In all cities of the Northwest Russia any bank can change currency like EURO, USD, SEK and NOK in roubles. Banks are generally open from 10 A.M. till 7 P.M. Better is to collect roubles from ATM’s, because changing currency in a bank takes a lot of time and rates are not so good as from the ATM. Everywhere in cities and even small villages you can find ATM's (cashing machines) named Bank-O-Mat recognizable on a green logo. SBER-banks are the best (Cбербанк).
Credit-cards became quite know in Murmansk region. You can use them nowadays at gasoline stations, supermarkets, (large) shops and boutiques. The VISA, MASTER-CARD, EURO-CARD and MAESTRO cards have the basic circulation.
The telephone number for emergency services is 112. Dial it and wait until you hear English speaking and then follow the instructions. Sometimes the old system is also still in use: Dial: 01 for fire team, 02 for Police and 03 for ambulance. The Traffic signs for First Aid services and Hospitals are the same as in Europe; a blue squared sign with the red cross in a white background on it. You can find them in the beginning of most of the cities and also traffic signs for repair points of cars and Traffic Police (same sign with letters ДПС). In Russia we have Traffic Police and Police (Полиция=Politsia or in old terms Милиция=Militsia).
Mobile telephones of the GSM system operate near all towns and villages of Murmansk region.
Information about traffic rules and Liability Insurance for motorists you can find on our Transport connections webpage.
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