A look at the local currency of Belarus (the Belarusian ruble), where to access cash, and how to use bank cards and travelers cheques
The Belarusian ruble, the local currency of Belarus, is not a fully convertible currency, so you won’t be able to get any before you arrive in the country.
There are a total of 10 Belarus bank notes available, ranging from 50 rubles to 200,000 rubles. Coins are not used in Belarus. However, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus issues commemorative coins that are of interest to collectors.
There are a large number of exchange offices in all cities in Belarus. These are most often found at:
You can also change money at most banks and there are a growing number of ATM machines in Belarus, particularly in Minsk.
The most commonly accepted currencies at exchange offices and banks are:
In Belarus, especially in Minsk, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw money. You can find an ATM in any bank office, supermarket or shopping mall.
Bank cards are widely used in Belarus. You can use them in shops, hotels, restaurants and self-service kiosks.
The most widespread international payment systems in Belarus are Visa and MasterCard.
Online payment systems are also available in Belarus.
Travellers cheques (American Express) can be cashed at banks and currency exchange offices.
As there are no coins in Belarus, tokens and cards are widely used instead:
Special plastic cards and tokens are used in the Metro and can be bought at any station.
Public payphones take smart cards, which are widely available from newspaper kiosks.
Coffee machines accept notes.
Tokens for vending machines can be bought at newsstands.