Holiday budgeting: What are your rands worth in Moscow, Russia

2018-05-21 15:22 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - Russia is seen as one of the more affordable destinations to watch out for in the world, along with South Africa and Japan, when weighed against the strong pound, dollar and euro. 

READ: Weak ruble makes Russia more accessible for budget travel

If you are wondering what this means to South Africans looking to travel to Russia with SA rands, while the rand is no match for the world's strongest currencies - the ruble exchange rate is one of the few currencies that allows you to get more bang for your buck.

The exchange rate at time of publishing was R1/RUB4.85.

Traveller24 looked at South Africa and Russia's two popular capital cities - Cape Town and Moscow and compared the price of things you are most likely to spend money on while enjoying a holiday abroad. 

Cost of living index, Expatistan, explains that while your exchange rate reflects a good deal - you should infact budget for a 16% increase in cost of living with Cape Town being the more expensive option.

While food and transport will see you forking out the most, while entertainment is expected to be cheaper.  

READ: 5 destinations that are still cheaper for South Africans (Despite the Rand drop)!

Here is a low down of prices between Cape Town, South Africa and Moscow, Russia.

Dinner for two: Basic lunch time meal: RUB 424 (R87) 

2 x movie tickets: 2 tickets to the movies: RUB 823 (R 169) 

Cocktail: 1 cocktail drink in downtown club: RUB 459 (R 94)  

Coffee: 1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): RUB 297 (R61) 

Beer: 1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): RUB 271 (R 59)  

Toilet paper: 4 rolls of toilet paper: RUB 85 (R 17)  

Taking a taxi: Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles): RUB 625 (R128)

Fast food: Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar): RUB 302 (R62) 

Red wine: 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality: RUB 577 (R 128)

*Prices relevant to 21 May 2018

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In-destination saving tips 

Take the train - If you are moving between different cities within Russia, the cheapest option for you is to take the train. 

Drink vodka the best way - Neat! It's also the cheapest option. 

Walk - Everything is usually close by and well worth the walk. After the ballet, do some club hopping and nightlife exploring. 

Ditch the bikes for another time - When travelling through the city - bicycles are a bad option. Cars rule the road mostly see cyclists as a nuisance.

Russian for the win - Russia is one of those countries where you are respected if you know the language.