Information & Facts
The weather in Dallas/Fort Worth is generally warm throughout
the year, with temperatures of up to 67°F (19°C) possible even in
the midst of winter. Temperatures in January, though, usually
average 43°F (6°C). Summers can be extremely hot. Severe weather is
possible because the cities are sited between the notorious
'tornado alley' and the meteorologically turbulent Gulf coast, so
lightning storms, hail, floods and tornados can occur, especially
during spring when the rainfall is heaviest.
Dallas and Fort Worth are connected by Greyhound buses as well
as by an express commuter train service. A car used to be the only
way to see both cities, but recent improvements to the public
transport system, especially in Dallas, have meant that it is now
possible to get around the main downtown area, hotels and
restaurants without one. In Dallas, though, a car is still more
convenient as the city is very spread out, but Fort Worth is easily
manageable without. Dallas is serviced by buses and a limited light
railway system, and there is also an electric trolley bus, as well
as the free McKinney Avenue Trolley. Fort Worth is serviced by a
fairly extensive bus system as well as the Longhorn Trolley that
travels between the major districts of interest to tourists. Taxis
are available for hire in both.
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.