Cost of Living in Minsk

Summary about cost of living in Minsk:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.86 € 6.23-12.80
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 29.35 € 18.06-45.14
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.47 € 3.61-5.42
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.81 € 0.90-2.68
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.71 € 1.81-3.61
Cappuccino (regular) 1.60 € 1.27-1.90
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.70 € 0.45-1.35
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.50 € 0.27-0.90
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.51 € 2.05-3.34
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.51 € 0.39-0.73
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.25-0.64
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.09 € 0.90-1.41
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.40 € 2.03-3.28
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.46 € 1.19-1.64
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.67 € 2.05-3.28
Apples (1 lb) 0.44 € 0.20-0.70
Banana (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.41-0.61
Oranges (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.47-0.82
Tomato (1 lb) 0.80 € 0.49-1.15
Potato (1 lb) 0.19 € 0.12-0.32
Onion (1 lb) 0.21 € 0.16-0.41
Lettuce (1 head) 0.90 € 0.87-1.25
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.57 € 0.42-0.90
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.22 € 4.51-9.03
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.84 € 0.68-1.08
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.76 € 1.27-2.31
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1.35 € 1.33-1.81
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.27 € 0.26-0.29
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 13.54 € 11.93-18.46
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.66 € 1.35-2.26
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.39 € 0.34-0.56
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 2.61 € 2.26-3.61
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.63 € 2.22-2.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,268.32 € 9,931.83-18,057.88
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,648.72 € 15,349.20-20,985.10
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 47.10 € 31.46-71.75
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 € 0.02-0.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 12.66 € 9.03-18.06
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.81 € 18.06-45.14
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.95 € 9.03-24.48
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.06 € 2.99-4.51
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 407.05 € 270.87-541.74
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 5,371.43 € 2,531.85-8,667.78
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.62 € 30.43-90.29
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.15 € 18.06-57.85
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.40 € 54.17-126.59
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 84.60 € 54.17-110.15
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 368.33 € 270.87-451.45
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 241.01 € 180.58-310.78
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 579.53 € 451.45-722.32
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 380.84 € 316.01-496.59
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 140.48 € 109.05-184.54
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 98.61 € 83.88-115.81
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 428.27 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 14.50 10.83-14.45

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Last update: November 2019
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22 Comments so far

#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 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: - flats to rent. (not the cheapest, but very descriptive) - online food delivery. afaik good price/value. - useful guide. also good resource itself. & - 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.
- Clean city with forests
- Public transport just works as expected.
- Have a lot of kind people

- 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
#Dmitry on Nov 02, 2016 :
Currently you can rent a One room apartment about 200-300$ in the Minsk(300 - center). ~500$ will be 3 rooms.
#Christian on Jul 15, 2016 :
The new currency rate of New Belarusian Ruble or (BYN) 1:10000 Old Belarusian Rubles 1BYN:.50US$ and 1US$:1.98BYN
#KAZAK on Jun 06, 2016 :
Such an amazing city with terrible state management, if people dont have enough money here, only reason is their management attitude of government, imported products are much tax added and final prices are extreme level for this people, people are not stimulated to create their own business here, Although many people have good education level, they are having difficulties about finding a job. In this city if you earn about 600 dollars for one month you can only make your stomach full, rent, health and fun expenses are extra for this money. Even this bad economical situation, people are so kind, and they care about city, it was one of the cleanest city i' ve ever seen. I wish government will open their economy to outside with fair economical conditions and both inside and outside of country business partners and citizens will have good living conditions!
i wish all this nice people good luck!
#Vlad on Mar 29, 2016 :
You need at least 600$ per month to rent room and to buy food. (300+300)
#stephan on Mar 19, 2016 :
Hello guys please can u help me to know this I i want to visit beralus I have $1400, I need to know as its enough to spend for 3 months thank I'm from Tanzania
#Xz on Feb 24, 2016 :
Around 50% of the lines should be revised downward as cost of living and and average income have significantly decreased in Minsk in 2016 due to slowdown in the economy.
#Andrew on Jan 20, 2016 :
About poor country and so on. There is no place to park you new BMW or Volkswagen in Minsk or nearest small cities, or in other city-centers ;-)
#Andrew on Jan 20, 2016 :
The problem is in currency rates. Everything, what was entered a few month ago are now cheaper if to convert to $. Also, there is no sense to check prices of half a year and more ago.
Safe, clean. Good place to raze kids. Huge problem is health of kids in winter. Usually, it's one week per month at home, because of flue or cough.
#test on Jan 13, 2016 :
- Extremely high devaluation of currency.
- dictator on the throne
- people within this country are weak and cowardly
- terrible influence from russia (the main drawback)
- extremely overrated cost of accommodation
- authorities lawlessness
- safety and sterile cleanliness
- good condition of public transport
#Thomas on Dec 30, 2015 :
I am a Westerner who lived in Belarus for over a year. Most comments I read here were complete bogus. Belarus isn't as bad as often portrayed by the media. However, living in this country might be a bit of a (financial) challenge to some. The fairly frequent devaluations often only hit a part of the population. Go local and save money in Dollars or Euro.

First a general note: people in Belarus often look a bit grumpy and closed, but once you get to know them I find most people very trustworthy and helpful. I have never ever been cheated in Belarus.

On a Western European salary Minsk isn't an expensive city, but on a local salary things change significantly. Due to the quasi-command economy that Belarus still is, imported goods can be outrageously expensive. Hefty taxes are levied on imported goods and due to the lack of competition among retailers (and corruption) clothing, fruits and vegetables and many others goods are expensive. The housing market isn't that great either. Most apartments are in an appalling state and renting a place is expensive. Landlords in Belarus are the worst I ever encountered. Salaries in Vilnius, Lithuania are significantly higher and pretty much everything is cheaper in Lithuania (with the exception of vodka, cigarettes and bus tickets).

What is cheap in Belarus?: public transport, potatoes, vodka, cigarettes, bread, most dairy products, taxis)

What is expensive in Belarus?: housing, everything imported (and despite the state-led economy, Belarus doesn't produce that many consumer products)

Average salary in Minsk (2012): $400 (I think its inching towards $500). Some people make as little as $200 a month, but I met many that earned around $1000 a month. Most of those worked for a foreign (often Russian) employer, though.
#The merchant on Dec 08, 2015 :
As belarus is a landlock country is suffer from a great deal of problems. And we humans like to take advantage of other people situation that why we make other human beings product. We have made women product. The main reason for proverty is lack of sea port and education. As an investor i would definitely not invest in belarus. Most of the country which suffering from landlock are poor. But we should show some respect towards the people of belarus. Some comments are really inhumane. Please guys show some respect at least to the women.