Useful information
Nizhny Novgorod is the 4th largest city in Russia with a population of 1.36 million, and is the administrative center of the Nizhny Novgorod region and of the Volga Federal District, which covers 14 regions and republics of the Russian Federation. Nizhny Novgorod covers an area of 260 square miles along the riverbanks of the Volga and Oka Rivers.

Nizhny Novgorod is situated about 250 miles east of Moscow and is easily accessible by train by car or by air.

The climate of Nizhny Novgorod is similar to the climate of Moscow. The weather in Nizhny Novgorod in July is typically warm (sometimes hot), with daily temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 C. Rain is quite possible.

The Russian payment and monetary unit is ROUBLE. Foreing currency is not accepted. One can exchange foreign currency in the cities.

The American dollars and the Euros are the most widely accepted currency all over Russia.
Traveller's cheques can be cashed at the commission of 2 or 3% (available only in major cities and not at every bank). One gets the equivalent in roubles at the current purchase exchange rate of the bank where he or she is cashing the cheque.

Credit cards are relatively widely accepted in Russia (practically only VISA or MASTER CARD). Payment with a credit card may sometimes incur a surcharge of a couple of per cents, so make sure you know if there are surcharges before you decide to run your card.

Credit cards will not be accepted on board.

The exchange rate is variable, at the present it is about 26.96 rbls for 1 US dollar
and 34.12 rbls for 1 Euro