Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) is one of four international airports that serve Moscow and the busiest airport in Russia. If you will be taking an international flight to this Moscow Airport and might need some Russian Ruble (RUB) there, find out how good or bad currency exchange rates at Moscow Airport really are.
Money Changers at Moscow Airport
At the time of our visit to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, we’ve found several currency exchange kiosks of the same money changer – New Moscow Bank (NMB). Branches of this money changer can be found in Terminal D, Terminal E and Terminal F. Even if the airport is huge, locating the currency exchange kiosk won’t be difficult: just look the booth with the sign “Exchange Express” on it.
Currency Exchange Rates at Moscow Airport
Currency exchange rates at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport are not really attractive as there’s no competition around. As you can get much better exchange rates for your foreign currency in the city of Moscow, exchange your money at SVO airport only if it’s unavoidable and as little as you would need to get into the city.
How bad currency exchange rates at Moscow Airport really are?
USD to RUB exchange rate at Moscow Airport
The official USD exchange rate on the day of our visit was 65 RUB for 1 US Dollar, so the rate offered at SVO Airport (56 RUB/USD) was even by 9 RUB lower than the exchange rate at the market. For every US dollar exchanged at the airport you’re losing about 0.14 USD or as much as 14 USD per 100 USD. Losing 14% of your money just for exchanging is never a good deal.
EUR to RUB exchange rate at Moscow Airport
The official EUR exchange rate at the time was 71 RUB for 1 Euro, so the rate offered at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (64 RUB/EUR) was by 7 RUB or about 10% lower than the market rate. Euro exchange rate at Moscow Airport was better than USD exchange rate at the time of our visit, so bringing there Euro instead of US Dollar might help you to save a bit.
GBP to RUB exchange rate at Moscow Airport
The official GBP exchange rate on the day of our visit was 80 RUB for 1 Pound Sterling, so the rate offered at Moscow Airport (70 RUB/GBP) was by 10 RUB or 12.5% lower than the market rate. For every 100 pounds exchanged at the airport you’re losing about 12.5 GBP.
CHF to RUB exchange rate at Moscow Airport
The official CHF exchange rate on the day of our visit was 65 RUB for 1 Swiss Franc, so the rate offered at SVO Airport (55 RUB/CHF) was by 10 RUB or 15.4% lower than the market rate. For every 100 Swiss Francs exchanged at Moscow Airport you’re losing about 15.4 CHF.
Exchange rates of other currencies at Moscow Airport
As you can see, exchange rates for the most popular currencies at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) are not really attractive. However, exchange rates here are even much worse for other currencies.
The official AUD exchange rate at the time was 44 RUB for 1 Australian Dollar, so the rate offered by the money changer at Moscow Airport (35 RUB/AUD) was by 9 RUB or about 20.5% lower than the market rate.
The official CAD exchange rate at the time was 49 RUB for 1 Canadian Dollar, so the rate offered at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (35 RUB/CAD) was by 14 RUB or about 28.6% lower than the market rate.
The official JPY exchange rate at the time was about 61 RUB for 100 Japanese Yen, so the rate offered at the airport (45 RUB/100 JPY) was by 16 RUB or 26.2% lower than the market rate.
Even lower exchange rates are offered for more exotic currencies and you might end losing almost half of your money if exchanging Turkish Lira, Thai Baht or any other less popular currency at Moscow Airport.
Should you exchange money at Moscow Airport?
If you have a credit or debit card, paying with your card will be significantly cheaper than exchanging cash to local currency at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. You can also withdraw Russian Ruble from one of ATMs found at the airport.
At the airport, you can pay in foreign currencies such as Euro and US Dollar instead of Russian Ruble as some stores even display their prices in Euro. The foreign exchange rate used at the store will be better than offered at currency exchange kiosks.
If you feel that using Russian Ruble will be unavoidable before reaching the city where more reasonable exchange rates are offered, find a place to exchange currency in your home country (not at the airport of your departure, though). In the worst case scenario, bring Euro as at least currently the best exchange rate is offered for European currency.