Cost of Living in Moscow

Summary about cost of living in Moscow:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.38 $ 6.72-15.63
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 39.06 $ 31.25-54.69
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.69 $ 3.91-6.25
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.88 $ 0.94-3.91
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 1.56-4.69
Cappuccino (regular) 2.63 $ 1.56-3.91
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.82 $ 0.63-1.56
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.59 $ 0.39-1.56
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.00 $ 3.25-4.73
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.56 $ 0.43-0.85
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.49 $ 0.35-0.71
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.30 $ 0.94-1.69
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.93 $ 2.48-5.67
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.94 $ 1.63-2.13
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.59 $ 2.84-4.25
Apples (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.50-0.92
Banana (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.35-0.57
Oranges (1 lb) 0.63 $ 0.43-0.85
Tomato (1 lb) 0.99 $ 0.64-1.63
Potato (1 lb) 0.25 $ 0.18-0.35
Onion (1 lb) 0.22 $ 0.14-0.35
Lettuce (1 head) 1.10 $ 0.78-1.56
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.69 $ 0.47-0.94
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 9.38 $ 7.03-12.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $ 0.78-1.41
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.09 $ 1.41-2.81
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.27 $ 1.95-2.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.86 $ 0.59-0.86
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 32.42 $ 28.13-33.91
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.56 $ 1.55-3.13
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.30 $ 0.23-0.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.44 $ 6.56-12.50
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.71 $ 2.54-2.84
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,342.99 $ 15,625.56-23,438.34
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,212.60 $ 16,406.84-22,407.06
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 131.65 $ 93.75-169.04
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) 7.47 $ 5.47-9.38
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.33 $ 23.44-78.13
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.97 $ 15.63-46.88
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.25 $ 5.47-7.81
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 486.34 $ 234.38-703.15
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,254.80 $ 4,524.60-18,750.67
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 86.47 $ 46.88-125.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.73 $ 31.24-78.13
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.50 $ 62.50-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 121.24 $ 78.13-187.51
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 892.02 $ 703.15-1,250.04
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 520.14 $ 437.52-625.02
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,792.10 $ 1,250.04-3,125.11
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 984.05 $ 781.28-1,250.04
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 476.91 $ 351.30-725.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 230.78 $ 166.94-290.33
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,012.39 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.39 0.14-0.19

Prices in Moscow

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Last update: March 2019
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56 Comments so far

#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 :
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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
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