Currency

US Dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $150

  • Dorm bed: $20–30
  • Sightseeing/admission fees: $40
  • Cheesesteak: $9
  • Three slices of pizza: $12
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot: $3
  • PHLASH bus day ticket: $5

Midrange: $150–250

  • Double room in a hotel: $120
  • Sightseeing/admission fees: $40
  • Lunch at a chic cafe: $20
  • Dinner without alcohol: $40–50

Top end: More than $250

  • Chic hotel room: $200–400
  • Sightseeing/admission fees: $60
  • Lunch with alcohol: $35
  • Dinner with alcohol: $60–100
  • Two cocktails: $30

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is common in flea markets; in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.

Money

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

Tipping

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 for standard drinks, $2 per specialty cocktail.
  • Housekeeping staff $2 to $5 per night.
  • 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.
  • Parking valets $2 to $5 when you’re handed back the keys.