Cost of Living in Riga

Summary about cost of living in Riga:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.00 € 5.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 € 25.00-45.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 € 4.25-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.80 € 1.20-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.20-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.22 € 1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.82 € 0.59-1.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.58 € 0.40-1.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.53 € 3.18-4.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.70 € 0.64-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.45-0.82
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.51 € 1.20-1.92
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.60 € 2.04-3.61
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.34 € 1.59-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.04 € 2.27-3.79
Apples (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.32-0.68
Banana (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.50-0.73
Oranges (1 lb) 0.64 € 0.54-0.90
Tomato (1 lb) 0.84 € 0.68-1.18
Potato (1 lb) 0.23 € 0.14-0.27
Onion (1 lb) 0.21 € 0.14-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.98 € 0.70-1.20
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.65 € 0.50-0.90
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.99 € 0.80-1.30
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.33 € 1.00-1.70
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.50 € 3.30-3.60
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.15 € 1.15-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 40.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.00 € 0.71-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 € 0.58-1.13
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.40 € 7.80-8.40
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.24 € 3.97-4.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,000.00 € 16,386.00-18,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,511.67 € 16,000.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 147.36 € 100.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.05-0.14
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 13.41 € 10.00-18.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.99 € 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.20 € 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 298.50 € 228.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,333.33 € 10,000.00-13,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 60.24 € 35.00-85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.75 € 19.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 74.91 € 60.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.56 € 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 386.67 € 300.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 270.83 € 200.00-350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 665.22 € 500.00-950.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 462.29 € 350.00-600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 159.79 € 111.48-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 99.00 € 74.32-139.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 622.76 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 2.93 2.00-4.00

Prices in Riga

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Last update: November 2017
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12 Comments so far

#New Expat on Nov 02, 2017 :
I 'm in the process of securing a job offer in Latvia, what's the minimum salary that i should accept (net and gross) that I could live a decent live style? given that I've 6 years experience in a multinational firm(one of the top 4 firms in the world) & I hold two Internationally designated Qualifications.

I don't drink beer or alcohol :D and I'll be living alone for a while

Thank you
#Ridzinieks on Jan 17, 2017 :
I live in Riga for 26 years and I can say that numbers are generally correct.
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes - around EUR 50
Fitness club - EUR 30 to 60
Local Beer (o.5L) - around EUR 2.80
Price of utilities depends on the type of property.. EUR 172 may be for a 4-bedroom apartment in winter time. I have a new apartment (4 bedrooms, 96 sq.m.) and during the warm period of the year the price for utilities is around EUR 100 per month.
Average salary - yes. But still, I'd say around EUR 500 to 800 netto for graduate positions.
#Jason piper on Aug 27, 2016 :
Hello everyone, I am soon to be moving to Latvia for work alonbg with my partner, I'm seeking apartments/houses to rent in and around Riga. Any links or information anyone may have to help my process would be greatly appreciated. You can send them to: Jason11piper thank you.
#Svetlana on Jun 29, 2016 :
Depression is the name of it in Riga. I agree with Joe. I was born and raised in Riga, and left it 20 years ago. Now my brother is aged person, and i am anticipating with unpleasantness to go to Riga, to sell my apartment where my brother now lives (he may not live that long having his bad health). Hardly was found for my brother a couple of "kvartirantov" (renters of the second room in a 2-room apartment.
Brother has a small retirement money. It is a miserable poverty basically, when all the money you have to pay for utilities. The renters give brother only 40 euro a month, and 30 euro, as if they spend on the improvement , fixing of apartment, that my brother did not take care of. Brother does not have money to pay Internet, so we communicate with simple letters, and some messages from acquaintances who email me or call SKYPE. My both parents' graves are in Riga, in different cemeteries. What a depressive trip awaits me! Last time I was there in 2009, I spent a lot of money for the trip and for the apartment (my mom still was living then). I fixed it then for my mother. My brother ran it down after anyway. And then I had to pay his debts for apartment bc they started suing me for his debts. So, I am an unemployed in the USA (here they laid off thousands of professionals) got threatened to be sued by Riga's utilities" authorities. What a fun life!
#Vanja on May 30, 2016 :
I got an offer fro 1500 euros per month, but from what I can see here, that won't be enough. I am not from Latvia, so I will need to pay rent and all the rest, and have no idea is this enough, but as for any other country from EU, this looks not good at all. any advise please?
thank you
#Anonymous on Feb 25, 2016 :
O my good very expensive city I live in Autralia its expensive but not like the Riga and people earn much more ,they can save a money .Poor people
#priyanka gupta on Dec 22, 2015 :
hyy i also wnt to go riga cn uh tl me frndz how uh survive in riga ill choose best or not
#Anete on Jan 26, 2015 :
To Sonu: depends of course where you're going to work. But the average salary for half-time work is around 150-200 eur per month. Renting a room in city centre with other young people will cost you 160-220 eur per month in wintertime. Renting a cheap one bedroom apartment will cost you 400-450 eur per month. Living in dormitories (3-4 people per room) will cost you 50-80 eur. I spend 300-400 eur for food monthly. That includes eating out. And it is nothing fancy. If you only eat ramen it is possible to live on 50 eur per week - ramen, water, coffee, tea, milk, sugar, snacks. Tootpaste, shampoos, makeup, cleaning stuff - 40-50 eur per month. Public transportation will cost you 20 eur if you are a student, 70 eur for adults. Let's say you also need at least 100 eur for other expenses such as medicine, spotify subscription, a beer at the bar on the weekend, a new t-shirt. So all together it is minimum 410 eur if you live in the cheapest dorms, 600 for living in a shared apartment, and 800 for your own apartment. Be sure you have parents who support you, as your part time salary might only cover a little part of expenses.
#sonu on Jan 21, 2015 :
hi plz give me detail for how much i earn as part time with my study in riga and how much expences for living
#Janis on Nov 09, 2014 :
Riga is the most expensive city within Latvia, of course, it's capital city.. I was not able to answer how much 6mbit internet connection costs, I simply divided my miserable (by Latvian standards) 60mbit by 10...
The "good" salary for most people is around 1000EUR after tax, nobody will work for less than 500 in Riga (it's different in other areas). Maybe they'll come to work, but don't expect work for 500EUR paid.
Salary tax actually is around 40%, not as Joe mentioned. There is a huge part of "unofficial" (paid in cash without paying tax) salaries, so the real salary in average is higher...
As in any unfamiliar city you will spend much more in the first visit than later. So - come more often :) Good luck to everybody!
#Kai Groth on May 30, 2014 :

I dont agree with most of these comments.
I have been to Latvia maybe 10 times in the last 6 months, since i have a girlfriend here.

Compared to Noway where i live, the prices are in general around 60% Cheaper than norwegian prices.
And the people are friendly and nice. Riga is a beautiful city, with high western standards in almost all aspects. But i agree on the fact that the lavtian salaries are very low.

I have no hesitation in recommending Latvia as a tourist destination or as a place for living permantently.
#Adham on Dec 31, 2013 :
I am looking for to have a brokerage business in real estate purchasing from Latvian home sellers to Egyptian home buyers, I do not know any information about the median cost of renting fully previous prepared office in Riga in details .