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Money and costs

Ruble (руб)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 24, 2018 6:51PM 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 is optional. You are not expected to tip when you buy drinks from the bar.

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

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

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

  • Taxis No need to tip as the fare is agreed either before you get in or it's metered.