Moscow is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, and the cost of living in the Russia’s capital is almost as high as in London or New York. Therefore, for those who are thinking about relocation to Moscow, it is worth knowing in advance, how much does it cost to live in this city. For this reason we have written this article with the detailed information about all possible expenses in Moscow on average.
If you are planning to rent an apartment in Moscow, then you should know that an average price for renting a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city is around 1,000 dollars. If you search for a bigger apartment with several bedrooms, then the price will be between 1,500 and 3,000 dollars. For those, who want to save some money, it is better to consider accommodation on the outskirts, where the price can be twice lower. Accommodation costs also depend on conditions of apartment: a new or renovated apartment will be much more expensive than accommodation that has not been upgraded for many years. The cheapest option is a small apartment in a so-called “babushka style” far from the city center. If you are planning to stay in a hotel, an average price is around 65$ per a standard room in the center of Moscow.
For food and drinks in Moscow you can experience the range of prices. The best thing about this city is that there are many restaurants and cafes with different prices. The average cost of meal in a regular restaurant will be around 7 dollars. Those, who have tighter budget, can always find an affordable solution: there are many chains of budget canteens throughout Moscow, where you eat delicious typical Russian food without spending much money. It is a good option not only saving money, but also for learning more about Russian culture. However, if you are not lazy and like cooking, the best and the cheapest solution is buying food in supermarkets or local food markets. On average, buying products in supermarkets or markets will cost around 100 dollars per month.
There many different transportation options in Moscow: buses, metro, taxi, a personal car, trams, and etc. However, due t constant terrible traffic jams in the city, the best, most convenient and probably the most affordable way to move around the city is metro. If you are planning to stay in Moscow long enough, it is better to purchase an unlimited year card that will cost approximately 400 dollars. This card can be used not only in metro, but also in buses, trams and trolleybuses without any limitations. If you need comfort and prefer to move around by taxi, then you should know that taxi fare in Moscow depends on the taxi company that you choose: while some companies charge by distance, others offer set rates or charge by time only. An average price for a ride by taxi within the city center costs around 6-7 dollars.
Footwear and clothing
As any big city, Moscow has many shopping malls and outlets that are able to suit every taste and budget. Therefore, your expenses for clothing and footwear depend on brands that you choose and places, where you buy them. Those, who prefer luxury shopping and high-class brands, such as Armani, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana and others, usually do shopping at the main and the oldest shopping malls of the city – the TSUM or GUM stores. If your budget does not allow you to spend much money on clothing and footwear and your are looking for shopping places with more affordable prices, the best one is Okhotnyi Ryad – the mall located in the very center of Moscow. Average prices for footwear there is between 50 and 200 dollars, while the clothing will cost on average between 25 and 150 dollars. However, the cheapest clothing and footwear you fill find at local markets that are usually spread across the outskirts of the capital. There are no well-known brands there, but you will be pleasantly surprised with prices that are two or eve three times lower than in central malls.