Tipping Research: How much tip is given in European taxis?

Every day we at taxi2airport receive the questions: Should I tip? And if so, how much should I tip tip? As we operate in so many countries, the answer is different for each country. Therefore we carried out research in 37 European countries to chart the ‘tipping behavior’ of Europeans. Per country, at least 60 taxi drivers were asked to keep track of the tips given in the period from February 2018 to September 2018.

In total, tens of thousands of trips were analyzed. From this analysis, a selection was made of similar taxi rides (based on distances to and from the airport) and an equal number of trips per country.

Height of taxi tips in 37 European countries

In euros – Of all the countries surveyed, the British gave the highest tip in the taxi. On average € 7.95 tip (converted) is given in the British taxis. Finns (7.36 euros), Swiss (7.10 euros) and Swedes (7 euros) also give, on average, a high tip to their taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers in Macedonia are least fortunate when it comes to tips from all the countries surveyed. The average tip is the lowest in Macedonia with 99 euro cents. Also in Russia (1.10 euro), Georgia (1.10 euro), Bosnia & Herzegovina (1.25 euro) and Serbia (1.47 euro), taxi drivers get relatively low tips that fluctuate around a euro.

In percentages – When the tips are weighed against the fare, Spanish taxi drivers get the highest percentages (11.44 percent of the fare). Russian drivers, with an average of about 2 percent, receive the lowest tip percentage of all European countries surveyed.

The Netherlands, with the third highest percentage of 10.17 percent, is also well-regarded as a ‘tip paradise’ for taxi drivers.

Research accountability

Taxi2Airport carried out the research in the following countries: United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Norway, Hungary, Luxembourg, Turkey, Estonia, Iceland, Greece, Malta, Ireland, Bulgaria, Czechia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Russia, Macedonia.

60 taxi drivers per country were asked to keep track of the tips given in the period February 2018 through September 2018. In total, tens of thousands of taxi rides to and from the airport were analyzed. 

Activities to do and places to see in Tenerife

The Canary Islands aren’t just basic islands with some great beaches, they have a wide range of things to do and places to visit and explore. Did you know how many stunning things are happening in Tenerife?  If you want to live a whole Canary experience, this is the best island to visit.

Teide National Park

With an elevation of 3.718 m above sea level, Teide is considered the highest mountain peak in Spain. You can get there in many ways and you don’t even have to climb to the top of it to enjoy such wonderful views!

You can get there via Cable Car or also hiking, but you can only get to the Teide Astronomical Observatory (2.390 m.) without permission, due to the Natural Park protections. However, if you’re an adventurous one you can always ask for the permit and wish to be luckily accepted. Another option is accessing there anytime after before 9:00 am or after 17:00 pm.

Puerto de la Cruz Carnival  

One of the most well-known international carnivals around the world and it’s for free! If you’re available in-between the 18th of February and the 10th of March just book your flights right now. Also, don’t forget to book your transportation from the airport to your Hotel since these days are going to be really busy in Tenerife. You can choose wherever you prefer to be picked up: from the South Airport or the North Airport. For sure you’re not going to regret it!

Each year, there’s a theme to go dressed as (this one is Space). We don’t want to spoil your visit there already, just get ready to walk around Puerto’s streets surrounded by amazing costumes and awesome music playing, all for free.

Siam Park

If you feel like not only learning from the Spanish culture but also the Thai one, you can always visit one of the best Thai parks in Europe with all your family and enjoy all the different activities it offers for all ages.

Cueva del Viento 

Don’t you feel like hiking to Teide but you want to explore Tenerife’s nature still? You can always go caving to these caves located in Pico Viejo (another inactive volcano in the island, whose eruption was the creator of these caves. However, you can only access there if you book a tourist guide, but believe us: It’s really worth it! Also, it’s one of the best ways to get an idea of the natural attractions this island offers.

Loro Parque 

If you’re looking for a more exotic experience and you’re longing to a wide variety of animals, then Loro Parque is the place you need to visit. It was initially focused on a parrots Zoo but now you can even see from seeing lions or whales until lions as well as different flowers or trees. Also, if you’re already planning to visit Siam Park you can book both tickets together so you make the most of your experience.

Mercadillos

One of the most traditional activities that now has become such a landmark of this island is its town food markets. There are many of them happening around the island weekly, you can find them rated and scheduled on this website.  Mercadillos will provide you with the most delicious food from the Canary Islands for the best prices.

So if you’re longing to visit one of the most overwhelming and versatile islands in Spain you’ve just come across with the perfect choice.

5 Top Spots for Tapas in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best places to visit in Spain, and it is all about the tapas. The food scene as a whole is fantastic, but the tapas are worth exploring on their own. If you’re visiting Barcelona with kids, then you’ll find that ordering tapas is a great way to allow them to try lots of new dishes. These tiny dishes are usually packed with flavour, and often come complimentary when you order drinks. Some Barcelona restaurants specialize in tapas, so you can try a wide variety. If you’re visiting Barcelona and want to really sink your teeth into the food scene, here are the top tapas spots to try.

Suculent

This modern tapas bar is a hot spot for foodies who like a bit of adventure in their meal. Suculent has a long list of options, and many of them are unique, or a twist on the classics. Mix and match if you want to wrap your mind around the flavours. Guests can choose from three different menu options, which have specific numbers of appetizers, starters, dishes, and desserts. If you only have one thing, make it the grilled bone marrow with steak tartare on top.

Jai-Ca

This spot is for the serious eaters. The tables may be small but the amount of food that comes from the kitchen is impressive. Jai-Ca can be found in the Fisherman’s Quarter of Barcelona, and is known for its seafood tapas. If you’re a fan of fried sea creatures, you won’t want to miss this. Stuff yourself with razor clams, fried squid, steamed mussels, or a spicy bomba, a fried potato ball filled with meat, spices, and vegetables.

La Esquinica

 

It takes a bit of effort to get to La Esquinica, but it’s absolutely worth it. It’s located in the Nou Barris neighbourhood and has ques out the door. The staff will give you a ticket with a number and call you when there’s enough room. While it’s a lot of hustle and bustle, the value and tastes of the tapas make it worth your while. Make sure to try the fried squid, sausage, patatas bravas with aioli, and the stuffed mussels.

Quimet & Quimet

 

This small tapas bar has been passed along to multiple generations of the Quimets. It started off as a wine bar back in 1914, but slowly evolved into the much-loved tapas bar that it is today. While they still have a fantastic wine list, the food has really stolen the show. This spot is known for tin and jar preserves and open-faced sandwiches. Make sure to try the razor clams preserves and the montadito with Brie, artichoke, red pepper, and caviar.

El Rincon del Cava

 

Like the name suggests, this spot is well-known for its Cava (sparkling wine from Catalonia.) This cava bar can be found in the district of Poble Sec, and is considered a bit of a hole-in-the-wall. Both the cava and the tapas are extremely cheap. And, they offer half-sized tapas portions so that you can get to try a wide selection.

If you’re exploring Barcelona, you must try the tapas. East as many as you can and visit as many tapas bars as possible. These small dishes are part of the culture, and they are so cheap and filling that you’ll be satisfied no matter where you go. If you’re interested in food, then here are some other typical Spanish dishes you can enjoy. You can book your taxi from Barcelona airport here.