Payment currency for sites in Uzbekistan?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2012 6:30 AM Last Post By: iker_vit
Aug 21, 2012 11:31 PM
Payment currency for sites in Uzbekistan?Hi there,
I would like to know how can we pay, as foreigners, for entering sights in Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and other places in Uzbekistan, can we pay in soms?
I see the prices in dollars in the LP guide but I assume that we can pay also in local currency, right? And qhat about euros?
Thanks a lot and best regards,
Aug 21, 2012 11:49 PM
1You can surely pay in soms everywhere. Not sure about euros, since for most of the sights it would only be 1/2 euros and I doubt they would accept coins.
Euros/dollars may work at the big monuments with a reasonable sized ticket office, but in most of the small sites (especially in Buckara) you'll just find a guy sitting on a chair with a pack of tickets in his hand, surely soms are the only option in those places.
Khiva is a bit different, you pay a daily ticket of 7 $ to get in and then all (most actually) monuments
are included. In that case I think any of the 3 currencies would be fine.
Edited by: dariush_k
Aug 22, 2012 12:13 AM
2You should certainly always pay in local currency. Not just Uzbekistan, but anywhere in the world.
Aug 24, 2012 2:40 AM
3OK, thanks all, I asked this because I had my doubts and a friend told me that he had to pay in dollars for some trains in Uzbekistan.
Fluffy_bunny, I also recall to have had to pay in dollars somewhere else for entering some site...maybe in Burma? Don't remember, of course, great toknow that this is not the case for these Silk Road sites in Uzbekistan, XD...
I am just taking a couple hundred dollars in case I don't find change in euros at some distant place in Central Asia and wouldn't like to spend them in these touristy places.
Thanks a lot once again and greetings,
Aug 25, 2012 12:53 AM
Aug 31, 2012 3:17 AM
5I was just in Uzbekistan and I would say at least half of the sites I visited quoted their prices to me in dollars and looked surprised/annoyed when I said I wanted to pay in sum. I think I got into one mausoleum for much less because the woman got all confused over doing the conversion to sum.
It was the same thing with taxis everywhere - they all quoted me in dollars and I had to convince them to let me pay in sum (and of course they all converted at a very high black market rate).
Aug 31, 2012 6:30 AM
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