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Find the best way to send money to Russia

Learn how to send money to Russia from Canada in our step-by-step guide.

Looking for the best way to send money from Canada to family, friends or businesses in Russia (or even to your own overseas bank account)?

Unfortunately, Finder doesn't have any providers that can help you send money to Russia from Canada. Transferring money to countries like Russia is challenging, but services like Western Union and MoneyGram might be able to help.

Best ways to send money to Russia from Canada

The best way to send money to Russia depends on your payment method, how you want your money to be received and how fast you need it to arrive.
  • Online money transfer provider. When buying Canadian dollars or Russian rubles , money transfer specialists typically offer better rates and cheaper fees than a local bank.

Cheapest way to send money to Russia

When you're hunting down the cheapest ways to send money to Russia, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer. This has a couple of elements:

  • Transfer fees. While still cheaper than your Canadian bank, some money transfer services charge either a fixed or percentage-based fee for making your transfer.
  • Exchange rates. Another way money transfer providers make money is to add a margin to the mid-market CAD/RUB exchange rate.

Some providers may charge the mid-market rate but add fees on top. Others may have very low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many Russian rubles your recipient will end up with.

Safest way to send money to Russia

The safest way to get your money to Russia is to use a provider registered with Canada's industry regulator, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. All the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both Canada and Russia.

A great way to dive deeper is by reading our extended reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.

Large money transfers to Russia

If you need to make a sizable money transfer to Russia, consider using a provider such as to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.

Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
  • Tax guidance. Large transfers to Russia may have tax implications for you or your recipient. A transfer specialist can help get you up to speed on the CRA's latest advice.
  • Foreign exchange (forex) tools. Advanced tools such as forward contracts, limit orders and stop-loss orders can help you lock in the RUB exchange rate you want.
  • Account manager. Some money transfer providers assign a personal account manager who can help and advise you on your transfer needs.
  • Phone service. If you want to talk your transfer through with someone, some providers can give you support over the phone.

How to send money to Russia from Canada

To send money to Russia, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.

  1. Compare your options.
    Use our table to find a money transfer provider that sends funds to Russia. One may be better for cash pickups, while another may suit a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click "Go to site".
  2. Create an account.
    You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
  3. Provide your recipient's details.
    Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their Russian bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
  4. Enter your transfer amount.
    Make sure you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Double-check the total Russian rubles your recipient gets.
  5. Complete your transfer.
    Send your money transfer to Russia. Keep your transaction reference number safe so you can track your transfer. Your recipient may need it, too.

Example: Anastasia sends money to Russia

Anastasia is working in Canada as a film producer and she regularly contacts his elderly parents back home in Russia. Her parents need some funds to help pay off a mortgage, so Anastasia plans to send them $2,000 from Canada.

She decides to compare a bank and a money transfer specialist to see which one can save the most money on her transaction.

Bank Money transfer company
Exchange rate 1 CAD = 63.29 RUB 1 CAD = 64.13 RUB
Transfer fee $10 $2.50
Transfer method Bank account deposit Bank account deposit
Processing time 2 - 5 working days Next day
Amount received 125,945.73 RUB 128,093.99 RUB

The money transfer company enables Anastasia to send an extra \u20bd2,148.26, which is transferred straight to her parents' Sberbank account.

How to choose the best money transfer companies to send money to Russia

Although we currently have any active deals to help you transfer money to Russia from Canada, below we cover the most features to consider when researching providers.

  • Exchange rates. Banks and transfer services use the mid-market rate to trade with one another. It is the best rate you can get. However, not all money transfer providers offer you this mid-market rate so compare the RUB you're offered to the mid-market rate and look for the smallest difference.
  • Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer amount? For example, a provider offering to transfer your money to Russia for a flat or low fee might work out better if you plan to send a large amount.
  • Transfer type. Does your recipient have a Russian bank account or is cash or cell phone top-up a better option? Each transfer type has different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers .
  • Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for an express delivery. Some companies offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services offer the best value and get your money to Russia faster and cheaper than banks.
  • Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service.
  • Discounts. Some providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up. Others may offer a discount if you transfer more than a specific amount of Russian rubles.

Is this a good time to send money to Russia?

Compared to a month ago, the Canadian dollar is a little stronger against the Russian ruble. Currently $5,000 is equivalent to \u20bd322,247.00, whereas a month ago, $5,000 was equivalent to \u20bd321,425.00. That's an increase of 0.26% over the past month.

But compared to a year ago, the Canadian dollar is weaker against the Russian ruble. A year ago, $5,000 was equivalent to \u20bd341,205.00. That's a decrease of 5.56% over 12 months.

What's more important, however, is where the strength of the Canadian dollar against the Russian ruble goes from here – which is harder to call. But whichever way it goes, shopping around has the potential to get you more Russian rubles for your Canadian dollars and can help you get the best out of any market conditions.

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