Krasnodar is one the most important historical and cultural centers of Southern Russian and it’s an important tourist destination.
All the tsar-era buildings that have been recently renovated are what makes the city very pretty, and most travelers only need a day or two to visit all important sights of the city.
Cost of living is cheap compared to Moscow, though the people living here have salaries up to twice lower than in many other cities, especially Moscow or St. Petersburg.
A decent, comfortable life in Krasnodar, without splurging on unnecessary things, would cost around 210$ per month.
Krasnodar is developing fast, so there’s a huge number of eateries, bars, entertaining facilities at one’s disposal. A cup of good cappuccino in a downtown coffee-shop will cost you 3$. As for places to eat, you can chose from a variety of places to go to, plenty of restaurants are concentrated in a street called Krasni Partisan, where you can try local Russian dishes. The cheapest restaurants will offer meals for only 6$.
You’ll need around 45$ for food, per month, if you prefer buying groceries and cooking for yourself. Fruits and vegetables are cheaper than in most other cities of Russia. You can also find fresh produce and fish in open markets that pop up daily all throughout the city. It’s always fresh, and usually much cheaper than the produce in supermarkets.
Public transportation is rather bad in Krasnodar: there’s no subway, there are constant traffic jams and buses have a schedule that’s really hard to follow due to traffic conditions. However, since you’ll probably have to use public transport, the good thing is that it’s rather cheap. A one-way ticket costs only 0.40$, while a monthly pass is around 20$.
Utilities in Krasnodar are very cheap, probably cheaper than in most other Russian cities. For an apartment of 85m2 all basic utilities, including electricity, gas, garbage services, heating and cooling cost only around 87$. Calls to landlines from mobile phones are more expensive than calls to other mobile phones. The coverage is good in the city center and the tariffs very cheap. Internet works great in most houses and cafes.
SPORTS & LEISURE
The nature of the Krasnodar region is attractive for hiking, day or weekend trips and gateways with its two seas, mountains, lakes and forests. Here you can practice sports outside whenever you want to, especially because the weather is so nice here. But, if you’re more into inside sports, you can become a member of a gym or a fitness club for only 30$ a month. There are also many cinemas and other leisure opportunities throughout the city. A cinema ticket costs around 4$.
CLOTHING & SHOES
There are close to 20 entertainment complexes in Krasnodar that are open 24 hours/day. These complexes usually include bowling alleys, shopping centers, video arcades, casinos, and restaurants. They are all located in downtown, Krasnaya street. For instance, you can visit Galaktika mall, for a more Western-style shopping experience. This mall includes hundreds of clothing stores, where you can buy quality jeans for around 57$!
RENT PER MONTH
Rents can get pretty high in Krasnodar: a decent single bedroom apartment will cost you at least 250$ a month, though it does largely depend on your exact location and the size of your apartment. An apartment located in the city center will cost no less than 310$, while a one-bedroom flat somewhere further away can be found for 210$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Krasnodar
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 6.46|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 0.91|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.32||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.74|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.47|
|Eggs (12)||$ 0.92||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.40|
|Monthly Pass||$ 20.52|
|Gasoline||$ 0.67||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 87.99|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.03|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 7.89||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 31.92|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 10.45|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 4.56||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 57.17|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 34.46|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 78.42||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 310.24|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 212.18|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 594.22|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Krasnodar?
Like in most cities, the people of Krasnodar spend the biggest part of their incomes on food and groceries.
For the people living in Krasnodar, the biggest financial burden, apart from food is definitely rent.
Restaurants are on the third place on the list of biggest expenses here, and this makes sense too since many people eat there every day, three times a day.
Transportation is also an important expense for everyone since it has to be paid, whether you use your private car or public transport.
Apparel is the least of all expenses, like in most countries, but it’s very close in percentages to the utility expenses.
Krasnodar: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
The average salary in Krasnodar is relatively low, taking into consideration the rents and the prices of utilities, transportation and other expenses.
However, the people that moved in here for work or other reasons, are usually excited and optimistic about living here, even though their salaries are twice lower in Krasnodar than in their home cities.
Minimum wage in Krasnodar is around 220$ which, although higher than in many other smaller cities of Russia, can definitely be a problem for the residents of this city, since it isn’t even enough to cover all basic needs.
Cost of Living by City in Russia
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