* The coronavirus crisis in Russia It is a destabilizing factor of the Russian economy and its currency the ruble. The cost of products and living in the country can increase significantly throughout 2020.
Si vas a Travel to Russia Whether by visit or with plans to stay, you will surely be interested in knowing the cost of living in the largest country in the world.
That's why I provide you with the most basic data of prices in Russia what should you take into account as the cost of housing, transportation, internet service and food.
Let's start by saying that the official currency of Russia is The Russian ruble (руб) and that 1 € = 79,4 rubles and 1 $ = 73,4 rubles as of 17.05.2020.
It is convenient to check the currency course constantly since the ruble is a currency with a very high fluctuation and the calculation of the change can vary from one day to the next.
Anyway, in recent years its value has been very similar to the current course being the most stable time for the price of the ruble in the last decade. Although quite devalued.
Minimum and average monthly salary in Russia 2020 /Work in Russia
The minimum wage in Russia for the year 2020 is 12.140 rubles, which come to be 189 dollars or 174 euros.
These values may seem ridiculous to you, but they work based on the globality of the country, so in practice they are not a reliable indicator because literally with that salary in cities like Moscow surely a person would not even have to buy the food of the month. In any case, the Russian Federal minimum wage МРОТ is very low and although it rose 850 rubles this year 2020 is still insufficient to lead a decent life in most of the russian territory.
The average monthly salary in Russia after tax is approximately 37.000 rubles, this is an equivalent to about 577 $.
The equivalence in dollars or euros usually changes a lot.
The same amount of rubles could reach or exceed $ 1000 in times of good change.
That's why judge the russian standard of living Based on a currency comparison, it can lead to total confusion.
We always recommend thinking about rubles and based on Russian market.
Although the truth is that after the Crimea annexation on the part of Russia and the sanctions of the United States, the value of the ruble with respect to the international currencies depreciated a lot and it was not possible to recover.
In the capital, Moscow, the salary of the job may be substantially higher than in other parts of the country.
A salary of 60.000 or 70.000 rubles is quite typical for Muscovites.
For the year 2020, an upward trend in salaries is confirmed, increasing even above the level of inflation. Which predicts good prospects for the pocket of residents in Russia.
High-skilled jobs or related to the world of sales, can exceed 100.000 rubles or 200.000 rubles without problems.
That is why, it must be taken into account, that crossing the borders of the perimeter of large cities can reduce the salary drastically.
In provincial regions, a salary of 15.000 rubles could be of the highest.
For those who enter the state of Shock to think that salaries in Russia are third world compared to their salaries in dollars or euros ... say that a restaurant menu does not usually exceed 4 euros and go to the hairdresser can be an expense of only 2,5 euros to change.
As we can see, in some cases the savings compared to countries like Spain is more than 100, 200 or 300%.
Price of the house in Russia
If you are thinking of renting a small apartment, say a room, you can get cheaper on the outskirts of the city than in the center of it.
On average you will have to set aside every month around 20.000 rubles and if you prefer a room in the city center it can cost from 30.000 rubles.
Clearly housing is the most expensive in Russia and unfortunately with a poor quality / price ratio in general.
To opt for housing with extra comfort options, the figures to be paid will be much higher.
As a Spaniard, I consider housing to be the most unfavorable point of living in Russia.
Price of transport in Russia
In the event that you decide to hire a taxi this can leave you around 300 rubles for 1 hour. A bargain come on. A liter of gasoline costs around 45 rubles, we give this information in case you are interested in buying a car like a new Volkswagen Golf or its equivalent that costs around 1 million rubles (about 14.000 euros).
Now that if you prefer to ride a one-way ticket by public transport it can cost you around the 55 rubles or an unlimited month pass in about 2.770 rubles.
These prices are generalizations, since each city has its own rates and living in St. Petersburg will not be the same as in Yekaterinburg.
Transport is quite affordable in Russia, although I must say that the price is rising considerably.
Price of internet services in Russia
As for services you will not want to be in Russia without internet, which can cost you approximately 500 rubles a month for internet at home at a speed of 100 Mbps. Mobile prepaid options are usually around 1000 rubles a month with speeds 4G + and without traffic restrictions. Internet in general is very affordable in Russia and very fast. From own experience and analyzing the loading speed data of this same website, the average internet speed in Russia is usually 4 times faster than in Spain.
The Internet price is one of the most competitive in the world and without permanence contracts.
Prices of restaurants in Russia
With regard to restaurants we will start with the price of a Mc.Donalds combo that has become an excellent indicator of world inflation, this can leave you for less 300 rubles (less than 4 euros). In an economical restaurant prices would not be much higher around 500 rubles.
Now that if you go to a fancy restaurant, food can cost you from 1000 rubles per person or much more.
As for drinks, the most economical is water, a bottle of 33cl can cost you 29 rubles, a Coca Cola 47 rubles, a national beer 70 rubles and a coffee 125 rubles. The prices are only one orientation since always around the corner you can find totally different prices.
The best option for lunch in Russia is the bussines lunch. Until the 18.00h in the afternoon the full menus do not usually exceed the 300 rubles. and being able to find places to eat for not much more than 100 rubles. At night, the cost of dinners can be increased by up to 3 or 4 times.
We can conclude that eating out in Russia is very cheap, although for low-priced menus the quality of products and dishes is usually not very high.
In conclusion about the cost of living in Russia we can say that pFor the same equivalent salary in dollars, euros and rubles, in Russia, the quality of life is higher.
Dear Russian Lover, if you are thinking about living in Russia You see that prices are very affordable and you have many opportunities to make money with multitude of job offers.