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Money and costs

Budget up to
  • Dorm beds: $20–30; campgrounds: $15–30; budget motels: $60
  • Travel on buses, subways and other mass transit: $2–3
  • Lunch from a cafe or food truck: $5–9
  • Double room in midrange hotel: $100–200
  • Decent-restaurant dinner: $50–80 for two
  • Car hire: from $30 per day
Top end over
  • Lodging in a resort: from $250
  • Dining in top restaurants: $60–100 per person
  • Big nights out (plays, concerts, nightclubs): $60–200

Most locals do not carry large amounts of cash for everyday use, relying instead on credit cards, ATMs and debit cards. Smaller businesses may refuse to accept bills larger than $20. Prices quoted in this book are in US dollars and exclude taxes, unless otherwise noted.


Tipping is not optional; only withhold tips in cases of outrageously bad service.

Airport & hotel porters $2 per bag, minimum per cart $5

Bartenders 10% to 15% per round, minimum per drink $1

Hotel maids $2 to $4 per night, left under the card provided

Restaurant servers 15% to 20%, unless a gratuity is already charged on the bill

Taxi drivers 10% to 15%, rounded up to the next dollar

Valet parking attendants At least $2 when handed back the keys