Google Cloud Logging Pricing: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re running a business and want to access a fully-managed service that allows you to streamline queries and data and predict outcomes, your best bet is to use Google Cloud Logging. 

This article discusses everything there is to know about Google Cloud Logging and the different factors, the pricing models, what will suit your organization, how to reduce the rising costs, and more. 

What is Google Cloud Logging?

Google Cloud Logging is a platform where you combine logs from different sources, store them, analyze, and alert you on logging events and data from Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services.

Combining these logs in a single place helps discover hidden patterns and potential loopholes in your data. 

The Pricing model for Google Cloud Logging 

Even though the Google Cloud Logging pricing model is complex, it offers a range of flexible options that you can implement seamlessly for your facility. The three pricing models are described below.

  • Pay-as-you-go model

    The basic working principle for the pricing model is the pay-as-you-go model. That means you (the user) will only be incurred for the logging data you consume. 

  • Monthly plan

    Google Cloud Logging also offers monthly plans. The monthly plans offer flexible rates for larger volumes of log data. The monthly plan offers two options: a fixed-rate plan or a usage-based one. 

  • Annual plan

    Annual plans offer the biggest discounts for large volumes of data. The costs are predictable since they’re spread over the year.

Overview of charges (ingestion, storage, retrieval, and analysis)

Like every other Google Cloud service, logging gives a detailed insight into metrics available in the monitoring service. We’ll be discussing the charges briefly in the following table.

  1. 1


    Data ingestion is when you import large files from various sources and condense them into a single cloud-based platform. You’ll be charged for the volume of logs ingested that have different pricing models.

    The price starts from $0.5 per GB for USA and Europe ingested logs.

  2. 2


    Google Storage is a service offered by the Cloud platform. The pricing depends on the volume of data you consume and depends on the log type and region where the data is stored.

    The pricing stays in the range of $0.1 to $0.2 per GB depending on the storage region.

  3. 3


    Next is the retrieval which is the retrieved data from the service. You’ll be billed according to the amount of data retried every month.

    For the US and Europe, the pricing starts at $0.01/GB and goes up to $0.05 for Asia-Pacific

  4. 4


    Using advanced log analysis features like trace integration and others induces logging charges as well. The pricing is done using the volume of data processed by the features and the region.

Pricing differences between Standard and Premium tiers

Google Cloud Logging has two tiers: Standard and Premium. Let’s compare their prices for the different features offered. Although it’s important to understand that the prices are subject to change depending on the region.




Log Ingestion



Log Storage



Data Retrieval






Monitoring Metrics



Advanced Logs Queries



Log-based Metrics






Logging API Calls



Log Router and Sinks



Access Transparency and Audit Logs



Example of pricing based on usage

Let’s take an example of a small-scale to medium-sized business that runs its facilities online and generates around 100 GB of logs each month.

We’ll consider both tiers for Log storage in the following comparison:

  • Standard  

    The region for storing the logs is the US, so the cost of storing 100 GB of logs would be $0.01/month, which amounts to $1/month.

  • Premium

    For the premium tier, the same would cost $0.5/month, which amounts to $50 a month.

Factors Affecting Google Cloud Logging Pricing

If you’re trying to understand your monthly cloud bill, having a full grip on the following factors can help you devise your bill better.

  1. 1

    Number of users 

    The second cost is the number of users. More users accessing your log data mean higher costs.

  2. 2

    Volume of logs

    Your monthly bill is most commonly affected because of the volume of logs. The Google Cloud Logging charges encompass advanced log queries, storage of logs, and data retrieval.

  3. 3

    Frequency of log ingestion

    If you make frequent requests for generating and ingesting log data, then your total bill we be higher. More frequent requests can lead to spikes in API calls and log ingestion, which ultimately increases the price.

  4. 4

    Data retention period

    Keeping log data stored for an increased amount of time affects the pricing. For instance, if an organization retains its customers’ data for 5 years, it’ll have to pay higher storage costs.

  5. 5

    Analysis features used

    Log-based metrics and log-based alerts are the analysis features that affect pricing. For instance, if your organization creates a large number of log-based metrics, it’ll lead to increased costs that reflect in your final bill.

  6. 6

    Data exports and retrieval frequency

    Exporting the data and retrieving the data affects the pricing. With the increase in exports or increase in retrieved time, the pricing can also increase.

  7. 7

    Location of data

    We’ve talked above about how different regions affect the pricing rates. Generally, the prices tend to be lower for regions within the US and Europe, while prices for storing or retrieving data in Asia-Pacific are higher.

Best Practices for Managing Google Cloud Logging Costs

Managing cash flows, and finances, and taking care of your entire business is hard. However, you can implement some proven practices that help ease the burden when managing Google Cloud logging costs.

  • Monitoring usage and setting up budget alerts

    Constantly monitoring your analytics helps to keep your usage in check and see that you don’t exceed threshold levels. Google Cloud Logging facilitates its users with many tools that help set up budget alerts and notify you from time to time in case you exceed these limits.

  • Optimizing log ingestion and data retention policies

    If you’re looking to reduce your ingestion and data retention costs, your best bet is to optimize them. For instance, you can start by filtering unnecessary log data that you no longer need so your bill won’t exceed a set amount.

  • Understanding log filtering and analysis features

    For filtering out useless data and analyzing user data, you can employ several tools such as logs-based metrics and alerts. However, you should be wary of the pricing as creating too many logs can lead to higher costs.

  • Choosing the right storage tier

    Google Cloud Logging comes with several storage tiers that have a variety of pricing options to choose from. Your choice will depend on what requirements you have. For instance, the Coldline storage tier can be perfect for data that isn’t frequently accessed.

  • Using log exports efficiently

    Lastly, we have used the log exports with caution. Google Cloud Logging is a flexible platform to some extent. It lets you export log data to other systems like Cloud Storage and BigQuery.


This article walked you through the different Google Cloud Logging prices and what you can do to manage them effectively.

We discussed the pricing model in detail, how the premium and standard tiers differ from each other, and considered some factors that help optimize the costs.

Managing logging costs is super important when you’re managing so many finances. The tips discussed here will help you put your best forward and reduce unexpected logging expenses. 


What are the costs for ingesting logs?

Log ingestion depends on the volume of data ingested in a month. The pricing depends on the log type, volume, and region.

How are storage costs calculated?

The final calculation for storage costs is done by factoring in the log type and storage class used. For instance, if you store logs in the Regional storage class, it’ll cost around $0.10/GB/month.

In contrast, storing logs in the Coldline storage will cost around $0.01 for the same amount and time.

Are there any charges for exporting logs?

Yes. These charges depend on the destination you choose and in what format you export the logs in.

How does the retention period impact pricing?

The more you keep the data stored on the service, the higher the retention rate will be, which results in higher prices because of the additional storage space required.

Can I control costs by filtering logs?

Yes. Filtering out logs helps to get rid of the data that is not necessary or relevant anymore. This in turn reduces the log volume ingestion that helps bring down costs.

What is the difference between the Standard and Premium tiers?

The Standard tier of Google Cloud Logging provides basic log ingestion, storage, and retrieval functionality, while the Premium tier includes additional features such as log-based metrics, alerting, and trace integration.

How can I estimate my Google Cloud Logging costs?

Insert your expected costs based on your usage to estimate the logging costs through the calculator.

Are there any free usage tiers available?

Google Cloud Logging does provide a free usage tier that encompasses 50 GB of ingested logs along with 30 days of retention.

Can I use Google Cloud Credits to pay for logging costs?

Yes, credits come in handy when paying for logging costs and also for other cloud services offered by Google.

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