Q: What is the best way to bring money - cash or card?
Both is fine. If you use cards, there might be a transfer fee, and an not the best exchange rate. Other than that, it’s ok.
Q: Where can I change the money?
You can change money in any bank in Vladivostok. Also, there are a few money exchange offices. If you want to change a big amount, bring a passport or other ID. Be careful and don’t change money on the street. It is illegal and you are likely to become a victim of fraud.
Q: What is the population of Primorskiy region?
In 2015, the population of Primorskiy region is 1 933 308 people.
Q: Do I have to tip in bars/restaurants?
Tipping is encouraged, although it is not necessary. It is not included in the check and is usually 5-10%. Tipping is allowed only in cash.
Q: Is tap water safe?
The condition of water supply system in Vladivostok and region, as in most Russian cities, is far from perfect, so drinking unboiled tap water is not recommended. It is best to use bottled water for drinking .
Q: What’s the time zone in Primorye?
The time zone is the same as in Sydney: UTC+10:00. In Russia we have a difference from Moscow time and it is MSK+7.
Q: Which currencies can I get in an ATM in Vladivostok?
All ATMs work with rubles and US dollars, and about half of them - with euros.
Q: What is the cost of one meal?
You can eat for 5 - 10 € in a cafe or a fast-food restaurant. A check in a restaurant is 15€ and above.
Q: When does the swimming season start?
It starts in June and finishes in the end of September. Although some people swim all year round. Still, the most comfortable time is August and September.
Q: Do ATMs take Visa, Master Card and UnionPay?
All ATMs take Visa and Master Card. Some take American Express and UnionPay, and other companies.