What to spend your rubles on
Vodka with your meal
Photo pass in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
Entrance to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
Matryoshka doll from a market stall
Fancy three-course dinner for two in Moscow
Must-sees in Russia
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How the rubles add up
Through the turbulent events of the last century, the ruble has remained Russia’s currency. Each ruble consists of 100 kopeks, but these are worth a comparatively small amount of money, so you may find it easier to round up to your nearest ruble when you pay for anything. You will find coins to the value of 1, 2, 5 and 10 rubles.
Tipping etiquette in Russian restaurants is to tip up to 15% of your bill, depending on how good your service was. Not tipping at all might be taken as a rude gesture, so it’s usually best to leave something rather than nothing. This is not so much the case in bars, where it is really up to you – if you’ve had quite a few drinks it might be polite to tip, but not if you’re only having one.
Current situation with Russian ruble
Due to intense volatility, we have currently stopped selling Russian rubles online or at our stores. You may want to consider the Travelex Globe Cash Passport as an alternative option. This is a card which you can load up with GBP and then spend anywhere in the world that accepts MasterCard, giving you total ease and flexibility in your spending.
The Globe Cash Passport is Chip and PIN protected, and should you encounter any problems while you are away, you can contact our customer service team 24-7.
Frequently used banknotes
After redenomination in 1998, a new series of notes were introduced, with the most commonly-used ones in everyday trade being for the value of 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 rubles.
When it comes to the many market stalls in the main cities, you can negotiate for lots of products. Take plenty of smaller notes with you so you can purchase items for as small a price as possible – if sellers see you with nothing smaller than 500 rubles, they will try to charge more.
Buying Russian ruble online is easy
Free next-day home delivery on orders over 600 GBP
- 1. Select your currency
Just tell us how much you need and where you’re going
- 2. Choose how to get it
Get your currency delivered to your door or collect at over 50 Travelex stores
- 3. Pay online
Use either your debit card or credit card and you’re all set