Cost of Living in Kiev

Summary about cost of living in Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.16 $ 3.69-10.56
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 24.63 $ 17.60-45.75
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.78 $ 3.52-4.57
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.06 $ 0.70-1.99
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.58 $ 1.06-2.46
Cappuccino (regular) 1.20 $ 0.70-1.76
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.56 $ 0.35-1.06
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.40 $ 0.28-0.88
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.57 $ 2.93-4.26
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.35-0.80
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.37-0.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.04 $ 0.63-1.27
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.39 $ 2.39-4.22
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.72 $ 1.20-2.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.78 $ 2.08-3.99
Apples (1 lb) 0.40 $ 0.24-0.56
Banana (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.38-0.56
Oranges (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.40-0.81
Tomato (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.40-0.96
Potato (1 lb) 0.27 $ 0.13-0.40
Onion (1 lb) 0.23 $ 0.08-0.40
Lettuce (1 head) 0.79 $ 0.35-1.41
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.47 $ 0.35-0.63
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.22 $ 2.64-7.04
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.73 $ 0.53-1.06
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.27 $ 0.88-1.76
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1.83 $ 1.72-2.11
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.28 $ 0.28-0.28
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 11.44 $ 8.45-21.47
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.58 $ 1.41-2.64
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.40 $ 0.28-0.57
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3.08 $ 2.11-5.28
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.67 $ 3.06-4.10
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,551.22 $ 18,918.31-23,056.78
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,638.27 $ 17,348.89-21,114.27
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 99.91 $ 66.47-149.56
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 $ 0.01-0.05
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 5.60 $ 4.22-7.74
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 20.07 $ 10.56-35.19
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.57 $ 8.80-17.60
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.22 $ 3.52-5.28
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 355.54 $ 211.14-527.86
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,068.30 $ 4,222.85-18,826.89
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 66.31 $ 24.63-123.17
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.88 $ 21.11-70.38
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 89.44 $ 52.79-123.17
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.85 $ 70.38-140.76
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 581.01 $ 457.48-703.81
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 336.39 $ 246.33-422.29
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,029.67 $ 879.76-1,478.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 566.10 $ 457.48-703.81
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 171.79 $ 130.77-245.20
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 78.53 $ 58.85-114.42
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 557.60 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 17.79 10.00-22.00

Prices in Kiev (Kyiv)

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64 Comments so far
Vadym on Nov 12, 2020:
Ann, are you serious?
Where you see 95% Caucasian?
This is not true
Ann on Nov 01, 2020:
Spent 5 days in Kiev this summer.
Prices - low (comparably to EU countries).
People - 95% Caucasian. Almost did not see black or eastern types. Was surprised to find out that many young people speak English. Maybe I was lucky, but I did not have any issues with people around.
City - many beautiful places, but you need to walk with locals (or come to an agency) who will show and tell you about those.
Meals - whatever you like (McDonalds, KFC, bars, restaurants, malls). Quality is like in EU (unless you buy something from the street).
Hotels - whatever you like (starting from Hilton/Fairmont/Hyatt/Radisson and to cheap apartments).
Transportation - subway covers big part of the city (not whole though), with translation to English (was translated when Kiev accepted the final of EURO 2012). Taxi for all other needs, but be careful with traffic jams (8-10 am and 5.30-7.30 pm), you can easily spend 2 hours there.
Shopping - malls of different sizes around the whole city.
Night life - clubs and bars. Absolutely safe to walk in the city center, not recommended in specific neighborhoods (again, you need to speak with locals)

Overall impression - this is a must place to visit if you are traveler.
And high chances you will like the city if you are coming in business.
Ig on Oct 31, 2020:
Andrew
IT workers use private entrepreneur scheme, it's legal everywhere in Europe which always gives you few times lower taxes and lower social security package, use it in your Prague.
If other in Ukraine can not move to 5% tax plan or IT guys do not want pay more because of corruption..that's not a problem of IT workforce
Eugene on Oct 29, 2020:
Among employed workers, only IT people have a decent salary in Kiev. This is not fair. In the city where I live now (Prague), a highly qualified physicist like me gets much higher wage than most of programmers/coders. And the latter do not have any tax exempt. This is completely fair, because in order to become a good physicist/medical doctor/engineer, you need to study at least 6 years at university, spend 4-6 years on PhD program and have several years of work experience in your field. In contrast, I know plenty of programmers without university education or those who came to IT sector with various backgrounds. It took them only from 6 to 12 months to learn coding decently to get their first IT job.
I do not know why IT guys are so much valued in Ukraine, while, for instance, medical doctors or university professors get as much as 150-300 euros/month and do not have any social benefits or medical insurance. If they do not takes bribes from their patients or students, they will be condemned to live below poverty line. Therefore, the overall level of education and medical service in this country is extremely low.
Eugene on Oct 28, 2020:
Andrew

In your opinion, all doctors, university professors, scientists, engineers and all other highly qualified employees should leave the country because they have ridiculously low salaries and abandoned and humiliated by Ukrainian state? And what about most retirees - should they also quit the country or die because their pension is 70-100 euros per month which is a real genocide? If you work in IT and pay extremely low taxes from your inadequately high salary, do not you understand that 80% of people in this country live in poverty? If all people, except IT workers, will leave the country, who will teach your children and will provide you medical care you if you get sick?
Eugene on Oct 28, 2020:
Andrew

Do not tell me what should I do and I will not tell you where you should go
Andrew on Oct 27, 2020:
PoorSwede, that's true, but for Senior+ developers (also tech stack matters).
Comparing to cost of living, salaries in IT are quite good. This is mainly because of liberal taxation that is applied for IT. We pay just 5% tax. Thus, you can have a great deal of savings.

Eugene, glad to hear that you left the country. I even know to which country you moved. Now, when you are not in Ukraine and don't see anything good in it, would you please leave it alone?
PoorSwede on Oct 08, 2020:
I heard software engineers make 5000 USD/month in Kiev now. That's insane, it's way higher than western europe (after taxes). Can I get a work visa to Ukraine without a degree? As a developer that is.
Eugene on Oct 07, 2020:
No, my dear fried, I perfectly know what I am talking about. It was a real coup d'état which led to overthrow of legally elected president. The deputies of parliament were threatened by dangerous and armed street radicals sponsored and supported by oligarchs, the United States of America and their European partners (especially Poland and Baltic States). One of the organizers of coup d'état, David Zhvania, testified in details how it was sponsored and organized and how bastards like Turchynov, Yatseniuk and Poroshenko came to power. After the coup d'état Ukraine became the poorest, the most corrupted country in Europe and one of the poorest countries in the whole world. The quality of life in modern Ukraine is comparable with that of countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. After 2014 the national currency has undergone 4-fold devaluation, tariffs for electricity, gas, water for people increased by 1500%, and more than 15 millions of Ukrainian citizens (including myself) left the country. Now it is poor agricultural colony governed by United States which barely survives due to IMF credits.
Andrew on Oct 06, 2020:
Eugene does not know what he's talking about. No coup-d'état ever happened in Ukraine.

Regarding prices, Kyiv is muuuch muuuch cheaper than vast majority of European countries in all aspects of living. Rent of 1 room apartment in a good neighborhood will cost you around $500 ( 2 rooms - $650). Utility bills will be around $100 (for everything, inc. high-speed internet). If you cook at home, you spend about $250 for products per month. Prices for McDonalds are indicated above and very accurate. There are many bars in Kyiv, you will pay in average $20-25.
To buy 1 room apartment you will need $45K.
Public transport is cheap, but I'd prefer Uber.
And by the way, banking sector is one of the best in the world here. No jokes.
Still, you can find expensive restaurants here, expensive apartments to rent/buy.
Feel free to ping me for any questions regarding actual prices by email (andrey.vasilenko.ua@gmail.com)
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2020:
Kiev become so extremely expensive!!! It's not worth anymore to move here. You will end up paying the same amount of money as in Berlin or in some other European capitals. However, you will get much lower quality for your money as in other big European cities.
Eugene on Oct 05, 2020:
to Eric

No, it was coup-d'état organized by local oligarchs and supported by United States. After the coup-d'état Ukraine was completely transformed into a poor de-industrialized US colony that has completely lost its intellectual, industrial and scientific potential. Under the guidance of US and International Monetary Fund the Ukrainian state genocides its own citizens (e.g. average retirement pension is less 100 euros/month, all medical services are extremely expensive and most of people cannot afford them)
Eric on Aug 21, 2020:
There was no coup-d'état in Ukraine. If you’re referring to Euromaidan protests - Ukraine is parliamentary-presidential republic and the parliament remained at its place. Presidential elections were scheduled by the parliament after the corrupted president left his cabinet and ran away to Russia.
Alex on Jun 25, 2020:
#Dave

I`d rather choose Bulgaria or Greece... Unfortunately, Ukraine is getting more poor in comparison to above-mentioned countries. Even 7 years ago (before coup-d'état) Ukraine was more convenient and safe.
Dave on Jun 03, 2020:
I will be moving to Ukraine.
I am retired.
Single.
Own literally thousands of domain names.
I have almost $75,000 USD in bank.

At 47 year of age, I would believe that would be sufficient to live on for rest of my life?
Mariam on Apr 28, 2020:
Good evening! Could you please clarify, whether the rent prices are net of tax or gross?
jin on Apr 04, 2020:
For the "african american" none wants your people, no matter how poor they are
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2020:
i'm african american. i want to come to cheap ukraine to get some hot women with my american dollars
Anonymous on Feb 12, 2020:
The cost of a monthly pass for 1 month
1 mode of transport
- bus, toroleibus, tram, funicular, train - 390 UAH
- metro 610UAH

The cost of a monthly pass for 2 types of transport
-trolleybus and metro(the most popular) 860 UAH

The cost of one-way ticket minibus 7-8 UAH
Anonymous on Feb 05, 2020:
What lifestyle can I get with 1500€ net per month?
Australian dude on Dec 22, 2019:
The prices in other Ukrainian cities are much lower than Kiev (around 20% lower) and give a more authentic Ukrainian experience. I would say prices in Kiev are not representative of the rest of the country. (I'm married to an Ukrainian girl).
Victor on Dec 06, 2019:
James, you must realize that being a _single_ US male makes you an object of hunt. By young ladies. It is hardly safe.
James on Nov 28, 2019:
Is it safe for a single American male to move to Ukraine
Swedish patriot on Nov 28, 2019:
How can prices in Sweden appear so low if this page (http://confiduss.com/en/jurisdictions/sweden/) says that the GDP (per capita) is one of the highest in the world?
Anastasia on Oct 28, 2019:
Average salary in Kiev City is much higher than that....it's almost 700$/month nowadays. There is a huge black economy and people getting paid under the table. Rent prices are also high and keep getting higher
Chak on Oct 27, 2019:
Hi Ukraine,If I wanted to hire someone who can speak and wrote in english,what is the average salary in kyiv?And I did some researches on a real estate website.The cheapest rent for a 60sqm apartment is 900usd per month right now.Is this true??If it was,it is not cheap at all right now
alex on Oct 17, 2019:
A normal adequate income starts from 2000-2500 USD per month. That allows you to feel a lit bit more like a human. But still a lit bit more...

The question is that only 1% of population earns so much.
alex on Oct 17, 2019:
An average income per a family with 2 children: 1000 -1200 USD
A rent for a flat in suburbs 50-60 square meters: 400- 500 USD. 100-150 USD - utilities.
300-400 USD for the whole extras left.
That isn`t life- only survival. Be honest!
Nany on Jul 15, 2019:
Ukraine is not that poor as people thought on their mind. cosmetic sellers in a shopping mall in Kiev get 600_700 USD.(net salary).
People usually thinks Ukraine poor because of the population. The people come from village in Ukraine are working in Poland, Hungary etc.
Cost of living is cheaper, but not super cheap. Supermarket is quite good choice. And very cheap even compare to east EU countries.
Still a little difference between Ukraine and EU member (east Europe). But I think Ukraine soon to catch up Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia those places in few years only.
Traveler on Jul 01, 2019:
Now an average salary in kiev is 600usd and they have ways to bypass the taxes so effectively it is 750usd, the salary of a simple police or army man with few years in service is 700usd
Salaries are moving high and are better than some euro countries like bulgaria and so close to others like greece, Portugal and others...
But people aren't living better because of high uncontrollable inflation
I go to kiev so often, Kiev has totally lost its attraction as a cheap city, but is still holding its exceptional beauty
Teodor on Jun 26, 2019:
You can live in Kiev on $500 per month (including rent), and can survive on $350
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2019:
Can someone survive with 200 euro in a mont without paying for rent house?
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2019:
# Sasha Why would you ask what gift to bring to Ukraine? This is a cost of living site not an advice place.
Sasha on Apr 17, 2019:
What is a good gift to bring - something that doesn't weigh too much and would be pretty costly for an average Ukrainian. I was thinking maybe bringing quality electronics such as wireless Beat headphones.
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019:
I agree with SHRUTI because I rent a flat in city center for $1,050 usd per month.Its poorly insulated, electric and plumbing way outdated when it actually works.
Anonymous on Mar 02, 2019:
I agree with the post about the U S not giving any more military aid to the Ukraine.The U S is rejecting visas from the Ukraine and Russia too.Its the USA'S duty to keep anyone out from Russia or the Ukraine which includes the majority of other countries as well.People marrying Americans from the Ukraine Russia or other countries to get USA citizenship doesn't work anymore either.The U S won't help any country anymore, good luck.
Anonymous on Mar 02, 2019:
Russia has the Ukraine out gunned with military.Russia already took 85% of Crimea.The U S military saved the Ukraine more than once and spent 300 billion dollars of U S taxpayers money that was never repaid to rebuild the Ukraine.The Ukraine might as well let Russia have all of the Ukraine because the U S military won't help the Ukraine again.Tell your president to stop calling Washington asking for help, you're on your own just like the rest of the world is.
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2019:
Russian agression here is present too. I agree that many Russian people is our enemies as the wrote here fulish things about Ukraine
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2019:
The Ukraine will always be a nonprogressive country without any ideas of what the future holds for them.The men like women are severe alcholics but that's normal.Kiev has always been a war zone and will continue to be so just as the rest of the Ukraine is.I visited all of the Ukraine after staying there for 6 months.Hookers abound everywhere even while trying to have lunch at a restaurant and druggies abound also.Thats what I saw during my 6 month stay and I didn't indulge in any of the above.
Olga on Nov 27, 2018:
Avg salary in Ukraine I mentioned in UAH (12,124), not USD
Emilio on Sep 12, 2018:
I go to kiev frequently, this summer prices were much higher due to high salaries and lack of labor, after Ukrainians were granted a visa free to euro past year, most of the labor are traveling to euro zone, pushing wages up in ukraine, resulting a big inflation,and a big flow of sended money by Ukrainian working in the euro zone.
Kiev stills fairly cheap but far from being so cheap, the most frequent salary there is 15000 uah around 550usd and qualified people easily attend 30000uah around 1100usd
1 bedroom apartment in city center is for 1000usd per month
A three course lunch in an above average restaurant for two people is for 60usd
Transportation stills so cheap
For me I Don t mind paying in kiev, the city is beautiful and deserves, I consider it like Paris and Vienna and even better, so why it has to be cheaper!!
konika on Jul 12, 2018:
Don't go to Kiev to pay exorbitant prices for rent and services. You will just be feeding the greedy and corrupt landlords and their intermediaries there.
You know why real estate people, taxi drivers,marriage agencies, restaurants are most common businesses there?
Its because they feed on foreigners.
Don't worry about the local people, they don't have any money.
You know why foreigners like it there?
Its because there are too many rules and conventions in their own countries whereas in Ukraine there isn't. But as a rule life is precarious in Kiev and anything get happen to you if you nor careful.
Anonymous on Apr 25, 2018:
Jim R Hyde Jr - you've got screwed on rent. I'm renting 1 bedroom appartment in housing district of Obolon, river view, 7000uah
Jim R Hyde Jr on Mar 22, 2018:
Well they are way off on rent. I rented a one bedroom apartment in downtown Kyiv. Nothing spectacular about the apartment. And the rent was 30,000 uah for a month.
Arseniy on Feb 14, 2018:
It's amazing, I'm a Junior Java Developer that works remotely, I make about 4-5k a month and live here, have a penthouse apartment in the city centre(1.5k/mo.) and buy very expensive food, and i still have around 2k left over every month after all expenses for, saving, etc.
Anonymous on Jan 26, 2018:
Jim r Hyde I was there twice last year, last being in August. These prices are pretty in line and up to date. Even clothes in the oceans mall are in line with Tennessee prices and affordable. Beer in a bar is like 80% cheaper. Food about 70%. Clothes about the sane but less sakes racks and less cheap low quality options. 1200$ would be like 3500$ in my best estimate. Vs Washington DC or NYC were talking even bigger difference so yeah it might get you 5000$ equivalent.
Jim R Hyde Jr on Dec 18, 2017:
My finace pays

Rent (2 bedroom, 78 m2) 4,000 uah
Food (for 2 people) 4,000 uah
English courses ($90 usd) 2,600 uah
Utilities (summer only 1,000) 2,000 uah
Private School for son 1,200 uah
Hair and Nails, Salon 1 time - 450 uah
Internet 100 uah
Phone 50 uah

These are monthly costs living in the Darnytsia District of Kiev for comparison. Phone, Internet, and TV can be around 1,700 uah monthly for best maximum rates through Kyivstar. The food costs are for luxurious amounts of home cooked meals, and is variable depending on your preferences.
Stas on Nov 19, 2017:
Jim R Hyde Jr
More than enough for 8 days. It's like 5000usd in USA or west europe. But note, that prices on clothes is probably even bigger than in your country.
Jim R Hyde Jr on Nov 18, 2017:
Planning a trip to Kiev in March 2018 for 8 days. Plan to bring $1,200 usd spending cash. Is this enough for 2 adults and a child? (Housing and transportation are already paid)
John Sunt on Nov 09, 2017:
Can you please tell me what it would cost me to buy nice condo in the city Kiev in American dollars thank you!
Anonymous on Oct 23, 2017:
1 bedroom apartment in downtown costs 250 - 650$ + 60-100$ for utilities. The average 428 (as indicated) is +/- real price.
Don't trust previous commenter. 800-2000$ - it's unbeliveble
mrNERO on Jul 18, 2017:
1 bedroom apartment in downtown Kiev: 800-2000$ per month. 100-500$ per 1 day.
Anonymous on Jul 12, 2017:
How much would it cost to rent a one bedroom apartment with basic feature in Kiev downtown
Housing on Apr 19, 2017:
Taking into consideration the average net income of od 272 USD and average rent for one bedroom apartment, the housing costs account for 83% of disposable income. Hence, the graph below does not portray the reality. People overburden from housing costs (meaning that spend on housing above 40% is considered to be financial"overburden" on personal budget as per Eurostat definition).
Anonymous on Apr 14, 2017:
What is medical system like? How much is it to pay to see a private doctor and are the doctors any good?
alex on Mar 26, 2017:
Eugene is talking about a very very basic soviet apartment for that price. A family of three can be fairly comfortable on $1000 a month, but you would not be able to afford to live in the centre. For a better idea you can search on OLX website, run through google translate if you can't speak russian.
Eugene on Mar 12, 2017:
Marcelo
Depends on type of the appartments.
Typical utilities prices for small flat is 1200-1500 UAH/m for heating in winter monthes + 200-300UAH for electricity + 300-500UAH for cold/hot water + 100-200UAH for garbage colletion etc.
Overall price begins from about 2000UAH for an appartment 50m2 and goes higher if you want to live in bigger appartment.
Marcelo on Feb 10, 2017:
Can someone tell me about about the cost of basic utilities at Lozova? Please
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2017:
How well can a family of three adults live on 1000 American dollars per month in Kiev?
Alex on Dec 22, 2016:
If I wish to open a restaurant in Kiev,how much will it costs for rent or buy? Approx 1000 sqft.
Anonymous on Dec 14, 2016:
Your lists full of BS and assumptions 400$ rent for a month in kyiv apartment in center is not enough rate is 30-50& a day .... people in that city at least minimum 4000$ a month working in computer offices
Soykan Unbay on Nov 28, 2016:
I lived in Ukraine 6.5 years..I am Turkish..I studied and worked there..yes there were racism..but still Ukraine is my favourite country among I have lived Germany Greece Ireland ..You learn how to survive,and how to become a real man there!! Slava Ukraine!!:) And they are much much better than europeans,friendly people as long as you drink at least one glass with them:)
Leon on Nov 17, 2016:
to swiss banker. No one lives here. We survive. And I have an income above 500 euros ...
Swiss Banker on Nov 16, 2016:
Is it really this bad in Ukraine? I hear both good and bad, but when I hear that an average salary is about 120$ and the rent is more or less the same amount of money I cannot believe...

How do you guys live?