Tipping around the world


One of the most commonly asked questions when travelling is whom to tip and how much should I tip my guide and porters. Tipping should always be discretionary and outside of North America should be a reward for good service. Here are the tipping practices in the most travelled countries around the world.

If you have a tour leader, please verify with him/her if tips for auxiliary staff such as bellhops and cleaning staff are taken care of by him/her.

We give prices in US$ as this is normally a more stable currency than local money. Tips are however normally given in local currency (unless there is a very disadvantageous exchange rate and a thriving black market). You can convert the amounts below using a currency converter like this one.

Antarctica & Arctic cruises

Tipping on-board depends on the ship you are on. Some include on board gratuities in the cost of the trip - double check your pre-departure information. If tips are not included add it to your on board account to be paid at the end of your trip. We recommended US$10 per guest per day.

Argentina

Simple restaurants: no tip is expected

Nicer restaurants: tip the waiter 10 percent of the bill

Hotels: small change for bellhops and room attendants

Bars & cafes: 10% for table service. Bar keepers will appreciate a tip but do not expect it.

Bag handlers: your smallest bill

Tour Guides: 10% of the cost of a day trip. On Multi-day trips, $2-$4 per passenger per day.

Private Guides: $10 per passenger per day

Tour drivers:$1-2 per passenger perday

Taxi drivers: round up to the nearest peso

Australia

Tipping is still a widely discussed subject in Australia and tips are not always accepted. If you wish to tip, use the following as a guideline:

Restaurants & cafes: no more than 10%

Bars: round up the bill Hotels: $1-5 per day for room attendants; 10% for room service Bag handlers: $1 per bag Tour Guides: $2-5 per passenger per day Private Guides: $5-15 per passenger per day

Tour drivers: $1-3 per passenger per day

Taxi drivers: small change up to 10% of the fare

Belize

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up the bill

Nicer restaurants: 10-15% of the bill

Hotels: small change for porters and room attendants

Bag handlers: small change

Tour Guides: $2-4 per passenger per day

Private Guides: $5-10 per passenger per day

Tour drivers: $1-2 per passenger per day

Taxi drivers: none

Botswana

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up the bill

Nicer restaurants: if no service charge has been added, please add 10%

Bars & cafes: small change

Bag handlers: small change

Basic Camping Safari guides: US$1 per guest per day for guides/porters, $2-3 per guest per day for camping crew

Private Game Reserves: Ranger/Guide $10 per guest per day; Tracker $8 per guest per day; Butler $8 per guest per day; Camp staff $8 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: 10% of the fare

Bhutan

Restaurants: small change

Hotels: small change for staff

Bars & cafes: small change

Bag handlers: 50 cents per bag

Guides: US$4-8 per guest per day

Tour drivers: US$2-5 per guest per day


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: 5-10% of the bill, depending on the level of service

Nicer restaurants: 5-10% of the bill, depending on the level of service

Hotels: bills are often rounded up but you can add $0.50 per day for room attendants

Tour Guides: 10% for exceptional service

Tour drivers: $1 per guest

Taxi drivers: round up the fare


Bulgaria Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: $1-2 Nicer restaurants: tip 10% Hotels: porters: $1 per bag, house keeping $1 per day Bag handlers: tipping is not expected Tour Guides: $2-4 per guest per day Private Guides: $5-7 per guest per day Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day Taxi drivers: 10% of the fare

Cambodia

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up to the nearest dollar

Nicer restaurants: $1 per diner

Hotels: $1 per bag for porters

Tour Guides: $2-4 per guest per day

Private Guides: $10-20 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day for a group tour, $5 per guest per day for a private tour

Taxi drivers: $1

Canada

Restaurants, bars & cafes: 15% of the bill

Hotels: $1-2 per bag for porters, bell hops; $5 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: posted rate or $1-2 per bag

Tour Guides: $10-15 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $5-10 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: 10-15% of the fare

Chile

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up

Nicer restaurants: if 10% is already added, add 5%; otherwise 10-15%

Hotels: $1 per bag for porters, $2 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1 per bag

Tour Guides: $2-4 per guest per day

Private Guides: $10-25 per day depending on group size

Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: round up the fare

Expedition staff (i.e. trek in Patagonia): $10-20 per guest per day

China

Traditionally tipping is not required. However, It has become an expectation to tip the tour guide and driver. At more upscale hotels and restaurants catering to Westerners, staff have become used to receiving small tips in recognition of their good service.

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: no tipping is required

Nicer restaurants: if you are happy with the service, leave small change up to US$1-2

Tourist class hotels: no tipping is required

Better hotels: $1 per day for room attendants, $1 per bag for bag handlers

Group Tour Guides: no tipping is required

Private Tour Guides: $10-20 per day

Private Tour drivers: $5-10 per day, given directly to the driver

Taxi drivers: no tipping is required; leave small change up to US$1-2 for exceptional service.

Colombia

Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: leave the change

Nicer restaurants: 10% unless this has already been added

Hotels: hacienda staff $5 to $10 per person per night; hotels $1 per bag for porters and $1 per night for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1 per bag

Tour Guides: $2-3 per guest per day

Private Guides: $10 per guest per day

Tour drivers: for group tours, $1-2 per guest per day; private drivers $5 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: small change if the driver was helpful; do tip around Christmas and New Year

Costa Rica

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: leave the change

Nicer restaurants: 10-15% , unless it has been included

Hotels: $0.5-1 per bag for porters and bellhops; $2 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $0.5-1 per bag

Tour Guides: $2-4 per guest per day

Private Guides: $5-10 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $2-4 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: small change

Croatia

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: leave the change

Nicer restaurants: 10-15%

Hotels: $1 per bag for porters, $1-2 per day for room attendants, $1-2 for breakfast staff

Bag handlers: $1 per bag

Tour Guides: $3-4 per guest per day

Private Guides: $5-10 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: leave the change

Czech Republic

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up to the nearest $

Nicer restaurants: 10-15%

Hotels: $1 per bag for porters, $3-5 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1 per bag

Tour Guides: $5-10 per guest per day

Private Guides: $10-20 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $2-3 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: Round up the fare if the driver was particularly helpful

Cuba

Clothing and toiletries are highly appreciated.

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up to the nearest $

Nicer restaurants: 10-15%

Hotels: $1 for porters, $1 per day for room attendants, $1-2 per day in total for Casa Particular staff

Bag handlers: $1

Tour Guides: $2-3 per guest per day

Private Guides: $5-7 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: $2-3

Ecuador & Galapagos

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up to the nearest $

Nicer restaurants: 10% unless it has already been included

Hotels: $1 for porters, bell hops; $1 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1

Tour Guides: US$3-4 per guest per day

Private Guides: US$8-10 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day

Taxi drivers: round up the fare to the nearest dollar

Galapagos cruises: US$12-14 per guest day for the crew and US$8-10 per guest per day for your guide

Andean Treks: cook $5 per guest per day, porters $1-2 per guest per day, burro drivers $2-3 per guest per day

Egypt

The practice of bakshees (tipping) is not merely reserved for foreigners and Egyptians have to constantly hand out 'Baksheesh' as well - to park their cars, ensure fresh produce and pick up their mail. It is not compulsory but always welcome, though never enough (according to the recipient).

Simple restaurants, bars & cafes: round up to the nearest $

Nicer restaurants: any service charge added goes to the restaurant; be sure to tip the waiter 5-10%

Hotels: $1 per bag for porters, bell hops; $2 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1 per bag

Tour Guides: $3-4 per guest per day

Private Guides: $10-20 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $1-2 per guest per day for group tours, $5-10 per guest per day for private tours

Taxi drivers: small change

France

Bars & cafes: no tip is expected but $1-2 is nice

Restaurants: tips are normally included but please add 10%

Hotels: $1 for porters, bell hops; $1-2 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1

Tour Guides: $2-6 per guest per day

Private Guides: $30 per guest per day

Tour drivers: $1-3 for group tours, $10-15 for private drivers

Taxi drivers: 10-15%

Germany

Restaurants, bars & cafes: round up or add 10-15% for good service

Hotels: $1-4 for porters, bell hops; $4-6 per day for room attendants

Bag handlers: $1-4

Tour Guides: 10%

Tour drivers: $5 per day