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Travel advise: payments in Russia
Jet off well-informed to Russia. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in the Russian Federation.
Credit and debit card payments are accepted in Russia by International hotels, luxury boutiques, chain restaurants and larger stores and supermarkets in Moscow, St Petersburg and resorts on the Black Sea coast such as Sochi.
Many Russian vendors do not accept card payments, including taxi drivers, museums, public transport, local eateries, smaller vendors and vendors in smaller cities or remote regions, where the economy is very much cash-based.
If you are going to pay by card in Russia: Be aware of significant currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments: Your bank’s RUB to GBP exchange rate may be quite bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Russa, it’s certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
We recommend bringing some Russian Rubles in cash with you on your trip to Russia. That way you will be able to pay for the purchases when card payments aren’t available.
Cash remains a popular and convenient payment method in Russia, and a great fallback option. You’ll need cash in Russia for taxi rides, public transport, buying from local vendors in smaller stores, tipping, nightlife and shopping at local markets.
It’s a good idea to buy Russian Rubles before you head off to Russia. Local money changers will prefer Euros or US dollars and rates for Pounds Sterling aren’t good.
Russia is a very large country and prices vary widely. Overall, the cost of living in Russia is 41% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
For a coffee in Saint Petersburg, the price will be around 130 rubles. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant, the cost will be in the area of 1200 rubles per person.
Tipping in Russia is similar to tipping in other places in Europe: If you like the service you add 10-15% to the amount paid.
You should leave the tip in cash. This can be done in many cases by rounding the amount up to the nearest 50-100 rubles.
Banknotes in Russia
Russia is in the process of issuing a new series of banknotes. The 200 and 2000 rubles bills from the new series have been released and these are circulating alongside the banknotes issued since 1997.
Banknotes in circulation in Russia are 50 rubles, 100 rubles, 200 rubles, 500 rubles, 1000 rubles, 2000 rubles and 5000 rubles. The banknotes of 5 and 10 rubles are being replaced by coins.
Coins in Russia
Russian coins range from 1 kopek (0.01 RUB) to 10 rubles. The bi-metallic 10 ruble coin exists in several different commemorative versions. Did you get back from Russia with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Russian Ruble coins back to cash.
Russia’s currency import and export regulations
There are no currency restrictions for importing currency into Russia, but travelers are advised to declare currency on arrival in Russia.
When exporting currency from Russia, a declaration needs to be made when currency exported has a value of over 3000 Rubles. Travelers are allowed to export currency for the value declared upon arrival.
Ordering Russian Rubles online
Order Russian Rubles online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Russian Rubles online.
Selling back Russian Rubles
If you have Russian Rubles to sell, follow this link to exchange Russian Rubles to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘RUB Russian Ruble’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Russian Rubles.