Russian currency is the rouble (ROO-bl), written as рубль or abbreviated as руб or р. There are 100 kopecks in the rouble. The exchange rates are:
There are lots of exchange offices (ОБМЕН ВАЛЮТЫ) all around Moscow where you can change dollars and euros. As for other currencies and traveler checks they can be exchanged at banks. ATMs are available in all major cities in Russia and accepted in shops and restaurants. Some restaurants and hotels use so-called ‘units' which is normally either US$ or Euro, but yet all payments are made in roubles.
CostsMoscow is considered to be the third most expensive city in the world after Tokyo and New-York. St.Petersburg is a bit cheaper. However, that generally relates to the real estate prices, restaurant bills and things like that. The prices for drinks or groceries are not so bad. Here are some costs (see the exchange rates above for comparison):
- 1) Metro card 30 rbls
- 2) Big Mac 87rbls
- 3) Coca-Cola 50 rbls
- 4) 2-course lunch at «Mu-mu» 250 rbls
- 5) 30 min taxi ride 400-600 rbls
- 6) A cup of coffee 240 rbls
The quickest and the easiest (once you figured out how it works) in big cities is metro. It opens at 06:00AM and closes at 01:00AM, there are no zones, no express trains. The metro system is very simple, and it's the same for Moscow and St. Petersburg. You buy a card for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 trips, the trip is over as you go out of metro. Good idea to share cards between two or three persons (you will save your money).
It's quite a challenge to use taxies in Russia as the cars don't have meters and you are supposed to negotiate the price first. In Russian!
Trains in Russia are of a different standard than those on Europe. Only fast trains running between Moscow & St.Petersburg remind European trains. The most popular are sleeper trains as due to vast distances in Russia, almost wherever you travel to, you spend at least 1 night on the train. 2nd class carriages (KUPE) have compartments with 4 berths each (2 upper berths and 2 lower berths). The compartments are small and your luggage travels there as well! 1st class carriages are the same, just two upper berths were taken away. Of course, it gives more space in a compartment and fewer people in the carriage queuing to use the toilet in the morning.
The toilets are located at each end of a carriage, inside there are sockets as well, so you can use electricity in the train. There is a boiler near conductor's compartment. Moreover every train has a diner carriage, where you can have a meal.
Please note that in Russia all train tickets appear on sale 45 days prior to departure date. That is why they can`t be booked but have to be issued right away instead.
Winter in Russia is long but not 12-months long as some can imagine when they think of Russia. Indeed, we have really hot days up to 30C in summer! The temperature difference between winter and summer is very high. The 'snowy time' usually lasts from November till late March.Day -2Night -2Pres. 756 mm
Today's weather: You can also find the most accurate weather forecast for Moscow and other Russian cities at Intellicast website.