Washington - CurrencyATMs are available in many parts of Washington - ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Washington.
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Washington - Notes and Coins
Airports have exchange bureaus, but you can find much better rates in many of the banks throughout the city.
The majority of businesses accept nearly every form of payment: cash, credit/debit cards, and travelerâ€™s checks. Because Washington is an important location for many different countries, if you carry all three payments methods with you, there is a very low chance of being turned down.
Travelerâ€™s checks provide a good measure of safety and act similarly to cash in the United States. If they are stolen, they are easily replaced. Make sure to keep a record of the check numbers, as it will be necessary should the checks get stolen or misplaced. Keep this record away from the actual checks to keep them safe. It is also a good idea to obtain the checks in US dollars (US$), as well as getting them in large enough denominations in order to avoid service fees.
Bank operating hours can vary from bank to bank, but on average they are open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. On Saturday they typically open at 9:00am and close at 12:00pm and are closed on Sundays.
However, many banks offer 24-hour ATM service that are affiliated with numerous networks. You may be charged a small fee by using these ATMs (often $2).
Bank of America - (202) 624-4800 - 4201 Connecticut Ave Nw, Washington, DC
Provident Bank - (202) 333-6163 - 1055 Thomas Jefferson St Nw, Washington, DC
Suntrust Bank - Dupont Circle ATM - (800) 786-8787 - 1369 Connecticut Ave Nw, Washington, DC
Bank of America - (202) 624-4565 - 722 H St Ne, Washington, DC
Bank of America - (202) 624-5110 - 1801 K St Nw, Washington, DC
Bank of America - (202) 624-5012 - 1090 Vermont Ave Nw, Washington, DC
Bank of America - (202) 624-4370 - 3 Dupont Cir Nw, Washington, DC
Bank of America - (202) 624-4253 - 1501 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC