Currency in San Francisco
The official currency in the United States of America, and therefore San Francisco, is the US dollar ($, USD, US$).
Coins and Notes
In San Francisco you'll find 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar notes and 1 dollar coins and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent coins (100 cents = 1 dollar).
ATMs and Banks
In San Francisco there are many ATMs and banks, so you won't have any problems in that regard..
How to Pay?
Generally speaking, the best way save on commissions is to pay by credit card. Apart from with street vendors, you can pay by card in almost every shop for a minimum fee of 1 dollar.
When you pay by card, the exchange rate will be the current exchange rate and, depending on your card provider, the commission charged tends to be around 1%.
Where to Change Money?
The cheapest way of getting dollars is to take money out of an ATM in San Francisco, but there are other options which we will explain below.
Generally, the commission for taking out foreign currency is generally around 4%. We recommend checking with your bank before you travel. That way, you can decide if it is a good option for you or not.
Changing Money Before You Travel
If you like organising everything ahead of time, you could change your money before your travel you can do this at your bank or at a bureau de change. there are also websites that you can use. Civitatis has an agreement with Ria Currency Exchange, and you can get a discount by using the code 'civitatis'.
Changing Money When You're There
If you prefer to change your money when you're in San Francisco, you can do so in banks and bureau de change offices. We recommend checking the exchange rates and the commission before changing your money.
The exchange rate is: US$ 1