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Paying in Moscow: how to use cash and cards in the capital city


If you compare the situation now with even just a few years ago, it would seem that all establishments inMoscowtake cards. However, if you intend to travel without cash you can expect to run into problems during your stay. 

A rule of thumb inMoscowshops: the more expensive and established the shop, the less likely you will have problems paying by card. In boutiques, large shopping malls and chain restaurants you don't need to think about bringing cash. However, many small grocery stores still take only cash, and while many big supermarket chains such as " kopeyka” and “pyatyorechka” claim that they take cards, often it turns out that they only take cards with a special chip or cards issued from certain banks.
 
Small independent restaurants usually do not accept credit cards. The same goes for cafes with modest interiors and prices, as well as practically all self-service and fast food restaurants. In more established and expensive restaurants and chains you can pay by card without any problems. However, you should be prepared for some unexpected stresses. It’s possible to find yourself in a situation where upon paying by credit card, the waiter will run off somewhere unseen to complete the transaction for as long as ten or more minutes, leaving you nervous in anticipation.
 
Home appliances may be paid for by credit card in almost every circumstance. Even if you make a purchase online, it’s possible to have the courier deliver your goods to you with a portable credit card machine and charge what you owe right then and there (clarify the possibility of such services upon making your order). 
 
Taxis, even official ones, generally do not accept credit cards. The same goes for practically any form of public transport, be it metro or train. 
 
Travelers checks are still foreign toMoscow. You can cash them only in certain departments of well-established banks and usually at an unfavorable exchange rate. 
 
Despite the fact that in recent years city and federal governments have been actively working to reduce the number of small currency exchange facilities, there are still many of them inMoscow. For the most part they all employ the same trick: upon entering the customer will see unbelievably good exchange rates under which only the most attentive customers will notice in small writing "from 10,000 dollars/euros". For smaller sums, of course, the exchange rate is absolutely extortionate. In conclusion, it is much safer and more profitable to exchange all foreign currency at a reputable bank. 
 
A line at the ATM is not a rare occurrence, especially at ATMs that service two or three big government banks which are programmed to pay salaries. 
 
Despite rumors that run aroundMoscowabout stolen credit cards, ATMs bolted with pin code readers and the dangers of giving out your credit card information online, the reality is that credit card fraud inMoscowis rare. You can feel safe to use your credit card, in places that take them, without fear.