The most common bills are the $1 (a "buck"), $5, $10, and $20 denominations. There are also $2 bills (seldom encountered), $50 bills, and $100 bills (the last two are usually not welcome as payment for small purchases).

Coins come in seven denominations: 1¢ (1 cent, or a penny); 5¢ (5 cents, or a nickel); 10¢ (10 cents, or a dime); 25¢ (25 cents, or a quarter); 50¢ (50 cents, or a half-dollar); the gold-colored Sacagawea coin, worth $1; and the rare silver dollar.

What Things Cost in Austin (in US$)


Taxi from the airport to downtown 20.00

Double at the Four Seasons (very expensive) 380.00

Double at the Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake (moderate) 159.00

Double at the Austin Motel (inexpensive) 90.00

Lunch for one at the Roaring Fork (expensive) 17.00

Lunch for one at Shady Grove (inexpensive) 8.00

Dinner for one, without drinks, at Jeffrey's (very expensive) 72.00

Dinner for one, without drinks, at Vivo (moderate) 18.00

Dinner for one, without drinks, at the Iron Works (inexpensive) 9.00

Soft drink at restaurant 1.50


Cup of espresso 3.50

Admission to Texas State History Museum 5.00

Roll of ASA 100 Kodacolor film, 36 exposures 7.50

Movie ticket 9.00

Austin Symphony ticket 30.00

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.