Important Phone Numbers
AAA Emergency Road Service 214-528-7481
Dallas Area Rapid Transit 214-979-1111
(This is the public transit authority for Dallas providing bus, light rail, Para transit, HOV lanes and van pool services for the area).
Dallas Tourist Information 214-571-1300
Dallas Police Department 214-670-3011
Emergency (Ambulance/Fire/Police) 911
Dallas Events Hotline 214-670-3011 (English/Spanish)
National Weather Service 214-787-1111
Road Travel Information for Texas 800-452-9292
Telephone Directory Assistance 1-411
Dallas City sales tax is 8.25%. This tax is added to most goods and services, including dining.
Texas Driver’s speed limit is 60 MPH on rural interstates and 70 MPH on freeways, unless specified lower in special zones.
Texas has a seat belt law which states that all front seat passengers must wear a safety belt or chance a $200 fine.
The custom of tipping is a common practice in Dallas: 15% to 20% for waiters; 10% to 15% for taxi drivers; $1 per bag for bellpersons. Occasionally gratuities are automatically added to restaurant checks, but not usually.
Dress for Dallas
Clothing styles in Dallas are as varied as any other major city in the world. Styles of dress ranging from comfortable and casual to elegant and stylish will be seen in all parts of the city. Air conditioning is a way of life during Texas summers, making all clothing comfortable indoors.
General Business Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stores: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.