Cost of Living in Moscow

Summary about cost of living in Moscow, Russia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 800.00 руб 500.00-1,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,500.00 руб 2,500.00-6,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 400.00 руб 354.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 200.00 руб 120.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 230.00 руб 150.00-400.00
Cappuccino (regular) 204.73 руб 100.00-350.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 74.55 руб 50.00-150.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 46.51 руб 30.00-100.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 330.76 руб 264.98-378.54
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 50.48 руб 36.29-90.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 53.09 руб 36.29-81.65
Eggs (regular) (12) 122.87 руб 93.60-144.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 352.45 руб 227.25-680.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 161.80 руб 108.86-204.12
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 320.85 руб 226.80-453.59
Apples (1 lb) 54.67 руб 31.75-76.20
Banana (1 lb) 44.15 руб 36.29-68.04
Oranges (1 lb) 53.23 руб 36.29-113.40
Tomato (1 lb) 107.77 руб 54.43-158.76
Potato (1 lb) 31.78 руб 18.14-45.36
Onion (1 lb) 24.77 руб 15.88-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 95.19 руб 55.00-150.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 50.95 руб 35.00-80.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 700.00 руб 450.00-1,200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 70.91 руб 50.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 148.10 руб 100.00-250.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 190.00 руб 155.00-230.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 50.00 руб 46.00-61.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,360.00 руб 2,000.00-3,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 170.00 руб 139.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 руб 16.09-48.28
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 540.00 руб 520.00-1,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 198.88 руб 181.70-211.98
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,200,000.00 руб 2,000,500.00-3,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,292,816.71 руб 2,000,003.00-3,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 9,070.27 руб 6,550.00-13,033.33
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) 517.01 руб 420.00-750.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,408.31 руб 1,666.67-6,666.67
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,130.71 руб 1,555.00-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 450.00 руб 350.00-600.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 40,477.15 руб 30,000.00-70,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 672,152.56 руб 470,575.00-1,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 6,528.55 руб 3,000.00-12,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,525.64 руб 2,000.00-6,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,471.14 руб 5,000.00-12,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 9,090.64 руб 5,000.00-15,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 68,694.75 руб 51,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 41,315.64 руб 35,000.00-55,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 144,826.56 руб 100,025.00-250,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 74,219.71 руб 60,000.00-110,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 46,926.83 руб 37,160.91-78,966.93
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 25,017.16 руб 21,739.13-32,515.79
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 84,156.38 руб
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.83 9.00-15.00

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Anonymous on Jul 01, 2022:
It's obvious who commented below me is a British punk so he must adhere to his Russian wifey so she will stay with him.

There's no propaganda involved concerning the Russian military raping children and women at will. Satellite evidence doesn't lie because those images cannot be manipulated especially since it's a live feed.

Putin has a confirmed 73% approval rating which was verified not just heresay.The majority of Russian citizens have always been treacherous but this time there's no guess work the world has seen it.

Russians are habitual liars overall. The Russian military if you want to call it that is on display for the world to see and it's the laughing stock globally no doubt.

But judgement day is coming very soon to Russia. Watch and learn how the world won't let it go until every Russian in Russia or living globally will swallow the bitter pill they've earned that being death.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2022:
The person below clearly drank a bit too much of the western propaganda koolaid.

None of these things were said about Russia before now suddenly they are killers and rapists. What changed? The entire Russian population? Or perhaps Western propaganda that brainwashes the gullible “save me daddy” Westerners on the daily?

The same propaganda machine that proclaimed vaccines stop transmission to admit that it didn’t, Covid came from Chinese people and eating bats to admit that it didn’t, that Ukraine was winning all along and now it’s not, there are Nazis in Ukraine (pre 2022) but now there aren’t because they have a Jewish president (2022). Men can get pregnant. And so on and on.
Anonymous on Jun 29, 2022:
It doesn't matter if Russians do an about face and act nicely anymore. Fact is it would be a death sentence globally for Russian citizens to travel anywhere.Since Russia wants to be a sovereign country they got their wish for many decades to come no doubt. Anyone who favors Putin,or the Russian citizens who support putin,are cold blooded killers and child molesters ie rapists.

Russia continues to show the world how heartless and brutal they are and they brag about it.Countries around the world will hunt you down you cannot hide from the world even if you're in Russia.
Anonymous on Jun 27, 2022:
Uninhabitable Russian maggots evaporating screams of agonizing pain music to the world's ears.
Anonymous on Jun 27, 2022:
Within a short time Russia will be inhabital due to very high levels of radiation. Slow agonizing deaths mass starvation has a nice ring to it as the world watches Russians melt down.Finally the sounds of total silence as russias civilization becomes extinct.
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2022:
Travel to Russia should be avoided due to civil unrest. Any foreigners should refrain from investing in any real-estate or business acquisitions as well. Opening a personal or business bank account should be avoided due to confiscation of funds by central bank of Russia or other banks. It's highly possible future business dealings with Russia are risky to say the least.It'll be decades before Russia shows any signs of improvement financially or structurally The only reasons why the ruble is showing value is due to 50 billion to save the ruble from tanking, however that won't last much longer. So anyone thinking about investing in Russia will experience zero net gains but instead major financial losses.
Anonymous on May 21, 2022:
You Russian trolls posting here are failing at glorifying Russian approvals throughout Russia which is false. The only thing popping up the rouble is fake data the central bank of Moscow is supplying. Once a liar always a liar Russians are known to be habitual liars. But one things for certain the parties over for the Russian economy. Pushed out of the global financial market pushed out of global trade,but who really did the pushing from day one? Russia did so Russians guaranteed themselves a ride back in time let's call it 4 decades back in time or more. Another reality being outcasts globally undesirables filthy pigs nobody wants to be around let alone be allowed in other countries.Nobody wants to do business with Russia anymore for good reasons obviously. The world will watch Russians starve to death it's already happening now. Humanitarian aid won't arrive from any country but instead turn Russia into a burning inferno.The smell of your burning flesh excites the world but your deaths will be more exciting.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
I'm now in Russia, so lemme tell you who really support Putin and the war. You can devide Russian people in 2 generations. The older one (30-75 years old) they ussually watch TV, so you can expect a big part of them are brainwashed. I would say 90%, including my father, grandmather, aunts and uncles. I managed to cut off the TV antena a few years ago for my mother and installed YouTube. When the war started I from time to time showed her the reality, videos, pictures, youtube videos and she firmly against the war now. So guys the situations is not desperate!
What about the younger generations (to 30). You can subdevide to 2 categories. 1 is modern and open-minded, and 2nd are naive divs from contryside who are used to watch TV. It's hard to pinpoint the scale but I would say the open-minded category highly preveils in the cities, conutryside doesn't really bring any political value. So about 80% (based on how it feels like) are good and anti war. So good are 10% in older generation and 80% in younger. What's the root cause of everything that's going on right now? TV.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
20% mortage like Harare( Zimbabwe) or Ababa (Ethiopia). Best country to born, live and die. Buy a cardboard box for a Russian, and he will be happy. The quality of housing in Moscow for this price is terrible. Watch the video reviews of apartments from the residential complex "Peak" if you do not believe
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
Rub/USD 0.00952. Prices so height, but salaries is not raise. Life in Russia isbe unpredictable and uncomfortable now
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2022:
Russians support Putin 100%. So we believe that our country is not responsible for total destruction of Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, we dont think that over 17000 of our soldiers died in Ukrainian war, we dont think that Belgorod just across the border from Kharkiv eas attacked by Ukrainian army which caused huge oil refinery blasts and ammunition explosions…

We also also dont think that ukrainians in this current special operation could down 140+ of our war planes and 7 navy boats and we dont think that our army is running from Kyiv because they were almost surrounded there by Ukrainians! We know for sure that our conscripts are not being thrown to war and are not captured by their side. All such videos released by Ukrainians are fake. We trust Putin and know that we are fighting NATO in Ukraineand that it is simply a bloodless special operation! Long live peaceful and Nazi- free Russia!!
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2022:
To all Russians

We arrived in Russia incognito recently and have distributed our special recipe for you to eat throughout Russia. Our job finished in Russia. We will watch as we feed all things that breathe in Russia their final meal,a quick flash non-existence guaranteed,enjoy your meal
Zigis on Mar 31, 2022:
Juokdaris, tu pats puikiai zinai kad tokios raides kaip į ž š ū bei kitos specifines lietuviskos raides ir nosines nieks internete ne raso, nes ilgai uztrunka, o raide “i” ilgaja as negaliu ivest per telefona, nes ekranas duzes ir neveikia ekrano dalis.
Joe Bidon on Mar 30, 2022:
Anonymous BOT who wrote the message on Apr 23, 2019. You said that you have lived all your life in Russia in the town of Kasimov? Let's start with the fact that if you are Russian, you should know that in our country the KGB has not existed for more than 30 years. Further, the nonsense that you are talking about beatings, capturing your sons and so on is such that I cannot take it seriously. Life which you describe literally as if you are talking about the serfs of the 14th century. Harvesting firewood to heat your food and not die in winter, fishing to prepare supplies for the winter ... You probably also live in the forest? Do you have a fishing license and permit? Do you have a license to cut wood? We have environmental protection and nature, you will be slapped with such a fine for this that you really start to starve. Then you say that in Kasimov there is no electricity and gas for more than 10 years, no one at all ... This is a lie, you have never been to Kasimov, apparently. Kasimov is a beautiful historical town in the Ryazan region, there are many churches, there is a Kremlin (who does not know, almost every historical city in Russia has a Kremlin. The Kremlin is the Russian name for the central fortress / castle in the city). Here everyone has electricity and gas, there are banks, restaurants, factories, car services, hospitals, and so on. Do you think all this works on firewood?
Zigimantas on Mar 30, 2022:
I am a Lithuanian, I came to Moscow 5 years ago from Vilnius, life in Lithuania was not the sweetest because of corruption and police arbitrariness, and the average salary was 450eur. In Moscow, I receive (like many of my friends here) 78,800 rubles per month. The city is beautiful, very clean, a lot of police and very safe, in general, living here is not expensive but not cheap either. The people are friendly. Very good public transport, but there are a lot of traffic jams in the city, so I advise you to take the metro. I have been to many cities of the “golden ring”, and many others in the central part of Russia, everywhere is very beautiful, clean and comfortable, but the difference in prices compared to Moscow is colossal and not in favor of Moscow. In general, the article is very informative and realistic. I would like to draw the attention of decent people to the Russophobic and deceitful comments of bots that spread misinformation. It's not true, don't believe them, these people have never been to Russia, you can see it, all they know about the country is propaganda and lies. Relatives from Lithuania often call me and fear for my life, I cannot understand how they brainwash you there? I feel safer here than anywhere else.
Anonymous on Mar 29, 2022:
Anonymous, I'm not sure who're you writing this for, but since this site is about statistics, I'll do this community a favour and factcheck your comment.

You will earn nothing - pro-government commenters sometimes are offcially employed and are paid an adequately
Russia is disconnecting from the global internet - not yet
every Russian citizen has lost their jobs - no
bank accounts due to the ruble becoming worthless - no
Lets see over 13,000 protesters were arrested - kind of
beaten badly - usually people get forfeit or 15 days detention
Russian citizens are that angry - sadly they are not
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2022:
Currently 117 rubles to 1 usd The world has turned against putin and his regime obviously. But China sees an opportunity to crush Russia which isn't a hard task. Invade Russia use Russian women for their whores working in Chinese casinos in Russia. Keep making big mistakes putin because the cccp thanks you for handing your country to us.

Anonymous on Feb 18, 2022:
Costs of everything in Russia are very expensive now especially here in Moscow. Deep cuts in salaries haven't helped at all due to lack of business and being closed for almost one year didn't help either. So hold off on trying to predict costs for now since items normally purchased change upward daily.
Anonymous on Jan 30, 2022:
The U S is military is hopeing Putin will make the grave mistake of invading Ukraine. It'll take years not months to pick up the dead in Russia but we'll start with the Kremlin just to prove a point.Putin already knows his fake power play hasn't gone unnoticed by the most lethal military on the planet the U S military.Run away quickly very fast run for your lives because once the mighty U S military strikes not one living thing will be breathing in Russia talk is cheaper than action.We will kill you run away fast but you won't be able to escape the death blow delivered by the mighty U S military rest assured. Where is your fuking Jesus now Russia. We will put you in your graves with your imaniganiry Jesus buried alive. I smell burnt puddy throughout Russia, women won't be spared either but that's not a loss they'll be used for fertilizer just like all Russians will be.

The End
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2022:
Putin talks alot of trash about his so-called ZIRCON Hypersonic missles but they don't exist. I defected from a very high level position in the Russian military not long ago.

Certain inaliation of everything breathing in Russia is imminent should Russia continue to taunt the U S military. That also includes China.

Both countries talk alot of trash but in the end the U S military will smell the bodies burning in Russia and China and the landscape scorched to ashes.
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2021:
Russia is already a statistic but Putin is raising the bar towards a nonexistent statistic.Putin and the Kremlin prides itself on deception of having weapons of mass destruction that doesn't exist.

Ask any honest Russian how they're progress is going towards even visiting the. U S. and they'll say no visitors from Russia allowed.

Putin like the Kremlin is a non-productive entity and its been that way since day one. Unfortunately Russian citizens endure the fallout and yes I'm one of those Russians on the receiving end just like many more millions are.

Putin has made it impossible for citizens to live even decently but he turns a blind eye like the Kremlin does daily.

Putin likes his photo ops with Russian women in groups though but the only reason women attend is for exposure to the world and nothing more.

Price fluctuations are too unstable to actually predict on a daily basis.So to the ones giving costs of things according to their renditions I say F U because unlike others I live here in Moscow.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021:
Nothing on here is correct never will be. Besides why would anyone ever want to live in Moscow or anywhere else in Russia? The currency has never been stable alcoholics galore both male and female. Let's not forget women on the streets day or night transmitting their communicable diseases selling themselves for a few rubles.
Anonymous on Aug 19, 2021:
All the text written by Valery below is the complete opposite of reality, except the amounts...Family of three takes about 70 KRub per mo at least, except rental payments, just for feed and few entertainments.
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
Muscovites ' idea of a decent life is as follows: to have a spacious apartment in the city ($200,000 - $ 300,000), a country house with a plot of land for summer holidays ($100,000- $ 200,000), a Korean or Japanese car ($20,000- $ 30,000), to give children a higher education ($20,000- $ 30,000)
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
The locals are very respectful of their city. In this regard, you will practically not see garbage on the street.

In the city center, as it is not strange, mostly newcomers or young people live - the closer to the center, the more difficult it is to deliver a child to school or kindergarten.

Labor migrants in Moscow are mainly from Central Asia. They work in taxi, construction and retail. They all speak Russian and are very kind, although they are prone to deceit.

The police are loyal to foreigners, no one will intentionally offend you. Most likely, any police officer will think 10 times before contacting a foreigner. Of course, if it is not connected with a gross violation of public order - in this case, they will not stand on ceremony.
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
Medical care in Moscow is free of charge. This means that your life will be saved without any conditions. Without five-star comfort, but quite qualified and modern methods. But, of course, no one will treat your chronic diseases for free or do a massage.

Education for children is free and is at a fairly high level. At least the schools are comfortable and safe, and the teachers are sufficiently qualified. Children at school are not aggressive - there are no fights and other violence in schools. Most likely, everyone will want to be friends with a foreigner. This, unfortunately, does not apply to children from Asia, because of the contemptuous attitude towards migrant workers.
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
The salary of a city bus driver in Moscow is about 60,000 rubles.

An English tutor who gives private lessons receives from 2,000 rubles for a 2-hour lesson.

A year of study at the university costs from 200,000 to 500,000 rubles.

There is practically no street crime in Moscow. At least if you get robbed on the street, this case will get into the newspapers. The murders are mostly of a domestic nature and occur among the marginalized. Street drug trafficking does not exist at all.
Julia on May 10, 2021:
Yan, that looks reasonable and similar compared to our calculations just we rent for 60k as we use a 2 bedrooms flat in the centre.
Yan on May 10, 2021:
Household of four total monthly costs:97k Rub, including 2 bedrooms rent 45k Rub. Total Net payroll income of my wife and me: 350k Rub. Annual savings about 2.3 Million Rub. And we are far frim being a part of the rich crowd here.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
I love it when Russians shoot my Hawaiian pizza and then throw the pizza in my face. The gunpowder from the bullet is an excellent garnish for my pizza.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
I want to have affairs with 3 foreign men in Moscow who are married for mutual benefits.
Anonymous on Mar 20, 2021:
I agree with the previous comment. In a way numbers shown here serve no other purpose then to prop up Putin’s corrupt image! In reality paid internet trolls probably enter inflated data when things are not what they seem
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
These comments about salaries in Moscow and Russia are laughable.Putin has raped Russian citizens financially along with other high level people in government and private favorites of Putin who work together with him to financially enrich themselves.Let's see Putins current net cash worth is 213 billion usd no joke. He also has a huge Palace he owns in Russia along with a mansion in Switzerland and one in France.Not to forget 9 private jets he owns and numerous exotic cars. Look at the watch on his wrist next time it only cost $85,000 usd.
Antanas on Mar 08, 2021:
It is important to understand that Moscow is not Russia, as salaries are much higher. Statistics on averages in Russia:

Average salary 449 EUR (net), minimum 120 EUR (net). Average pension 166 EUR.

Interesting to mention that minimum salary is even lower than in Ukraine,the country which always Russian propaganda attacks... Even more painful for Russia is that the averages in the Baltic states (post-soviet), which said strict NO to Russia and have put all efforts to become western people ARE MUCH HIGHER:

Average salaries in Baltic countries: Estonia 1214 EUR (net), Lithuania 967 EUR (net). Average pensions are around 450 and 500 EUR respectively. Minimum salaries 546 EUR and 468 EUR, respectively in net terms. It is clear that the "failure" states (according to Russia propaganda) are doing much better.

Its very sad that Russia being sooo rich in natural resources and plenty of smart people is totally lagging behind providing normal living standards for their ordinary citizens...
Anonymous on Feb 26, 2021:
I would like to know what is “City Centre” for Moscow? For me the rents look relatively low.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
If you're going to be on an English writing platform then write English that makes sense other than make excuses for you being an uneducated African boi.Otherwise get on an African platform where you're from.I live in Moscow always have boi.Everyone here knows your game dude.You're just another one of those punks that show up on here and other platforms occasionally with your brand of bullshit that nobody believes.I cannot see your messages anymore liar just blocked you wannabe Russian.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
Learn how to spell if you're going to troll people punk.You're obviously bored with your menial existence liar.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
The way you word your sentences makes me think you're from Africa and you probably are punk.
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2020:
There are very few high earners in Moscow more like 85% of workers get between 60 to 70 rub each month nonskilled workers 45rub monthly.
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2020:
Average salary in Moscow is overinflated because of the high number of high-earners in Moscow. So ~70% get less than this 114000 rub/mo of average salary.
Anonymous on Dec 13, 2020:
Maybe you live in a different Moscow than I do hum? Doctors, lawyers, and real-estate companies normally make 100,000 to 165,000 each month per employee depending upon their specialty so that doesn't fall into the category of median monthly salaries.114,000 may look like an average monthly salary to you and that's your opinion which I respect,but the reality being that's not correct.If you've ever worked in Moscow you'd know my numbers are correct because I'm from Moscow. The majority of information online is way over inflated by the Kremlin to make things look progressive.But the reality being the majority of people originally from Moscow live with their parents or relatives. It's not uncommon to see adults and their children living in one small house with their parents.As far as real-estate companies go,the Kremlin dictates which real-estate companies flourish or become nonexistent. Much of that depends upon how connected that real-estate company is with the Kremlin. Once again you have a right to your opinion, but just remember propaganda within the Kremlin is big business reputation wise.
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2020:
As Humira is considered to be a life saving drug, prices on it are state-capped. If you are in hospital you can get it there for free, otherwise you need to buy it in the pharmacy
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2020:
114000 rub/mo looks like an average salary rather than a median. Median wage in Moscow in 2019 was around 66000 rub/mo
Anonymous on Dec 05, 2020:
2020 minimum monthly wage 20,195 rubles average monthly wage before taxes is between 60,000 to 70,000.
pinky on Nov 14, 2020:
The average salary in Moscow by 50% of the population is at least 114,000 rubels per month (GBP£1,120). Rentals are 50-65% lower than in London (and even then I am sure the actual rental prices in London is far higher). This means the Russians have higher living standards than the average Londoners... Pretty depressing.
Marc Ray on Nov 09, 2020:
Hi there,
I am just wondering if anyone knows whether there is any discount from the government on Humira injection. This injection pen is used to maintain Ankylosing Spondylitis. This is kind of a deal breaker for me to move to Moscow.
Many thanks for your answers
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2020:
However, problems can be if a) you need expensive drugs prices on which are not state-controlled (although state caps prices on lifesaving drugs, some can still cost a lot) b) somebody else is living off your pension (in Moscow there is a big-big rarity, but in depressive villages/towns it is not as rare) c) outside Moscow minimal pension is less than that sum(average is ~15k, minimal is at the "pensioner's living minimum", which is something like 9-10k). d) (practically) all housing in moscow has utilities, as practically all housing without them was demolished,but it's not the case in smaller&poorer cities, so some retirees indeed don't have utilities(although state caps utility expenses as 22% from the income).
. on Jun 18, 2020:
Before saying why say if. Minimal pension in Moscow is 19500 Rub/month, + there are social card discounts on food/drugs and free transit for them. If you have the place to live (like the vast majority of moscow retirees), you won't starve on that kind of money. Although of course it will be a frugal life.
Marie on Jun 17, 2020:
I have a question. If it's cheap and elders get pension which I know isn't much why they starving n no utilities?
Anonymous on Jun 11, 2020:
65000-70000 rub average
After all major expenses(rent 1 bedroom close to the center or good area 40000,utilities 4000,food at supermarket 12000,monthly pass 2200,internet 400,mobile 400) you will have approximately 6000-11000rub (85-160$). But you can rent nice 1bedroom at the edge of the city near metro station 30000-32000rub plus utilities 3000-4000 rub
Daniel on Mar 30, 2020:
The site's averaged numbers are true. I am from Moscow and get 70.000 rub net. Being single, I pay 30.000 rub per month for a low-class one room apartment outside of city center. In fact, the closeness to the metro here is what is important, so you could live quite far from the center but still feel comfortable if the apartment is close to the metro. The remaining money (40.000) is comparatively enough for life, but you would want 50-60.000 rub per month excluding rent to lead a comfortable life.

Everything above 100.000 per month is very good, if you live alone. If you are recruited here from abroad, there's a high possibility you'll get more.

Public transportation is very cheap, compared to practically all Western world, yet high class. I personally prefer Moscow underground to New York's, Paris's etc. Telephone+internet is cheap and typically includes lots of free GBs for 10$/month. Flats are warm during winter, and bills are also VERY cheap compared to e.g. the EU - water, gas - after living for some time in Germany and in Denmark, I began appreciating both the warm flats and the low bills in Russia :-) Also, life is quite safe here, and all the stories about tanks/bears on the streets are what they are - just stories.
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2020:
Im very good photographer for girls
Manisha brar on Feb 20, 2020:
I want to know my husband visit today Russia in Moscow for language course in Russia , is it helpful to get job over there and is it possible to give interview online and get work visa for me.
Anonymous on Jan 16, 2020:
Yes, seems to be ok
The cheapest accommodation ( bed with roommates, койкоместо) is 5000R/month
Badwolf on Jan 14, 2020:
I will come for a job next month to moscow.
my salary will be 45,000/- rub per month.

hope to dedicate 6000/- rub for expenses. is it okay..??
how much will be a cheapest accomadation there..??

Thank you.
Evgeny on Dec 14, 2019:
Internet connection in Moscow is as fast as 100-200Mbit for 500-700RUB, which is extremely cheap and good.
Mobile connection - a 500 minutes and 10-20Gb traffic contract costs about 750 RUB, and 4G coverage is great!

Plenty of 24h groceries, bars, etc.
Service level is moderate on average, and is rising from year to year.

There is something else you going to get living there.
Most of ordinary Russians are very warm, sincere and ready to help a foreigner. Some have grim faces, true, but if you ask for help - they will try to help you. When we smile you, we do that sincerely.

Take into consideration one more point.

Most of world media belongs to people who hate Russia and Russians. It is no surpize that Russians are demonized and accused of all world's problems. Don't let that media make your opinion for you - just come and see for yourself. You'll be surprised, I promise.
Evgeny on Dec 14, 2019:
Although most data seams reasonable, there are some notes I'd like to add.

Generally quality of life is quite high in Moscow, and one of the highest across Russia, of course.
Main drawbacks are distances and traffic, dirt all around for 6-7 months a year (Oct-Apr) and poor food quality.

Public kindergartens and schools are free in Russia, however, there is no guarantee for availability, especially for kindergartens.
I doubt (although don't know for sure) medical care is free for non-citizens, so private insurance would be some 70k RUB/year. Anyway it is must-have, as public healthcare wastes your time way too often.

Public transport system is well-developed and continues to grow. Ticket cost is extremely low, taxi rides are moderately-priced.
Driving a car in Moscow for an unprepared non-resident is quite a trial: intensive and dense traffic, aggressive driving, cameras everywhere. Be prepared if you try, and start from car-sharing, which is also quite developed.

As for safety, most of districts are safe. There is a lot of video surveillance around, and I guess one need to put special efforts in order to get hurt. However there are lots of people who will try to con a foreigner. Police is not willing too much to help you if you run in trouble, so don't be too trustful.

The city has loooooots of places to visit, and if you are interested in Russian culture you'll keep yourself busy for a year, I guess.
City parks are being developed, although there are not too many of them (depending on district however).


For a single person approximate spendings would be about 90-100k a month, half of them for 1-room apartments next to subway station in a good district, that saves much time. This is valid for economy mode. For "middle-class style living" I'd reserve 120k, again, half for apartments.
For 3-member family one would need some 130k + apartments - 55-80k.

Actual spendings will very depending on lifestyle.

Salaries (as I see them for Dec 2019)

Average salary for an IT specialist varies from 50-80K (tech support engineer) to 150K (qualified system administrator or highly specialised engineer) and 180-200K for a middle programmer with some good background, and even higher for senior professionals. .
Others earn much less. An average salary is some 80K.

What is also important to keep in mind is that Russian personal income tax is as low as 13% for residents, non-residents owing a patent, or highly qualified personnel.
Ilia on Nov 28, 2019:
Its enough. Rent is 27000 rub there.
Hookah is about 1500 rub
10000 rub for food.
Gym is 2000 rub per month
Anonymous on Nov 26, 2019:
> Please advise, 100.000 Ruble is enough for single person ?
Anonymous on Nov 21, 2019:
or maybe I've gone a bit overboard with the half, as 1br rent at Vnukovo is 25k. But anyway, I suggest sth like 40-50k can be enough for living expenses per 1 person, excluding rent
Anonymous on Nov 21, 2019:
Of course, 100k net is more than enough for a single person. In fact, it's possible to save up a half of that salary (maybe, even more, depending on the lifestyle of course)
Birol on Nov 18, 2019:
Dear All,

I will come to Moscow after new year. My salary will be 100.000 ruble per month. I need to find flat near the Vnukova Airpot.

Please advise, 100.000 Ruble is enough for single person ? I am going to gym and smoking hookah. Im not using alcohol or cigarette.

Have a nice day :)
Constantine on Nov 07, 2019:
>>>...and the russian education system is also worse than the US system, based on international education scores.

Don't agree with that statement, since simple check shows that Russian scores in Mathematics, Science and Reading are higher than in the USA

As a muscovite, I would say that cost of living in Moscow is higher too, than described on the page:)
ddd on Nov 05, 2019:
Wait, what about this news? Maybe PISA and TIMSS are bribed by the Russian government? Moscow life expectancy, by the way, is meager 78.2 years - the same as in some absolute shitholes like Washington D.C.
Anonymous on Oct 29, 2019:
@Anonymous you are exposing your ignorance here. Russians work more hours than US citizens on an average yearly basis. Also, Russian salaries are much lower than in US and the russian education system is also worse than the US system, based on international education scores. The life expectancy is also much lower in russia, and the healthcare is of lower quality as well. Russia is an absolute shithole, and even self-aware russians know this lol.
Anonymous on Oct 28, 2019:
It doesn't matter what's on paper employers are obligated to provide. If you are employed officially, good luck trying your luck in Russian corrupted courts where who bids more becomes the winning party.
Most of the jobs don't provide you with official employment.
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2019:
The standard of living is determined not only by the value of goods and services. In Russia, for example, for every second born or adopted child of a mother, the state pays the amount in rubles equivalent to 7,000 US dollars. Also, after the birth of a child, each child of a mother is entitled to a year and a half of paid leave. Any employer must do this and it does not matter if it is private or public.
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2019:
Yes, the standard of living in Russia is of course generally lower than for example in the USA, but at the same time, Russian citizens spend several times less time and energy on work than Americans. Each Russian has 70 days of annual vacation and holidays. And it is guaranteed by the state. Sick leave and disability are paid. Free education (of a sufficiently high level) and medicine (not the best, but absolutely free, including many drugs). If we correlate the amount of work performed by the Russians and the standard of living, then this indicator in Russia is much better than in the United States.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2019:
VLADIMIR NIMCHENKO, Your efforts are good but you cannot convince me formerly living in Moscow almost 12 years that Russians are welcoming.In general the majority of Russians are unwilling to give respect to foreigners from any country regardless. I'm nice to everyone my nature but it didn't do me any good. I tried to socialize many times often for many years but I was treated like an outsider alot. I don't need to answer your questions to figure out I wasn't welcome.Theres a reason why 136,971 Germans left Russia Americans Italians Greeks Central and South American people left including Dutch Swedes British Australians the list is long.Although I have no hatred for Russians or anyone for that matter I gave up and left because I couldn't find a friend or friends.Your survey is your business but you're wasting your time.
Vladimir Nimchenko on Aug 27, 2019:
Hello, Friend!
My name is Vladimir
I have a blog in instagram (vladimirvozd) where i introduce persons who came to Moscow for a living.
You know Russians are a bit of a closed people. And My aim to show local that foreigners are not aliens from another planet) that foreigners - are the same people as we.
My goal is to introduce people to a different opinion and culture
Could you please help me and answer few written question?) (4 minutes)
Main questions: What are you going to share with Muscovites (walking together speaking english, culture discussion....) and what you would like to receive (good company for football stadium visiting, studying Russian, joint jog...). Two -three questions. Your answer- i show as my post. Maybe it would be start of big friendship with someone for you. Are you agree to answer few question? Do you have insta account? Answer me to e-mail or @vladimirvozd
Anonymous on Jul 17, 2019:
"Second, schools and especially public medicare are very low quality"

Medicare - partly agreed, schools - no.
Anonymous on Jul 17, 2019:
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child - 644,196.99 Rub. What`s that? Education for children is free in Russia.
Igor on Jul 02, 2019:
The provided data look quite accurate.

Some observations:

A studio rent in a decent neighborhood would cost approximately 35 000 - 40 000 rubles/month
One bedroom - starting from 40 000 - 45 000 out of the city center and 55 000 - 60 000 inside of brown metro line.

Utilities are cheap enough - not more than 4 000 per 45 m2.

Internet and phone bills are unbelievably cheap and the quality is excellent.

Regarding the salaries - well, it's hard to get less than 60 000 net if you work hard. Plenty of job opportunities.

Having 100 000 - 150 000 per person requires extra abilities and expertise.

200 000 per person is considered as a high salary and one can afford an upscale lifestyle.
Felix Rauschensky on Jun 27, 2019:
> there is a huge number of people which get from 10.000 to 20.000 RUB including a lot of teachers and med sisters and also doctors

good joke but it is not true
Anonymous on Jun 17, 2019:
According to the Moscow Times from 2019 Feb, 9th while coming from the official federal statistics service figures:

- average brutto income in Moscow - 2017: 69.000 RUB
- average brutto income in Moscow - 2018: 81.000 RUB (~ 1.125 EUR, 72 RUB/EUR)

- average brutto income in Russia - 2017: 39.490 RUB
- average brutto income in Russia - 2018: 43.400 RUB (~ 603 EUR, 72 RUB/EUR)

As you know, the average income means that more than 1/2 get less in real ...
What's more, there is a huge number of people which get from 10.000 to 20.000 RUB including a lot of teachers and med sisters and also doctors.
Moscow is a completely different world as a rest of the country.

The fakers trolling here about figures even higher than 100.000 RUB average should be ashamed (!)
On the other hand ... the most known TV propagandists ("troll-journalists") on federal TV channels get from 300k to more than 3M USD yearly. Yes, their average is "slightly" higher than 100.000 RUB. :-) Russia today ...
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
Putin made four investment mistakes gambling will what little money Russian citizens had left this year.As a result taxes are going up in Russia 33% more by October 2019 what a shame Russian citizens need to bear the financial brunt of Putins grave mistakes.To top it off the new retirement age of both men and women will be 74 years old starting January 2020.What little people get on retirement pensions now will be lowered once again to 21% less per month due to Putins mistakes.Putin stole over 200 billion dollars from Russian citizens.He made the comment during an interview when he leaves office in 2024 he wants to live a private life.I'd say Putin will need to find a different country to do that in because Russian citizens won't let him do such.He stole the money so living anywhere he wants won't be any problem.
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
#To Stranger You must be another one of those Russian operative wannabee"s but you never lived in the U S because the wording of your grammar is nill to say the least.I've visited Russia numerous times over the years.Russians didn't need any help demonizing themselves they're like that naturally.
Stranger on May 24, 2019:
Moscow is nice city, people are nice and cost of living is +/- 15% from mentioned above. I work for company which pay's my apartment and utilities.
Russian people are demonized over the last century, and to be honest it everything opposite from what I learned about Russians.

I'm really enjoying living and working in Moscow, I would recommend to everyone. They are much warmer personality (ordinary people) than people from most of Western country I've been living.
Anonymous on May 17, 2019:
And the same goes for Russian women also with Russian men who cannot afford to buy a woman a cup of coffee let alone give security.Well maybe for 20 minutes or less, obviously a matched set.
Anonymous on May 17, 2019:
There's nothing more adorable than women in Ukraine dressing to the nine's in second hand clothing scantly dressed trying to give the impression of status, which is unbelievable.Look at wages that are 4th world throughout Ukraine, and figure out it's all a fallacy to try to intice foreigners, which rarely works anyway.
artyom on May 15, 2019:
Do not listen to "educated" guys with average net salary 150 000 Rub +. Your salary depends on your personal connections and your family connections, the same job could be paid twice less in the same company, I worked with the guy who did not know English at all (job required fluent English), he had no technical certification and good university eductaion (working in technical support!), his average month net salary was close to 80 000 Rub, my salary was slighly more than 40 000 Rub (in Moscow).

Now my average net month salary is 68000 Rub, but my company has a lot of problems and I am afraid to loose work soon, I am searching for another job more than 6 month now and can't find any with at least 65000Rub net per month. I have master degree in Physics, fluent Englisg, Cisco CCNA, know Python programming language (not guru, but I wrote not trivial applications about 1000 lines long for my employer). If anybody in Moscow can give me normal paid job or somebody abroad can give me remote job, please write to me , I'll provide you with link to my CV.
Anonymous on May 02, 2019:
# Kasimov when will Russia get free speech and internet as the new Ukrainian president mentioned? Putin stole $200 billion USD from Russian citizens.Will citizens demand their money back without being imprisoned for life? Will the Kremlin stop stealing Russian citizens money? When will Russia citizens wake up and realize what's happened to all their money? When will Putin restore retired pensions of Russian citizens he stole from? When will you get your head out of your ass,commie?
Anonymous on Apr 23, 2019:
To Russian citizen, I agree the elite is responsible in Moscow for the majority of Russian citizens not having anything of quality.I know because my family and I have lived in, Kasimov all of our lives.My two sons were arrested by the KGB last July for cutting wood to keep us warm in winter and to cook with.My wife and I were beaten by the KGB last July fishing in the river to store food when our sons were arrested by the KGB.Nobody has electric in Kasimov and we haven't in almost 10 years now.We have an old crank generator to charge batteries my father had when he was living.Putin promised gas to keep our homes warm but nothing was ever done about it and the people of Kasimov are too afraid to mention it again.We haven't seen or heard from our sons since last July, no letters nothing.Yes American-Israeli occupiers are present but we in Kasimov don't blame them.We blame the Russian government and Putin directly for forgetting on purpose Russian citizens welfare.Putin has a personal net worth of over 175 billion USD.Its no secret as to how he got that.Robbing natural resources of Russia selling that to any country that'll buy it.We are forgotten in Kasimov but the rest of Russians are forgotten too.I'm just as angry as you are comrad but there's nothing anyone can do about it.
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2019:
To VYu Moscow is a different city especially after living here for almost 11 years now being retired.Its also much cheaper than Qubec City where I grew up.Something modern on the west side will average renting $1,600 USD and higher for a one bedroom flat.It may be tempting to rent an older flat but don't make the mistake as I did.Little if any insulation very old electrical and plumbing.Overall I've encountered a good experience, friendly people, enjoy.
VYu on Apr 19, 2019:
This is beginning to look very appealing. As a cultural capital, Moscow has incomparably more to offer than any city in Canada, and the cost of living is almost 50% of what it is in Toronto. Seriously considering it for my retirement home!
Anonymous on Apr 16, 2019:
Russia is nothing more than a financially broken down country full of lies hot air.Russia cut retirement pensions over half and turned their backs on businesses that employed people not caring how families survive.My family amoung many other families throughout Russia are experiencing the same hardships needlessly.
Me on Mar 10, 2019:
Note that in Russia prices for children education are very different for local residents (with huge social benefits) and non-resident expats. That's why your listed childcare prices are x10 off real.
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2019:
Oh I'm not from the Ukraine nor Russia and I'm far from retarded.Russia and the Ukraine should've been destroyed by Chernobyl, too bad that didn't happen.Look at the quality of life Russians and Ukrainians live.What quality of life? There is none.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that both countries citizens have been living on the edge for many decades financially.Neither country has any purpose to exist because neither country contributes anything except wasted space.
To Anonymous on Feb 23, 2019:
You should be retarded too according to your comment. Maybe you're brain wash person from Ukraine? Then it makes sense why you're such an idiot.
To Snorry on Feb 23, 2019:
Well, I live in Khimki too and where you can find a load of bread for 15 rubles lol? It's 39 in Magnit, 36 in Perekriostok and 32 in Pyaterochka. And milk about 58-80 rubles. JUST LOL
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2019:
Russia has been financially broke for over 40 years now, that's a no brainier.Too bad all of Russia wasn't affected by the Chernobyl incident.The majority are retarded anyway.
petr on Dec 22, 2018:
Ivanteevka 20 km from moscow:
hostel one bed in common room prices per one month
for workers apr. 5000-9000 roubles a month.
A loaf of bread costs 30 roubles.
One cheap bear 0,5l bottle costs - 30-40 rouble
Anonymous on Dec 16, 2018:
Why would anyone want to live in a 3rd world country like Russia? The Kremlin is extremely corrupt and the majority of citizens are too.Currently the Ruble is on a downward spiral being 66 Ruble to 1 USD.While the Euro is falling apart throughout Europe Russia is looking for new venues to manipulate which will most likely be to invade Europe.No government is honest obviously.Many people see the downward spiral of the Ruble as an opportunity to surge ahead financially especially if it's USD they're using.It'll never last though because the Russian government will find a way to manipulate that.
Felix Rauschensky on Dec 02, 2018:
i'm short on money. 250k rub is not enogh for normal live in moscow for 2 persons even you have your own flat
Andy on Nov 28, 2018:
user_name, it will be not a king live, but it should be ok.
Anyway, you can write me and ask more questions.
My skype: serebrov_ab
user_name on Oct 23, 2018:
Is 190,000 rubles per month enough for four-person family when renting a two-room apartment?
Moscower on Oct 16, 2018:
The prices shown here are quite real. Its a pity this resouce cannot show price for taxi and airport-center transportation, these prices are quite important for tourists. Anyway, it is a great help for foreigners.
Kamran khan on Sep 14, 2018:
Hello there
How are you
I hope you are fine there
I want to ask you that i want to export spices black paper red chilli and ginger powder etc same lik that things in ruusia from pakistan.
I want to know price and detail of usings of that how much ??
to Alexander on Aug 30, 2018:
What a pathetic troll :D
It's 68K RUB in Moscow according to RU sources, that equals to 1K USD:
Alexander on Aug 21, 2018:
Average salary in Moscow was 104 000 roubles (1800 $) at the end of 2017 according official data from Ministry of statistics. You can google it. Mow rouble dropped but I suggest that the salaries apparently increased . So anyway it remains not less yhan 1600 $.