Cost of Living in Riga

Summary about cost of living in Riga:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.00 € 5.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 € 28.00-40.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 € 4.35-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.90 € 1.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.77 € 1.00-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.26 € 1.70-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.87 € 0.55-1.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.61 € 0.40-1.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.39 € 2.84-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.68 € 0.54-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.45-0.73
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.44 € 1.20-1.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.37 € 1.81-3.17
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.15 € 1.59-2.59
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.02 € 2.27-3.63
Apples (1 lb) 0.54 € 0.36-0.68
Banana (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.50-0.73
Oranges (1 lb) 0.57 € 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.85 € 0.68-1.18
Potato (1 lb) 0.22 € 0.14-0.39
Onion (1 lb) 0.22 € 0.14-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.94 € 0.64-1.20
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.66 € 0.50-0.90
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.04 € 0.80-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.44 € 1.00-1.80
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.55 € 3.20-4.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.20 € 1.15-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 35.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.90 € 0.71-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 € 0.58-1.13
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.20 € 7.80-8.40
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.19 € 3.94-4.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,000.00 € 16,384.00-18,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,603.64 € 15,760.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 153.55 € 100.00-212.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.08 € 0.05-0.14
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 12.41 € 8.00-17.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.01 € 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.36 € 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.80 € 6.00-7.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 316.33 € 220.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,666.67 € 10,000.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 59.39 € 40.00-70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.92 € 19.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 72.35 € 60.00-85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.70 € 70.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 375.71 € 300.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 252.88 € 200.00-360.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 676.09 € 500.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 443.26 € 350.00-600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 137.71 € 92.90-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 93.45 € 65.03-139.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 631.53 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.02 2.00-4.00

Prices in Riga

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Last update: July 2017
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13 Comments so far

#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 .
#Emils on Aug 21, 2013 :
#Joe -- I don't know how long have you lived in Riga, but some of what you say is a bit of rubbish.

1 - The rent may differ very much in the same block depending on owner, but in general you can get a decent 2-3 room apartment in city _centre_ for around 300-600Ls/mon, depending on your requirements. Eg. and numerous others on the webpage -- it is in the very centre of town (hence the price).

Old Riga (historical medieval/tourist centre) apartments are considered luxury and there the price may well be higher ofc, but in general you don't want to live there b/c of tourists.

The further from centre the apartment prices are lower obviously, but in general if you have time to search for, you can get a decent 1-2 apt. for Ls170/mon depending on location -- no wooden building, no wooden stoves ;).

2 - Utilities market is unfortunately very fragmented and thus the prices may differ greatly from house to house. Utility bills should be demanded to inspect as you look for apt. I personally live in a 3 room apt, but I pay only about Ls30 utilities in summer and Ls120 in winter b/c of the heating. It really depends on which of the numerous companies has the maintenance contract for that particular house.

3 - supermarket prices are in general not very cheap, but the ones quoted on this webpage are pretty accurate, so I fail to see the problem; for most food you can go to the Riga central market or one of the other city markets (most larger districts have at least one), where vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat are generally cheaper and often, although not always, of better quality.

4 - house rent price sounds rather accurate, yes; most of the houses in Riga are multi-apartment 5+ floors, so a personal house within city boundaries is considered a real luxury.

#Joe on Aug 18, 2013 :
The cost of living for Riga is detached from reality. I am a native Latvian speaker, born and risen here and due to circumstances came back to live here temporarily after 23 year long absense.
1. #John Rivers - yes, there are 2 systems, but you would not want to live according to the local standard in a wooden slum like building with wood burning stove. If you want to live downtown, in a decent place be prepared to pay 1000 Euro for a furnished 2 bedroom appartment. You might end up paying even more for a really nice place with parking.
2. The utility bills are outrageous. Expect 150LS/m if you are lucky. In some cases it could get as much as 300Ls for 3 bedroom appartment.
3. As per #Jane supermarket prices are the same as elsewhere in Europe.
4. Expect to pay around 1000Ls in rent and 250-300Ls in utility expenses to rent a decent private house within the Riga city boundaries
5. Latvia is one of the most screwed up countries in the developed world with sharply divided society along ethnic lines and labor tax in around 60% which makes it unattractive to create jobs and employ people. The result is poverty and frustrated locals who are walking around with dreadful, truly depressing face expressions and appear to be emigrating in increasing numbers. The locals are then replaced by Russian millionaires who are attracted to Riga by EU residence permits in exchange for investments mainly in real estate which is what has pushed the real estate prices to outrageous levels.
#5 is a serious issue here - the place soaks negativity and depression from which it is difficult to insulate yourself in the long run.