
4th Grozny 82
5th Yekaterinburg 70
6th Samara 65
7th Sterlitamak 64
8th Ufa 62
9th Kaliningrad 59
10th Voronezh 59
11th Krasnodar 58
12th Perm 58
13th Volgograd 55
14th Irkutsk 53
15th Omsk 53
16th Chelyabinsk 52
17th Krasnoyarsk 52

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

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Moscow costs руб 1,100,000 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Moscow costs руб 40,000 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Moscow costs руб 110 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Moscow costs руб 70 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 250 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Moscow costs руб 176 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 16 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Moscow costs руб 240 (about 2 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Moscow costs руб 114 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Moscow costs руб 2,170 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Moscow costs руб 100 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Moscow costs руб 60 (about 2 hours ago)