The official currency is the Som (KGS), which is divided into 100 tyiyn. US dollars are the easiest foreign currency to exchange at banks and official exchange offices. Major hotels in Bishkek usually accept credit cards, but Kyrgyzstan is predominantly a cash economy. Few ATMs are often hard to come by: Bishkek has plenty, while tehre are a few in Osh and Issyk-Kul. Travellers exchanging money in Kyrgyzstan should note that they'll get a better exchange rate by changing larger bills, and that many counters will not accept dirty or or wrinkled notes.
Currency Exchange Rates
|A$ 1||A$ 5||A$ 10||A$ 100||A$ 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 1.00||A$ 5.00||A$ 10.00||A$ 100.00||A$ 1,000.00|
|Canada||C$ 0.98||C$ 4.92||C$ 9.85||C$ 98.49||C$ 984.88|
|Ireland||€ 0.72||€ 3.60||€ 7.19||€ 71.92||€ 719.18|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 1.03||NZ$ 5.15||NZ$ 10.29||NZ$ 102.92||NZ$ 1,029.21|
|South Africa||R 9.36||R 46.78||R 93.55||R 935.54||R 9,355.38|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.53||£ 2.65||£ 5.29||£ 52.93||£ 529.29|
|United States of America||US$ 0.79||US$ 3.94||US$ 7.87||US$ 78.73||US$ 787.28|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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