Today all major cities of Ukraine have a huge network of cash dispensers, or simply ATMs. In Ukraine, an ATM will dispense money in local currency, that is in Hryvnias.
Mercer Human Resource Consulting conducts an annual Cost of Living Survey showing world wide ranking of major cities. This year, as in previous ones, Kiev ranks amongst the top 50 cities.
Currency exchanges are readily available throughout the city and at the airport. Never exchange money with private individuals on the street, since it's dangerous and illegal.
Banks in Ukraine usually work from 09:00 till 15:00, Monday through Friday. Most banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. A standard lunch hour is from 13:00 to 14:00
Traveler's checks are not widely accepted in Kiev. It's recommended not to bring them (or bring only as a backup), as you can expect a high commission rate and much paperwork.
The proclamation of Ukrainian independence on August 24, 1991 opened the way to introduction of the full-value national currency in Ukraine, called the Hryvnia with a UAH designation.
UniCredit Bank is one the best foreign banks, operating in Ukraine. UniCredit Bank is both our personal and corporate bank and we highly recommend it for all your banking needs.
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