The Cost of Living in Lviv

06.02.17
The Cost of Living in Lviv

Lviv has become a tourist mecca of Ukraine in recent years. These days it’s a booming European city with vibrant business life. The fact that Lviv is growing and developing fast is no secret. Many people move to this Western Ukrainian city from all over Ukraine as well as from abroad. We narrowed downs some up-to-date facts and figures regarding the cost of living in Lviv.

Lviv these days looks like a giant construction site. Developing companies are building the whole new districts around the town. Despite the great variety of newly built condominiums and houses the demand is comparably high and rental rates are much lower than in Kyiv, so finding a good apartment or house to rent may be quite challenging and take a lot of time. Prices per studio or 1 bedroom apartment in Lviv downtown range from EUR 150 to EUR 200 per month plus utilities. If you are ok with living outside city center there is a good chance you’ll find a similar apartment for EUR 100 - 150 per month plus utilities. The apartments are usually rented out for 1 year period, sometimes it is possible to negotiate a shorter period, however the rent price can be a bit higher in this case. Traditionally, landlords ask to pay for the first month of the stay as well as the deposit which usually equals to the amount of the monthly rate.

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If you are looking for a short time rent, Lviv offers many furnished apartments which can be rented out per day or per week. This option is really popular among tourists who come to visit Lviv, as it is much cheaper than staying at the hotel. To find an available apartment with decent price and quality ratio can be a difficult task. Also, you have to be careful once making the reservation for the apartment on some random web-sites as there are a lot of frauds in this sphere of business these days. It’s always a good idea to use reliable services like booking.com or airbnb.com and carefully read all the reviews before making the final decision and paying a deposit for your reservation. The rates for the studio apartment or 1 bed-room apartment in Lviv downtown range from EUR 10 to EUR 50 per day depending on specific location of the apartment and its facilities. 2-bedroom apartments will cost around  EUR 50 to EUR 80 per day. If you would like to rent for a longer period of time, say a week or two, don’t hesitate to ask the landlord for the discount.

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As for the hotels, the rates here are still lower comparing to Kyiv, but cheap hotel became a history in Lviv. Expect to pay EUR 80-100 per double room per night in a 4* hotel ((like Astoria, Leopolis or Swiss Hotel) in the city center. Living in similar conditions outside city’s downtown, can save you some money and will cost EUR 50-80 per double room per night (Citadel Inn, Cavalier Boutique Hotel, Dnister). Luckily Lviv now offers a good variety of budget hotels. These budget-friendly hotels will help you to save some money for a cup of legendary Lviv coffee or pint of «Lvivske» beer.
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And talking about Lviv coffee and beer, local food-and-drink scene is also booming and brings new trendy places to drink and dine every season. The majority of Lviv high-end hotels, have in-house restaurants offering fancy European cuisine (Mon Chef Restaurant in Astoria Hotel, Panorama Restaurant in Opera Hotel, Restauracja Szkocka in Atlas Hotel). The average check for the dinner for 2 will be around EUR 50 in places like these. Restaurants located around Rynok Square that are popular among tourists for their interesting dishes (classic Galician cuisine in Baczewski Restaurant or European dishes with local culinary twist in Centaur Restaurant on the corner of Rynok Square or Atlas Restaurant on 45, Rynok Square) offer authentic atmosphere, high level of service and affordable prices. The average check for the dinner for 2 persons in these places will be EUR 30.
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As for the night life, Lviv has some a couple of night clubs where guests can enjoy some good music, well mixed drinks and dancing. One of the most popular night club among foreigners who visit Lviv is Fashion Night Club (1, Pidkovy street, Lviv). Guests are asked for EUR 3-5 admission fee depending on the day of the week, the deposit for booking a table for 4-6 people range from EUR 30 to EUR 40 and drinks cost from EUR 3 per cocktail. iFEST Republic (24, Staroznesenska street, Lviv), newly opened on the grounds of the pre-WW2 glass factory and mega-popular night club of the city, gathers young and hip crowd and boasts some serious European guest DJs. To get inside and enjoy a party at iFEST Republic usually costs EUR 3 to EUR 5 per person depending on the event planned for that day.

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In case you are renting an apartment during you stay and have a kitchen available, cooking your food at home can save you a lot of money. Prices for food in Lviv are quite affordable, for example, you will pay 50 CENTS for 1L of milk, 30 CENTS for a loaf of bread, 60 CENTS for 6L of bottled water, EUR 1 for 10 eggs, 30 CENTS for 1 kilo of apples, 70 CENTS for 1 kilo of rice. All necessary grocery shopping can be done in supermarkets or smaller grocery shops that are located all around the city. In case you are feeling confident or adventureous, you can try to hit local food markets and score even lower prices, however watch out for pickpockets once there. 

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Lviv is rather small city comparing to Kyiv, Kharkiv Odessa or Dnipro. More over, since all the action is happening mostly in the downtown and it has a pretty compact layout you can easily walk from A to B. If you don’t speak any Ukrainian or Russian navigating through Lviv by public transport might be really challenging. Bus and tram drivers hardly speak any English, so you would have to rely on the help of other passengers if needed as well as English language route maps you can download from the internet. Ticket for a single ride in Lviv tram, bus or trolleybus costs 6 CENTS.
In case you can afford a cab, this would be the most convenient way to move around the city. We suggest that you determine the actual price of your journey with the driver or taxi cab operator service before getting into the cab. The taxi ride to the city center from Lviv airport will cost approximately EUR 3-5, from Main Railway Station around EUR 2-3.

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Lviv is a beautiful city frequented by tourists and business travelers. In order to enjoy your stay in lviv, we suggest to plan your trip carefully and to book accommodation and other travel services in advance and from reliable suppliers, this will help you to save your time and money.
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