Cost of Living in Riga

Summary about cost of living in Riga:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.00 € 6.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 € 4.50-5.20
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.50 € 2.00-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.30-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.29 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.06 € 0.59-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.74 € 0.40-1.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.38 € 3.03-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.63-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.58 € 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.67 € 1.20-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.76 € 2.27-3.18
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.35 € 1.81-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.06 € 2.27-3.79
Apples (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.25-0.79
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.45-0.70
Oranges (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.54-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.77 € 0.54-1.09
Potato (1 lb) 0.20 € 0.15-0.27
Onion (1 lb) 0.19 € 0.14-0.41
Lettuce (1 head) 1.12 € 0.70-1.59
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.60 € 0.49-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 4.50-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.06 € 0.75-1.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.22 € 1.00-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.80 € 3.50-4.00
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) 1.95 € 0.71-2.13
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 € 0.58-1.13
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7.80 € 6.00-8.40
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.77 € 4.50-5.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,653.50 € 16,486.00-20,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,173.81 € 15,000.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 157.26 € 100.00-212.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.08 € 0.02-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 15.19 € 10.00-20.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 32.93 € 21.00-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.12 € 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.50 € 7.00-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 312.04 € 200.00-460.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,058.82 € 7,000.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 60.88 € 35.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.89 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 67.68 € 50.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 96.68 € 60.00-140.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 385.08 € 280.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 269.25 € 200.00-350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 664.23 € 450.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 436.85 € 330.00-600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 160.72 € 111.48-213.68
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 98.77 € 74.32-139.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 763.76 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.50 2.00-3.20

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Last update: March 2019
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20 Comments so far

#Camel on Mar 10, 2019 :
Riga is quite nice city with amazing old town and huge river, located near Baltic sea. Economy is growing very fast at the past few years. The city is fine for quite calm and average style of life...MOM
#Anonymous on Mar 01, 2019 :
Many are leaving Riga at an alarming rate and other parts of Europe due to the Euro losing ground daily.My wife and I are leaving Riga next month for Colombia.Yes we've lived in Riga all of our lives.We wanted to live in the U S but after waiting over 8 months trying to get a Visa and being told no we gave up.It seems the U S is rejecting visas from every country.The U S embassy acted like the U S doesn't welcome other countries anymore and I believe the Americans have the same mindset.The U S used to welcome people from around the world but not anymore.
#LV on Jan 29, 2019 :
If you're going to be the only earner in the family, 1700 should be just enough, but i'd reccomend your partner also finding a job to have financial security, really depends where are you going to be working. Riga is going to get more expensive as you move more towards the centre. 1700 is a nice sallary for a person in Latvia, but it really depends on what are you going to spend money on more.
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2019 :
I have an offer from a company in Riga. It is 1700 euro/month net.
Is it enough for 3 person including a child?
#Christopher Goddard on Jan 05, 2019 :
Am UK citizen, 72, with tertiary education, still working through own UK-registered micro-company delivering legal-linguistic services to law firms and university law faculties mainly via internet, receiving UK pension, have lived and worked here since 1994, married to LV citizen who knows how to get the best out of the system. I have no real knowledge of prices but my wife tells me that the cost of food has doubled - e.g. fresh or smoked fish in the market - in recent years. My main hands-on experience is in the health system (I have asthma + diabetes, requiring regular checkups) and have been very pleasantly surprised at the level of service + equipment but much is due to the fact that my wife arranges everything. We live in a 100m2 apartment in Riga's 'quiet centre'. One thing is for sure: we live far better here than we would in the UK in terms of what you get for your money.
#Anonymous on Aug 12, 2018 :
You'll able to get about 350 euro for standard part time job.
If you are gonna live in dormitory, it should be enough, if you're enough economic.
##Rajitha on Jul 04, 2018 :
Dear friends,
I'm planning to move to latvia for studies within this year. I need to know average how much will I be able to earn doing part time and how much will I be spending for day today life ?
#Andreas on Jun 15, 2018 :
I will be getting a job with a salare of 1200 € before taxes, how will i be able to live?
#James on Jan 13, 2018 :
with €3,000/month net, will my family (2 adults, one child) be able to live comfortably and save money? W have our apartment paid for, but not utilities. Thanks!
#Riga citizen on Jan 11, 2018 :
Kennt, yes, it is good, is is actually twice more than average - you won't feel poor.
#Kennt on Dec 04, 2017 :
Is 2000 € Gross good in Riga?

I made some research and saw that 23 % goes to tax, which leaves me with roughly 1550 € left. Is this salary good to settle down in Riga?
#latvietis on Nov 23, 2017 :
#sirojiddin You will not get a job here that will cover all your expenses. Not only because salaries are terrible and renting price is out of this world, but because you are student from another country, you will be able to work max 20h in week because of our law. Good luck - i would suggest another country like Denmark for studying - free education, scholarship for everybody and great salaries.
#sirojiddin on Nov 22, 2017 :
im going to study in latvia can i find a job easily as a international student can i cover my monthly expenditure by working here. what about annual fee?
#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