BANKING AND COMMUNICATIONS
1. ATM MACHINES
ATM machines are found everywhere in the city, including majority of major sights.
Cirrus, Plus, and NCYE are the most common networks. Use ATMs to withdraw
money during the day in well-populated areas, minimizing the risk of robbery. An ad-
ministration fee of $2-3 may be charged by most banks.
You can be almost certain that all banks will be open 9am-2pm Monday to Friday and
9am-noon on Saturday except federal holidays. Some branches have extended hours.
Most banks in tourist areas will have services for travelers, including redeeming trav-
elers' checks and currency exchange.
3. CREDIT CARDS
pose. Nearly all tourist-related businesses and institutions accept credit cards. If trav-
eling from outside the USA, shop around beforehand for a card that does not charge
for international exchange.
4. TRAVELERS' CHECKS
Travelers' checks are less widely used these days, but those in US dollars are still ac-
cepted the same as cash in some places. If you exchange your travelers' checks for cash
in a bank you will be charged for doing so. Travelers' checks in foreign currencies can
be exchanged at some banks and major hotels, with a valid passport. Keep the proof
of purchase separate from the checks.
The Washington, DC area code is 202. Nearby Virginia is 703; Maryland is 240, 301
and 410. Directory assistance from most phones is reached by dialing 411 . Cell and
wireless coverage is excellent in the immediate area. Using the telephone in your hotel
room is the most expensive way to make calls.