Currency

US dollars ($)

Canadian dollars ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $100

  • Inexpensive motel room/dorm bed: $85/30
  • Food cart meal: $5-10

Midrange: $100-200

  • Good hotel room: $125 a night
  • Meal in a good restaurant: $20-35

Top End: More than $200

  • Upscale hotel room: $200 & up
  • Fine-dining meal: $35-75

Money

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

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$171¢
Canada$176¢
Europe€1$1.11
Japan¥10090¢
New ZealandNZ$167¢
UKUK£1$1.46

For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Tipping for certain services is the norm in the US and Canada. If service is truly appalling, however, don't tip. Customary tipping amounts:

ServiceUsual tip
bartenders20% of the bill
bellhops, skycaps in airports$1-2 per bag
housekeeping staff$2 daily, left on the pillow each day
parking valets$1-2
restaurant servers20-25% of the pretax bill (no tax in Oregon)
taxi drivers10-15% of metered fare