APH Compares Rules on Tipping Abroad

A recent study, published by UK-based International Currency Exchange (November 2013), found that 40% of British travellers admitted they found tipping awkward and almost one in three confessed they did not know how much to tip in a destination. In order to help UK travellers understand the different “rules” when tipping abroad, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has compiled a comprehensive guide highlighting the relevant local customs.

COUNTRY GENERAL ATTITUDE           TIP                                  OTHER RULES                       
Australia Tipping is not expected anywhere but welcomed 10% for good service in expensive restaurants but not compulsory. More if service is exemplary
Larger groups in restaurants may also be advised that an added service charge is mandatory, but this is not the norm
Hotels

  • No need to tip in hotels

Taxis

  • In taxis there is no need to tip, but rounding up to the nearest dollar or so is often the norm

Bars

  • In bars there is no need to tip, but rounding up to the nearest dollar or so is often the norm
Brazil Tipping is not expected anywhere but welcomed 10% is added to most bills in restaurants and bars. This is not compulsory but is usually paid unless there is a good reason not to Hotels

  • Bellhop: R$5.00 (£1.28*) – R$10.00 (£2.57) is appreciated.
  • Chambermaid: R$5.00 (£1.28) per day

Taxis

  • Common taxis (yellow in Rio de Janeiro and white in São Paulo) run on a taxi meter and the fee is usually rounded up to the nearest R$
  • No other tip is required or expected
  • To/From the airport, a taxi may apply a R$3.00 (£0.77) per case charge on top of the fare
Canada Tipping is expected 15% on the total bill before tax, 20% for exceptional service
Many restaurants may charge an automatic 15% or more gratuity for larger groups (usually eight or more)
10% minimum is common for other service providers such as hairdressers, manicurists, aestheticians and taxi drivers
Hotels

  • Hotel staff will expect to receive a tip including luggage staff, valet service, hotel room attendant and hotel concierge (e.g., when securing tickets, it is the usual practice to leave a tip)

Other

  • Tip jars are sometimes on the counter of coffee shops, ice cream shops, cafeterias and even in some retail stores. It is not necessary to tip for counter service or to tip the clerk in retail stores
China Generally, no one tips in China N/A Other

  • The only exception to the tipping law is: Group tour guides catering to foreigners frequently depend on tip income. Consider this to be around 12.11 CYN (£1.22) for a trip
  • Since tipping is not a part of the culture, most establishments actually have a strict no-tipping policy
  • Offering a gratuity may be considered impolite in certain quarters as it can be taken to imply that one’s work is undervalued by the employer
Croatia Tip is generally included in the bill, so tipping is not necessary 10-15% for a larger group or excellent service Hotels
For excellent service, a recommended amount is:

  • Maids: 15.00 (£1.63) kunas per night
  • Porter: 10.00 (£1.09) – 20.00 (£2.18) kunas per bag
  • Concierge: 15.00 (£1.63) – 25.00 (£2.72) kunas

Other

  • Tour Guides are generally tipped 10.00 (£1.09) – 15.00 (£1.63) kunas per person
Dubai Tipping is mandatory in many places as Dubai’s government add a service charge to all bills at hotels, restaurants, and bars 10% mandatory charge
  • It is accepted to add a few extra dirhams to the mandatory charge

 

Taxis

  • Don’t expect a tip but rounding up to the 5.00 (£0.83) dirham note is good practice

Other

  • Parking valets and porters: 10 dirhams (£1.66)
France Tipping is expected for good service
In restaurants this is in addition to the mandatory service charge which is included in the bill. This service charge is required by French law as tips are assessed for taxation purposes
15% mandatory service charge
The charge is clearly highlighted on the check, on top of the VAT tax. The words service compris (tip included) indicate that the tip has already been included in the total to be paid
Note that the prices rated on the menus are all-inclusive: they include both the 15 percent tip and the sales tax
Hotels
Good service is expected to be tipped:

  • Porters: €0.50 (£0.42)- €1.00 (£0.84) per bag
  • Housekeepers: €1.00 (£0.84) – €1.50 (£1.26)
  • Concierge €8.00 (£6.65) – €20.00 (£16.63)

Restaurants

  • Tipping the waiter an additional 10% on top of the mandatory service charge is welcome in return for very good service in a restaurant

Taxis

  • 10%

Bars

  • €1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66) for very good service at a bar or cafe leave as a tip

Other

  • Tour Guides: €2.00 (£1.66) – €5.00 (£4.16)
  • Bus Drivers: € 1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66)
Germany Tipping is expected for some services 5%-10%
Service and VAT are often included in the menu price in restaurants, bars, etc. It is typical to “round up” the amount to some more-or-less round figure. A rule of thumb is to add 5%-10%, generally ending with a full Euro amount
Hotels
In Germany tipping is expected in hotels if good service is received:

  • Porters: €1.00 (£0.84) – €3.00 (£2.49) per bag
  • Housekeeper: €3.00 (£2.49) – €5.00 (£4.16)
  • Concierge: €10.00 (£8.31) – €20.00 (£16.63)
Greece Tipping is expected for good service but not mandatory 5%-10% Hotels
Customary to tip:

  • Porters: €1.00 (£0.84) per bag
  • Housekeeper: €1.00 (£0.84) per day
  • Concierge: a few Euros if excellent service is provided

Taxis

  • At customers discretion but may be expected in some tourist-heavy areas. It is best to round-up the fare, or leave between 5% and 10%

Other

  • For group tours: €2.00 (£1.66) – €5.00 (£4.16) per person, per day
  • For private tours, €20.00 (£16.63) per person, per day
Hong Kong Tipping is not expected but welcomed 10% service charge is usually already included in most restaurants, unless specified NO service charge. It would be correct to leave more if particularly happy with the service and none if not happy at all
Hotels and fine dining restaurants sometimes charge 15% as service charge, especially for large groups of over 10 guests
Hotels

  • For bellboys: $2.00 (£0.16) – $3.00 (£0.24) per piece of luggage carried

Taxis

  • Taxi drivers will usually round up to the nearest dollar amount as a tip to himself
India Tipping is not expected anywhere but welcomed 10% if not already included for restaurants Hotels

  • It is customary to tip service providers at hotels
  • Also provide a small tip for bellboys or anyone who carries bags. 20.00 (£0.20) – 50.00 (£0.49) rupees per bag is sufficient

Taxi

  • It is unlawful to charge more than the fare in India so the easiest thing to do is round up

Other

  • Tour Guides: 100 (£0.98) to 300 (£2.93) rupees (per day)
Italy Tipping is not expected but welcomed 5 – 15% depending on establishment but check is not already included Hotels

  • Not required but appreciated: Porter: €5.00 (£4.16)
  • Housekeeper: €0.75 (£0.62) – €1.50 (£1.25)
Irish Republic Tipping is not expected but welcomed 10%
Some restaurants already add a ‘Service Charge’ on to the bill (usually 12.5%). Visitors should ask if there is a service charge. If this service charge is added there is no need to add an additional tip
Hotels
Guests are not expected to tip, but generally:

  • Porter: €1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66) per bag
  • Housekeeper: €1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66) per-night

Restaurants

  • Some restaurants add an automatic service charge to parties over a certain size usually six and up

Taxi

  • Tipping taxi drivers is not required. However, most people will round-up to the nearest Euro
  • Tip more if the taxi driver is extra helpful or informative
Japan Tipping is generally not accepted or expected in Japan N/A Hotels:

  • Don’t tip in Japanese hotels except for Ryokan (traditional inns)
  • In Ryokan the tipping etiquette is to leave a small tip in an envelope, for example Y1000 (£5.86)
Kenya Tipping is expected for most facilities and services 10% Hotels:

  • Workers at Kenyan hotels should be tipped as follows:
  • Porter: 50 (£0.35) to 200 (£1.40) shillings
  • Housekeeper: 200 (£1.40) to 500 (£3.50) shillings per week (leaving a tip at the beginning of your stay can be beneficial in order to prove what people can expect generosity)

Taxis:

  • Tipping not expected, however any tip will be greatly appreciated
  • Round up to the nearest 100 (£0.70) shillings or if driver especially helpful, consider leaving round 100 shillings

Bars

  • 30 (£0.21) to 50 (£0.35) shillings per round of drinks
  • For a tab up to 10% of total
Madagascar Tipping is expected for most facilities and services 10%
Sometimes service charge is already added in which case no need to tip
Hotels

  • Porter: 2000Ar (£0.54) per bag
  • Housekeeping: 2000Ar (£0.54) per day

Taxi

  • Not required, but most customers usually round-up to nearest 1000Ar (£0.27)
Mauritius Discretionary but usual 10% – 15%, which is not required but generally given for good service
Sometimes this is already included
Hotels

  • Tip staff members in cash and the amount mostly depends on the type of hotel
  • Porters: a few rupees per bag
  • Housekeeping: 100 (£1.97) rupees every few days

Taxi

  • 100 (£1.97) – 200 (3.99) rupees
Morocco Tipping is not expected anywhere but welcomed 10% – 15% Hotels

  • Porter: 10 (£0.74) -20 £1.40) dirham
  • Maids: 20 (£1.40) dirham per day or 100 (£7.41) for the week

Taxis

  • Round-up to nearest interval
New Zealand Tipping is not expected anywhere but welcomed 10%
Check if there is a service charge or group charge on the bill first.
Hotels

  • Porter: $1.00 (£0.51)) -$2.00 (£1.02) for each bag carried.
  • Room Service: $1.00 (£0.51) – $5.00 (£2.51)
  • Housekeepers: $1.00 (£0.51) – $5.00 (£2.51) per day
  • Concierge: $10.00 (£5.05) – $15.00 (£7.51) is appropriate

Taxis

  • Not typical but simply leave change
Netherlands Tipping is not expected anywhere 5% to 10% except when the service is bad Taxis

  • Not common to tip, but customers often round-up the bill, or leave €1.00 (£0.84) or €2.00 (£1.66) for really good service
Oman Tipping is not expected but welcomed 5% – 10% for exceptional service
In some hotels and restaurants a 15% service charge is already added to the bill
Hotels

  • 10% in international hotels
Portugal Tipping is expected in tourist heavy areas but not in the rest of the country 10% Hotels
Only for exceptional service:

  • Bellman: €1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66) per bag
  • Maid: €1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66) per night for the maid will be sufficient

Taxis

  • Round-up fare, but not necessary
Russia Tipping is expected for most facilities and services 10% – 15% Hotels

  • Porter: 30 (£0.55) and 90 (£1.65) Rubles for each bag.
  • Housekeeper: between 60 (£1.10)and 120 (£2.20) Rubles per day
  • Concierge 300 (£5.50) Rubles if he provides extra service.

Taxis

  • Round up the fare or tip no more than 10%
Singapore Tipping isn’t encouraged 10%
Sometimes this is added non-compulsorily to the bill in a restaurant
Hotels

  • Tipping isn’t customary and discouraged, except: Bellhops: 1SIN (£0.48) – 2SIN (£0.99) per bag
Spain Tipping is expected for most facilities and services 10%
Tip in addition to service charge
Hotels

  • Concierge: €5.00 (£4.16) – €10.00 (£8.32) Housekeeper: €2.00 (£1.66) – €5.00 (£4.16) per day
  • Bellhops: €1.00 (£0.84) – €2.00 (£1.66) per bag

Taxis

  • 10% or round-up
Thailand Tipping is not customary but always welcomed 5%-10% Hotels

  • Porter: 20 (£0.37) to 50 (£0.92) baht
Turkey Tipping is expected for most facilities and services 5%10% Hotels

  • Porters: 4 (£1.12) – 5 (£1.40) Lira per bag
  • Room Service: 4 (£1.12) – 5 (£1.40) Lira per day
  • Concierge: 15 (£4.20) Lira
USA Tipping is an important part of the American culture The tip is always calculated as a percentage of the bill, not including tax. It usually follows the below rules:
10% if you were unsatisfied
15% for average service
20% for excellent service
25% for outstanding service.
Hotels

  • Bellhops: $1.00 (£0.61) – $5.00 (£3.05)
  • Housekeeper: $2.00 (£1.22) – $5.00 (£3.05) everyday
  • Concierge: $5.00 (£3.05) – $10.00 (£6.05)

Restaurants

  • You should always tip in restaurants in the United States according to the rules on the left

Taxis

  • 10%-15%

Bars

  • At least tip $1.00 (£0.61) or $2.00 (£1.22) per drink
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