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Money and costs

Ruble (руб)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 29, 2019 2:37PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: R700–R800
  • Café or street-stall meal: R200–R500
  • Travel on buses and metro: R15–R50
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: R2000–R3000
  • Two-course meal: R500–R1000
  • Museum entry fee: R100–R400
  • City-centre taxi ride: R200–R300
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: R5000-plus
  • Two-course meal with wine: R2000-plus
  • Ballet tickets: R3500
  • First-class train ticket (eg Moscow–St Petersburg): R7300

Credit and debit cards accepted. ATMs plentiful. Euros or US dollars best currencies for exchange.


It is customary to tip in restaurants and cafes, but elsewhere it's optional. You are not expected to tip when you buy drinks from a bar.

  • Hotels Only in the most luxurious need you tip bellhops etc, and only if service is good.

  • Guides Around 10% of their daily rate; a small gift is also appreciated.

  • Restaurants Leave around 10% if the service warrants it.

  • Taxis No need to tip.