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Money & costs


The currency in Russia is the rouble, which is made up of 100 kopeks. Notes come in denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50 and 10 roubles. You can use all major credit and debit cards (including Cirrus and Maestro) in ATMs and in good restaurants and hotels. Travellers cheques are possible to exchange, although at a price. Euro or US dollar cash is the best to bring, and in general should be in pristine condition – crumpled or old notes are often refused. Most major currencies can be exchanged at change booths all over any town in Russia. Look for the sign obmen valyut. You may be asked for your passport.