Penny Wise Uzbekistan
If you are packing your bags for astonishing Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan, once priced cities on 'Silk Road' and centers of 'The Great Game', you must plan for local expenses there.
In the endeavor to help you plan for local expenses in your travel we are presenting below the second of our series 'Penny Wise' as we did it for Armenia earlier.
Uzbekistan's economy is highly dependent on Russia as sizable Uzbek population works in Russia and repatriates money to the homeland. This led to steep fall in Som along with Ruble on recent Russian crisis. The volatility in Som vis a vis Ruble is unpredictable in near future. The current exchange rate is Som 2440 per Dollar, which we have rounded of to Som 2400 per Dollar for simplification in our calculation.
Though there is rampant black market , we suggest you to take legal route for all your forex needs.
One unique thing about taxis in Uzbekistan, all private cars are taxis. You just give signal to a private car and most likely you will get a ride for charges approximated in the table.
|Item||Price in Uzbek Som||Price in dollars ($)|
|Meal for 2, in inexpensive Restaurant||25000||10.4|
|Meal for 2, in mid range Restaurant, Three-course||72000||30|
|Combo Meal at Big Burger||25000||10.4|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) also called Sharbat||4500||1.9|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||8000||3.3|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.5 liter bottle)||3000||1.25|
|Coke/Pepsi (1.0 liter bottle)||5000||2.1|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||1500||0.63|
|Bottle of local Wine (Mid-Range)||6000||2.5|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Kent)||4000||1.66|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||1000||0.42|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||1000||0.42|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||1500||0.63|