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. ATMs are often hard to come by; Bishkek has plenty, but there are a only 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
|AUD 1||AUD 5||AUD 10||AUD 100||AUD 1,000|
|Australia||AUD 1.00||AUD 5.00||AUD 10.00||AUD 100.00||AUD 1,000.00|
|Canada||CAD 0.99||CAD 4.94||CAD 9.89||CAD 98.86||CAD 988.62|
|Ireland||EUR 0.64||EUR 3.21||EUR 6.43||EUR 64.27||EUR 642.73|
|New Zealand||NZD 1.07||NZD 5.33||NZD 10.67||NZD 106.67||NZD 1,066.72|
|South Africa||ZAR 11.71||ZAR 58.53||ZAR 117.07||ZAR 1,170.67||ZAR 11,706.66|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.48||GBP 2.41||GBP 4.82||GBP 48.19||GBP 481.92|
|United States of America||USD 0.70||USD 3.49||USD 6.98||USD 69.79||USD 697.93|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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