Information & Facts
St Louis has moderate, seasonal weather, but storms can occur at
any time of the year. July and August are the hottest and most
humid months of the year, and January and February are cold,
usually with snow. Winter temperatures range from below 32°F to
55°F (0°C to 13°C), while summers have daily temperatures of
between 57°F to 90°F (14°C to 32°C).
The pride of St Louis is the city's clean, efficient light rail
system, called the MetroLink, which is regarded as one of the best
mass transit systems in the United States. Using the MetroLink
visitors can see most of St Louis' attractions without a car. The
system's zone covers the airport and East St Louis, stretching for
34 miles (55km) through downtown, trains stopping at 27 stations in
Missouri and Illinois where the line ends at suburban Belleville.
Fares are exceedingly cheap and rides are free between Laclede's
Landing and Union Station weekdays from 10am to 3pm. Shuttle
services carry visitors from some MetroLink stations to nearby
attractions. St Louis is also served by the MetroBus network, which
covers not only the city but also most of the county, buses run to
schedule from 4am to 2am. There are taxi ranks near most major
hotels and attractions in the city, or cabs can be ordered from
various companies. Those who opt for self-driving will find the
city easy to navigate, the downtown streets laid out on a grid
pattern and the city being served by a good network of highways.
There is abundant parking in high-rise garages.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.