Russian Currency

Find out what currency is used in Russia, tips and tricks for Russian currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise Russian ruble card.
Russian currency

What is the currency in Russia?

The currency in Russia is the Russian ruble. Each ruble is divided into 100 kopek.

When you’re buying currency for Russia, look out for the currency code RUB. And once you’re in Russia, you’ll see the symbol ₽ used to show prices.

You’ll find Russian banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 - although the 5, 10, 200 and 2000 RUB notes are seldom used.

Russian coins come in 1,2, 5 and 10 rubles and 1, 5, 10 and 40 kopek.

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Use the Wise Russian ruble card to spend in Russian currency.

The Wise Russian ruble travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to ruble to spend when you’re in Russia. You’ll get the best rate for spending in Russian ruble - and can also hold and spend 40+ other currencies with the same card.

Get your Wise travel money card online for free, to send and spend money around the world at the real exchange rate.

Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.

You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.

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Tips for exchanging currency in Russia.

Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money.
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Choose to be charged in Russia currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, ruble - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Avoid changing currency at airports or hotels.
Currency exchange desks at airports and hotels often markup the exchange rates they use, and may charge hidden fees. Avoid this expensive option whenever you can.
Use the Wise debit card to spend in Russia without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in Russian ruble, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Russia.

Paying by credit or debit card in Russia

In Russian cities and towns you'll find credit and debit cards are accepted by most merchants. However, having some cash is a must if you're headed into the countryside.

ATMs in Russia

There are ATMs on every corner in Russian towns and cities. Look out for signs that say bankomat (БАНКОМАТ) in shopping centres, banks and transport hubs.

To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Russia, don’t forget to use the Wise travel money card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.

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Russian currency services.

Convert GBP to Russian ruble

Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in Russian ruble and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.

Send money to Russia

Need to send GBP to Russia? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to Russia.

See the best Russian ruble exchange rates

Compare live Russian ruble exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

Russian currency FAQs.

The currency in Moscow is the Russian ruble. Each ruble is divided into 100 kopek. When you’re in Russia you’ll see the symbol ₽ written down in shops and on menus, and the currency code RUB used in exchange offices.

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