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    Currency in Macedonia – Macedonian denar MKD

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Macedonia

    What's in this Macedonia currency guide?

    1. Travelling to Macedonia
    2. MKD Latest Rate
    3. MKD Charts

     

    Travelling to Macedonia

    A crossroads between East and West, this tiny country is a treasure chest of historical monuments, natural wonders, and vibrant culture. A former Yugoslavian republic, this tiny country—barely bigger than Vermont—is tucked between Greece, Albania, and Bulgaria on the Balkan Peninsula.

    Modern-day Macedonia is a melting pot of Persian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Serbian, and Soviet flavors. Friends linger over coffee in outdoor cafes as throaty Slavic chatter drifts amid curls of cigarette smoke and clinking glasses of rakija. Rounded domes of Orthodox Christian churches share the skyline with towers of Muslim mosques, limestone-crusted mountains rise over quiet villages, and glittering lakes punctuate the wild countryside.

    What currency should I use in Macedonia?

    The local currency is the Macedonian denar (MKD). Normal purchases are priced in denar, and you should pay in denar. The only thing you can do with dollars is exchange them for denar; there are plenty of money changers. But the easiest way to get denars is to use a debit card in an ATM; they are all over. Be sure to tell your debit card company where you will be using the card so that they don’t block it for being used in a foreign country. Bring some cash to fall back on while sorting things out if there is a problem.

    You cannot change MKD (Macedonian dinars) outside of Macedonia so you will need to change any money back to Euro, GDP or USD etc. before leaving Macedonia. If you wish to change money in the bank, you will need to produce the receipt from your original withdrawal and you will need to go to a branch of the same bank that you withdrew the money through. Otherwise, you will not be able to change your money through a bank and will have to go through a private exchange office or Western Union or the like.

    Getting around in Macedonia?

    Alexander the Great Airport, 21km from Skopje, is Macedonia’s main airport, though Ohrid’s St Paul the Apostle Airport is running a growing number of European international flight services. The long-awaited arrival of budget airlines has improved Skopje’s modest number of air connections, and it’s now connected pretty well to major European cities.

    Domestic trains are reliable but slow. From Skopje, one train line runs to Negotino and another to Bitola via Veles and Prilep. A smaller line runs Skopje–Kičevo. Ohrid does not have a train station.

    Skopje serves most domestic destinations via bus. Larger buses are new and air-conditioned; kombi (minibuses) are usually not. Taxis are relatively inexpensive, except for some journeys around Ohrid. Fares generally cost 40MKD for the first kilometre, 25MKD per subsequent kilometre. Make sure the driver switches on his meter.

    Travel tips for Macedonia.

    The capital, Skopje, is home to more than half a million people, Macedonia’s capital is a quirky blend of old and new. The rest of Macedonia is a stomping ground for adventurers. Tourist infrastructure is scant, but locals are unfailingly helpful. Mountains are omnipresent and walking trails blissfully quiet. The national parks of Mavrovo, Galičica and Pelister are also cultivating some excellent cultural and food tourism initiatives; these gorgeous regions are criminally underexplored. If you want to get off the beaten track in Europe, this is it.

    No special vaccinations are required for travel to Macedonia and there are no unusual health concerns. It is always a good idea to have a tetanus jab before travelling.

    Ancient Orthodox Christian heritage lives on in crumbling, frescoed churches and monasteries across Macedonia, while Ottoman-era mosques can be found in the northern regions.

    Sending Money to Macedonia

    The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Macedonian denar.

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    Macedonian denar – Markets & Rates

    1 USD = 54.37 MKD
    Sell USD  →  Buy MKD
    USD to MKD at 54.37 has risen 1.9% above its 90-day average, range 52.07-54.94.
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    Historic USD-MKD Rates

    USD/MKD wasChangePeriod
    55.01
    24 Nov 2021
    0.6% 2 Weeks
    52.10
    09 Sep 2021
    5% 90 Days
    50.95
    08 Dec 2020
    7.3% 1 Year
    58.09
    09 Dec 2016
    5.9% 5 Years
    46.02
    11 Dec 2011
    18.8% 10 Years
    68.37
    13 Dec 2001
    20% 20 Years
    USD/MKD change over periods to 08-Dec-2021

     

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