US dollars ($)
Budget: Less than $150
- Camping, dorm bed or budget hotel: $30–100
- Bus ticket: $10–20
- Street food: mains $8–12
- NPS walking tours and free-admission days at museums: free
- Double room in a midrange hotel: $100–250
- Car rental for a portion of the trip: from $30 per day
- Admission to museums and parks: $10–20
Top End: More than $300
- Double room in a high-end hotel: from $250
- Meal at the region's finest restaurants: mains from $25
- Tickets to concerts, events and tours: $30–100
Except in informal settings like flea markets, bargaining is not done in New England – though you might inquire about reduced hotel rates at a near-empty establishment in the low season.
ATMs are widely available, except in the smallest towns and most remote wilderness. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels and restaurants.
ATMs & Cash
ATMs are ubiquitous in towns throughout New England. Most banks in New England charge at least $2 per withdrawal. The Cirrus and Plus systems both have extensive ATM networks that will give cash advances on major credit cards and allow cash withdrawals with affiliated ATM cards.
If you're carrying foreign currency, it can be exchanged for US dollars at Logan International Airport in Boston. Many banks do not change currency, so stock up on dollars when there's an opportunity to do so.
Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout New England, including at car-rental agencies and at most hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and tour operators. However, some restaurants and B&Bs do not accept credit cards. We have noted in our reviews when this is the case.
Visa and MasterCard are the most common credit cards. American Express and Discover are less widely accepted.
The dollar ($; commonly called a buck) is divided into 100 cents (¢). Coins come in denominations of one cent (penny), five cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter) and the rare 50-cent piece (half dollar). Notes come in denominations of one, five, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars.
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 drivers 15%
- Tour guides $5 to $10 for a one-hour tour