Money Matters

Bank Hours
Banks in New Orleans are usually open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To avoid long lines, it is best to make use of ATMs, which are located throughout the city.

How Much to Bring
Travelers frequently inquire about how much additional money they will need. While the amount will vary for everyone, we suggest that you consider what is most suitable for your spending habits.

Please take the following into consideration when determining the amount that is most suitable for your spending habits:

  • Do you use credit cards readily or will you need to rely on cash for the majority of your expenses?
  • Do you plan to purchase many souvenirs or gifts?  (Avoid souvenirs that are not made locally. Items such as art, textiles, and ceramics or foodstuffs such as chocolate, candy, oils, etc. are good options. Ask your local guide for recommendations. Please do not purchase items made from endangered animal byproducts.)
  • How many independent meals are in your itinerary?
  • How much will you spend on alcoholic beverages (usually not included with meals)?
  • How much will you need for gratuities (see section below)?

Gratuity and Tipping Guidelines
When you are on your own the following guidelines will be useful:

  • Restaurants: It is customary to leave a 20 percent gratuity for service when dining on your own.
  • Taxis: Taxi drivers expect a 10-15 percent tip.
  • Hotel Staff (if staying at the hotel before or after the tour): $1-$3 for room service, $1 per day for housekeeping, and $1-$2 per bag for porters.

Gratuities for your tour manager, expert, local guides, and drivers are included in the trip price. Please note that the tour manager and expert do not expect and will not accept tips.