What to spend your dollars on
Smart gambling on the dollar slots in Vegas
1 US Dollar
A cab from Grand Central Station to the Empire State Building
5.50 US Dollars
Catch an LA Lakers game (for as little as)
35 US Dollars
Watch an IMAX showing at the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd
19 US Dollars
Sip fresh coffee at Central Park
4 US Dollars
Must-sees in the United States
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The US dollar is one of the most dominant reserve currencies in the world and is also the main tender for several other countries or regions outside the United States, including the Caribbean, Ecuador and El Salvador.
Don’t be surprised to hear dollars being referred to as ‘bucks’ when you're out and about: it's their nickname! You may also hear 5 cent coins referred to as ‘nickels’, a 10 cent coin as a ‘dime’ and a 25 cent coin as a ‘quarter’.
Tipping is standard practice across America and you will be expected to pay up to 15% on top of your meal – or even 20% for upmarket restaurants. Thankfully, portion sizes tend to be very generous indeed, so you’re unlikely to feel short-changed!
Frequently used banknotes
The US dollar comes in seven different denominations – 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills. As coins are nowhere near as common as they are in the UK, it is wise to try and organise your bills in order of value to save you scrambling around for the right cash.
Exchange online with Travelex in 3 easy steps
- 1. Choose your currency
Select the amount of money you need to exchange and the country that you’re visiting
- 2. Choose home delivery or store pickup
Your currency can be delivered safely to your door, or you can pick up from one of our locations at Calgary Airport.
- 3. Pay online
Pay for your foreign currency quickly and securely with either your debit card or credit card