Moldova in detail

Money and Costs


Moldovan leu (plural lei); Transdniestran rouble


No bargaining is required or expected in Moldova, though it's fine to haggle at the market.


ATMs widely available, particularly in Chişinău and other cities. Credit cards usually accepted in urban centres, less so in rural areas. Transdniestr has its own currency.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$115.32 lei
CanadaC$112.80 lei
Euro Zone€119.40 lei
Japan¥10015.11 lei
New ZealandNZ$111.60 lei
UKUK£121.82 lei
USUS$117.05 lei

For current exchange rates, see

Changing Money

  • Moldova’s currency, the leu (plural lei), has been relatively stable for several years.
  • One leu is comprised of 100 bani (singular ban).
  • There are coins denominated in bani but they are very rare.
  • Use ATMs to withdraw lei or exchange dollars, euros or pounds for lei at banks or higher-end hotels.


  • Transdniestr has its own currency and its own set of rules.
  • The Bank of the Republic of Transdniestr ( has daily updated rates for the Transdniestran rouble against all major currencies.


  • Restaurants A small tip of 5% to 10% is appropriate; service charges are usually not included in the bill.
  • Taxis Taxi drivers will gladly accept tips but they are not expected.

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than €50

  • Dorm bed: €5–10
  • Double room in a budget hotel: €20–30
  • Plǎcintǎ (stuffed pastries): €2.50
  • Admission to museums: €0.50–1

Midrange: €50–120

  • Double room in a hotel: €50–70
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: €20
  • Local winery tour €20–50

Top End: More than €120

  • Double room in a hotel: €80–140
  • Lunch and dinner in upscale restaurants: €40–80
  • Boutique winery tour: €100–200