It is very simple, easy and safe to buy Ukrainian Hryvnias when in Odessa. You may be interested in buying some Hryvnia currency at the airport exchange when you first arrive but it’s not the best idea because the airport exchange does not give a good exchange rate. When you arrive in the city center you will see that almost each and every street has a few exchanges where you can buy Hryvnia for other types of currencies.
Most tourists change US Dollars, British Pounds or Euros but most exchanges also accept many other currencies. If you want to be sure though you should come to Odessa with one of these 3 main currencies because all of the exchanges accept these 3 currencies.
Most of the exchanges in the city center have a similar exchange rate and they do not take commission. Because of market changes the exchange rate can change from day to day but usually only by %1-2.
In the city center you can feel free to exchange sums of $100 or $200 or even $500 or $1,000 without any problem and with ease. People are exchanging foreign currencies at these exchanges all day long and even elderly people use these city exchanges on a regular basis.
Many of the exchanges are open 24/7 so if you go out at a late hour and need to change money you won’t have any trouble finding an open exchange.
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