People frequently ask questions about - and worry about - this. A lot of tourists exchange currency after they arrive, meaning in the airport. We categorically do not recommend doing this, since you will lose money on the exchange rate difference. The same thing goes for the hotel - the exchange rate is usually not favorable.
We think that the best option is to exchange money downtown, at an official currency exchange, and there are many of them in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. If you have ordered a guided tour with us, this is all the more true since he or she will tell you where you can exchange money, and help you select a place with a good rate.
All purchases in Russia are made in the local currency, which is the ruble
. Buying something for dollars or Euro is not allowed. However, you can pay with a debit or credit card
, and in most cases they are accepted practically everywhere. We recommend carrying around a small amount of cash for minor purchases in small stores. Where can you exchange dollars and Euro for rubles at a decent exchange rate? Exchanging currency in Moscow and Saint Petersburg