On May 10, 1993 in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan was adopted a national currency, which named – “som”.
One som was equal to a hundred tyiyn.
The first issue of banknotes was in denominations of 1, 5 and 20 soms.
Today, soms banknotes represented in such denominations as 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 soms.
Each banknote is different from other by image and its color. They depict the most outstanding personalities of the country.
In hotels, tours, entrance to parks and health resorts payment accepts not only in soms, but also in dollars and euros.
This is done for tourist’s convenience, as sometimes the travelers have enough time to exchange currency in exchange offices.
Banks in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan are open from 9:00 to 17:00, every day exclude weekends. Almost in all streets of the city and hotels present ATMs.
In the exchange offices, you have an opportunity to exchange Russian rubles, dollars, euros, British pounds, tenge and Uzbek sums.
It is better to have new banknotes of dollars if you need to exchange it, as the older bills has a much lower exchange rate.