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Money and costs

Nearly all travellers exchange money on the black market and pay for everything in som, making Tashkent far more affordable than it looks on paper. All open-air farmers markets are teeming with black-market money changers able to change dollars (and usually euro) until early evening.

The ATMs in town are often cashless, and divide into those of Asaka Bank, which offers US dollars to MasterCard holders at 0% commission, and those that operate with Visa cards and give out either US dollars or Uzbek som. Asaka ATMs can be found at the Park Turon and Grand Mir hotels. More prevalent, but rarely functional, are the Visa-card ATMs located in most four-star hotels, including the Tashkent Palace and the Park Turon.