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This list of what a few essential things cost might be useful to someone trying to plan his or her trip.  We thought we would stick to the basics like fuel, bread etc, just to give you an idea.  Inflation seems to be very high in some Central Asian countries and capital cities.  Almaty for example is just as expensive as European capital cities.  It’s amazing what discovering oil can do to inflate prices.  We’ve also listed the AU $ exchange rate for each county to give you a rough estimate.

For people who are traveling with a petrol vehicle/bike, generally speaking petrol seems to be less expensive than diesel.

All prices listed below are in local currency.

South Korea – info correct at July 2008 (AU $ 1 = Korean Won 950)

Diesel/liter:  1,950

Bread:  400

Cup of coffee/tea:  2,000

Local beer from supermarket:  1,000

Eastern and Western  Russia (info correct at August/September/December 2008 (AU $ 1 = Russian Rouble 18 to 19)

Diesel/liter:  Between 26 – 32 (Far Eastern Russia, Baikal region and 25 in Altai region - correct at Aug/Sept 08)
 
Diesel/liter:  Between 16 – 22 (Volgograd to Moscow/St Petersburg region - correct at Dec 08.  Fuel is generally more expensive in the cities than on the motorways)

Bread:  20

Cup of coffee/tea:  15

Local beer from supermarket:  23

Mongolia – info correct at September 2008 (AU $ 1 = Mongolian Togrog 950)

Diesel/liter:  Between 1,915 – 2,145

Bread:  1,750

Cup of coffee/tea:  1,000

Local beer from supermarket:  900

Kazakhstan – info correct at September/December 2008 (AU $ 1 = Kazakhstan Tenge 90)

Diesel/liter:  Between 90 - 120 (Eastern Region incl Almaty - correct at Sept 08)
 
Diesel/liter:  Between 65 - 80 (Western Region - Atyray - correct at Dec 08)

Bread:  100

Cup of coffee/tea:  150

Local beer from supermarket:  80

Kyrgyzstan – info correct at October 2008 (AU $ 1 = Kyrgyzstan Som 25)

Diesel/liter:  34

Bread:  15

Cup of coffee/tea:  15

Local beer from supermarket:  60 (bought from pub, not supermarket)

Tajikistan – info correct at November 2008 (AU $ 1 = Tajikistan Somoni 2.35)

Diesel/liter:  6 Somoni in Murghab and between 3.50 - 4.30 Somoni in other regions

Bread:  1 - 2 depending on size of nan (flatbread)

Cup of coffee/tea:  1 - 2

Local beer from supermarket:  ??

Uzbekistan – info correct at November 2008 (AU $ 1 = Uzbekistan Som 920)

Diesel/liter:  1,020

Bread:  2,000

Cup of coffee/tea:  1,000

Local beer from supermarket:  1,500
 
Turkey – info correct at March 2009 (AU $ 1 = Turkish Lira 1,10 )

Diesel/liter:  2,36 - 2,55

Bread:  4 simits (bagel type breads) - 1,80 - 2,00

Cup of coffee/tea:  0,50 - 2,00
 
Local beer from supermarket:  5,00
 
Syria – info correct at March 2009 (AU $ 1 = Syrian Pound 30)

Diesel/liter:  20 - 25 per liter (US $100 diesel tax per week on foreign vehicles)

Bread:  50 - 75

Cup of coffee/tea:  50

Local beer from supermarket:  ?
 
Jordan – info correct at March 2009 (AU $ 1 = Jordan Dinar 0,45)

Diesel/liter:  0,31

Bread:  0,50 - 1,00

Cup of coffee/tea:  0,50 - 1,00

Local beer from supermarket:  1
 
Egypt – info correct at April 2009 (AU $ 1 = Egyptian Pound 4)

Diesel/liter:  1,1

Bread:  4 small flat breads - 1,50 - 2,50

Cup of coffee/tea:  3 - 5

Local beer from supermarket:  7 - 10