Cost of Living in Minsk

Summary about cost of living in Minsk, Belarus:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 BYN 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 BYN 50.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 BYN 9.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 BYN 2.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 BYN 4.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.82 BYN 2.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.71 BYN 1.05-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.12 BYN 0.95-2.54
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.61 BYN 5.49-9.46
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.24 BYN 0.91-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.19 BYN 0.73-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.28 BYN 2.40-3.95
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.28 BYN 4.54-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.84 BYN 3.18-4.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.23 BYN 5.44-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 1.36 BYN 0.91-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.46 BYN 1.13-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.94 BYN 1.36-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.22 BYN 1.13-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 0.70 BYN 0.36-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.67 BYN 0.36-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.94 BYN 1.00-6.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.46 BYN 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.61 BYN 10.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.41 BYN 1.80-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.63 BYN 3.00-7.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.00 BYN 3.30-4.60
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.75 BYN 0.70-0.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 45.50 BYN 34.00-60.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.70 BYN 3.00-5.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.89 BYN 0.48-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.60 BYN 7.00-12.71
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.10 BYN 6.59-7.57
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 50,307.49 BYN 34,000.00-55,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 56,281.62 BYN 52,815.00-60,011.10
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 135.05 BYN 80.00-261.54
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 BYN 0.03-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.88 BYN 25.00-43.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 78.65 BYN 45.00-121.23
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 51.69 BYN 25.42-63.54
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 BYN 8.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,392.62 BYN 1,200.00-1,779.22
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 24,630.86 BYN 14,400.00-45,600.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 162.11 BYN 60.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 97.74 BYN 50.00-150.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 236.88 BYN 130.00-303.09
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 242.87 BYN 150.00-350.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,042.17 BYN 800.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 653.00 BYN 508.35-889.61
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,885.21 BYN 1,500.00-2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,160.77 BYN 900.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 491.70 BYN 354.20-708.40
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 293.10 BYN 259.75-354.20
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,213.86 BYN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 15.70 12.00-21.00

Prices in Minsk

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Last update: June 2021
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16 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 15, 2021:
My wife and I are Americans that have traveled extensively throughout Europe over the years.Like many we visited Minsk a very clean modern city. We are from the midwest usa so we're the meat and potatoes type. Best potatoes we ever had were in Minsk.We read the comments from the person from the UK on how Americans are treated throughout Europe for the most part. Yes we have experienced the same treatment most likely because of how the U S government behaves badly with everyone.But we never engaged in hateful comments towards us by many we encountered throughout Europe.Everyone has a right to their opinions so we respect that. But we never visited anywhere in Europe to engage in negative encounters but instead enjoy history throughout Europe which we enjoyed over the years. Thanks to the person from the UK for sticking up for Americans. But nonetheless we enjoyed our time in Europe,thank you.
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
There's no real reasons to expect the Americans to visit Belarus again but we wish they would.
Anonymous on Dec 30, 2020:
Although I'm from the UK I've noticed Americans don't care about knowing anything about any other countries but after sitting back listening to people throughout Europe bashing Americans and America overall I really don't blame Americans for showing little to no interest in Europe as a whole. They vacation throughout Europe and spend a lot of money. The majority of European citizens critize Americans during their visits I've noticed just because they're Americans.Maybe you're one of the PUZZLED ones who critize Americans?
Anonymous on Nov 24, 2020:
1 room flat in minsk cost from 150 to 300. See https://r.onliner.by/ak
Tanimowo Oluyinka on Jul 05, 2020:
Will like to know how much it cost to rent a room in Student Village, Minsk for a month. Thank you as I await any help or information on this.
Natalie on Oct 07, 2019:
So happened, I know a lot of people from Belarus. And I decided to place this comment because my soul is hurting when I am thinking about their fate and their everyday life. You are asking how much money can be enough to live comfortably in Belarus? I know that salary for a lot of people there who work in different professional fields is no more then $200. This amount of money only can keep you just alive and not too hungry. It is a big shame for people who govern this country that since 1991, the year when the Soviet Union collapsed, not done too much to increase the living standards for the most of the people of this nice country. I get constant association that despite of all existing possible technological advances the level of their living in 21 century reminds me the live that possibly existed in the medieval ages.
Siraaj - Cape Town SA on Sep 25, 2019:
Belarus, Minsk in particular.....was one of the cleanest and nicest cities I've been to so far. Night life is amazing, food and cost of living is really good compared to most of Europe. People are friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to my next visit! Still lots more I'd like to see
Aga on Jul 12, 2019:
I'm going to relocate to Minsk with my family, I have 3 kids in KG and Grade levels. I couldn't find enough information about the schools in Minsk, especially that have an English curriculum. so, anyone has information about the schools and their tuition fees. even roughly.
Edward on Jun 12, 2019:
I have visited Ukraine and Poland many times and have found the people to be wonderful once they open up. I am considering living in Ukraine or maybe Belarus so I can travel through Europe and Eastern Europe. As an American I know we can be very provincial which rightfully puts people off. I lived 13 years in Hawaii and it was annoying when people would move there and want the locals to change or complain about the laid back attitude. To assimilate anywhere all you have to do is be respectful and the doors will open for you.
Anonymous on May 03, 2019:
Minsk is nothing more than a shithole full of Russian operatives.
Daniel on Apr 23, 2019:
I lived in Minsk for 7 years it is a great country. I recommend going there
Oxbridge Yuppie on Nov 30, 2018:
As an internationally educated Minsk native who has lived both to the east (Moscow) and to the west of Belarus (EU), I can say that Minsk is by far not the worst place to live in, but it has its fair share of drawbacks, some of which may be critical for expats and foreign visitors. As far as local prices are concerned, Thomas's comment below sums up the situation nicely, and his assessment is still valid today, though the prices keep creeping up and many goods, especially durables, are now cheaper in Moscow - where salaries are on average much higher. While most staples and FMCGs are quite affordable by global standards, you're likely to get poor assortment, especially when it comes to imports (no Amazon here for you!) and subpar customer service - and I mean it, it can be abysmal at times. Locals are known to be eager to rip off any guest from the West: it's not uncommon to hear about a taxi driver charging an exorbitant fee from a foreigner for a ride to the airport, for instance. And don't get me started on renting accommodation: once the agent learns their future customer is an expat, the price shoots through the sky. Another issue most expats would find troublesome is that an overwhelming majority of people don't speak English - which, paradoxically, often includes designated government officials who deal with foreigners in their line of duty (e.g. immigration officers). For this reason, instead of asking a random passer-by for destination, you'd better consult Google Maps. On the positive side, Google Maps will work just fine: the country has nearly ubiquitous 4G/LTE coverage, legitimately cheap Internet and unrestricted access to all foreign web resources (unlike Russia). Private healthcare is quite affordable and of decent quality, but again, finding a medical practitioner with a good grasp of English may prove difficult. Private education is virtually nonexistent; to the best of my knowledge, there's just one international school in Minsk with English-language instruction. The same problem arises when it comes to your pastime: there are but a couple of cinemas where they show movies in English, and probably not a single theatre with performances in English (well, at least the city has a good opera & ballet theatre where language is a non-issue), and - most sadly - no English-language pub quizzes. The international community here is generally quite small, which hampers your chances of establishing a social circle - unless you decide to learn some Russian and blend into the local crowd. Returning to the positives, I'll admit that Minsk is a generally safe place (though petty crime is still common, and quite a few people drink too much and become rowdy) with a decent and cheap public transport system (the cycling infrastructure is an entirely different story, 'cause it's nowhere to be found) and a growing number of places to spend your time and money (just 15 years ago there were literally no modern-format shopping malls, Western fast-food chains or fancy bars - now there are plenty). On balance, Minsk, though cheap, is hardly a friendly place for the average expat, but if you're willing to invest some effort into connecting with the right people, as K suggests below, it may make your time in Minsk much more vibrant.
K on Nov 15, 2018:
Minsk is not so bad as comments here.

All you have to do, it to get in touch with right people (like everywhere). E.g. IT community is very progressive and communicative (at least they all know english). If you want to meet them you can visit startup hubs, IT conferences, co-working places. Also Facebook and vk.com are handy tools to make connections and find groups by interests here too.

neighbours and friendship:
We have "hard to forget" historical purposes not to believe our neighbour (e.g. you can read about repressions in Soviet Union). It seems strange, but people in the neighbourhood usually don't talk with each other. But nowadays old habits is no more relevant, and most people understand it. So you can at least try to establish contact ;)

links:
https://r.onliner.by/ak/ - flats to rent. (not the cheapest, but very descriptive)
https://e-dostavka.by/ - online food delivery. afaik good price/value.
https://34travel.me/gotobelarus/en - useful guide. also good resource itself.
http://kyky.org/ & http://kaktutzhit.by - do not offer translate functionality. but you can find some info there using browser translate-page feature.
chrome://settings/?search=Offer+to+translate+pages+that+aren%27t+in+a+language+you+read - setting in chrome browser to translate pages to english.

You are welcome.
Born and raised in Minsk, 28y. Male.
aem on Oct 03, 2018:
I am relocated to Minsk about 6 month ago with my family. My family consist of 3 members.
Advantages:
- Clean city with forests
- Public transport just works as expected.
- Have a lot of kind people

Disadvantages:
- Products are not so fresh in shops as I used to see. But there are some Bazars where you can but fresh fruits if you like fresh fruits and vegetables
- Private kindergartens are very expensive if you are comparing it with average salary of citizenship. And it is not easy to take place in government kindergartens. Really cost for 1 month for per child private kindergartens not less than 300$ )
- If you love east cuisines, it will be unhappy with meals cooked here. But you can find restaurants which was opened with east traditions.
moris on Feb 06, 2018:
i am looking for an appartment in belarus. not really at the center town. ranging from 100$ to 200$ thanks
Mmm on Oct 30, 2017:
I bet all bad comments from russian people. They think if they vilify neighboring countries they do a good job for their country