You have ordered a bunch of Russian rubles and now ask yourself how much this money is worth and what you shoyld pay attention to when you pay. In this practical guide, I will give you an overview of Russian rubles and prices in Russia.

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Russian rubles

The Russian ruble is written in Russian as: рубль. The character is ₽, руб and the code is RUB.
The current exchange rate (03.06.2018) is 1,000RUB = 16,15USD.

In general, it is best to exchange money from home. In Russia you will only be able to exchange from USD and EUR. In some places in Moscow and St. Petersburg you will also be able to exchange from GBP. Remember to take your passport with you when you want to exchange money in Russia.

Rubel notes

There are 8 banknotes in the following values: 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. In the picture below you can see how the individual banknotes look. The 10RUB banknotes have not been issued since 2010 and are becoming more and more rare. However, they can still be used for payment everywhere.
The 200RUB and 2000RUB banknotes were introduced in 2017 and appear very rarely.

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Rubel coins

Personally, I hate walking around with coins in my pocket or wallet, but unfortunately this is hard to avoid in Russia. There are 8 coins in Russia, with the values: 0.01, 0.05, 0.1, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10.
The coins up to 1RUB are called ‘kopeek’. For example. ’10 kopeek ‘

Fortunately, it is very rare to see 1 and 5 kopeek being used because of their extremely low value.

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What can you buy for 100 russian rubles?

  • 1.4 l Russian beer (about 100RUB)
  • 2 liters of Coca Cola (about 90RUB)
  • 2.5 liters of gasoline (about 41RUB per liter)
  • 2 Cheeseburgers at McDonalds (100RUB)
  • 0.3 l Russian beer at cafe / restaurant (about 100-120RUB)
  • 100g of chocolate (about 70RUB)
  • 2 metro tickets in Moscow (100RUB)
  • 4 metro tickets in Kazan (100RUB)

Cash is a must

Cashless payment is very common in Russia, but you can easily come across a cafe or an attraction where they do not accept cards. That’s why it’s a good idea always to have some cash on you, no matter where you are. Especially when driving around in taxis in Russia, it’s a good idea to always have a bunch of 100RUB and 50RUB banknotes and coins on you, as drivers often can not give you money back.

Read more:

5 important things to know when going to Russia

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