The official currency is the Rouble (RUB), which is divided into 100 kopeks. Most major credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard are accepted in the larger hotels and at places that deal with foreign tourists. Currency can be changed at banks, currency exchange booths and hotels. Travellers cheques are difficult and expensive to cash, but if necessary it is advised to take them in US Dollars or Euro. ATMs are widely available in major cities. It is hard to get rubles outside Russia and travellers are advised to take good condition US dollars or Euro notes to change once there. It is illegal to pay for goods or services in hard currency, though it is often accepted.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Russia||RUB 1||RUB 5||RUB 10||RUB 100||RUB 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 0.03||A$ 0.15||A$ 0.30||A$ 3.03||A$ 30.35|
|Canada||C$ 0.03||C$ 0.16||C$ 0.32||C$ 3.19||C$ 31.92|
|Ireland||€ 0.02||€ 0.12||€ 0.25||€ 2.47||€ 24.70|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 0.04||NZ$ 0.20||NZ$ 0.39||NZ$ 3.94||NZ$ 39.40|
|South Africa||R 0.26||R 1.32||R 2.64||R 26.43||R 264.33|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.02||£ 0.10||£ 0.20||£ 2.04||£ 20.42|
|United States of America||US$ 0.03||US$ 0.16||US$ 0.31||US$ 3.13||US$ 31.26|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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