Ukrainian Currency

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

What is the currency in Ukraine?

The currency in Ukraine is the Ukrainian hryvnia. Each hryvnia is divided into 100 kopiyka.

When you’re buying currency for Ukraine, look out for the currency code UAH. And once you’re in Ukraine, you’ll see the symbol ₴ used to show prices.

You’ll find Ukrainian banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. There is also a 1 hryvnia coin.

Kopiyka come in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50.

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Use the Wise Ukrainian hryvnia card to spend in Ukrainian currency.

The Wise Ukrainian hryvnia travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to hryvnia to spend when you’re in Ukraine. You’ll get the best rate for spending in Ukrainian hryvnia - 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 Ukraine.

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 Ukraine 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, hryvnia - 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 Ukraine without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in Ukrainian hryvnia, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Ukraine.

Paying by credit or debit card in Ukraine

Shops, restaurants and hotels in Ukraine will usually accept credit and debit card payments. That said, having some cash to hand as a backup when travelling is usually a smart idea.

ATMs in Ukraine

ATMs which accept foreign issued credit and debit cards are available throughout Ukraine.

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

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Ukrainian currency services.

Convert GBP to Ukrainian hryvnia

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

Send money to Ukraine

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

See the best Ukrainian hryvnia exchange rates

Compare live Ukrainian hryvnia exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

Ukrainian currency FAQs.

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