Most Important Service Info Washington DC
Below you will find service info for Washington DC which includes: business hours, money information, emergency numbers, public holidays in Washington DC and more.
Business Hours in Washington DC
Typical normal opening times are as follows:
Bars 5pm to 1am or 2am weekdays, 3am on weekends
Museums 10am to 5:30pm
Nightclubs 9pm to 1am or 2am weekdays, 3am on weekends
Offices and government agencies 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Breakfast 7am or 8am to 11am;
Lunch 11am or 11:30am to 2:30pm or 3pm;
Dinner 5pm or 6pm to 10pm Sunday to Thursday, to 11pm or midnight Friday and Saturday
Shops 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday
Emergency Numbers in Washington DC
Number to call if you want to reach either Police Department, Fire Department, or Ambulance is 911. Just state your emergency to the operator.
Financial Info Washington DC
Tipping is not optional; only withhold tips in cases of outrageously bad service. The US dollar ($) is the currency.
ATMs are widely available at banks, airports and convenience shops.
Most ATMs link into worldwide networks (Plus, Cirrus, Exchange etc).
ATMs typically charge a service fee of $2.50 or more per transaction.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
Although the airports have exchange bureaus, better rates can usually be obtained at banks in the city.
Airport & hotel porters $2 per bag, minimum per cart $5. Bartenders 15% per round, minimum per drink $1. Hotel maids $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. Valet parking attendants At least $2 when you’re handed back the keys.
Washington DC Public Holidays
Banks, schools, offices and most shops close on these days:
New Year’s Day January 1
Martin Luther King Jr Day Third Monday in January
Inauguration Day January 20, every four years
Presidents’ Day Third Monday in February
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day First Monday in September
Columbus Day Second Monday in October
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25
Washington DC Tourist Information
DC Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Center (506 9th St NW; h8:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri; Gallery Pl)
Smithsonian Visitor Center (8:30am-5:30pm)
USA Visas for Visiting Washington DC
Check with the US State Department for updates and details on entry requirements.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals from 36 countries (including most EU countries, Japan, Australia and New Zealand) to enter the US without a visa for up to 90 days.
VWP visitors require a machine-readable passport and approval under the Electronic System For Travel Authorization at least three days before arrival. There is a $14 fee for processing and authorization (payable online). Once approved, the registration is valid for two years.
Those who need a visa – ie anyone staying longer than 90 days, or from a non-VWP country – should apply at the US consulate in their home country.