Si vas a Travel to Russia Whether it's a visit or plans to stay, you'll be interested to know what the cost of living in the Slavic country is. That is why we have provided you with the most basic data that you should take into account such as 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 € = 75,5 rubles and 1 $ = 66,6 rubles to date of 30.01.2019.
Es 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.
Average monthly salary Russia 2019 /Work in Russia
The average monthly salary in Russia after tax is approximately 36.100 rubles, this is an equivalent to about 550 $. The equivalence in dollars or euros usually changes a lot. The same amount could reach or exceed 1000 $ in good times of change. Therefore judging the Russian standard of living based on a currency comparison, can lead to total confusion. Therefore we recommend thinking about rubles based on the Russian market.
In the capital, Moscow, the salary of the job can be substantially higher. A salary of 60.000 or 70.000 rubles is quite typical for Muscovites. Highly qualified jobs or related to the world of sales, can exceed the 100.000 rubles or the 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 10.000 or 15.000 rubles could be among the highest.
For those who enter the state of Shock thinking that salaries in Russia are third world in comparison to their salaries in dollars or euros ... say that a restaurant menu does not usually exceed the 4 euros and go to the hairdresser can be an expense of just 2,5 euros to change. As we can see, in some cases the savings compared to countries with Spain is more than 100, 200 or 300%.
Price of the house in Russia
If you are thinking of renting a small apartment, let's say a room, you can get out cheaper on the outskirts of the city than in the center of it. On average you will have to set aside each month around 20.000 py6 and if you prefer a room in the city center this can cost as of 30.000 rubles. Undoubtedly housing is the most expensive in Russia and unfortunately with a poor quality / price ratio in general. To opt for homes 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, this data is given in case you are interested in buying a car like a new Volkswagen Golf or its equivalent that you get around 1 million rubles (about 14.000 euros). Now that if you prefer to go on public transport a one-way ticket can cost you around the 36 rubles or a one-month pass at about 1.700 rubles.
Price of internet services in Russia
As for services, you do not want to be in Russia without internet, which you can get for approximately 500 rubles per month, this is a 6 Mbps flat rate cable. Mobile prepaid options are usually around 500 rubles per month with 4G + speeds and without restrictions in terms of traffic. Internet in general is very affordable in Russia and of very high quality. From our own experience and analyzing the load speed data of this website, the average speed of the Internet in Russia is usually 4 times faster than in Spain.
Prices of restaurants in Russia
With respect to the restaurants we will start with the price of a combo Mc.Donalds which has become an excellent indicator of world inflation, this can leave you for less 300 rubles (less than 4 euros). In an economic restaurant the prices would not be much higher around the 500 rubles. Now that if you go for a luxury restaurant the food can cost you from the 1000 rubles per person. 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 an 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.
Dear Russian Lover, if you are thinking of organize your trip to Russia you see that the prices are very affordable. Another story will be the day you live in Russia and your salary is only in rubles. Although ... nowadays, through the internet, everyone has the possibility to work in dollars and euros wherever they are.
The personal conclusion What I get out of all this is that for the same salary equivalent in dollars, euros and rubles, in Russia, the quality of life in terms of purchasing power and price policy is much higher than most European countries.