Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 201,682
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 101,108
  • Russia is the cheapest country in Eastern Europe (13 out of 13)
  • Russia is the 4th cheapest country in the World (57 out of 60)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 522
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 384
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 208
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 83
12 eggs, large руб 136
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 219
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 424
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 123
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 41
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 85
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 734
2 liters of coca-cola руб 150
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 82,849
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 51,331
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 7,232
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 45,897
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 26,621
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 5,800
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 845
40” flat screen tv руб 22,702
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 8,021
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 549
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 900
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 5,180
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 3,211
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 7,614
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,260
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 2,544,660
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 53
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,027
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 364
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 576
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,893
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 429
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 247
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 272
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 124
Tube of toothpaste руб 140
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 493
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,713
2 tickets to the movies руб 676
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,600
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,514
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 569
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 214
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 240
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 62,124
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 3.36
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 4,473
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 300

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 74
2nd Kaliningrad 44
3rd Chelyabinsk 40
4th Perm 40
5th Voronezh 39
6th Omsk 36
7th Tomsk 36

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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  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Moscow costs руб 1,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Moscow costs руб 100,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Moscow costs руб 200 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Moscow costs руб 100 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Moscow costs руб 400 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Moscow costs руб 1,500 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Moscow costs руб 200 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Moscow costs руб 600 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Moscow costs руб 500 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Moscow costs руб 100 (about 4 hours ago)

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