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 40.00 € 25.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 € 4.05-5.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 2.00-3.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.20-3.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.41 € 1.90-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.01 € 0.70-1.80
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.69 € 0.40-1.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.40 € 2.99-4.16
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.63-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.41-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.68 € 1.20-2.04
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.78 € 2.27-3.18
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.34 € 1.59-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.07 € 2.18-3.79
Apples (1 lb) 0.47 € 0.27-0.68
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.45-0.77
Oranges (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.54-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.53-1.13
Potato (1 lb) 0.21 € 0.15-0.27
Onion (1 lb) 0.20 € 0.14-0.32
Lettuce (1 head) 1.18 € 0.70-1.59
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.59 € 0.40-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 6.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.01 € 0.75-1.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.20 € 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) 2.00 € 1.50-2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.97 € 0.63-1.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7.80 € 6.00-8.40
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.72 € 4.53-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 € 16,552.00-20,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,445.71 € 15,000.00-23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 171.03 € 108.18-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.08 € 0.02-0.12
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 15.67 € 10.00-20.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 33.95 € 25.00-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.38 € 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.90 € 7.00-8.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 338.89 € 200.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,315.79 € 5,000.00-15,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.63 € 30.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.43 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 69.03 € 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.42 € 60.00-130.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 384.04 € 300.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 275.52 € 200.00-350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 689.64 € 500.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 469.47 € 350.00-600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 169.21 € 120.77-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 102.13 € 78.97-139.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 810.53 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.42 1.80-3.00

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Last update: October 2019
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43 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019 :
Never move to Riga there's a severe shortage of intelligence throughout Latvia as well.Men are pretty much non-existent and women wanna be men.
#katherine on Sep 26, 2019 :
Thank! Very interesting information. For me it is very relevant. I am going to Latvia to work and preparing documents for this with the help of
#Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019 :
Wow !!!!! I'm excited at least us Lavian won't need to resort to dogs anymore for romance.
#Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019 :
Women far outnumber men throughout Latvia.Ladies do not dispair though because 23,847 African male refugees will keep Latvian women busy,let the breeding begin and they're arriving January 2020.
#Anonymous on Sep 13, 2019 :
Brexit best thing that's ever happened to Europe.
#Mateusz on Aug 30, 2019 :
Abdul the UK is not in shenghan so it's not possible to move there as they have strict border controls, this will be even worse from November after Brexit as the government are planning on bringing in a visa system even for EU citizens of france/Germany etc if there is a no deal Brexit.
The average salary in Riga is more like €650 euros a month, there is a huge disparity between people's wages and the majority of people would usually earn about €650 a month after tax.
#Camel on Aug 08, 2019 :
Latvian brothers keep going and reduce taxes, create better life and remove socialism from your environment. good luck...LOL
#Camel on Aug 06, 2019 :
Salaries are very very small in Riga, but persons having good money can have very nice life there...old town is very beautiful, city is located near huge river and Baltic sea, there are wide range of selection of apartments to rent.
#Shana on Jul 26, 2019 :
#abdul : if you are fake student ,not possible move to UK.
UK and Latvia having different border control.
If you are real student, you will need hard study in LATVIA only otherwise they will cancel your student ID.
Full of Indian, Arabic students studying medical science course. More than half are fake students waiting Chance move to Western part as same as your think. The truth is : IMPOSSIBLE.
#Abdul Fahath on Jul 26, 2019 :
Hi friends
I’m planning to study in Latvia
Then semester break i move to Uk is this possible!!!!
#Camel on Jul 15, 2019 :
Answer for below: all salaries a mentioned in the JOB page CV.LV and for your note, there are very high "shadow" economy, that means many company tries to avoid of paying taxes for government and looks that official payments for workers are very low...but in reality qualified persons can earn very good wages...
#Nanny on Jul 14, 2019 :
I had been in Latvia for one year. All arguments below are correct. Summer time is super cool while in winter time is horrible. Darkness all day and night cloudy every minute.
Most of people get salary below or 1000 euro. Office workers could be higher a bit.
Latvian people are moving out of the country is true. Not everyone.
Cost of living is not that cheap.if you want to reach at European standard level 1000 is not that enough in Latvia. At least 2000_2500 from my experiences.
Opportunities not that much as it's not a famous place to live and work.
Indian immigrants are the major foreigner residents
The country offers residence permit visa to rich foreigners. Most of the buyers are Russian and few Chinese. But many frauds and scams from that.
Latvian people are usually helpful and friendly.
#Camel on Jul 13, 2019 :
Mr Camel:. I think probably you work for a commercial agency for foreigners immigrants?
Saying something actual better than making up the stories.
My friends Latvian people with well educated degrees. Working for the one of the biggest supermarket in Riga. Net salary between 700_800 euro.
Another guy, Russian Latvian. 600 euro. Both of them speaking perfect English and Russian.
Cost of living in Latvia is cheap???
From this page. It shows Riga is just 46 % cheaper than New York.
Is cheap for you? If you come from Geneva, then it's cheap for you.
#Camel on Jul 07, 2019 :
---> #Shelly, you are saying total nonsense. The unemployment level is very low and is decreasing each month rapidly. Riga is very complex city with highly developed public transportation, real estate can afford wide range of apartments from very cheap and very expensive. Now there is 0 reason to leave this amazing spot. The educated person can very easy get a job with a salary 1000 € after taxes, moreover a working couple can have even better life due to both getting 2000 € home and renting one apartment. Yes, it is true that 1000 € looks very badly compared with western countries, but there are more opportunities to make a carrier...LOOL
#Shelly on Jul 07, 2019 :
Camel: I am 90% agreed to Hasan. About IT field that's different. Even in Ukraine, Belarus, IT salary is quite high. Probably Mr Hasan talking about the average level of Latvia.
Very clean, true. Because of their population and young Latvian people are leaving each year. Well. Latvia is member of EU. I think that is. ^^
#Camel on Jun 26, 2019 :
---> dear Mr. Hasan, in IT field you can earn quite high level of salaries. Note, that Riga is very clean and beautiful city with trams, buses and other good connections. FYI - Latvia is one city country, other part is just countryside without any reason for investing huge amount of money to the rest of country. Riga is growind very fast and can afford comfortable life.
#Hasan on Jun 17, 2019 :
If you don't believe me , drive the car go outside Riga around the country. There's no high way.
If drive to east part to Russia border, you will see Russia part how much better than Latvia.
#Hasan on Jun 17, 2019 :
Latvia is probably the poorest country in EU. Cost of living not cheap and salary is very low. Official report just for fun,don't mind that. I can tell you the actual income in Riga is only 700_800 euro the average. Also a lot people 500_600.
In smaller cities less than 500.
Jobless is high. Young Latvian people moving to other part of Europe and NEVER move back.
Most of the foreigner come to Riga for visa resident card. Latvia is one of the country for Golden visa offer. A lot taxes, state fees are all 5 digits plus. Full of Pakistan, Indian agencies with full of scam.
The positive part are: very clean, less noisy and with refuxxxs.
#Camel on Jun 13, 2019 :
---> Martins, you are right, the shadow economy is quit huge and there are many dirty money in the economy, nobody works less then 1000 € after taxes per month in Riga.
#Martins on May 17, 2019 :
Average net salary in Riga was 1050 EUR in 2018 according to the survey of the biggest HR service in Latvia. Will reach 1140 in the middle of 2019.
#Camel on Apr 29, 2019 :
FYI - Riga is very quite huge city with 700 thousands inhabitants and only 4 % unemployment.
#Anonymous on Apr 09, 2019 :
# CAMEL you say the same thing about Vilnius and other countries same script as usual.Change the wording a bit to make it believable.
#Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019 :
Riga economy isn't good and hasn't been in many years.I know because I've lived here all my life.Growth isn't happening nothing is really.I can tell # Camel has never lived here let alone visit. Troll elsewhere # Camel I looked to see how many countries you've posted in 7 so far,cut the BS.
#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