Cost of Living in Saint Petersburg

Summary about cost of living in Saint Petersburg:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.32 € 5.86-10.25
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 29.28 € 21.96-36.59
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.39 € 3.66-5.12
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.20 € 1.17-2.93
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.20 € 1.46-4.10
Cappuccino (regular) 1.95 € 1.46-2.63
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.76 € 0.59-1.32
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.52 € 0.29-0.88
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.72 € 3.27-4.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.64 € 0.40-0.80
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.42 € 0.33-0.53
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.17 € 1.02-1.41
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.42 € 2.66-4.65
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.79 € 1.33-2.32
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.23 € 2.52-5.31
Apples (1 lb) 0.58 € 0.46-0.80
Banana (1 lb) 0.40 € 0.33-0.53
Oranges (1 lb) 0.56 € 0.40-0.86
Tomato (1 lb) 0.85 € 0.53-1.66
Potato (1 lb) 0.25 € 0.13-0.37
Onion (1 lb) 0.21 € 0.13-0.33
Lettuce (1 head) 0.86 € 0.59-1.46
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.62 € 0.45-0.73
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.86 € 4.68-8.78
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.88 € 0.73-1.17
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.88 € 1.32-2.93
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.20 € 2.05-2.27
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.63 € 0.59-0.66
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 42.45 € 29.28-43.91
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.46 € 1.16-2.20
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.42 € 0.24-0.71
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4.39 € 4.39-7.03
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.54 € 2.44-2.66
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,029.34 € 13,174.16-20,932.27
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,332.05 € 17,170.32-21,956.93
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 101.98 € 73.19-124.42
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.03 € 0.01-0.04
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6.91 € 5.12-8.78
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26.57 € 14.64-48.79
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.28 € 7.32-29.28
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.12 € 4.39-5.86
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 408.40 € 292.76-512.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 5,375.51 € 2,634.83-8,782.77
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 72.26 € 43.91-105.39
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.26 € 21.96-58.55
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 74.67 € 58.55-102.47
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 101.41 € 58.55-146.38
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 522.24 € 405.74-658.71
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 342.29 € 292.76-424.50
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,010.02 € 731.90-1,463.80
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 612.43 € 439.14-805.09
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 228.70 € 176.79-333.18
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 139.53 € 108.79-163.19
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 646.41 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.28 0.13-0.18

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Last update: January 2020
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31 Comments so far

#Станислав Перфилов on Sep 28, 2019 :
Hi all! Who wants to talk with me write to telegram @PerfilovStanislav
#Demo Kratta on Jun 13, 2019 :
Rent starts at 22000 and minimum wage is 17000 in St Petersburg cannot wait to go. Gee cannot wait to go this route in US.
#ed melham on May 28, 2019 :
i like to teach English in Saint Petersburg ,i speak Russian very well,is it possible to find a job doing that?
#Mar on Apr 25, 2019 :
Hey, I was offered a job at a troll farm. Is 30 roubles per comment enough to survive here or should I ask for more?
#Alexander Selenskikh on Apr 20, 2019 :
You can find one bedroom apartments in the city outskirts not far from Metro stations for as low as 10000 rubles per month.
#Alexey on Feb 26, 2019 :
If you're planning to live in St.Petersburg here's some things to consider:

24000+R Rent. A studio will cost you 18000+R per month. Plus ~6000R for Utilities (summer is cheaper, since you have to add Heating in winter).
7000+R Food (if you want to stay healthy at least).
2000R Transportation.

33000R in total. And most of that is Rent.

The cost of the rent is mostly depends on how close the Apartment located to the Metro station.
You may explore prices here: (it has only Russian UI)
Also, take a look on criminal activity maps:

If you want to spend less on groceries try to find apartment near one of the Super/Hypermarkets:
Lenta, O`key, Spar, Carousel. Or chains like: Pyatyorochka, Perekrestok, Dixy.
There are also other ones, like Auchan and Prisma, most can be found here:
#andrew boyev on Jan 29, 2019 :
will retire in St Pete, Democrats are completely destroying America!
#Thales on Dec 10, 2018 :
Is rent that high? I can find it cheaper right, i. The outskirts or whatever
#Alexander Kopwyn on Jul 05, 2018 :
2 #Mch that's more than enough. Eat in canteens (stolovaya, столовая), 150-300 rur is enough to be full. Also, kebab (shawarma) price is 140 rur))
#Davi on Jun 22, 2018 :
How much rublos do I need for living for 1 month in Saint Petersburg? (Basic Life) How much rublos do I get if I work on Saint Petersburg at the night and studying during the day per 1 month? I'm single. Can I just work and pay all my necessities?
#Mch on Jun 17, 2018 :
I'll be staying in St Petersburg for the month of July as a student. Have a very very tight budget. Worried because of the world cup as it may cause price hike. May not be possible to cook my own food all the time, have to look for inexpensive eateries. Is it possible to cover cost of food and transport with around 35000 rubles? Assuming 80 rubles for transport everyday.
##Alex on Jun 12, 2018 :
Response to #Ertu
Yes, with that salary you can live quite comfortably in St Pete. I'd say $1000 a month for a family of three would more than enough for groceries.
#alex on Jun 12, 2018 :
I have lived in St Pete for 20 years. The prices shown on that site are a bit too high. A hearty meal for two in a nice mid-range chain restaurant will cost you less than 2000.
Improted beer is less than 200 r, you can get Finnish beer for 80-100 if you shop in a big supermarket.
The cost of utilities depends on the season. You pay twice as much October through April.
#Eva on Mar 03, 2018 :
Depends on what tasks and amount of work you will have. This kind of freelance work can be paid very well and not.
#Steve on Feb 16, 2018 :
How much can one earn working at the troll factory? Is it enough to survive in SPB?
#Nikita on Feb 08, 2018 :
@#m_65 Man, I've worked as an English teacher with zero experience and not even a native speaker, just learned a lot by living abroad. I've made around 30-40K rubles per month and I didn't even have full schedule at the time. If you have three years of experience teaching, you've lived in an English speaking country, 50K is more than doable. Depends on where you are from, of course, and especially your accent. If you have a horrible accent, your teaching experience was somewhere in Mongolia, then the 50K figure is unlikely. But native English speakers from all over the world can easily make more than 100K.

Best place to look at English teaching positions are private courses/language centers, they offer the best options for both students and teachers. is a good place to start.
#m_65 on Dec 14, 2017 :
I'm planning to move to Peterburg this summer.
I'm single and plan to stay in Russia. I'm a certified English teacher with over 3 yrs of experience.
I speak Russian and I love it, so the language won't be a problem for me.
So far I don't have a job offer (Haven't been looking really) but I've estimated a salary of about 50,000 руб/month.
How much should I be expecting to earn by teaching English in Saint-Petersburg? Will I have any opportunities for any private classes and in such case, how is the payment?
Can I maintain a normal life with 50K a month?
Any suggestion or insight is highly appreciated.
#Popcyicle on Aug 17, 2017 :
You can get paid $777/month running fake social media accounts to spread Russian propaganda online! We helped get Trump elected. Change the world with us!
#Denis on Aug 08, 2017 :

Starting from 2015 if you want to live in Saint-Petersburg (SPB) I recommend you salary starting from 2k usd (120 000 rub) monthly. in my opinion you can leave here starting from this salary no less. It is enough for two person family. One bedroom flat ~600$ in center. It means two rooms and kitchen, because in Russia we count rooms without separation to guest room and bedroom. But more money is better. And we all spend money by different ways) so it just my opinion. I live here with my own flat, with 4 ppl family (wife and two kids) with 2.5 k usd and it is pretty enough for me.

Good luck!
#Daniel on Jun 05, 2017 :
Hello, I would like to know how much money (rubles or euros) I will need to spend on food living 26 days in Saint Petersburg. Which is the lowest price?

#Ertu on Apr 30, 2017 :

i have been offered a position in St. Petersburg with 4,5 Kusd monthly salary, 3 times meal at working days, and free pass metro ticket. My wife and i are planning to move together.

Our plan is to save minimum 1.5 kusd per month. Is it possible to save this amount with this amount of salary.

Thanks in adcance
#gary wirfs on Nov 30, 2016 :
i am seeking westerners experience of working or retiring in st petersburg russia
#Anonymous on Sep 25, 2016 :
Hi Manuel ,of course not, you can't live for 42.000 with your wife and kids in the city centre unless your company pays rent for you,of course. Even in this case it's gonna be tough. This salary is very low.
I rent apartment in city centre with my friend for 32.000 rub and its a good price. All in all I would say that citys economy is absolutely shitty and salaries are ridiculous. City Infrastructure , leisure public facilities are far from perfect.
#Anonymous on Aug 31, 2016 :
About cost of Living in Saint-Petersburg.

1. Hi-tech and management jobs have big salary

About 10% of jobs in Saint-Petersburg have salary about $2000-$3000 (programmers, management positions and other hi-tech)

2. Taxi discounters in Saint-Petersburg

In the City some taxi discounters like Yandex Taxi (UBER clone) offers 15 rubs/km (or 15 rubs/min) i.e. about $0.23/km. Minimum order is about $6

Yandex Taxi have about 35% market share in this service in Saint-Petersburg. So this is normal price for anybody.
#Manuel on Aug 22, 2016 :
I'm getting an offer to work in St. Petersburg for 42,000 RUB net.
Would it be enough for me and my wife to live in the center of the city?
#Mark on Jul 29, 2016 :
Googling for apartments St Petersburg, seems to be all holiday stuff - any web addresses for (quality) estate agents ?.... looking now for central St Petersburg, good areas. Cheers
#Anonymous on Jul 27, 2016 :
Thanks 'Local'.

Looks like I'll be on may way to Russia....
#Local on Jul 25, 2016 :
1. 120k USD i.e. about 10k per month is awesome here
2. not a problem to find, not so expensive
3. Vasileostrovski island area
4. City centre is safe, but some far districts not safe as well
#Mark on Jul 25, 2016 :
I've been offered a position in St Petersburg 120k USD + free accommodation & bills. I know nothing of St Petersburg, and would move with my wife for 2 years for this work.

(I) Is this a reasonable salary for a decent life.
(II) My wife has medical condition (Arthritis) and needs medication, how easy or expensive is this?
(III) What would be a good area to live (safe, quiet, etc).
(III) Is St. Petersburg a (reasonably) safe place, as wife will be tourist-ing while I'm at work.

Thanks in advance.
#Salim on Jul 18, 2016 :
Hi there , i want to study in Saint Petrespurg , 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
#Serg on Apr 10, 2016 :
I live in StPete and can tell that not all data correct.

Problem with prices is the quality of what you buying. Eggs can cost from $0.5/ten to $3/ten, dependung in quality - cheapest has toxins, antibiotics, growth hormones inside, expensive are organic.

Same with others - Mens leather shoes you can find in cheap markets for $10, but you can wear it out in a month. Many people buy those, and then repair them with their own hands. Also you can buy Gucci shoes for $2000.

Quality standards legally implied in Russia are far from European. Nobody is taking care to align them, because you can sell here under-qualified production of global economy. Like "made for third world". Local production is almost non-existent (except weapon and oil).

Even comparable ones, like McDonalds hamburger and Marlboro, are absolutely not the same quality like in Europe.

Europe in terms of quality all uniform between countries, if you take chain shops and mass-market. Russia is not - many goods come from China with so dispersed quality - from trash to highest artisan quality.