Cost of Living in Kiev, Ukraine

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 34.70
Rent Index: 14.65
Groceries Index: 26.64
Restaurants Index: 32.92
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 24.94
Local Purchasing Power: 38.48

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.11 $
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 24.99 $
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.45 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1.05 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.72 $
Cappuccino (regular) 1.32 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.70 $
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.43 $
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.77 $
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 0.36 $
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.06 $
Eggs (12) 1.09 $
Local Cheese (1kg) 5.87 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 3.25 $
Apples (1kg) 0.88 $
Oranges (1kg) 1.34 $
Tomato (1kg) 1.69 $
Potato (1kg) 0.46 $
Lettuce (1 head) 0.77 $
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.54 $
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 3.67 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.61 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.28 $
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1.34 $
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.22 $
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 9.55 $
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.23 $
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 0.26 $
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3.46 $
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.19 $
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,595.03 $
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 62.59 $
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 $
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6.06 $
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.26 $
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.29 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.25 $
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.77 $
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.04 $
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 74.73 $
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 78.05 $
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 417.20 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 250.00 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 872.74 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 452.39 $
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,860.80 $
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,068.22 $
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 314.24 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 21.65

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Last update: March, 2015

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52 Comments so far

#Tom Luong on Mar 29, 2015 :
I am an engineer working in the USA and make decent money after taxes and like to vacation there for 2 weeks next year to enjoy the capital city Kiev. I will be vacation but still like to know how it feels to work there and earn money there. Can anyone give me advice on how a US citizen can come to Kiev and get a temporary job for a short time to earn money to help supplement my stay in Kiev? I am single so no wife and kids to worry about. Being 38 years old I think I can handle anything a city can throw at me. I just don't know the language and thanks to this website (and all 50 comments from people) I will probably find a place in the village away from the central city and take public trains into town or anywhere for the matter. Please help answer me direct to my personal email Thank you in advance! -TomL
#Ren on Feb 20, 2015 :
Wow, this is really helpful. I was able to learn ukrainian over skype at and learned to be fluent. I'm now planning to visit the country this year.
#Sergii on Jan 15, 2015 :
Because of hryvnia devaluation currently average salary in Kiev is around 300-350$. So, local purchasing power is even lower than 35,5.
#Galyna on Jan 06, 2015 :
I live in Kyiv suburb (5 kilometers from the city). I get from home to the city by bus. It takes me about 40 min.If you are going to visit my city - welcome! If you need any help - please contact me. My E-mail : I can quarter you for nothing. You shold only pay for electricity and hot water. You will live in separate house near my house. But i want to improve my spoken English by informal communication
#Ivar on Oct 22, 2014 :
Ofcourse if you want to live like Oligarh then 4500 is small money =)))) but to have a good life like in Europe you dont need more then 1000-1500 pr month for same standard as you need 3-4000 for in north Europe at least,,so half the money as needed at home to live good i would say.
#Anonymous on Oct 18, 2014 :
as a Kiev resident, I'll give you on the ground information. Living in Kiev can be cheap if you know local tricks. For instance, it does make sense to do your own cooking. Food in supermarkets is cheap (for instance, 1 l bottle of milk - 0,8 usd, 10 eggs - 1,2 usd, chicken brests 1 kilo - 3.5 usd, bread - 0,4 usd). Food in open air markets, though the prices have risen there recently, still even cheaper, especially when it comes to fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, cabbages, squash, peppers, beets, onion etc.) and fresh milk and meat products (and you can bargain there).
At the same time, restaurants can be quite expensive (especially those in the center), and the portions in restaurants are small. So, basically you do not eat out for the purpose of daily rations, but rather go out for the purpose of entertainment.
Transportation (metro and public) is very cheap, taxis are cheap too. Utilities are very cheap (like 40-50 usd for two room apartment per month). Mobile phone and internet costs are not expensive. There is free wi-fi in most places.
At the same time, apartment rent can get expensive, especially in the center. It makes sense to rent an apartment not in the center, but in a 'sleeping quater' with good access to metro.
It also makes sense to buy an apartment (especially for locals). Two room apartment can cost about 80,000 usd. With no property tax and cheap utilities, you will get the price of the apartment in 10 years of rent (but after that this apartment gonna be yours with no more rent). Also, if you leave the city, you can rent out the aparment, and actualy make a profit from it.
So, I would say that you can live in Kiev comfortably starting from 1000 usd per month (for a not local). My personal living expenses are just about 500 usd per amonth, but I don't pay the rent, as I own the apartment (which I bought 3 years ago).
#soos on Oct 03, 2014 :
If some one want to fix his flat much it gonna cost
#Jeff on Sep 17, 2014 :
There are too expensive living in Kiev, salaries like in Africa but prices like in Europe
#Ruslan podoliako on Aug 09, 2014 :
I live in Kiev and i really find some of the local guys comments really ridiculous. Either you guys want to look better than you are either you have some serious mental problems.
Stop telling bullshit about your high salaries and that your 4.500$ income is not quite enough for living in Kiev because its a real bullshit.

First of all the decent salary in Kiev would start from 1500$. You can rent an appartment for half of this amount. You can get decent money only in foreign companies that reside in Kiev and Ukraine.
If you are professional skillful expert in some field with decent experience you can probably find a good job if you are lucky enough and get something near 2500-4000$ but for that you need to be really very skillful and with huge experience and you need to be lucky to find a proper company.

Usually the things are not so bright in Kiev. A person that is experienced enough, with University Education, with knowledge of foreign languages can earn about 1000$ and be really happy because many of them do not earn even that amount. Many of them earn about 400-700$ and those people are from Kiev that means they dont need to rent an appartment.

Cost of living is not so high in Kiev except the appartment rent. Food can be bought at BAZAR( sort of Ukrainian local markets where people bring their own growed production). Clothes are not so expensive as in Europe as to the social life most of the places are twice cheaper than in Europe.

Kiev is a beautiful city but as for the foreigners that come to live and looking for a job its quite difficult. There are not so much of companies that can offer you a salary which is above 1000$
#Anonymous on Jul 01, 2014 :
In private hospital. as BORIS or MEDIKOM is 500-1000 USD
#Max on Jul 01, 2014 :
Salary of a doctor in state hospital is 200 USD
#Victor Toev on Jun 23, 2014 :
Please let me know how much is the salary for a doctor in hospital...
#amir on May 18, 2014 :
I need to get ukraine citizenship, any guide and recomendation please
#Anonymous on May 04, 2014 :
It all sounds dep
#vitko on Feb 09, 2014 :
real price 1kg of potato in kyiv is 10 uah on 5 february 2014.
#salman on Feb 07, 2014 :
i m going to marry with ukarain girl, and after marry, i want to live in ukarain. would i be able to get ukarain nationality after marry, and would i be to find job in ukarain?
#Anonymous on Jan 22, 2014 :
I'm not sure the country is safe to visit anymore. 2 bad.
#Julia on Jan 16, 2014 :
Hi. I'm a native Ukranian and live in Kiev. Everyone who are willing to visit my city can contact me on cell 095 155 78 33 or via skype: elladna. I' ll provide you a nice exursion about our capital and help you if you reqiure need.
#Trav on Jan 14, 2014 :
Hello everyone. I'm planning a trip to Kiev and I already have my apartment payed for, $525.00 USD for 7 days. My question is, would my gf and I be able to have a good time for the 7 days with $500.00 USD? Thanks for any comments and advice.
#Andrew on Jan 11, 2014 :
Does USD2500/month after tax is enough for an individual in Kiev?
#Anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 :
13,000.00₴ - that's the average starting salary of the qualified worker (after tax). Please note that the official salary may be different as many companies prefer to pay part of the salary without declaring it to avoid paying taxes. People who work in Ukraine and Ukrainians are entitled to free education (kindergardens, schools), free medicine (although private medicine is very popular, but usually is covered by the private insurance that is part of the benefits package of almost all medium and big companies). There is no property tax and no paid roads. State pension is included in the taxation.
##Aussie on Nov 01, 2013 :
I've decided, my friend and I want to visit Ukraine (and other Eastern European countries) for about 2-3 weeks. We'll probably stay in Kiev and Odessa.

If we decided to stay in 'modest' and 'safe' accommodation, do the typical tourist stuff, how much would we have to budget for? I am expecting USD$300/day?
#sonia on Oct 29, 2013 :
bey bey
#Arty Trollz on Oct 17, 2013 :
Hey there guys, I am a Kyiv native, and I can tell you most of the stats are correct, however keep in mind Kyiv is a totally different universe from the rest of Ukraine and is indeed expensive. As a self employed dude I earn about 4,500 US bucks a month and still feel stretched thin at times, and that is far more than the average salary unfortunately.. To those who say they are being exploited by locals I would say don't be stupid, I bet u get exploited everywhere u travel, learn the language, get some local friends to show u around, and mind u there are a loooot of nice places to do your things without having to pay extra.. Also I would highly recommend our weed, we got some awesome Amsterdam quality buds being grown here hehe))
#oleg on Sep 30, 2013 :
Here I would have top disagree with Alex...not only are the everyday costs of living high in comparison to monthly incomes, but also the quality of life for those "supposedly" lower costs is much lower as well (everything from bad customer service in mid-range restaurant to cramped buses and metro. If you expect to get an AVERAGE (usual) European or Western quality you absolutely have to pay HIGH END Kiev prices

Now on the issue of Salaries and monthly income... While it is true that some companies pay substantial sums under the table (in envelopes) the OVERALL TRUE and rate of pay for absolute majority of Kiev residents rarely goes over the $550-600 a month mark....Now how good that is - you be the judge.
#Alex on Sep 19, 2013 :
Kiev and many other cities are very modern and almost European). Salaries in Ukraine so far are low, but for low-cost housing prices, education, recreation. It so happens that most people in Ukraine have their own housing. Mortgage or rent draw up mostly newcomers and young people (age 18-30).
Food in Ukraine high quality accommodation and there's the old houses built 1960-1970, is very modern and the latest fashion trends. From this and depends on the price. Just want to point out that the country has its own Black Sea, the Carpathian mountains (incredibly beautiful). In Ukraine, a huge number of places to stay. Come!
P.S. Salaries are really part of the official (average 300-400 euros) and the co-pay "envelope" (an average of 100-1000 euros).
# on Jul 28, 2013 :
If you have to go in Kiev for work, why you want to know the prices of the Kiev's nightlife?

Be productive, if you go to party then in the morning you would be tired, not the perfect situation for a worker. Don't you think?

What the hell is your work? I've never heard about a worker in his business trip who have to search a room for himself.
Every company always pay the hotel for their managers who have to go abroad.

Moreover, why bother if the local people speak english? For sure the people with whom you will work will speak english, otherwise your manager wouldn't sent you here, don't you think?

In conclusion, the price index above is mostly for local people....foreigner are likely to pay far more that amount especially if they want an easy and comfortable life.
#Teo on Jun 08, 2013 :
Hi everybody. Due to my work, in a couple of months I will have to move to abroad. Two of the cities I have to choose from are Kiev and Mariupol. I would like the opinion of some people who really know about life in these cities (price for rent, nightlife and its cost,transportation and if many locals speak english). My income about 1700 Euros per month if that helps. Thanks in advance for your help!
#Artyom on Jun 01, 2013 :
Please, update prices! Milk now cost 12-15 uah
Apples 10-35
Domestic bear in restaurants : super minimum price is 15 for 0.5 liters, average 25!
#Kaparina on May 18, 2013 :
Oleg is right , life is not easy for foreigners but for locals its better because they live off the foreigners, if there were no foreigners in Kiev life of the locals will be in the miserable.
#oleg on May 17, 2013 :
Guys think about it - Kiev has many of the problems with high cost of living and lack of opportunities that other eastern europen capitals do. For example just try reading Moscow page. The real thing to note however is this- even for the prices as high as they are in Kiev life would have been possible (comfortable life that is) if the salaries and real income earning potential was bigger. As it is right now most prices here are may be underestimated, but the monthly salary is about correct - $500. It is also true that to live comfortably in Kiev you need at least 3 times that much. Just keep in mind that all this is irrelevant to real earning potential, as 70-80%of the people there make the previously stated average of $500. So if you areb a newcomer keep all that in mind, make allowance for rent and food (which is not cheap) and make your own conclusions. But I personally disagree that Kiev is a cheap place to live or that opportunities abound there. Price vs. Quality of live in Kiev is not favorable so ask yourself - is it worth the effort to spend $2500-3000 to live well in Kiev, considering that most make only $500?
#Stanislav on May 04, 2013 :
Hello Aleksandar,
Your 1000 euros will hardly be enough for living in Kiev and while renting a decent apartment. Almost everything that was said by Karl and Kamal is some big bull (except corruption, which is true). Renting will cost you 600 - 700 euros (1 bedroom close to the center of the city). The rest (300 - 400 euros) will be enough for food, but nothing more, unless you will be cooking by yourself.
Anyway to decently live in Kiev you'll have to have like 1400 euros per month.
Normally I spend about 1200+ euros per month and earn 2400 euros (after taxes).
The official statistics about income in Ukraine is absolutely irrelevant, so don't be surprized!
#kamal on May 04, 2013 :
Most of the appartments are bad with smelly toilets, dirty water, in winter no hot water, u dry ur clothes on the fire, the lifts are dirty and smelly, landlords come into ur flat when they want, food in restaurant is bad, everything is expensive, u come for girls, most girls go to turkey in the winter, they come back to relax, u know planes to limassol and turkey are always full, they can go to egypt, lebanon, israel, Cyprus, even thailand to earn money and they buy cars, appartments, etc in kiev, u want to marry!
#Karl on May 04, 2013 :
sorry guys , the place is infested with parasites, Kiev is expensive coz many foreigners chose to live there, the locals in Kiev live off the foreigners, they get rent from renting appartments, police get the bribes from stopping foreigners, government officials take the bribes to to allow then to stay, the local girls charged them for their services, the private firms pay their expats in dollars so they can spend them on the locals, the government tax the foreign comnpanies at a higher rate and change regulations to tax them more, the private bosses pay the government officials for staying their firms in kiev, all cars in Kive are stolen from the streets of germany and broght to the Kiev border for resale, other goods are also stolen fridges, white goods, dental equipment, computers, you name it stolen and smuggled across the border with the complicity of the broder guards and police. Ukraine can fend for itself and it thrives on illegality. Example a lot of foreign banks paid top dollars for banking licences and to open branches in Kiev, now with the euro crisis many are selling their branches to Ukrainians at rock bottom prices just to get out of Kiev. The most corrupt country in the world according the surveys.
#Aleksandar on Apr 30, 2013 :
I have my own small business in Belgrade and I earn 1,000 euros a month.Exceptionally would like to see Kiev.Can I live normally with 1,000 euros per month in Kiev,counting that I have to rent apartment.Please answer me.Best regards to Ukraine and golden city of Kiev from Belgrade.
#des on Apr 23, 2013 :
Info for our guests: Average salary in Kiev - 450 euro per month is an official (for government only),and 1000-1500 euro non-official (without tax paying)... that typical for all CIS countries and Ukraine too! It's not good but it's real life... my salary only 500-700 euro per month(120 euro official salary), but I live in village where the lowest prices for everything (1000-1500 euro cost cottage with 1 bedroom, with water, gas, electricity), eco-food and the finest girls =)
#Aussie on Apr 09, 2013 :
Just came across this interesting website.

It just makes me think living in Sydney is one of the worlds most expensive places.

I guess every country/city has its advantages/disadvantages and issues...

But thinking about it, I could retire in Kiev and have a great time :-)
#Rost Firsikov on Apr 09, 2013 :
Who saw in Kiev beer in the pub with price about 9 UAH per glass? Why in paragraph Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) costs 9 hryvnia? Median price is 20-25 UAH!
#Christoff on Mar 26, 2013 :
I agree with Natali.
1. East Europe is not at all that cheap as it was 20 years ago.
But at the same time the business opportunities are huge. And entrepreneurs or good specialists can earn many times above the average.
An example for the wage differencies: I was recently in Moscow and I noticed some job ads on the walls - waiter 15.000 RUB per Month, subway driver 100.000 RUB per month. Now imagine the difference between the wage of a construction worker and a top manager.

2. Don't expect that if you was a construction worker or a clerk in your home country you will be king in Kiev. This is a capital city and a cultural center. There are a lot of very well educated people and a lot of rich people. So if you really care aboth the 500 EUR per Month you would be neither rich enough to impress anyone nor educated enough to be of interest.
Of course you are welcome to try to live in a ukrainian village. In a village you will have a lot of money and you will be interesting for the beautiful village girls.

P.S. I am not Ukrainian, so don't accuse me in nationalism or xenophobia. :-)
#Natali on Mar 18, 2013 :
Come on guys, you have no extra 500 bucks to pay rent and you want to come to Kiev? Don't come here then, go to Vietnam or Myanmar. Kiev is a truly European city, with lots of things to do, to see, to go to etc. And it doesn't and shouldn't cost as Vietnam or Myanmar! And don't listen to stories about hardship and struggle of locals... If you are educated, smart, and hardworking, you can afford everything you want ))
So, coming back to the story... if you don't have extra 500 bucks to pay rent, don't blame it to our greed )) You can't simply move from your shithole Knoppe or Drezden to the economic and cultural center of a country with 50 million people...
#Bob on Dec 06, 2012 :
I've been liing in Kyiv for 5 years and have found that it is cheaper than any other place I have lived. While property is expensive food, utilities as well as transportation are cheap. I've lived in America, Western Europe and the Middle East and Kyiv is by far the cheapest. Consider that one liter of petrol in the U.K. is what we currently pay for four liters.
#oleg on Oct 27, 2012 :
...yes indeed Ukraine has many problems and life in Kiev is not easy if you are a foreigner. So, if you are looking for cheap, low cost of living place may be try Bulgaria or Romania instead. In Ukraine itrself you could try Lviv, Chernivtsi - those western-Ukrainian cities are much cheaper , don't have so many foreigners and you might be able to make a living there. Kiev is simply too saturated and too expensive for that.
#kaparina on Oct 12, 2012 :
u wanna live in Kyiv. forget it if u foreigner u get exploited everywhere u go, police, landlords, bazars, taxi, bus, they take everything u have and leave u high and dry, think about eating they are all bad food with high levels of bacteria and radioactivie, also the water is fit to batg a rat in it careful u don't drink and cook in that, sorry for u all bad news.
#alex on Aug 20, 2012 :
To #onasis: I'm living in Kiev and FYI middle price to rent small (30-35m2) flat is cost approximately 300 euro (not in the center but in a place where you can easily to get to city center)
The median salary is app 400 euro, so if the family consist from two people then they can easy rent a flat or you/they can rent a room which is cheaper.
The price level you've got is such a big because you are foreigner and agencies just want you to pay them your money.
You can e.g. try to rent a flat through a non-english websites.
#bill on Aug 19, 2012 :
If a person is unemployed, how do they survive in Kiev ie where will they live and how can they eat?
#Mladen Adamovic on Aug 11, 2012 :
the world is full of weird things. It's not uncommon in 3rd world countries to have a job with which you cannot rent your own place. Even in developed countries it happens.
#bill on Aug 11, 2012 :
So by the time you have paid your rent, the average person in kiev has just $100 to pay for everything else-not really possible is it?
#onasis on Jun 15, 2012 :
Thank you very much Oleg for this information,and your time to answer my question,
#oleg on May 27, 2012 :
The salariea and rent as well as other expenses here are correct. In response to the question as to how people live, well...struggling to survive - those who live alone and without any privacy - those who live with their parents or other relatives (to keep those costs down). As a foreigner or any newcomer you will not have the option of doing the same, I advise against all but absolutly essential travel to "our great capital" -in my opinion one of the most overpriced in Europe.
#onasis on May 16, 2012 :
I am planing to move to Ukraine, i try to find apartment , i contact many agency, the pricse was very expensif, from 750 eur to 1500 eur, is it normal,
the midain salary is 406,64 euro, than how can this people rent a partment , please can you healpe me with som information, or adress wher i can rent apartment ,thank you
#victoria on Mar 08, 2012 :
wow....this is unbelivable considering the living cost in Nigeria. I coming to school in kiev. this would really help me save from my up-keep money. lol.
#sam on Jan 21, 2012 :
thank you mariana for help
i realy want to move to ukrania to live there and to have simple life there
i can say i have monthly rent in belgium about 600 euros monthly
i do not need to work in ukrania but i like to live in countryside and to have small animals in my garden
my question is how much cost to rent a house 2 rooms with big garden 500 sqm
do you advice me city in the south which is cheap one
thank you

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