US dollar ($)
Budget: Less than $100
- Camping or dorm bed: $30–60
- Seafood-shack lunch mains: $8–15
- NPS walking tours and ranger-led talks: free
- Double room in midrange hotel: $150–250
- Car rental: from $35 per day
- Admission to museums: $5–15
- One-week entrance fee to Acadia National Park: $30
Top End: More than $250
- Double room in high-end hotel: from $250
- Main course at one of Maine's finest restaurants: from $28
- Tickets to concerts, events and tours: $30–100
There isn't much bargaining happening in Maine. Generally, the listed price is what you'll pay. Outside of high season, you can always ask for discounts when booking lodging (particularly if you happen to spot a cheaper rate online than the posted rack rates). At antique stores and markets, there is a little room for haggling, but not much.
ATMs are widely available, except in the smallest towns and most remote wilderness. Credit cards are accepted at most shops, hotels and restaurants.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Many service providers depend on tips for their livelihoods, so tip generously for good service.
- Baggage carriers $1 per bag.
- Housekeeping $2 to $5 per day, $5 to $10 per week.
- Servers and bartenders 15% to 20%.
- Taxi and ride-share drivers 15%.
- Tour guides $5 to $10 for a one-hour tour.
ATMs are ubiquitous in towns throughout Maine. Most banks charge at least $2 per withdrawal. The Cirrus and Plus systems both have extensive ATM networks that will give cash advances on major credit cards and allow cash withdrawals with affiliated ATM cards.
Many banks do not change currency, so stock up on dollars when there's an opportunity to do so.
Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Maine, including at car-rental agencies and at most hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and tour operators. However, some restaurants and B&Bs do not accept credit cards.
Visa and Mastercard are the most common credit cards. American Express and Discover are sometimes not accepted.