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$$ Price Ranges?

What price range do the $ signs represent for accommodations or eating? Janet

Posted by
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They don't use $ in Scotland, they use pounds (symbol: £, banker's abbreviation: GBP).
You will see prices in Scotland listed in £.
Nobody (not hotels nor restaurants) will accept $ of any kind.

Some hotel websites annoyingly translate prices into the currency of the location you are in. If you see a price in "$" on a website, it is in whatever $ are applicable where you are.

Posted by
5011 posts

OP is probably referring to the price codes shown alongside accommodations and restaurants in the Rick Steves books.

Look at the "key" on the inside cover of your book - it should list what the approximate costs are for each code there. Note that you will see "dollar signs" (eg: $, $$, $$$, etc.) but the meaning of these are shown in local currency (euros, pounds, etc.) because of course the prices won't be in US dollars. The price code is meant as a rough guideline, intended to give you some sense of how high/low the prices are, but it's not an exact science, more of a general range of what to expect pricewise.

Hope that helps.

Posted by
4303 posts

There's no definitive answer. A $ will be in the cheapest range whilst $$$$ will be very expensive however it's all relative. $$$$ will be quite different in Portugal than it will be in Switzerland so you will need to have at least some experience of average prices in a particular location in order to gauge what the price indication is likely to be.

Some guide books will provide a rough range of prices however these can often become redundant pretty quickly but the $, $$, $$$, $$$$ system is pretty self explanatory and should provide enough guidance to base your decisions upon.

Posted by
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Thank you. I will look in the guidebook for the price range. I looked but didn't see it the first time.
I do realize they use pounds in Scotland and not dollars. :)

Posted by
3043 posts

You can always pick a few restaurants of differing symbols and look up their menus online to get an idea of actual price.