Cost of Living in Moscow

Summary about cost of living in Moscow:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.31 $ 6.21-15.52
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 38.81 $ 31.05-54.33
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.66 $ 3.88-6.21
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.33 $ 1.24-3.88
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.33 $ 1.55-4.35
Cappuccino (regular) 2.56 $ 1.55-3.88
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.84 $ 0.62-1.55
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.56 $ 0.31-1.09
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.12 $ 3.53-4.70
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.58 $ 0.42-0.84
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.51 $ 0.35-0.70
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.34 $ 1.09-1.55
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.00 $ 2.82-5.63
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.95 $ 1.55-2.25
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.58 $ 2.82-4.58
Apples (1 lb) 0.62 $ 0.49-0.84
Banana (1 lb) 0.46 $ 0.39-0.56
Oranges (1 lb) 0.62 $ 0.49-0.84
Tomato (1 lb) 0.98 $ 0.63-1.41
Potato (1 lb) 0.26 $ 0.18-0.35
Onion (1 lb) 0.25 $ 0.14-0.42
Lettuce (1 head) 1.14 $ 0.78-1.55
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.65 $ 0.47-0.93
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.76 $ 6.21-10.87
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.98 $ 0.78-1.40
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.04 $ 1.32-2.79
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.33 $ 2.02-2.64
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.78 $ 0.59-0.85
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 33.69 $ 29.49-34.15
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 1.54-3.10
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.30 $ 0.25-0.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.38 $ 7.45-12.11
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.71 $ 2.59-2.88
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,182.76 $ 15,523.27-23,284.91
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,384.63 $ 17,075.60-23,284.91
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 133.19 $ 93.14-175.93
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.03 $ 0.02-0.05
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 7.22 $ 5.43-9.31
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.21 $ 25.87-77.62
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.45 $ 13.97-38.81
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.21 $ 5.43-7.76
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 512.87 $ 310.47-776.16
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,960.46 $ 3,880.82-18,627.93
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 85.62 $ 46.57-124.19
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.50 $ 26.39-77.62
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 92.99 $ 62.09-124.19
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 115.35 $ 77.62-186.28
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 916.76 $ 698.55-1,164.25
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 531.87 $ 465.70-698.55
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,891.35 $ 1,319.48-2,794.19
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,013.67 $ 776.16-1,397.09
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 496.11 $ 360.54-721.07
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 236.62 $ 173.06-288.43
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,033.22 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.42 0.14-0.19

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Last update: October 2019
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70 Comments so far

#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 $.
#Greg on Aug 17, 2018 :
How much can I earn working at a troll factory with good knowledge of English and French?
#Sergei Goncharov on Aug 05, 2018 :
The prices given here are nothing like the real prices in Moscow. Everything is actually more expensive. Stockholm is considered very expensive, the prices there are exactly the same as in Moscow. Something’s even cheaper. Be ready for it. And the average monthly salary here is much less than $1000, I think it’s $650.
#PRATAP DAYAL on Jul 28, 2018 :
What is the cost various dry fruits llen walnut and cashews.
#NoahMorley on May 24, 2018 :
I will be visiting Moscow for a week, I already take care of Airplane Ticket and Hotel I would like to know how much money($$) I need for food eating or buying food in Supermarkets Thanks for any suggestion...Noah
#Snorry on Apr 26, 2018 :
Well... I live in Khimki, its cross the road from Moscow, and here cost of living isnt too high, aa I spend around 8000 rubels per month for my flat of 40 sq.m. and for food, which is a lot cheaper, than stated. For example, loaf of white bread (well, I dont know how fresh it is, but its still palatable) is only 15 rubels, milk is around 40-50 rub, rice is around 50, eggs are around 60 per dozen, fine oranges could be found for 60 rub and 1,5 l of water (carbonated or not) is less than 20 r. Basic vegetables - onion, potato, carrot and cabbage - usually are around 0,5$ and for sure less than 1$ per kilo. Just dont be shy and go to large network market stores like Pyatiorochka, Ashan, Perekriostok or Magnit. Even if you would not like those stores and their goods, you will find what average Russians used to eat.
As of average salary, it is not 72 and even 60 thousand. but around 30-40 thousands. And I havent got more than 35 a month in all my life. But of course, those you can meet at restaurants or cafes are upper class and are paid better.
#ahmed jamal on Mar 03, 2018 :
Hello everyone, i'm planning to visit Saint Petersburg next month in a project for 3 months. what i really wanted to know the budget for me per month as i want the friendly budget options, also want to ask if there is a way to make some money to cover my staying expenses during the 3 months as i worked as an architect.

many thanks again ..
#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 :
Please comment about Italy on the Milan, Roma Pages. Don't spam. Thanks
#RussianLan on Oct 17, 2015 :
The prices is not quite fair. A lot of data depends on the places you visit.