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Can anyone recommend how much travel money I should be prepared to spend in Russia? I'll be spending 3 days in Moscow and 3 days in St Petersburg half board.

I will need money for lunch and souvenirs only (all other costs are covered).

I have looked at various calculators but many are out of date and I believe the Ruble rates change quite frequently.

Can someone advise?

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  • Do you want an estimate of just lunch + souvenirs OR of the whole trip? – Newton Dec 20 '17 at 18:17
  • Lunch + souvenirs for the time I am there. As stated, all other costs have been covered. @Newton – Nathan Shoesmith Dec 20 '17 at 18:29
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    I'm afraid without an idea of your standards and tastes (is a "souvenir" a subway token or a fox fur hat?), and the areas and venues you will be patronizing, estimates may vary considerably. – choster Dec 20 '17 at 18:38
  • The rouble rates don't change much. – Neusser Dec 20 '17 at 19:27
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The budget really depends on your preferences. For example, you easily can find some cafes in St. Petersburg center with prices around $5 per dish, as well as $10 per dish or $15 per dish. The same is about souvenirs - you can find a small shop or big shop with completely different prices. Overall souvenir prices are from 5$ and higher.

Prices in Moscow, in general, are higher than in St. Petersburg, so you can multiply prices from above by 1.5. After that, you can do your math.

About exchange rates - they are changing every day, but not that much. Usually the 1 USD is approximately 60 RUR or slightly less.

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