Almost all of you have experienced the experience of going through
notes at the end of a meal on the road or looking for a change in the back of a
Tipping customs appear to vary greatly across the world - what is
regarded as an acknowledgment of appreciation in one country may offend the
more subtle cultural sensibilities of another.
To help steer you through the quagmire of uncertainty and doubt
that gratuities can throw up, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to tipping
around the world.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that tipping customs are
constantly evolving, especially today due to mass tourism. Nonetheless, this
guide is intended to alleviate some confusion and ambiguity surrounding tips
throughout your travels - from restaurants to bars, to hotels and taxis -
regardless of where you are.
Do not worry if you are still unsure after reading this guide, you
will find notes with information specific to your destination.
Therefore, below we have wrapped up a complete guide about everything
you need to know about tipping in different countries.
Many popular countries are located in Europe, so it is a must for
you to have enough knowledge of the tipping culture in these countries.
Restaurant tipping customs in Europe are often misunderstood by
travelers from other countries, particularly Americans, who tend to bring their
own generous tipping practices to places where they are not required.
As a result of an EU law, gratuities are standardized and
accommodated within its borders. As a result, you are not required to leave
large tips after even the most extravagant meals, i.e. 15% and upwards, if the
gratuity is already included in the bill.
France, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland,
Portugal, and the United Kingdom charge a service charge on their bills. In the
absence of a service charge, something between 5% and 10% should be added to
the bill. Of course, if the service was poor, you can always leave the
restaurant without any tip.
In some countries, such as Austria, Italy, and Russia, waiters or
waitresses do not normally charge a service charge or expect a tip. However,
rounding up the bill is more common because wages in the hospitality field are
There is a word on the bill called "corperto" which
refers to a cover charge. This cover charge does not necessarily apply to the
tip you give to the wait staff, so if you wish to give a gratuity, give it to
them with cash.
As a general rule, tipping is not expected in European bars unless
you are feeling exceptionally generous. If you wish to round up the bill, feel
free to do so. Tipping in London pubs and pubs of other cities in the UK can be
a mystery for visitors, but it is not expected.
If you are riding high on the fact that Britain is known for its
traditional British pubs, it is your duty to offer a drink to the bartender as
you say, "and one for you too." It does not matter if you follow this
up with a good-natured "Guv'nor."
Tipping hotel staff is a European practice that is largely the
same as tipping in the United States. Tipping housekeeping is a much less
common practice in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and
Hungary. You should tip porters between 1 and 2 euros and housekeeping staff
between 2 and 5 euros.
Balkan and eastern European countries generally have fewer strict
requirements than western nations. There is no standard tipping amount in
Russian hotels, however, hotel staff is used to receiving well over 100 rubles
per day for porters and 100 to 250 rubles per day for housekeepers.
If you are staying in expensive Scandinavia or Iceland, you will
not need to tip the staff as service fees are already included in their salary.
However, if you are staying in Switzerland, a small tip of approximately 5 to
10 Swiss francs will be greatly appreciated even though you are not expected
In the event that guests have received exceptional service during
their stay, they might wish to consider leaving a tip on the dining room table
if the restaurant has taken good care of them.
It is customary to tip drivers and guides differently in almost
every country in Europe. In countries of the Central and Eastern European
region, you can tip between 10% and 15% per day, depending on how much you
enjoyed the tour.
As a general rule, in countries throughout Western Europe like
France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom, the guides and drivers receive
tips that range between 25 and 40 euros or equivalent local currency each day,
with the guide even receiving a tip of up to 15 euros. In Russia, the guides
and drivers typically receive tips of 3000 to 2500 rubles each.
The tipping of the guides for group tours typically ranges from 60
to 100 Lira per day, whereas the tipping of the drivers for private cars is
typically between 200 and 300 Lira per day, and the tipping of tour guides for
private tours usually reaches around 450 Lira per day.
The practice of tipping tour guides and drivers is not generally
recognized, but if you feel it is appropriate to do so, offering both guides a
tip of 10% will be a nice gesture to thank them for their hard work.
Alternatively, you can buy either of the lunch, if you feel that this is more
Generally, tipping is uncomplicated in Europe Most taxi drivers do
not expect tips, but rounding up is frequent nonetheless. In France, Russia,
and Switzerland, taxi drivers usually appreciate a 10 to 15% tip after they
have provided their services, whereas, in Scandinavia and Iceland, tipping is
Below we have talked about American nations and their tipping
Restaurants and bars
In the United States and Canada, the majority of restaurants and
bars do not charge service charges, which means tipping is pretty much expected
- around 15% to 20% of the total bill is about standard, unless the food was
unattractive or the service was exceptionally poor. In bars, tipping is about
$1 per drink.
There is a tendency to include service charges on the bill in
countries of Central and South America such as Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina,
and Peru. However, if you would like to tip your waiter directly, 10 to 15
percent is a reasonable amount in local currency or US dollars.
Several countries, such as Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and many
others, automatically include a tip of 10% on the bill, so a tip isn't
required. However, you may choose to leave a tip of approximately 5% if you
You should not tip your waiter or waitress at a bar in these
countries but if you want to round up the bill you may do so.
Generally, you should tip 15-20% in Caribbean restaurants if the
gratuity isn't already included in the bill. If it wasn't already included in
the bill, simply round the amount up before purchasing.
Most hotel staff in the United States and Canada receive tips for
their services. Hotel housekeeping employees receive an average of $3-$5 per
day, while porters receive $1 per bag as a tip.
If you stay in a hotel in Central and South America, you may
choose to tip slightly less than US dollars. If you tip a porter, for example,
in Costa Rica or Mexico, you normally tip $1 per bag. If you tip housekeeping,
you could tip $1 to $2 per day.
There are many rural haciendas in South America that are popular
accommodations. These properties are typically staffed with a family who
prepares food, cleans the house, and looks after the garden during your stay.
They would appreciate it if you would leave a tip of $10 to $15
per person in your local currency at the conclusion of your stay at the hotel.
In the United States, Canada, and Colombia, tipping etiquette is
almost identical. A tour guide will normally receive $10 to $20 per day in
local currency, and a driver will generally receive about $10 to $15 per day.
In Europe, tips are given to both the guide and the driver.
For tour guides in Central and South America, a typical day's tip
ranges from $5 to $10, or the equivalent in local currency. However, for
drivers, half of the tip is customary.
Among the South American countries, only Brazil and Colombia are
exempt from this tipping rule. The Brazilian tourism industry is heavily
dependent on tips, and large tips are appreciated by employees.
If you are on a tour, you should tip your guide between 100 and
200 reals per day, and if you are a passenger, perhaps a lot less because
Brazilians are practical about business and don't make their generosity
If you take a Caribbean bus tour, you may have the opportunity to
explore many different locations on the island you are visiting. If you do take
a Caribbean bus tour, remember to tip the driver if you so desire.
Private tour guides are expected to receive an average tip of $20
a day, whereas drivers are expected to receive an average tip of $10 per day.
For short distances, taxi drivers are expected to receive tips in
the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You can also give him a couple of
dollars if you are only traveling short distances
Tipping expectations for taxi rides in Central and South America
can be divided into two categories: -If you have bargained or pre-arranged the
fare with the driver before getting in the taxi, you should not tip unless
there is a strong relationship between the two of you. The rounding up of your
fare at the end of a trip is highly recommended.
Remember this important
Whatever country and continent you are going to for a vacation,
keep in mind that it would be best to tip in their local currency.
Tipping in Dollars or Euros may be considered offensive in some
nations, and if not, they would have trouble changing the money to their local
Tipping in different countries where we are not aware of their
tipping culture may be kind of a tough job. Because if it is not correctly
done, it can lead to major misunderstandings.
we have gathered the most important things you must be knowing about tipping
before you travel to different countries in Europe and the US.