Cost of Living in Saint Petersburg

Summary of cost of living in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.63 $ 5.45-10.90
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 32.70 $ 23.98-54.50
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.36 $ 3.82-5.45
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.73 $ 1.20-3.82
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.22 $ 1.64-4.36
Cappuccino (regular) 2.16 $ 0.87-3.27
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.87 $ 0.55-1.64
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.50 $ 0.33-0.98
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.25 $ 2.52-3.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.55 $ 0.40-0.89
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.39-0.77
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.45 $ 0.85-1.83
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.99 $ 2.47-8.90
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.83 $ 1.19-2.47
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.50 $ 2.47-4.94
Apples (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.30-0.74
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.37-0.74
Oranges (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.40-1.09
Tomato (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.42-1.73
Potato (1 lb) 0.22 $ 0.09-0.47
Onion (1 lb) 0.21 $ 0.12-0.35
Lettuce (1 head) 0.95 $ 0.55-1.64
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.58 $ 0.44-0.87
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.45 $ 4.36-8.72
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.81 $ 0.64-1.09
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.64 $ 0.82-3.11
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.18 $ 1.96-2.73
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.71 $ 0.55-0.76
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 39.24 $ 27.25-39.95
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.64 $ 1.09-3.27
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.88 $ 0.44-1.91
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5.89 $ 4.58-9.81
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.29 $ 2.19-2.48
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,700.00 $ 21,800.00-38,150.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,478.24 $ 22,675.26-38,150.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 98.70 $ 77.21-152.60
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 5.38 $ 3.71-7.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 5.93 $ 4.36-8.18
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26.12 $ 11.81-54.50
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.22 $ 10.90-21.80
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.36 $ 3.82-6.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 351.62 $ 261.60-545.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,485.64 $ 2,725.00-10,900.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 83.44 $ 32.70-163.50
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.02 $ 21.80-65.40
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 93.36 $ 54.50-163.50
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 95.28 $ 54.50-163.50
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 498.68 $ 381.50-708.50
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 313.10 $ 272.50-436.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 994.53 $ 708.50-1,635.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 627.48 $ 490.50-817.50
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 303.57 $ 222.78-405.05
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 175.90 $ 131.64-253.16
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 722.68 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.85 8.00-18.00

Prices in Saint Petersburg

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Last update: March 2024
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4 Comments so far
Scales on Jan 19, 2024:
The place is really nice, I moved from France to Moscow in 2016, then to Saint Petersburg in 2020 to reduce the cost of living during the corona lockdown, and stayed here since then.

The prices seems accurate. The rent is quite flexible, you can found some very cheap flats in the center but they tend to be in a very bad shape. On another hand there is a whole luxury renting sector as well.

Also keep in mind that the city is heavily relying on tourism, so you may find huge price differences between touristic and non touristic places. A pint of local beer in a pub will cost you 300p+ in a fancy pub in the center, and can cost as low as 100p in a student place out of the touristic district. Same for food, you can easily have a full fledged three-meal for 300-500p outside of the touristic districts, but you'll probably pay 1000+ in the center.

Also that takes time to get used to the local weather, check your vitamins levels in winter if you feel constantly tired :-)
Amo on Dec 11, 2023:
As an Indian who had visited Russia 3 times in 2014-15-16, I used to have a great respect and genuine affection for the Russian culture and people. Also of course, due to the fact that the USSR greatly supported us all throughout with technology in steel, nuclear, hydro, space and military hardware.

However, with the events of the last 10 years, I have begun to notice a stark difference in attitudes of the Russians. Especially during my time in the Los Angeles & Miami, there are 2 distinct sets of Russians. One is of course the oligarchs and their families/friends who are buying up properties in the West especially US and UK, and converting them into Airbnbs or hostels. A lot of them clearly have a "only Russian" policy. Apart from this, the second segment seems to be villagers east of the Urals, from Siberia who have never even been to Moscow and SPB, claiming refugee/asylum status, to escape from the draft. They are openly hostile to even the host country citizens, let alone other immigrants such as Asians, Latinos etc. They have flooded Mexico and even started Russian only areas and businesses, similar to Goa in India.

It's clear that they are on a su*cidal path, as evidenced by Putin's phrase from last year - "What use is such a world, where Russia does not exist?" Even the infamous Blue Whale game targeting teenagers for self deletion was originated in Russia. They have become a deeply self loathing, pessimistic, and scorched earth kind of culture just in 10 years, and it's only going to get worse. Forget the Ukrainians, now they are even beginning to despise the other republics and ethnicities of each other. To say nothing of their discontempt and anger towards the Kazakhs, Uzbeks etc.

I am no NATO supporter and I loathe the US imperialism and intervention as much as anyone from the South, but I am sad to say, what I considered a once great culture, is in ruins and shambles. The Russkies are on a path to insignifance within a brainwashed echo chamber.
Mikhail on May 31, 2023:
Prices are pretty accurate.
Depends on the salary and overall quality. There are options to buy eggs both 1 euro and 3 euro per 10 eggs.
Rent is more or less real, again, there are options.
You could rent 1 bedroom in centre for 35000 rub, or for 70000.
Cars become extremely expensive, you'd better to buy 3-year car from US.
It was a nice place to live, work and grew up untill the war.
Aleksei on Dec 05, 2022:
Rent is expensive due 2 main reasons:
1) Since Soviet Union broke up, life outside big cities has been getting worse. To survive people are moving to big cities.
2) The same situation happens in Middle Asia, there is no job and as there are no borders most of the able-bodied population move to Moscow and St.-Petersburg.
But I have to admit the second reason has been losing its power since the war began.