Ukraine travel guide



Ukraine Travel Guide

Cost, Money & Banks in Ukraine

The National Currency of the present-day Ukraine is Hryvnia (abbreviation: UAH), it replaced the Coupon in 1996. Ukrainian coins are called Kopiyka. 1 Hryvnia equals 100 Kopiyok (the plural of kopiyka).

Notes are in denominations of UAH 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Bills show historical figures on the front and famous buildings on the back. Coins are in denominations of UAH 1 and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 kopiyok and 1 kopiyka. The Hryvnia is the official currency and all banks, restaurant, disco, and all other business are conducted in hryvnia.

Ukrainian currency can be imported up to a limit of UAH1000 and exported up to a limit of UAH10 000. If you wish to import foreign money there is a US$10 000 limit as well as a US$5000 export limit, an extraordinary permission is required if you want to exceed these quantities.

Ukraine Currency Exchange

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged at any authorized bank of Ukraine or in numerous currency exchange offices, they are found on almost every major street and in most hotels, airports and shops, exchange rates are generally as good as or better than in banks.

Please note that they do not exchange coins in Ukraine, so only bills are convertible. Passport is not required for exchange operations.

Worn and tattered banknotes are commonly rejected or could be exchanged only at the banks and sometimes at a lower rate. Avoid exchange money on the black-market, it can be dangerous.

USA dollars and Euros are the most popular foreign currency in Ukraine and largely accepted in exchange booths. The use of USD or Euros is officially forbidden in shops, bars and restaurants

Ukraine Currency Exchange

Credit Cards and Travellerís checks

Ukraine usually operates as a cash economy although many places have started to accept charge cards. VISA, MasterCard and EuroCard are the main credit cards accepted in major hotels, upmarket restaurants, casinos, stores, ATM's and other venues, though we recommend the use of credit cards only in reputable locations.

Ukraine is famous for its elevated levels of credit card fraud; visitors should be careful when using Credit Cards or ATM cards, its better have some cash at hand.

Most popular Travellerís checks in Ukraine are Thomas Cook and Visa. Travellerís checks and credit cards can be cashed at most banks, a small bank fee is charged. To cash travellerís checks, the receipt of check's acquisition and passport of check proprietor is requisite.

Ukraine ATMís


Known locally as bankomats are commonplace throughout Kiev and any large Ukraine city, outside these areas ATM's are hard to find. Good places to find them include major hotels, airports, Metro stations, department stores.

Nearly all ATM machines dispense only hryvnias, tough some dispense dollars for an additional 3%, but they are very limited. Instructions are usually in Russian, Ukrainian and English, very few machines have German and French menus also.

Banks in Ukraine

Banks in Ukraine

Banks in Ukraine usually work from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; most banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. A lunch break is taken between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Among the first-rate banks of Ukraine are:

Imexbank +38 (0482) 39-29-01
Kiev Bank Union +38 (0442) 84-32-42
Finance & Credit Bank +38 (0444) 90-68-70 60, Artema Str., Kyiv
National Bank of Ukraine +38 (0442) 53-01-80 9 Instytutska St., Kyiv 01601
Pravex Bank +38 (0442) 01-16-61
PrivatBank +38 (0562) 39-00-00 41, B.Khmelnitskiy Street, Kyiv 01030
Rodovid Bank +38 (0442) 00-20-02 1-3, Pivnychno-Syretska Str., Kyiv 04136
SEB Bank +38 (0442) 38-67-67 10 Chervonoarmiyska Str., Kyiv, 01004
Swedbank +38 (0445) 90-00-01 30, Kominterna Str., Kyiv 01032
UkrSibbank +38 (0445) 90-06-75
Raiffeisen Bank Aval +38 (0444) 90-88-88 9, Leskova Street, Kyiv 01011
Oschadbank of Ukraine +38 (0442) 47-86-91 Gospitalna Street 12-G, Kyiv 01023
Ukrsotsbank +38 (0442) 30-32-99 29 Kovpak Street, Kyiv 03150
JSC Ukreximbank +38 (0442) 47-89-48 127 Gorkogo Street, Kyiv-150, 03150

Ukraine Prices


Below is a list of approximate prices of things which will give you an idea of the cost of everyday items in Ukraine.


These prices dates back from August 2008

Loaf of bread 1.4 - 1.7 UAH
Cookies (1 kg) 10.30 UAH
Bananas (1 kg) 5.60 UAH
Oranges (1 kg) 7.50 UAH
Milk (3 litres) 13.95 UAH
Beef (1 kg) 25.00 - 55.00 UAH
Pork meat (1 kg) 35.00 - 50.00 UAH
Rice (1 kg) 6.1 UAH
Sugar (1 kg) 4.3 UAH
Ketchup (200 g) 3.04 UAH
Home Internet connection 300UAH
Rent of one-bedroom apartment USD$ 200-500/month
An umbrella USD$ 5-10
Cup of tea in classy cafe $1-4
Pair of house slippers USD$ 3-7
Admission to concert of classical music USD$ 1-4
Entry fee to Livadia Palace 20 UAH / 4 USD
15-minute taxi ride $7.00
Vine tasting at "Massandra" 60 UAH /12 USD
Entry fee to Yalta's Zoo 15 UAH /3 USD
Entry fee to Genoa Fortress 10 UAH
A Karadag Nature Reserve Tour 30 UAH (adults)/ 15 UAH (children)
Entry fee to Karadag Dolphinarium 50 UAH (adults) / 25 UAH (children)

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