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Currency: The Russian currency is the Rouble.
Phone Dialing Information: IDD is available. Country Code: 7. Outgoing international code: 8-“wait for a tone”-10. Most international calls made from large cities can be dialed directly, but in smaller cities and towns it may be necessary to go through the international operator and these should be booked well in advance. Telephone booths for international phone calls are available at main post offices. International calls can be booked by dialing 8-“wait for a tone”-194. Some Moscow hotels have telephone booths with IDD.
Food and drink: A restaurant meal in Russia is an event to be enjoyed for the best part of an evening. You will have a choice Russian cuisine as well as Georgian, Armenian, Uzbek, to name just some. There are many international restaurants offering American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican menus, too.
Tipping: If a service charge is not already included in your restaurant bill, you might wish to leave the small change that is returned to you. Tips are not obligatory, but welcomed in Russia – from 5 per cent to 10 per cent of the total is normal.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European type of outlets is required.
Literacy rate: 100% (2003 est.)
Urban: Public transport in the cities is comprehensive and cheap. Many services are electric traction (metro, tramway, trolleybus). Stations on the Moscow metro are always elegant and often palatial. Fares are standard for the various modes. Taxis are also available; they can be hailed in the street, hired at a rank or booked by telephone. It is safer to use officially marked taxis which should not be shared with strangers.
Metro: 7 days a week from 6 am to 1 am. Most convenient transportation in Moscow and Saint Petersburg
Post office service: is available in all hotels in Russia.
Fax: Services are available in numerous business centers and hotels.
Post: There are mailboxes and post offices in every hotel.
Internet services: Available in business centres and modern large hotels.
Mobile phones for rent: You can rent a phone in some large cities.
Traveling time: for all type of transportation, the time posted on tickets for both Departure and Arriving is a local time.
Business hours: government offices and other service offices open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm
Shopping hours: 9 am to 9-10 pm Monday to Saturday. Department stores and supermarkets are open throughout lunchtime. Stores which are open 24 hours a day are becoming more common.
Restaurants and other type of cuisine: usually open 7 days a week and business hours are 11 am to 1-2 am, some of them to 6 am. others).
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