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Good to know
It is best to bring USD or EUR in cash to Ukraine for easy exchange, but you can also safely withdraw money from ATMs featuring the international banking/credit symbols. Always carry small bills to pay for items such as cigarettes or taxi fares. You can withdraw hryvnas (UAH) and, in some ATMs, USD. Many prices (such as airline tickets) are stated using the abbreviation y.e. (these are simply USD). Spend all hryvnas before leaving the country as you can't take them out.

Exchanging money
Exchanging money is easy, especially in the city center where exchange points are plentiful. The most common currencies exchanged are USD, EUR, Russian rubles and British pounds. Banks will exchange most other major European and international currencies.

Credit Cards and traveler checks
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, American Express rarely so. Travelers checks can be cashed in branches or affiliates of most major banks. See list below.

Sending money
To send or receive money in Ukraine, you can use Western Union, the services of which are available in many exchange points, banks, post offices and other places. See: Western Union

Opening a bank account
To open a bank account in Ukraine, you need your passport and a document to confirm your registration (such as an apartment rental contract or confirmation from the hotel of your stay). Accounts may be in UAH, USD or EUR. Internet banking is available with some banks, including with personal deposit accounts. The highest percentage is given on deposits in UAH, then USD and least in EUR.

Bank Address Phone
AVAL Bank 9 Leskova Str 490 8888
Citibank 19g Dymytrova Str 490 1000
Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank 23a Volodymyrska Str 490 1413
HVB Bank 14a Yaroslaviv Val 230 3300
ING Bank 28 Kominternu Str 230 3030
Multibanka 9/2Chervonoarmiyska Str 287 4697
Parex Bank 16 Striletska Str 484 4688
Privatbank 12/16 V. Vasilkivska Str 238 0694
ProCreditBank 107a Pobedy Avenue 496 5403
Raiffeisen Bank 43 Zhylyanska Str 490 0536
SEB 10 Chervonoarmiyska Str 238 6767
Ukreximbank 127 Gorkogo Str 247 8070
Ukrgazbank 39 Chervonoarmiyska Str 239 2818
Ukrsots 29 Kovpaka Str 230 3200
Unicredit 39a Sakashanskoho Str 230 3838
Western Union 15 Prorizna Str 278 1780
Note: Aval Bank and Raiffeisenbank Ukraine merged in 2006

Fast food lunch 4 USD
Business lunch from 6 USD
Pack of Marlboros 1 USD
Taxi ride in city center from 3 USD
Bus ride 0.25 USD
Mobile phone top up card from 5 USD
Cinema ticket 8 USD
Hotel per night from 100 USD
Apartment per night from 60 USD
Car rental per day 150 USD
Dentist 40 USD
Doctor visit 40 USD
Party cover charge up to 20 USD
Gym membership per month from 80 USD


Ukrainian currency is called Hryvna and is divided into one hundred kopecks. Hryvna was put into circulation in September 1996. Coins and notes from all years since then are valid. Lettered code is UAH, numeric code - 980 and its abbreviated name is Hrn. All notes are issued by the National Bank of Ukraine. There are banknotes of denomination 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Hryvnias and coins of denomination 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 kopiykas and a 1 Hryvnia coin.

1 Hryvna from 1996

10 Hryvna from 2000

20 Hryvna from 2004


The World Bank
Lysenko 2
Phone: 490 6671

The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine.
Sofiyvska 27/23
Phone: 270 6132

National Bank of Ukraine
Instytuska 9
Phone: 253 0180


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