Cost of Living in Russia. Food, Accomodation and Transport Costs

Cost of Living in Russia. Food, Accomodation and Transport Costs

There are quite a lot of things or let’s say factors that will decide the total cost of living in Russia. Also, it depends on your living standards, preferences, and lifestyle. However, in this article today, we will be considering the average cost of living comfortably in major cities in Russia.

Moving on, many surveys show that Moscow which is the capital city of Russia is the most expensive city to live as an expat in Russia. However, the results of these surveys are in relation to salaries. Therefore, it means that expatriates can still live well in this specific city – Moscow.

Asides the cost of accommodation or buying a house, the other total costs for living in any city of Russia is reasonably cheap. Utility costs in Russia are so very cheap; transportation fares, the price of gas/petrol, etc.

Cost of Apartments and Rents in Russia

When calculating the total cost of living in Russia, housing and accommodation take the greatest price percentage. This is because accommodation choices in Russia cities fall into two categories which are getting apartments within the city or houses outside the city. Whichever you choose, the prices vary.

If you are planning on renting an apartment in Russia, below are the average rent prices;

  • One bedroom flat in the center of a city                                               $548.57
  • One bedroom flat outside the center of the city                               $384.90
  • Three bedrooms flat in the center of a city                          $957.17
  • Three bedrooms flat outside the center of the city          $657.36

On the other hand, if you’re going to buy an apartment, below are the average prices per square in almost all the cities of Russia.

  • In the center of the city center                                 $2,018.65
  • Outside the city center                                                $1,281.60

Also, you can choose to live outside the cities entirely. This will reduce the cost of living in Russia. However, when making decisions to live outside the city, do well consider the cost of fueling your car (if you have any) or you could choose to rely on public transports which is actually cheaper.

Furthermore, truth be told, it may take up to an hour to travel from outside the city to the mainland. So, you know the best option/decision to take when looking for accommodation in Russia.

Transportation Costs in Russia

Using public transports seems to be the best option for mid-level expats who do not have much on them. Below are the transportations costs in most Russia cities;

  • One-way Ticket                                                                                               $0.37
  • Monthly Pass                                                                                                   $29.71
  • Taxi 1km                                                                                                            $0.23
  • Gasoline 1L                                                                                                       $0.66
  • Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)         $17, 423.09

Note: Your luggage may incur additional charges to the primary fares.

Food Prices in Russia

Unlike in places like Hong Kong, Singapore where everything is quite pricey, getting a good meal in Russia won’t cost you much.

  • Simple lunchtime menu (plus a drink) in a business district          $5.38
  • Combo meal in a fast food restaurant                                                   $4.28
  • 500gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast                                                               $2.01
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk                                                                                               $0.96
  • 12 large eggs                                                                                                   $1.22
  • Tomatoes 1 kg (2 lb.)                                                                                    $2.20)
  • Local cheese 500 gr (16 oz)                                                                        $4.63
  • 1 kg of apples                                                                                                  $1.41
  • Bread for 2 persons for just 1 day                                                           $0.48

Utility costs in Russia

  • Heating, electricity, gas, etc for 2 persons in a 85m2 flat                               $93 (monthly pay)
  • Heating, electricity, gas etc. for 1 person in a 45m2 studio           $59 (monthly pay)
  • Internet (60Mbps or More, limitless data)                                           $7.14 (monthly pay)

For more information about cost of living in Russia, you can contact us from below comment box.

If you want to get more information about Russia, you can check below titles as well;

Living and working in Russia

Study University in Russia

Salaries in Russia

Most Needed Jobs in Russia

How to Find a Job in Russia


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