What can you buy for 1 USD dollar in Russia?Statistics tell us that an average monthly wage in Russia is about 450-500 USD dollars (around 30,000 rubles). Expectedly, consumer prices match this level of income. That is why there is a lot you can purchase for just 1 US dollar in Russia.

Prices in Russia: Things you can buy for USD $1

As of today, 1 US dollar is 57 rubles. The exchange rate went up to 80 rubles per 1 US dollar in 2016 but it has been dropping during the last months.

Since 2014 prices in Russia have been rising consistently. But in dollar terms, there is almost no difference.

For example, if 1 liter of milk cost about 33 rubles in 2013 (equal to 1 dollar in 2013), today its price is about 58 rubles. The same 1 dollar but twice as expensive in the local currency.

Usually foreigners visiting Russian girls are pleasantly surprised by prices in local shops and supermarkets. The cost of public transport is also quite moderate.

Let’s have a look at prices in Russia and see what you can afford for $1.

USD to Russian ruble chart, March 2017.

Current exchange rate: 1 US dollar equals 57 Russian ruble. The exchange rate went up to 80 rubles per 1 US dollar in early 2016, causing price hikes for consumer goods.

Public transport

In most cities, 1 ride in a bus or a “public taxi” mini-bus, regardless of the distance, costs 20 rubles ($0.35). Thus, you can make 3 trips by public transport for 1 dollar.

In Moscow, one subway ticket costs 55 rubles ($0.96). If you need to make several trips, it’s recommended to buy a card for 20-40 trips, then it’s cheaper per ride.

Russians also have a number of taxi services including app-based Uber and Yandex taxi. Taxi trips are rather cheap and their prices haven’t changed significantly since 2013. For example, in my city for a 1.5-kilometer trip (0.93 miles), I pay about 60 rubles ($1.05).

Cafes

Having a couple of dollars in your pocket, you can have a cup of coffee with a tasty bun in a local café.

Prices in Russia: Things you can buy for $1 there

I purchased this small cup of coffee for 55 rubles ($0.96).

Prices in Russia: Things you can buy for $1 there

Local bakeries offer a wide selection of cakes and pies at low prices. You can enjoy this freshly baked apple pie for only 21 rubles ($0.37).

Shopping centre

Big cities have lots of shopping centres where tens of fashion and footwear stores are located next to home decor and electronics retail outlets. Restaurants and entertainment such as movie theaters and gaming are also at your disposal, just like in any other country. Some centres have ice-skating rinks and other types of activities.

This weekend I visited one such center to see what can you buy there for a dollar. And there isn’t much actually.

  • The cheapest cinema ticket will cost you about 150 rubles ($2.60) for a morning session. In general, prices of movie tickets range from 300 to 500 rubles ($5-8).
  • Leaving kids in a recreation area (kids club) while you are shopping is 150 rubles ($2.60) for 30 minutes.

But what can we buy for just one dollar?

A flower for a beautiful lady or an ice cream. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Shopping center

You can buy 1 sushi roll for 15 rubles ($0.26) or 4 pieces for 60 rubles ($1.05).

Shopping center, prices in Russia.

1 scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone can be purchased for 60 rubles ($1.05).

Ice cream selection.

There are plenty of flavours to choose from: Banana, melon, strawberries and cream, caramel, watermelon, raspberry, cheesecake, bubble gum, and others.

Flower shop.

The cheapest flowers are carnations. One single carnation costs 50 rubles ($0.87). Tulips are 80 rubles ($1.40) per stem. A larger bouquet or arrangement is around 1500 rubles ($26). Flowers are quite expensive during winter months. In summer you can purchase cheaper bouquets from street vendors.

Shopping center

Local shopping centers get busy during the weekends.

Shopping center

Besides, there are stores selling everything for 51 rubles ($0.89). They offer lots of different items like kitchen utensils, personal care and cleaning supplies, toys, stationery, some packaged food, etc.

Supermarkets

The choice of cheap goods is much broader in local supermarkets. There you can find plenty of products that cost less than 60 rubles like water, milk, bread, toilet paper, sugar, yogurt, chocolates, etc.

Meat, fruit, and vegetables are more expensive. For instance, you can get just a couple of apples for $1. Tomatoes and cucumbers cost about 200 rubles ($3.5) per kilo in winter. The prices will go down to 50-80 rubles ($0.8-1.4) per kilo in the summer.

Goods in supermarket

I would call prices in Russia’s supermarkets as foreigner-friendly. In case that you are from a Western country. Thus, a bottle of juice can be purchased for $0.86 and a bar of chocolate for $0.75. A tube of bioactive yogurt by Danon or 1 litre of milk is about $1.

Prices for essential items in Russia

Below are the lowest prices for some products in the supermarket near my home:

  • 1 loaf of bread (550 g) — 29.9 rubles ($0.53)
  • 1 box of eggs (a dozen) — 54.4 rubles ($0.96)
  • 1 liter of milk (2.5%) — 56.3 rubles ($1)
  • 1 kg of sugar — 37 rubles ($0.66)
  • 1 kg of salt — 8.7 rubles ($0.15)
  • 2 kg of flour — 36 rubles ($0.64)
  • 1 kg of potatoes — 24.9 rubles ($0.44)
  • 1 kg of carrots — 22.9 rubles ($0.41)
  • 1 kg of bananas — 65.9 rubles ($1.17)
  • 1 kg of apples — 89.9 rubles ($1.60)
  • 1 pack of butter (180 g) — 76 rubles ($1.35)
  • 1 pack of margarine (200 g) — 22 rubles ($0.39)
  • 1 packet of breakfast cereals (300 g) — 33 rubles ($0.59)
  • 1 packet of macaroni (400 g) — 17 rubles ($0.30)
  • 1 kg of chicken — 117 rubles ($2.07)
  • 1 tin of canned fish (250 g) — 57.7 rubles ($1.02)
  • 1 jar of jam (430 g) — 54.9 rubles ($0.97)
  • 1 jar of chocolate & nuts spread (350 g) — 75 rubles ($1.33)
  • 1 mini-yoghurt (110 g) — 18 rubles ($0.32)

These are the cheapest prices I could find. For example, a regular price for a packet of macaroni (400 g) is about 45 rubles ($0.80). The quality of pasta that you can purchase for 17 rubles leaves much to be desired.

Online shopping

By no means, Russians have many internet shops. I checked one of Moscow’s online shops, which is quite cheap, and picked a few of items.

Residents of Russia also buy from overseas online stores. For example, goods offered by Aliexpress.com are delivered by mail free of charge.

Online shopping

For instance, a hand cream by the famous brand Garnier is only $0.82.

Online shopping

A tube of Colgate toothpaste costs $0.59.

Online shopping

Ona can buy a small box of washing powder for babies for $0.91.

Online shopping

Girls may purchase two pairs of nylon socks for $0.86.

Online shopping

Russia-made bar of soap costs about $0.28.

Online shopping

Some time ago, Russian ladies started to buy things from Chinese websites like Aliexpress. The delivery is free and prices are attractive. For example, this neck handkerchief costs only $0.77 (with free delivery!)

Online shopping

The price for these earrings is $0.96. Again, free delivery to Russian Federation.

Online shopping

Girls like to discuss and show their purchases in the feedback area. Here is feedback from some happy Russian customers.

Post office services

If you’d like to send a regular letter (20 grams or 2-4 pages of paper) internationally, you will need about 35 rubles ($0.61) for stamps and 9 rubles ($0.16) for an envelope. You can send it to any country in the world for just 44 rubles ($0.77). The delivery will take about 2-3 weeks. It’s the cheapest option. For 54 rubles ($0.94), letters are delivered by air.

Other services like express delivery are more expensive and there are lots of companies that do it like DHL, TNT, etc.

Post office services

This is how a Russian post office looks like.

Post office services

The delivery service from Moscow to the USA may cost $0.61 (11-19 days), $0.7 (7-11 days) or $20 by courier (4-9 days).

Mobile phone

Of course, when you stay in Russia you may need to make some mobile phone calls.

I checked all local providers and found that no mobile plans for 60 rubles are available. The cheapest recharge option is 100 rubles ($1.75). For that money, you get a sim card and 50 rubles ($0.87) balance to make calls. Believe me, you will spend this allowance very quickly.

As the consultant told me, foreigners prefer buying a limitless plan for 250 rubles ($4.37) a month.

Most people in Russia use 300-ruble monthly plan ($5.20) with up to 600 minutes available plus 2-4 Gb of mobile internet.

Mobile service

No mobile plans for $1 are available in Russia.

Entertainment

Frankly speaking, it’s much easier to find where you can go for free, than for the equivalent of $1.

Thus, visiting ice rink in Gorky park costs 200 rubles ($3.5) minimum. In the city where I live regular price (with your own ice skating shoes) is 80 rubles ($1.4) per hour.

But every city has ice skating rinks in parks where you can do it for free.

The same with museums, art galleries, and theaters. My searches showed that you need to have 100-150 rubles ($1.8-2.6) minimum to visit some small and simple gallery.

However, you can always find days when museums and galleries let the visitors in with no charge.

  • For example, this month, on 12th of April, you can listen to Beethoven, Sperger, and Rossini for free in Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky theatre (one of the best known opera and ballet theatres in the world). In 2017, the troop gives complimentary concerts each Wednesday.
  • The Stage Hermitage Museum welcomes everyone at no charge on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Here is a list of 40 Moscow museums that offer complimentary admission on the third Sunday of every month in 2017.

Moscow Metro (subway) launched a project called Muzykavmetro or Music in Metro. It provides special places for street musicians to perform for the public. Every day buskers give concerts at different metro stations and you can check the schedule online.

Russia’s cultural life is always vibrant and offers innumerable events to consider.

Check our previous publications to find out where to go when you are in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Entertainments

Russian girls enjoy vibrant cultural life. In many cases, you don’t have to pay to attend concerts, museums, or art galleries, if you know the schedule.

 

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Peter
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Fantastic article. So much real and “NOW” information. This is a great blog with such variety of useful information.

keep up the great work

Alya
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Prices are up to date but 30,000 roubles salary is a median between our oligarchs who get few millions montly and the rest ppl who get 7,000-15,000 roubles montly. Also there is an abyss between Moscow and St.Petersburg salaries and the rest Russia.

Elena
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Alya,
How much do you earn per month for your job in your city?

Ramsey
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I earn 12,000 US Dollars per month.

Elena
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Ramsey,
It’s sweet you offer numbers but the question was to Alya 🙂
And you still didn’t mention what do you do and where do you live, so it’s pointless.

Martin Azcue
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Elena, Ramsey is just bragging about how much money she or he makes. Maybe Ramsey is not even Russian.

Galatea
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Even though wages in Russia are low I suppose it is enough to buy sweets and clothes that I really like:) And if I need something like phone or tablet it’s easy to get on Aliexpress. Of course None likes Russian post office services but It still gets things delivered.

Ratattat
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I think this information is useful not only for foreigners. The entertainment part can be surprising for some locals too.
In general, as we can see, the prices rise while the salaries stay the same unfortunately. But if you have another currency you may allow yourself more and save a little.

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