Ukraine: Money & Costs

Food is still fairly cheap in Ukraine, and accommodation isn’t much more, especially outside Kyiv. You can travel comfortably for around US$70 a day, though prices are 15-30% higher in the capital. If you stick to mid-range restaurants and hotels, you can expect to spend around US$50 a day. If you self-cater, share accommodation and rely solely on public transport you can reduce your costs even further.
ATMs (called Bankomat) are everywhere, very easy to find even in the smaller cities. Hard currency can be changed into hryvnia anywhere, but travellers cheques credit cards are only accepted at certain banks and exchange offices in a few larger cities. The most commonly accepted forms of cash for exchange are the US dollar and the euro.
At upscale tourist-oriented eateries, a tip of about 10% is expected; many include a fair service charge in your bill, and you can add a bit more for excellent service. Haggling at the country’s many food, art, souvenir and craft markets is expected and sometimes fierce.
Currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia and symbolized as ‘hry’.