Boston Quick Facts
Boston is located within the Eastern Time Zone (EDT). Standard time zone UTC/ GMT -5 hours. Daylight Savings time +1 hour.
The United States uses 120V wattage and accepts two-prong (NEMA 1-15/Japanese 2-pin)and three-prong (NEMA 5-15).
English is the primary language in the United States.
The legal tender in Boston is the US Dollar. For the latest exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMS) can be found throughout the city and airports
Country & Area Code
United States' country code is + 1 and Boston's area code is 617
Boston in June is quite comfortable, with sunshine 60-65% of the time with highs of 77°F to lows of 65°F (18.3-75°C).
It is customary to tip in the United States. Please read the following tipping recommendations:
- Restaurants with Table Service
Tip 15% of the bill, based on the quality of service. If you receive exceptional service, 15-25% is customary. Unlike many countries, service is usually not included in the bill with the exception of large parties (typically six or more people). If you're with a large party, be sure to check your bill just in case. 15% - 20% is often automatically charged for a large party (six or more). If the tip is included, the breakdown of the bill will read "gratuity", which means that a tip is already included. As always, if you feel you did not receive 15% service, inform the management before paying your bill and have it adjusted to the adequate amount.
- Taxi Driver
10-15% of fare, based on service.
- Hotel Housekeeper
$2 per day left at the end of you stay in the hotel room is common.
Call 911 for all emergencies, police, fire and medical.