Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage Pricing

This document discusses pricing for Google Cloud Storage. Prices are effective April 1, 2014.

When charging in local currency, Google will convert the prices listed into applicable local currency pursuant to the conversion rates published by leading financial institutions.

Pricing overview

Google Cloud Storage pricing is based on a flat rate for storage and a usage rate for network. Project storage usage and bandwidth usage are calculated in gigabytes (GB), where 1 GB = 230 bytes.

Project storage and bandwidth usage charges accrue daily, but Google Cloud Storage bills you only at the end of the month. You can view unbilled monthly usage at any time in the Billing menu of your project in the Google Developers Console. For an example scenario that shows monthly usage and charges, see Detailed Pricing Example.

Important: Google Cloud Storage requires billing information for all accounts before you can start using the service. To sign up for billing, sign in to the Google Developers Console, select a project, and go to the project's Billing page.

Your Google Cloud Storage account is billed according to the following tables:


Standard Storage
Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) Storage
Nearline Storage
$0.026 $0.02 $0.01

Nearline Storage

Because Nearline Storage is intended for infrequently accessed data, you will incur the following costs for data access and early deletion:

  • Data retrieval incurs a cost of $0.01 per GB. You incur the cost only when you read data stored with the Nearline Storage class.
  • Data deleted in less than 30 days incurs a minimum 30 day charge. For example, if you store 1,000 GB of Nearline data on day 1 and then remove it on day 15, you are charged $5 ($0.01 * 1,000 GB * 15/30) for storage from day 1 to 15, and then $5 ($0.01 * 1,000 GB * 15/30) for 15 days of early deletion from day 16 to 30.

    Early deletion charges also apply when you overwrite existing objects. For example, if you create an object in a bucket configured for Nearline, and 10 days later you overwrite it, the object is considered an early deletion and you will be charged for the remaining 20 days of storage.

  • Normal egress charges (see Egress) and data transfer charges (see Data transfer between regions and continents).



Monthly Usage Network (Egress)
Worldwide Destinations
(excluding China & Australia)
(per GB)
Network (Egress)
China Destinations
(per GB)
Network (Egress)
Australia Destinations
(per GB)
Network (Ingress)
0-1 TB $0.12 $0.23 $0.19 Free
1-10 TB $0.11 $0.22 $0.18 Free
10+ TB $0.08 $0.20 $0.15 Free

Data transfer to other Google Cloud services in the same region is free. For example, if you have Google Cloud Storage data stored in the United States, then egress of that data to any US-based Compute Engine destination is free.

Data transfer between regions and continents

Regional and Continental Data Transfer
Transfer to a different region within the same continent $0.00 *
Inter-continental transfer $0.00 *
*  Promotional pricing until June 11, 2015.

Transferring data between regions and continents, (for example, moving data between buckets), incurs one or more of the following costs for transfer:

  • $0.00 * per GB if transfer is between different regions in the same continent.
  • $0.00 * per GB if transfer is between a region and the larger containing continent.
  • $0.00 * per GB if transfer is between continents.
  • $0.01 per GB if transfer is out of Nearline class. An early deletion cost might also apply.
*  Promotional pricing until June 11, 2015.

If your source and destination buckets are in the same location and you are not transferring out of the Nearline class, then the transfer does not incur any cost.

Custom metadata

Custom metadata headers are accounted for in your monthly storage and bandwidth usage. For example, for the custom header x-goog-meta-name: value, Google Cloud Storage counts each character in name and value as a byte stored with the object and transferred in object requests. For more information about custom headers, see HTTP Headers and Query String Parameters.


Class A operations
(per 1,000 operations)
Class B operations
(per 10,000 operations)
Free operations

$0.01 $0.01 Free

XML API operation classes

Operation Class
GET Service
GET Bucket (when listing objects in a bucket)
Class A
GET Bucket (when retrieving bucket configuration)
GET Object
Class B

JSON API operation classes

Operation Class
Class A
Each notification
Class B

Note: You are not charged for operations that return 400 or 500 level responses. The exception is 404 responses returned by buckets with Website Configuration enabled and a custom NotFoundPage object defined.

You can manage billing for a Google Cloud Storage project by going to Google Developers Console, selecting a project, and opening the project's Billing page.

Pricing examples

Simple pricing example

In this example, we show a simple scenario that might apply if you are just getting started with Google Cloud Storage.

Suppose you have the following storage usage pattern in a given month:

  • 50 GB of standard data storage, from the first day to the end of the billing month.
  • 10 GB of network egress (Americas and EMEA). (Ingress is free.)
  • 10,000 total PUT/POST, GET bucket (list), GET service requests, Class A operations.
  • 10,000 total GET object and HEAD requests, Class B operations.

Your bill for the month would be calculated as follows:

  • 50 GB standard storage at $0.026/per GB: $1.30
  • 10 GB of network egress at $0.12/per GB: $1.20
  • 10,000 Class A operations at $0.01/per 1,000 operations: $0.10
  • 10,000 Class B operations at $0.01/per 10,000 operations: $0.01

Total for Simple Pricing Example: $2.61

Detailed pricing example

In this example, storage usage changes during the monthly billing period. At the end of the billing period, we calculate an average usage for the month, which is billed as if your usage was effectively static at this average value. Furthermore, bandwidth and storage usage spans pricing tiers. These factors are accounted for in the following usage calculation.

Suppose you have the following storage usage pattern in a given month:

  • 40 TB of standard data storage, from the first day of the month to the midpoint of the month
  • 80 TB of standard data storage, from the midpoint of the month to the end of the month

Furthermore, suppose that your network egress, ingress, and operation count for the entire month are the following:

  • 25 TB of network egress (Americas and EMEA)
  • 25 TB of network egress (Asia-Pacific)
  • 10 TB of network ingress
  • 100,000 total PUT/POST/GET bucket/GET service requests
  • 10,000,000 total GET object and HEAD requests

Your bill is broken down as follows:

  • Standard Storage is calculated as 60 TB of equivalent static storage with the following cost:
    • 60TB (61440GB) at $0.026/per GB: $1,597.44

    Total Standard Storage Cost: $1,597.44

  • Network
    • Americas and EMEA
      • 1TB (1024GB) at $0.12/per GB: $122.88
      • 9TB (9216GB) at $0.11/per GB: $1,013.76
      • 15TB (15360GB) at $0.08/per GB: $1,228.80
    • Asia-Pacific
      • 1TB (1024GB) at $0.12/per GB: $215.04
      • 9TB (9216GB) at $0.11/per GB: $1,658.88
      • 15TB (15360GB) at $0.08/per GB: $2,304.00
    • No charge for network ingress

    Total Network Cost: $6,543.36

  • Operations
    • $0.01/per 1,000 PUT/POST/GET bucket/GET service requests: $1.00
    • $0.01/per 10,000 GET object and HEAD requests: $10.00

    Total Operations Cost: $11.00

Total for Detailed Pricing Example: $8,151.80

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