You will find a few general price patterns in Ukraine:
• Most basic services (haircuts, etc.) are cheaper because labor is cheaper.
• Corporate services cost roughly the same as in other countries.
• Imported goods (electronics, name brand clothes and high-quality equipment, etc.) cost noticeably more than in the U.S. and Western Europe.
• Goods produced in Ukraine tend to cost slightly less than their equivalents in the developed world (this applies to food products).
• Ukraine's public transportation is far cheaper even than in neighboring Poland. Taxis are somewhat cheaper.
• Real estate prices (rent and purchase) in major cities are comparable to those in Central Europe. Utilities cost significantly less.
• Poor hotels are cheaper, and good hotels more expensive than in most developed countries.
To give you an idea of the cost of everyday items in Ukraine, here is a list of approximate prices of things in Kiev in US dollars. Some things that are traditionally inexpensive in the West (bowling, public tennis courts, monthly pass to a trendy gym) can be significantly more expensive in Ukraine, as they are often considered "elite."
► Rent for one-bedroom apt. (not directly in center) $250-400/month.
► Rent for nice Euro-level apt. with several rooms $500-1000
► 10-hour train ride halfway across Ukraine (there & back) $50-100
► 15-minute taxi ride $7-15
► 1 hour at tennis courts $10-15
► 1 hour of bowling $6-15
► Ice or roller-skating rink, depending on time of day $4-10
► Admission to trendy night club $12-50
► Admission to concert of classical music $10-30
► Decent umbrella $8-25
► Average-sized novel $4-8
► Unlicensed CD $4-8
► Meal at McDonald $3-6
► Meal at cafeteria-style restaurant $5-8
► Cup of tea in classy cafe $1-4
► Cup of tea in inexpensive cafe $0.50
► Hot dog on Khreschatik $0.75
► Loaf of bread $0.40
► Ride in "marshrutka" (minibus) $0.2
► Ride in metro (subway) $0.16