Information & Facts
Richmond has a pleasant climate with four distinct seasons.
Spring arrives in April with mild days and cool nights, and late
May heralds the start of warm summer days. Summers can be hot and
humid, and the days are dampened by gentle showers of rain. July is
the wettest month. Days stay warm to mild through to October, when
fall is marked by nights once again becoming very chilly. December
and January are the coldest months. Light snowfalls occur from the
end of November, but most snow falls in January. Average yearly
snowfall is 14 inches (36cm).
The Greater Richmond Transit Company runs the public bus system
that serves the Richmond metropolitan area with a basic fare that
is only accepted in exact change. The bus service runs daily from
5am to midnight. On weekends between June and September a motorised
shuttle service connects all the city's cultural attractions for
the benefit of tourists. Orange buses travel from Chimborazo Park
across to the Science Museum of Virginia, stopping at all the
attractions in between. The Blue line buses continue from the
science museum to Maymount. The fare is standard and passengers can
hop on and off as they choose. Richmond is well supplied with more
than 40 taxi companies, with cab ranks outside most hotels, the
airport, Amtrak and the Greyhound terminal. The city also offers
plenty of walking tours and is relatively compact and easy to
negotiate on foot. It is worth hiring a car to explore the outlying
regions, but not entirely necessary if staying in town, although
traffic is usually fairly light and parking relatively easy to
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.