We’re going to take you through the ins and outs of Russian currency, including why it’s called rubles, how much one ruble is worth in pounds and dollars, what the coins look like, how many rubles in a banknote and more! We’ll also give you some common expressions that Russians use when talking about money so that you can get a better understanding of ruble slang. Finally we’ll give you some resources to help you with numbers.

1. How Much Does One Ruble Cost?

The word ruble comes from the Latin word “ruble” which means small wheel. It refers to a Russian folk tale where a nobleman gave his cook a wheel as a payment for services rendered. The ruble is the currency of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Transnistria. The symbol for the ruble is руб .   The notes come in 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 denominations and the coins in 1, 2, 5 and 10 denominations.

1 ruble = $0.03 USD or 0.005 GBP

100 rubles = $3 USD or 0.3 GBP

100 rubles = $13 USD or 1.3 GBP

10 rubles = $0.08 USD or 0.005 GBP

There are several ways to convert your Russian Ruble 100 to dollars and pounds, but I’ll cover the most common ones here. You can dip into this guide on the website of Travelex if you want to learn more about why there are different conversion rates depending on where you live and which currency you use. The official rate at that time of writing was as follows:   UK pound /US dollar – 1 UK Pound = 1.28 US Dollar = 0.

2. How Much You Can Buy With One ruble?

Dollars are used in Russia mostly. The prices below are in rubles so you’ll need to multiply by 1,000. If you are shopping online then most websites will have both prices and exchange rates handy so you can easily calculate how much you’re spending, just remember to convert the rubles into pounds or your local currency where applicable. The most important things you need to know about Russian shopping is that there is a huge difference between price and value!

Grocery shop  – 5 rubles (£0.15 / $0.12)

500 grams of cheese = 10 rubles (£0.28 / $0.22)

1 L of milk = 5.5 rubles (£0.14 / $0.12)

10 apples = 6 rubles (£0.18 / $0.15)

1 kg of pasta (250 grams) = 3.5 rubles (£0.10 / $0.08)

1 kg of potatoes = 1 ruble (£0.03 / $0.03)

1 kg of sugar = 2 rubles (£0.04 / $0.03)

1 kg of flour = 5 rubles (£0.15 / $0.12)

500g of rice = 10 rubles (£0.28 / $0.22)

1 kg of margarine = 3 rubles (£ 0.09 / $ 0,07)

8 eggs = 5 rubles (£ 0.14 / $ 0,12)

2 liters of petrol = 5 rubles (£ 0.14 / $ 0,12)

1,000 rubles = £0.28 GBP or $0.24 USD

10,000 rubles = £380 GBP or $351 USD

20,000 rubles = £760 GBP or $746 USD

3. What Are The Coins In Russian Currency?

rubles come in 1, 2 and 5 coins and 1, 2 and 5 banknotes. The sizes of the coins vary but the diameter is 33 mm. You can see all the coins in the image below. You can also see what they look like if you click on the image of the banknotes at the top or bottom of this page.

4. How Many Banknotes In Russian Currency?

There are 100, 500 and 1000 rubles in circulation and 1,5,10 and 50 banknotes too. The 100 and 500 ruble notes used to be made out of paper but these days it is plastic polymer (polyvinyl chloride). The 100 ruble note is slightly smaller than a 10 euro note at 33 x 56 mm (1.3 x 2.2 inches) while a 1000 ruble note is slightly larger at 37 x 68 mm (1.46 x 2.68 inches).

5. Can You Write Rubles In Words?

Yes, you can write rubles in words. The plural form of ruble is rubles. For example: “Please pay me 2,500 rubles.”  

6. What Are the Values In Russian Currency?

The values in Russian currency are in rubles so you will need to convert back into your local currency. The official rate at the time of writing was as follows:   UK pound /US dollar – 1 UK Pound = 1.28 US Dollar = 0.

7. What Are The Coins Called In Russian Currency?

The coins are called ‘baks’. You can see what they look like below.

8. What Are The Banknotes Called In Russian Currency?

The banknotes are called ‘sovabhias’. You can see what they look like below:

9. What Are Some Commonly Used Expressions In Russian Currency?

You might have seen the expression in rubles, which is: “I’ll do it in a different way” actually written as “I’ll do it in bakshi”. A bakshi is the plural form of bika and means ‘a small shop’. You might also see the phrase in rubles and kopecks. It’s a saying that originates from the early days of Russia when all money transactions were done in silver coins called kopecks. For example: “The price of bread is getting higher but salaries are staying the same, it’s essentially like in the times when everything was paid for in kopecks.”

10. What Is The Ruble Symbol?

The symbol for ruble is руб (rɐb).


Use this guide if you want to get a better understanding of what rubles are and how much they cost. You’ll also learn about their denominations and their value, which can help you calculate how much you have to spend. Alternatively, the  Babylon Files would be a great resource for learning more about Russian currency.


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