Richmond Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Richmond, Virginia - VA, USA)

Residents of Richmond welcome visitors to come and enjoy city life, together with Richmond's historical attractions, leafy parks and buzzing dining and shopping options. With its close proximity to the capital, Richmond can be easily accessed.

Tourists are well catered for in Richmond, with a good tourist infrastructure and plentiful visitor resources on-hand. Visitors to Richmond are recommended to make a trip to the Richmond Visitor Center in order to pick up handy travel tips, free brochures and other useful city information.

Tourism and Tourist Information

The city has several tourist information offices where you can find free information and travel tips. First-time visitors to Richmond can obtain maps, guide books and details of events and logistics at these visitor centers, while many of the larger hotels also offer valuable advice, travel tips and free information on Richmond's attractions and events. If you are looking to obtain information prior to your arrival, the Internet offers listings of events and comprehensive travel guides to Richmond.

Richmond Visitor Center
Address: 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, Virginia VA, USA
Tel: +1 804 782 2777
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 19:00, seasonal variations apply


Over 300 languages are spoken in the USA, including over 170 that are indigenous to the area with the most commonly spoken language being English. Many different nationalities are well represented in the state of Virginia, in the city of Richmond and throughout America.


There are literally hundreds of languages spoken all over the United States of America. The most common language in Richmond, Virginia and throughout America is English.


Prior to your arrival in Richmond, be sure to check with your nearest consulate or embassy to find out if you need a visa for travel to Richmond and the USA. Visa applications should be made well in advance.


A range of categories for non-immigrant visas are available for those intending to work in Richmond and the USA temporarily. Working without a visa is against the law in America and penalties can be harsh. Those intending to work in Richmond should apply for the working visa in their home country, together with basic paperwork from their prospective Richmond employer.


Currency in circulation today in Richmond, Virginia, is typical of the United States of America. The American dollar is the official currency of the USA and is also referred to as a 'buck'. Dollar bank notes in Richmond are generally called bills, in denominations of $1, $2 (unusual), $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. The dollar is divided into 100 cents and coins in Richmond come in denominations of 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime) and 25 cents (quarter) and a 1 dollar coin.


Tipping is commonplace throughout Richmond and often necessary, unless the service or food has been unacceptable. Restaurant staff in Richmond expect to be tipped around 10 or 20 percent, as do the region's taxi drivers. Bars in Richmond appreciate some kind of gratuity and many feature special tips jars on the counter. Hotel staff in Richmond also expect to be tipped, which may be a dollar or more.


When eating out at Richmond's many restaurants, you will find that most operate a 'no smoking' policy. Smoking is also no longer allowed on all public transportation options in Richmond.