Travel budget and cost of living in Russia how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Russia

Russia: calculate your travel budget

Russia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Russia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 27 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.1 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 615* (37240 ₽)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 46 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 3.1 per person
  • $ 4.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 1359* (82334 ₽)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 76 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 5.1 per person
  • $ 9.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 2301* (139412 ₽)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Russia in 2019

Cost of living: Russia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Russia in 2019 is 43% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Russia in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Russia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Russia compared to the national average.

Cities /Russia View Details
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 49% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Moscow 33% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Moscow
Kemerovo 38% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kemerovo
Pskov 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pskov
Saint Petersburg 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Saint Petersburg
Yakutsk 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yakutsk

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Local prices in Russia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Russia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Russia costs 49% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.1/person
($ 4.9 to $ 12)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 12 to $ 24)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 3.9 to $ 6.6)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 3.2)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.8 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Russia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Russia costs 67% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 42/night
($ 38 to $ 51)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 33/night
($ 24 to $ 47)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 42 to $ 87)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 94/night
($ 76 to $ 118)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 164/night
($ 134 to $ 207)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 30/month
($ 24 to $ 40)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 54/month
($ 42 to $ 72)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 78/month
($ 57 to $ 110)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 48/month
($ 38 to $ 66)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Russia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Russia costs 54% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.2/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 12)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.2/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 5.1)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.6/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 9.8)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Russia

On average, the price of transport in Russia costs 49% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 30/month
($ 17 to $ 42)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.7
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 36/24hrs
($ 18 to $ 120)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Russia

On average, the cost of housing in Russia costs 62% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 113/month
($ 75 to $ 155)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 7.9/month
($ 5.7 to $ 9.8)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 414/month
($ 245 to $ 814)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 267/month
($ 164 to $ 489)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 774/month
($ 408 to $ 1628)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 517/month
($ 278 to $ 977)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 21 to $ 58)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 294/month
($ 164 to $ 570)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6121/yr
($ 2442 to $ 12691)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Russia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Russia costs 23% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.9/ticket
($ 4.1 to $ 6.6)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 8.1 to $ 34)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Russia

On average, shopping budget in Russia is essentially the same as in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.3/pack
($ 1.9 to $ 2.4)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 72
($ 34 to $ 115)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 44
($ 26 to $ 66)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 83
($ 58 to $ 115)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 101
($ 66 to $ 164)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Moscow
New York City → Moscow
New York City → Moscow
$ 733
(fair price: $ 625)
London → Saint Petersburg
London → Saint Petersburg
London → Saint Petersburg
$ 260
(fair price: $ 223)
London → Moscow
London → Moscow
London → Moscow
$ 262
(fair price: $ 206)
Dublin → Saint Petersburg
Dublin → Saint Petersburg
Dublin → Saint Petersburg
$ 318
(fair price: $ 260)
Dublin → Moscow
Dublin → Moscow
Dublin → Moscow
$ 268
(fair price: $ 223)
Los Angeles → Moscow
Los Angeles  → Moscow
Los Angeles  → Moscow
$ 1205
(fair price: $ 925)
Manchester → Saint Petersburg
Manchester → Saint Petersburg
Manchester → Saint Petersburg
$ 331
(fair price: $ 278)
Manchester → Moscow
Manchester → Moscow
Manchester → Moscow
$ 303
(fair price: $ 273)
Toronto (Ontario) → Moscow
Toronto (Ontario) → Moscow
Toronto (Ontario) → Moscow
$ 977
(fair price: $ 869)
New York City → Saint Petersburg
New York City → Saint Petersburg
New York City → Saint Petersburg
$ 873
(fair price: $ 717)
Edinburgh → Moscow
Edinburgh → Moscow
Edinburgh → Moscow
$ 309
(fair price: $ 288)
Edinburgh → Saint Petersburg
Edinburgh → Saint Petersburg
Edinburgh → Saint Petersburg
$ 334
(fair price: $ 311)

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About the information on the cost of living in Russia

The information about the cost of living in Russia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Russia updated on 17-03-2019.

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