Your Guide For “Tipping” Around The World

You are not sure how to express your appreciation for the service you just received in the foreign country you are travelling around? It’s a decision every traveler has faced when calling a taxi or being served at a restaurant in a foreign country – who should you tip and how generous should you be? Don’t wait until you have ordered your meal to figure out whether or not you should leave a tip. Instead, do a little research beforehand – here’s what you need to know about tipping in Europe and beyond.


We can all agree that gratuities around the globe can be tricky and a real head-scratcher. While tipping is considered customary and required in some countries, it is not expected in others. Tipping etiquette varies by country, by region, and by scenario. Not being aware of the tipping rules in different countries can lead to making big mistakes when it’s time to show appreciation for good service, and a misstep could mean an angry glance, an embarrassing situation, or even accidentally offending someone. A little bit of research ahead of your trip will be very helpful when it comes to knowing whether or not your destination expects a gratuity in return for services.


The Middle East

Dubai


In Dubai, a 10% service charge is typical to all bills at hotels, restaurants, and bars. Anyway, feel free to top it off with a few dirhams.


Egypt


In most places, the tip is already included in the bill. It is a good idea to add an additional 5-10% gratuity on top of the tip that is already on the bill. Dollars are often preferred to local currency.


Asia

China


The rule in China is no tipping whatsoever. Tipping has never been a thing in China, and it can even be considered offensive. However exceptional the service you receive is, you don’t leave a tip.


Japan


In most places, the Japanese keep it simple – don’t tip whether you’re at a restaurant, bar or a hotel. While it’s mostly a non-tipping society, providers of some services may appreciate a tip. Receiving yens is preferred.


South Korea


Tips are never expected from tourists, especially in restaurants. Hotel porters, however, usually accept the usual $1 per bag.


India


Double check before tipping as many places already include a 10% service charge. At more modest spots, a few rupees will be sufficient. Dollars are not preferred. Also, keep an eye for tipping boxes in hotels. This way you can tip the staff for their service without having to go after individuals.


Vietnam


Whether you’re dining in a luxurious restaurant or simply grabbing a cup of coffee, be prepared to tip. You should leave a 5-10% tip, preferably in cash.


Thailand


A tip is usually not expected in restaurants in Thailand. However, it is customary to leave a few baht on the table. That being said, tips are always appreciated and happily accepted.


Europe

Czech Republic


In most places, there is usually a service charge included but just in case, scan the bill to check. If there isn’t, you should leave a tip between 10 and 15%. If there is, you can still consider tipping on top of it as when it comes to good service, Czechs definitely have it.


France


The words service compris ,which appear on most restaurant bills, mean that the price already includes tax and tips so a tip is not required. However, most locals round up a little on the bill or leave an additional tip up to 15%. It is preferred that the tip is in cash and left on the table.


Germany


From restaurants to hotel housekeeping, tipping in Germany is considered customary unless the service was poor. Don’t leave change on the table, but instead give the tip to the waiter directly. Dollars are accepted, but euros are preferred.


Italy


Before you tip, scan the bill to check if you have already been charged for service normally listed as coperto, meaning a cover charge. If not, leaving a few euros on the table is considered generous, but no more than 10% of the total. However, when cruising down the canals, tipping gondoliers isn’t considered customary. When tipping, euros are preferred.


Spain


Service charge is typically included in restaurant bills in Spain, and there is no need to leave additional tip. However, if the service is particularly good or you’re feeling generous, you can either round up the bill to the nearest euro, or leave up to 5% tip, preferably in cash.

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Portugal


You might think that tipping etiquette in most European countries doesn’t vary greatly, but the tipping rules in Portugal prove you wrong. When tipping in Portugal, a little bit more cash is required so make sure to have a few extra euros in your pocket.


United Kingdom


In most parts of the country, a service charge is often included, but if not, then a tip is expected. You can leave a 10-15% tip or feel free to simply round up to the nearest pound. Sometimes you will see an ‘optional’ charge added to the bill; if you accept it, then a tip is not required. Also, tipping in a pub is not considered customary.


This guide of tipping rules in different countries will come in handy next time you set off for your trip, and your tipping efforts will be much appreciated wherever your travels take you.