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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm beds: $25–40; campgrounds: $15–30; budget motels: $60–80
  • Travel on buses, subways and other mass transit: $2–3
  • Lunch from a cafe or food truck: $5–9
  • Double room in midrange hotel: $100–250
  • Popular restaurant dinner: $50–80 for two
  • Car hire: from $30 per day
Top end (more than)
  • Lodging in a resort: from $250
  • Dining in top restaurants: $60–100 per person
  • Big nights out (plays, concerts, nightclubs): $60–200

ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.


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

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

Bartenders 15% to 20% 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