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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Banking and Communications

1. Currency

The currency of Russia is the rouble. One rouble consists of 100 kopeks. The rouble has stabilized of late, though it can be difficult to obtain outside of Russia. The new 10 rouble coin makes finding change much easier but beware using a large bill for a small purchase; you may end up with a pocketful of them.

2. Changing Money

Exchange booths are freely available all over the city these days. US dollars and euros are the easiest to change, while pounds sterling can be changed in banks and top hotels. Avoid anyone who offers to change money for you on the street – he is certainly a swindler.

3. Credit Cards

Major credit cards are readily accepted at all top restaurants and hotels, but not at most other places, ...

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