Russian Currency: The Ruble.

by Betty
(Gosport UK)

What currency do you recommend for our visit to St.Petersburg in May 2017. Took Roubles last time but they either wanted euros or dollars for our souvenir purchases. Bit confused.!!

Kind Regards
Betty Green

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Russian Currency: The Ruble.
by: Davide

Hello Betty,

Thank you for stopping by on our site.

The ruble is the official currency of Russia, so technically speaking, wherever you go (Bars, Restaurants, Shops, Cafes, Museums, etc) you have and should pay in Ruble. However, in some souvenir shops people prefer to get paid in Euro or Dollars because these currencies are usually stronger than the Ruble. But what you say to me it comes a bit as a surprise because legally speaking every legal shop should not refuse to be paid in Ruble, so my advice to you is show them you only got Ruble and just pay in Ruble or simply use your credit cards.

A different thing is when you're going for a private tour. When you book a tour with any local tour company, included us, you are informed beforehand that the guide want to be paid in Euro or Dollars, so you know that upon your arrival you will have to pay not in the Ruble currency but what stated by them.

As far as I know, the Ruble is served everywhere in the city and Russia and for your information by Russian law if someone is asking you to get paid other than in ruble he/she goes against the law, with exception for private tours or transfers.

Hope it helps!

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