Cost of Living in Moscow

Summary about cost of living in Moscow:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 600.00 руб 500.00-1,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,500.00 руб 1,850.00-3,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 300.00 руб 300.00-400.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 90.00 руб 60.00-200.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 200.00 руб 120.00-300.00
Cappuccino (regular) 172.39 руб 100.00-250.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 52.14 руб 40.00-100.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 36.94 руб 20.00-60.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 243.41 руб 189.27-302.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 33.64 руб 25.00-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 31.04 руб 22.68-45.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 80.34 руб 60.00-103.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 245.43 руб 181.44-362.87
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 118.29 руб 90.72-158.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 230.66 руб 181.44-294.84
Apples (1 lb) 39.96 руб 27.22-54.43
Banana (1 lb) 28.02 руб 22.68-36.29
Oranges (1 lb) 37.52 руб 27.22-60.78
Tomato (1 lb) 73.16 руб 45.36-113.40
Potato (1 lb) 15.59 руб 9.07-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 13.52 руб 8.62-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 73.56 руб 45.05-110.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 41.88 руб 30.00-60.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 500.00 руб 350.00-700.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 63.58 руб 50.00-80.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 131.43 руб 90.00-200.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 120.00 руб 100.00-140.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 52.00 руб 40.00-55.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,000.00 руб 1,700.00-2,075.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 руб 99.00-200.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 19.31 руб 14.48-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 540.00 руб 480.00-720.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 152.19 руб 143.85-158.99
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,100,000.00 руб 800,000.00-1,300,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,150,414.35 руб 950,000.00-1,400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 7,754.25 руб 5,000.00-10,625.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.99 руб 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 453.79 руб 300.00-600.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,845.85 руб 1,666.67-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,668.92 руб 750.00-2,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 400.00 руб 350.00-500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 33,107.84 руб 20,000.00-45,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 712,941.18 руб 360,000.00-1,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,736.19 руб 3,500.00-8,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,124.02 руб 2,000.00-4,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,800.58 руб 4,000.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 7,710.21 руб 5,000.00-12,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 58,427.90 руб 45,000.00-75,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 34,190.65 руб 30,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 119,904.38 руб 80,000.00-200,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 60,757.51 руб 45,000.00-80,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 30,039.55 руб 22,296.54-41,806.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 14,073.68 руб 9,290.23-18,580.45
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 59,370.77 руб
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.73 10.00-14.00

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Last update: February 2018
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#John on Jan 02, 2018 :
Average salary in Moscow in 2017 is RUB 72k, this however vary a lot from the particular role, most educated people working in finance/IT earn around RUB 150k-200k net per month (these are my company salaries we had in 2016 for mid range managers). Rent expense vary a lot, you can easily get studio in decent condition for $30k a month near metro but in the suburbs, I had 2 bed appt in Sokol district (nice one) for RUB 55k. Food is generally good and cheap (cheaper than in my home in Canada, BC ), just look for local one and traditional one, seasonal fruits/vegs are amazing. Best shops to purchase quality food are Vkuswille, local markets (Danilovsky, Leningrdasky) and big super markets like Karusel and etc. There are few expensive grocerys like Azbuka Vkusa and Globus Grume, but I think it is not worth of spending big buck there for same you can get in other places. All related to kids sports and education is super cheap and cannot even be compared to US/Canada . Private hospitals are western standard and relatively cheap, including dentistry, make sure your employer provide good insurance than it will be almost zero coin to spend. Transport is also cheap and extremely reliable (buy card Troyka which can be used for various transportation types), yet very packed during the rush hour. Clothing and kids toys are twice more expensive than in US/Europe, I would recommend to buy things while travelling. Fuel same as US price, taxi is super cheap and good, just use UBER/Yandex taxi apps and never ever catch a car on the street. Mobile/internet just cost nothing, you can get 10 GB plan with unlimited calls for 10 bucks or less, quality is amazing.
#D on Jan 02, 2018 :
Edible sausage from 1500 rub per 1 Kg. Average prices for meat products
#D on Jan 02, 2018 :
Basic for 85m2 Apartment (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) + overhaul (mandatory payment, in 2017 equals 1445 rub) = 11000-15000 rub
#D on Jan 02, 2018 :
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) + overhaul (mandatory payment) in 2017 85*17 rub = 1445 rub for 85m2 is 11000-15000 rub
#AEC CORPORATION on Nov 03, 2017 :
I have only been to Russia once. The first place I went right after the long trip out there, (which, about 14 hours btw, from September to February, it's cheaper to fly... like a third of the cost we're talking 500.00 round trip compared to Peek time which is around 1400 to 1800 round trip. ) my wife and I went to Saint Petersburg. OMG, amazing! Worth the 9 hour train ride. We went on a romantic boat ride to see all the architectural buildings all lit up, and all the bridges lit up. Putin's version of the white house, but much more extravagant!!! I believe we paid around 500 roubles each. If you speak fluent Russian, you'll get your tickets cheaper. If you can't speak Russian, everything is more expensive!! They sometimes triple the cost, because US money is worth quite a bit more. 100.00 is about 6000 roubles. But a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, that are from Russia, which has way less chemicals than the Marlboro's the US have, are only $.98 that's right, less than a dollar. They have pretty gruesome photos on their packs of cigarettes that will remind you every cig you have, that you should quit!! Any way, the old castles, mansions, museums, which ever, are wonderful to see how the rich lived Many years ago. WOW!!! MOSCOW was an amazing city. The subway architect, the wonderful museums, the restaurants are all pretty amazing. Their food, at home and in the restaurants, taste so much better because everything is much more fresh. When you live there, you are going grocery shopping every day or every other day because there are not preservatives in all the food so it had to be eaten within a couple of days. Ut just depends on the season. If you buy from mom and pop store, most don't use preservatives... back in the 80's, there were no preservatives. Milk you can still buy from the farmers in the area...3 litres of cow milk 130 roubles, goat milk is about 130 for one litre. You bring it home, boil it, then put it back in the old glass milk jugs that back in the day were delivered by the milk man, (but then to many married wives were getting more than milk from the milk men when their husbands were that was told to us by a Russian native on a tour bus... trying to make a joke, because Russians are usually very quiet and have a stern way of talking... that makes you think as US citizens and other countries think this as well, That when Russians talk,they sound so pissed off, but they are not!! It's just how they sound, however, most Russians are straight to the point, don't sugar coat anything and don't beat around the bush!! If you break down on the side of the road in Ivanteevka,just outside of Moscow about 30 minutes North East,everybody and their grandmother, including the police, Will stop to help you get back on the road or help push you of the road until you can get a tow truck... will drive to a gas station for you and bring you back gas, water, oil, what ever you need for the quick fix, even if you have no money. If it's not too far, under a mile or two, they'll(usually like five people) push your car all the way to the gas station. I would have to say that 80% off the people walk at least for twenty minutes a day. A lot ride bikes in the summer time. Public transportation widely used Moscow... the train is used a lot. You don't see puck up trucks. Box trucks are used for businesses. My wife rents out an apartment in Moscow for 800usd a month. Moscow is pretty expensive compared to income, but the outskirts, the same apartment would be 450 USD. Anyway, I love the people in Russia. I guess there are racist in every country, but from my experience, far and in between. Got along with most even in the late hour bars. Closing the bar there, is 5 or 6 am..... just in time to go to work!!! Hope this was helpful a little, but I definitely want to visit again!!
#Oleg on Oct 31, 2017 :
Yeah...I think the monthly income number is probably beefed up a bit to give impression that people live better. I can not imagine monthly average being $1000. But again, Russian government is known for its trolls and so called Kremlin Troll Factory, so I am not surprised. In my estimation the true income level s probably between 600-700$...
#Moscow citizen on Sep 16, 2017 :
Moscow of 1970 year and Moscwo of 2017 year - great degradation in all fields:
1. policemen are mainly in the subway, at the streets these are absent and usually they come when crime is ready,
so you must have defense before;
2. food in city markets is of low quality - You must visit many shops to buy eatable food, and of hogh prices is sometime falcificated, for example cheese - 80% falcificated - official TV an Rospotrebnadzor data, yes such paradox; many food with expired quality is in sale, be carefool; some food categories are dangerous becaue of addinf different chemical substances instead of materials, especially: sausages, sweets, juices, wines, bakery, be carefool;
3. medical service is completely corruptioned - they want to know you money sum in Your pocket and use it for not necessary "analyses", investigation and medical drugstore comissional premium; as the result of such medical level degredation those who must care for national healthcare use for themselves European clinics instead of Moscow - for example he delivered Alina Kabayeva in the Germany for child birth, because in all Russia was not any normal clinic for them.
Very very sad to obzerve degradation of life level here
#Giovanna Affuso on Apr 10, 2017 :
Hello everyone! Since I am going to spend three month in Moscow to study russian, I would like to know which is the average cost I could have per month (not including the accomodation) Thank you a lot!
#Arthur on Mar 26, 2017 :
Please find me a flat for 3000$ in the center. Buying tomorrow.

"After the crisis the real cost of things like renting an apartment is:

cost per 1 month
1 bedroom $250 / $600 (in center)
3 bedroom $500 / $900 (in center)

price per square meter is: $1500 / $3000 (in center) "
#Bed parkash on Feb 21, 2017 :
can we maintain our life style by
salary in moscow? & what about hostel fee?
#Anonymous on Jan 18, 2017 :
country for survive, rent 60-70% of median salary in any region
#Susan T. on Jan 14, 2017 :
Please compare your Distribution of expenses using our statistical model next to the USA Distribution of expenses. This way people will understand how much Russia has improved and where it needs to go.
#Anonymous on Jan 08, 2017 :
Right now, people spend about half of their salary on food. Rent 20000-50000 rubles per month average salary 42000 rubles per month. Cost of living: 40-50k rubles per month
#Alex on Oct 27, 2016 :
Shut up, Russia is good if you know how to live properly.
I'm a Russian and I can speak English better than some of the people in Australia!

You Patriots
#Shahvir on Oct 23, 2016 :
It all depends on what and where you buy things from
#Alexey on Oct 11, 2016 :
I put average income at USD1.2K. That is an average for an experienced clerk. But on average the salary is about USD0.9K

Expences on average seem underestimated by maybe 30%. If I take my girlfriend to a cafe every weekend and to a cinema every two weekends, and if we travel sometimes, the spending on a single person without rent is about USD1K.

I am living in Moscow.
#Mark on Sep 28, 2016 :
Hi I am going to Sarapul next year and was wondering if £1000 pounds would be enough for 3 weeks stay
#Salim on Jul 18, 2016 :
Hi there , i want to study in Moscow , i want to know how much is the cost of living per a month in a vrage? ( Except the housing and transportation) please
Soon replay
#Boris on Jul 08, 2016 :
Sorry, I mixed up the links. Here is the second
#Boris on Jul 08, 2016 :
With regard to the average wage.
See the average wage in 2016 (Article published in February, but I can see that nothing has changed).
You can also see the average salary in 2015
Where in Moscow the average wage of 25,000 rubles, I do not know. The tax paid by the citizen of Russia 13%. Those. 25,000 + 25,000 * 0.13 - it will turn out less than 30,000. 30000 rubles - the average salary in Russia. In Moscow, it is twice more than in Russia.
Regards, Boris.
#BALK on Jun 19, 2016 :
Average income only 790$ in Moscow? I think it's much more...
#Ivan on Apr 02, 2016 :
The food prices are outdated. Everything is currently more expensive.
#Ayman on Jan 20, 2016 :
Hi Everyone i will be at Moscow For a Week With My Girl Friend That Is From Russia , i am Just wondering how much should i have for a week for hotel , food , clubs & other issues ?
it will be great if someone could help answering me . my email address .
Thanks & Best Regards
#ZR on Jan 05, 2016 :
After the crisis the real cost of things like renting an apartment is:

cost per 1 month
1 bedroom $250 / $600 (in center)
3 bedroom $500 / $900 (in center)

price per square meter is: $1500 / $3000 (in center)

as one person already mentioned here, always use local services to get the real prices.

rent or buy aparments:

to get idea of cost of food:
McDonalds :

Pizza (international brand):
- the cost of the same type of pizza is 2 times lower than in NIGERIA!!!!!

after this info now imagine how much fun you can have in russia :-)
#Ilya on Dec 09, 2015 :
A couple of tips for foreigners visiting Moscow:

If you need to use a taxi, use UBER or GETT apps for Android/iPhone. You'll get best rates and best cars, you can pay with credit card, and most importantly you won't need to negotiate or even speak Russian.

For rent, use CIAN.RU, it's basically Russian Zillow.

And by the way, free medicare and free schools are not so free. First, they are tax-funded. Second, schools and especially public medicare are very low quality, anyone who can afford it uses private ones. Third, even in "free" hospitals and schools one has to bribe heavily in order to get a service.
#Anon on Dec 09, 2015 :
#zafar, you cannot settle in Russia. First, entry visas are hard to get. Second, everybody hates Muslims. Third, everybody hates foreigners, especially South Asians. Forth, very few people speak English much less Urdu. The only Pakistani people in Russia are diplomats and businessmen on business trips.
#Ilya on Dec 09, 2015 :

Why would you want to move to Russia for retirement? Climate is bad, very few people speak English, people are not friendly and not service-oriented, and many are hostile to foreigners especially Americans, housing is what "projects" in US or France look like, decent restaurants are very expensive. In addition to that, Moscow has all the drawback typical for huge cities: air pollution, traffic jams, overcrowded public transportation etc. Moscow is a good place for highly-skilled expats to make big money (given they are sent to Moscow by an employer to oversee local office), but the quality of live is very low (unless you are willing to spend a lot).

Why do you even consider Russia before more traditional retirement destinations with superb resort climate and resort culture like Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Thailand or Malaysia?
#Kris on Nov 04, 2015 :
Moscow is much more cheaper than this, really, Moscow is a really a cheap city
#Andrey on Nov 01, 2015 :
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#RussianLan on Oct 17, 2015 :
The prices is not quite fair. A lot of data depends on the places you visit.
#Alexander on Jul 19, 2015 :

It will depends on what you consider decent life, in Moscow rent prices are very high, from 500 usd per month for 1 room apartment in bad neighborhood to 750 usd for 2 room apartment in same location, utilities will cost about 65-75 usd per month (but will rise with time because of high inflation). Food prices are lower than in US, but restaurants aren't that cheap with average meal for one person in mainstream chain restaurant will cost about 20 usd. So if you want live in Russia i will suggest another city, like Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod or Kazan where you can save money on rent (up to 100 per month), utilities and markets for something more engaging.
#Don on Jul 05, 2015 :
I receive my retirement of 1,000.00 per month here in united states, what I would like to know could I get by on that amount of income an live half way decently in russia
#anny on Jun 21, 2015 :
I will be in moscow for 8 days with my friend how much money should anyone of us take with ? for transportation , food, shopping and so on?
#Vladimir on Jun 02, 2015 :
I am living in Moscow. It is good city to live. I can give you some advices which you may need. This my email For living in rented apartment you need near by 1500 USD- is not very luxe level, but it depends of your lifestyle. Good luck!
#zozo on Apr 20, 2015 :
I'd say prices mostly accurate, some bit higher, some bit lower. If you have any price related questions, please ask.
#zafar on Mar 02, 2015 :
kinldy tell me how i can settle in russia i m from pakistan and i have arround 10000 us dollar and i want permanent residence of russia kindly email me good suggestion no false statement plz my skype id is
study4all kindly add me
#anonymous on Feb 28, 2015 :
moscow is very rich city, salaries are not ultra high, but households has low debt and lot of cash to spend, i have data the moscow area (15-16 mln peoples) has 4 times more retail sales above finland (5 mln peoples, one of the richest countries)
#Mariss on Feb 08, 2015 :
I live in US and my salary is $2,000.00 per month after taxes. I am American middle class. I have to pay $100.00 for my car insurance, $300.00 only for HOA, $300.00 car payment, $120.00 for gas, $250.00 utilities. As you see nothing left for rent or house payment after you add food cost of about $400.00 per month and medications, clothes, personal grooming. I was not able to survive in US without my parents in Russia, who bought me a little condo. I would have better life in Moscow and to worry about US unemployment rate of 18%.
#Naswar khan on Jan 08, 2015 :
pakistan : we earn 200$ a month but live better life than usa, because every thing is so cheep,average person can afford every thing very easyly,,,that way we are at 16 number in happiness index list and usa is at 52
#Julien on Dec 27, 2014 :
in the year the average net wage in Russia is 27778 rubles and the double in Moscow.All numbers of incomes are boosted.Same for costs of things.
#Nelson on Dec 12, 2014 :
hi! #Mac
i think with your budget , you can afford what you said. i understand your situation and im also a foreigner living in Moscow.
In case you need a help to find accomodation , our real estate company will be happy to assist you.
My name is Nelson and im a real estate broker at Point estate.
if you have any question, my email is OR call me on +79262482069
#KomEska on Dec 03, 2014 :
Right now all prices are incorrect. Most of them are 20-40% cheaper. I suppose, it happened because of falling down of the exchange rate of Russian Ruble. And the priced were typed earlier in USD when it was 30 Rubles per 1 Dollar. Right now it is 53RUB=1USD. And the prices haven’t changed so dramatically.
#Rodney on Nov 27, 2014 :
Like in most countries the cost of living in Russia will very depending on how wise you are. I have spent 1 month there with a Russian family and three weeks by myself. I found food prices there comparable to food prices in Australia provided you knew where to buy. Cheaper than in Europe. But then again I may have been ripped off in Europe being a tourist. No I looked in supermarkets and European Supermarkets were more expensive. That can happen everywhere to tourists. Alcohol was a fraction of Australian prices and European prices. The main thing to do was buy the Russian made Chinzano etc. Not the imported stuff. The Russian stuff always proved to be just as good. Fares were a fraction, going to the Dentist a fraction, medicines much cheaper if you went to a traditional Russian Pharmacy - much more expensive if you went to a new Western Style pharmacy. Russian soap powder was cheap but Western Brand soap powder was twice the price. The Russian one in my mind was far more concentrated probably making it about 25% of the price. Many Russians as someone above said still are of the impression most Western things are better and are still buying them for prestige reasons. My experience was the opposite. I found the traditional Russian product always as good if not better when I had an astute Russian to guide me. Russian toilet paper is half the price of western brands and just as good etc. At the traditional Russian pharmacy when I had a crook tummy it cost me about $10US for five charcoal tablets off a big roll and 5 antibiotic tablets off a similar big roll that had me feeling OK next day. Next time I went to one of the newer Western style pharmacies and paid $47US for some expensive German made crap that did not work as well. Your choice if you live and work there. Get the flu and all you need to do is go down to the nearest hospital/clinic and a nurse will check you out and give you a long acting antibiotic injection. Cost less than $5 with the advise to come back if you were not better within a week and see a Doctor. From memory the doctor was free. That was not me but one of the Russians I stayed with. Taxis are far cheaper than in the USA, Europe and here in Australia if you know how to negotiate the price. When I was with Russians I was amazed how cheap they could get a Taxi. Negotiation. When by myself I got ripped off. Overall I am certain a Russian who gets free medical and free heating in winter and free education and basically free University education for family members could live well in Russia on about half the money you would need in the USA and many European countries. The dentist bill for one would be a fraction of the cost. Electricity and Gas prices also are very low in comparison. Most of it depends on how astute you are.
#huh on Nov 16, 2014 :
I was offered a job as a anonymous comment writer in Moscow - news websites, blogs, youtube, etc. 30 rubles a piece is the offer. How much can I expect to make every month doing this job? Is that okay to survive in Moscow? Thanks!
#livingSpace on Nov 14, 2014 :
Down with Russia currently, the main instigator of oil price raisers is good and helpful to this poor world, especially many countries without being attached with the free source of oil in their land because oil price has been gradually restored to its former price, the former price was less than 20 US dollar a barrel.
So poor people like us no need to feed inhumane, wasteful, greedy, lazy oil for main revenue dependent countries by depleting all our hard earned cash.
US, UK and the European countries have accidentally contributed restoring the oil price towards former day but not yet reach the price of less than 20 US dollar a barrel so these countries still need to continuously relentlessly contribute until the result is achieved.
Every one should work or else aggressively sucking other blood with the free source of oil is not fair at all.
Yes, oil rich nation no need to work but should be reasonable with the selling price of oil not to harm the world economy. Everyone suffer through the manipulation of oil rich countries resulting inflation which has been increasing all the time to match the current blood sucking old price.
oil price should be restored to its former day the soonest possible quickly , the pre-bush war era or else inflation shall continue to haunt the whole world where there is no salary increment to match the bloody oil price and our blood are sucked instead to pay those who make a living purely by extorting unacceptable blood from victims of people like us where no government intervene to help us with justice of oil price.
Now it is the action time for US, UK and European heroes to represent our hardship and rescue us all from slavery of oil price trap which is the work of idle people, not content with the millionaire status probably pursuing trillianaire status even at the cost of destroying the healthy world economy to achieve their selfish greed.
#Dennis on Oct 19, 2014 :
Hi Rishi. 600USD is very close to a minimum salary in accordence with the law. It will not be easy to survive
#Dennis on Oct 19, 2014 :
Hi Mac, 300K RUB is 7500USD a month. You will pay from 75-100K RUB for 2 rooms apartment (in a good newly built house).I do not exactly how much you will pay for the school for children because it depends from free state school to very costly privite schools (and like everything in Russia) you may be suprised that there are a lot of state schools that are much much better than privite ones. So i think that 300K is enough for living and you will save 60-90K a month
#Varun on Oct 12, 2014 :
Hi, I am looking for accommodation preferably with Indian (if not with someone who can speak english). The place should be preferably near to Denamo metro station (Green line) or at maximum 60 mins away to reach Denamo station by metro.
If someone is looking for room mate or want to rent room, plz contact.
#Mac on Oct 05, 2014 :
I have been offered a job @300000 rubles per month. we are a family of four, is it a good salary to live in Moscow with rent and education ?
#rishi on Sep 20, 2014 :
Hi friends.i am from india and i got the opportunity to work in moscow bt the salary offered is 600 usd it worth to n accommodation provide by co. Currently my salary is 26000 inr
#Hans on Sep 19, 2014 :
I find these data TRUE.Just some of them are boosted.Greetings to the site.Moscow like all russia is to me like all western people backward and poor.
#Anonymous on Sep 07, 2014 :
Typical Russia countryside
#Galkan on Aug 27, 2014 :
Hello everyone,
I did not know Moscow was so expensive and all until i read these posts below.
This forum helped me a lot. I have been offered 220K per month with rent paid. From what you guys been telling, guess it is quite enough. I'll take the job. Thanks a lot everyone!
#Betty on Aug 01, 2014 :
Immigrants to USA come from 3rd world countries, the same is with Russia, though Russia doesn't put people in private gulags like in USA, 2 million people in jail, that is real dictatorship of just a few families.
#Eskil on Aug 01, 2014 :
These 11 million peple arrive from very poor countries..3rd world..Russia is second world.Russia is really poor and backward but rich to these poor people.The poverty and backwardness of Russia are made worse by dictature.A shaabby and poor place.
#Dan on Jul 25, 2014 :
I am sure any nation like Russia, which received 11 million foreign workers is a dream of millions more...
#Mariya on Jul 23, 2014 :
Our country is awful because our government robs people and our people are so stupid and lazy to allow the government plunder them. I`m doing all I can to leave this awful country, crazy Putin and stupid people. Putin, burn in hell, please!
#Sam on Jul 21, 2014 :
Russia is so "poore" - it is a destination of 11 million foreign workers, full of ferraris, lambourginis, and 3 million new cars every year
#Oliver on Jul 18, 2014 :
Russia is poor and backward and you fell this much more also because of dictature.The level of life is very low and dictature even makes it worse!!!
#Mike on Jul 18, 2014 :
The centres of Moscow and SP are 15 years or more back compared to the western EU places,Moscow and SP outskirts are 30-35 years back...countryside impossible tro say...may be 50-70 years...i'm not so old!
#Sam on Jul 18, 2014 :
An italian with 195925 $ as net wealth according to Credit Suisse is 23 times richer than a russian (8714$).The italian is 9th in the world per capita according to Credit Suisse Global Wealth report.Italian is richer than a german,than a british ,than all scandinavian except norwegians,than japanese and so on.A greek is 4.5 times richer than a russian and even a colombian is richer.Russia is a poor and backward country.
#Robert from USA on Jul 15, 2014 :
I am from the states and actually in Russia now. Trying to compare Moscow and St Petersburg to the west, especially US is ridiculous. Mainly because these two cities are much older than Western Cities and a lot older than the states. Moscow is it's own country pretty much.

The problem I have is when you continue to make your currency, you can afford anything. 100 Rubels equal $2.9. So how are so many driving in nice cars? Unlike Dubai where the currency is equal to the dollar if not richer, Russia just continues to print off money. When the Euro was twice as much as the dollar, Europeans could come to the states and pay half the amount they would in their country. But in Russia, they just inflate the Rubel to match the dollar. That will never yield a strong currency, just make your currency even worse.

Truly look around the area, if Russia was doing so well, you would not have to pay to use the restroom everywhere. Never seen that in any country I visited and especially never seen it in the states.
#Alex on Jul 07, 2014 :
To Mido
I think 47k is enough if you don't have to pay for rent.
Typical bill at a restaurant is 50$ per person if you stay away from luxury and tourist-oriented places in Arbat, for example.
And almost every caffe offers so called business-lunches for 10-15$ during business hours.
Night clubs can be expensive though: long drink for 30$ is a common thing.
Museums are very cheap as I remember (Kremlin full ticket is 10$).
Stay away from unauthorized taxi drivers - they cheat. Use app for an official one.
Have a good time is Moscow!
#Mido on Jul 06, 2014 :
Hi guys , is it enough to visit Moscow with 47,000 RUB for a month ?
keep in mind that i will stay with a friend so no rent, and also no shopping just enjoying the city etc ... is it good enough, A lot , or little ???

Also i that amount good if i will stay in like a guest house maybe ? Thanks guys.
#Anonymous on Jul 04, 2014 :
people are saying there is some problem in wenter we can not work that is true plzs ans me thanks
#Sinisa on Jul 01, 2014 :
Mladene, sklanjaj ove CIA botove, samo ti pretvaraju sajt u svoju propagandu
#?? on Jun 22, 2014 :
one thing i forget to tell you is that this country is better for tourism purpose or trip
#?? on Jun 22, 2014 :
i dont beleive that the salary per month that shows. the real situation is very difficult.

the truth is that the country is still very poor and there may be problems of peace.
#Moderator on Jun 13, 2014 :
Please refrain to comment about other cities and countries. It is not helpful here.
#forget CIA propaganda on Jun 11, 2014 :
If Russia was like Romania, then why millions of Moldovans who speak Romanian go to Russia, and not to Romania? Because in Moscow they pay 1500 for worker, and in Bucharest (European union) 300 euros, big difference.
#forget CIA propaganda on Jun 11, 2014 :
1 Tyumen Oblast Tyumen Oblast = Norway 57,175
2 Sakhalin Oblast Sakhalin Oblast = Hong Kong 43,462
3 Moscow Moscow = Netherlands 40,805
4 Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Chukotka = Australia 39,220
5 Saint Petersburg St.Petersburg = South Korea 25,277
6 Tatarstan Tatarstan Slovakia = 23,290
7 Komi Republic Komi Republic = Saudi Arabia 22,335
8 Leningrad Oblast Leningrad Oblast = Saudi Arabia 21,549
9 Sakha Republic Yakutia = Saudi Arabia 21,159
etc etc
#Ivan Vladimirov on Jun 07, 2014 :
Countries in Western Europe by GDP per capita vs. Russia:

Russia - $17000


Germany - $38000
Italy - $29000
Portugal - $22000
Lituania - $22000
Greece - $21000
Romania - $14000

Russia is closest to Romania per capita GDP.
#Ivan on Jun 03, 2014 :
I live in the USA,Florida,Palm Beaches.
I consider this to be the paradise...there is work and there is economy and of course Summer never ends.Perfect place...
When I go to Russia,Moscow I feel happy, I almos cry how great I feel
I see centuries of history,millions who give their lives for the freedom of the
World...I see the most beautifull
churches...people with strong
faith......I know they are not as rich or
as organised as some western
countries...but they will get there.

How much is heart, soul...or happiness...Priceless :)
#Dmitry on May 31, 2014 :
#peter 80k rub is a nice salary for a single person if you don't have to pay rent. You probably won't be able to save much, but that depends on your preferences and your way of life. If you can choose the area of your residence, better go for the center of the city (inside the Bulvar ring) or such areas as Shabolovka, Park Kultury, Universitet (near Moscow University), Kievskaya etc.
#Sam on May 30, 2014 :
hm everyone claims his nation is richer than Russia, but Russia bought 200 billions of American bonds, so you live off Russian money, Chinese money, etc.

America is investing billions of $ into propaganda, but noone can deny that Moscow is bether off than the majority of bankrupt American and European cities.
Moreower, Russian unemployment rates are much lover than European, and Russians get free medicare, free schools, and much cheaper gas and oil compred to Europe.

15 years ago, Moscow was poore, today it's better off than most of European cities, and in the next 15 years, average resident of Moscow will have at least 50% higher purchasing powers to the average in the USA.
#from Europe with love on May 24, 2014 :
I've been visiting most of the EU and USA cities, but the Moscow made special impression, the quality of cars I could compare only to Dubai.
Russia is a rich country, especially the energy is cheap, compared to EU, gas prices are at least 2 times cheaper.
#peter on May 22, 2014 :
I'm going to Moscow with a salary of 80.000 rubels and rent paid. How god/bad is this salary?
#May on May 21, 2014 :
we should also take into account that Moscow has 1 % unemployment rate, and Russia 5%.
If you want to make more moeny than in Moscow, Siberia and other provinces pay a lot more, especially in gas and oil businesses, average workers there make 2.000 euros a month.
#May on May 21, 2014 :
I went to Moscow a few months ago, there are millions of immigrants in Russia, I think 15 million from former Soviet Union, China, Moldavia, Romania etc. Gas prices compared to EU are a lot cheaper, oil for cars is 3 times cheaper etc, many things are cheaper.
I also think that everyone gets full medical covered, pensions, etc.

If you compare the whole picture, then I think Moscow is a lot more wealthy then average Italian or Greek city, but still not so wealthy as Switzerland.
#Varun Garg on May 20, 2014 :
Can someone help me knowing safety of Indians in Moscow. Are there cases of Racism?
#Varun Garg on May 19, 2014 :
@ #Anonymous:
Thanks a ton!
Your suggestion helped a lot.
Now have accepted the job that i been offered.
Hence i am looking for Indian buddies with whom i can accommodate in Moscow.
Can any one help me out with that.
#oleg on May 17, 2014 :
Hey guys...Russia is a poor country THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBTH ABOUT THAT. The fact that the wealth distribution is one of the worst in the world and that as a result Moscow comes out on the top should not obscure that fact. Even in Moscow it is only a tiny elite (businessmen close to government circle or corrupt government employees) that really "owns" the wealth that everybody talks about. Others including those in the middle class are struggling. Life for them is nothing like middle-class life in the West. The average monthly salary might be $1200-1500, but with prices that high you really would be better off in some other capital in a more developed country in Europe.
#to Sam on May 09, 2014 :
Sounds like Kremlin propaganda to me:) Moscow is run down in relation to how much money there is. Of course, the middle class does exist in Moscow. Yet the average standard of living is a far cry from Vienna....
#Sam on May 06, 2014 :
I've been last week to Moscow, before that, I lived in USA, EU, and I must say, Moscow looks like a very wealthy city, and in the average, I would guess people have higher standards of living than people in Vienna.
That is the reality, and not statistics, because in Russia statistics don't work, many people receive just 30% of the wage officially, and another 70% in cache.
#Anonymous on May 02, 2014 :
#Varun Garg on Apr 30, 2014 :
100k rub gross (~87 k netto) it is not big salary in moscow.
try to ask ~120 k. It's a good salary
#Varun Garg on Apr 30, 2014 :
Hi Guys

I am being offered a job in Moscow with 100000 RUB Gross.
Can any one tell me how much i can save after deduction of tax, accomodation, food per month & other utilities.
#Lilian on Apr 25, 2014 :
Steven ,you must visit the coutryside))) It seems to be in the Middle Age.!!!Be careful to John could meet him))))
#Steven on Apr 25, 2014 :
Russia seemed to me poor and backward in Moscow and Saint Pet.They seemed compared to western EU 15-20 years back in the centres and 35 in the outskirts.
#Larry on Apr 25, 2014 :
A greek is 4 times richer than a russian and even a turkish is 3 times richer than a russian!!!
#John on Apr 25, 2014 :
An italian is 23 times richer than a russian according to Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report.An italian is richer than a british,tha an german,than a swededish and so on.The italian is ranked 9th in the world as net wealth and Italy as nation 5th,before than UK.1 italian=23 russians!!!))))As net finacialwealth an italian is 28 times richer than a russian according to ALIANZ AG Report)))
##S on Apr 18, 2014 :
Hi #Borja RUB45K for 1 person is ok as a minimum. Please note that you can not save a dime with such an income
##S on Apr 18, 2014 :
Well, all clothes (lets say from Zara to Zegna price range) in Moscow are 30-50% expensive than in Europe; sports club yearly pass starts from USD800; ticket to cinema - USD10-15
#S on Apr 18, 2014 :
To #BAKA RUB65K = USD1800 (36rub for 1USD)
Monthly expenses for 2 adults& 3 y.o.child will be:
- Food RUB30K as a minimum (without buying good wine etc.)if you buy food once a week in a hypermarket (its cheaper than in food store)
- good quality fruits&vegetables are very expensive
- clothes (zara, h&m) are 30% expensive than in Europe
Bottom line USD1800 is NOT enough to live in Moscow, ask for RUD100K
#Nawid on Apr 17, 2014 :
I have a question, how much will be the cost of living in Moscow without house rent transportation and food per month? i asked just meddle of living cost for clothing,Sport, extra expenses,
#BAKA on Apr 09, 2014 :
Am being offered a position in Moscow for about 1.5 years..
Schooling, medical and acco will be taken care by the company.. and we will get about 65000 RUB in hand after taxes..
Considering I will be moving with family ( wife and 3 yr kid), how much would be the approx monthly expense in your views .. as the expensive items are paid for, basically we need to pay for food / local travelling and other daily misc expenses..
Seek advise..
#Borja on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi guys, is it enough

48000 rubles plus accomodation to live decently 1 person in Moscow?

Thanks a lot.
#Anonymous on Apr 07, 2014 :
guys - we need to put things into perspective here.
For starters I still don't understand why we talk about Italy here..
Since we're at it, this wealth report is skewed
The wealth of Italians is not liquid: the reason why Italy ranks so high is because the majority of Italians own a house and most people own a summer house as well.
Thanks to the Euro, the prices went up and now most homes are worth 3-4 times their original price.
However, in terms of income (salaries), Italy is not on the same level of Germany, England or even France.
#borja on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi guys, is it enough

48000 rubles plus accomodation to live decently 1 person in Moscow?

Thanks a lot.
#Dmitry on Mar 30, 2014 :
So now 30 march 2014 шт Ьщысщц
the cos of Gasoline (1 liter) not 31.77 руб but approx 33.50 руб
#Anonymous on Mar 23, 2014 :
I wonder how apartment prices per sq. meter have changed in the Moscow center over the past 4-6 months (I mean apartment price per sq. meter in dollars)? Does anyone have any proven information...can anyone help?