Everything You Need to Know About Tipping in Europe

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Tipping is common in the United States, but what about when you are traveling to Europe? How do you know what to trip for dinner, a taxi ride or a helpful guide? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to tipping around Europe. From your hotel stay to dinner out we have you covered. Browse our graphic below, download and print the pdf or simply review the text.

Tipping in Europe

Tipping in Europe

Tipping in Europe

Tipping in Europe

Tipping in Europe

Tipping in Europe

Tipping in Europe

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Austria

Hotels: Service charges are added to hotel bills. Plan to pay the bellhop €1-€2 per bag, and housekeeper €1-€2 on top of this.

Restaurants: Expected restaurant tip is 5% on top of the service charge.

Guides: Plan to give your tour guide €1-€2 per day for exceptional service.

Drivers: Taxi service earns a 10% tip.

Belgium

Hotels: Give the bellhops €2, but no need to tip the other staff.

Restaurants: Service charge is added to your bill.

Guides: Tour costs include gratuity.

Drivers: Round to the nearest euro, but leave a few euros if the driver was particularly helpful.

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Hotels: Tip the housekeeper about 1 BAM per night. Other gratuities are included in the cost of the stay.

Restaurants: Tip 5-10% based on services rendered on top of the service charge.

Guides: Tip your tour guide a small amount per day, per person.

Drivers: Add a couple BAM to the total fare to serve as a tip.

Croatia

Hotels: Tip the concierge 30-60 Croatia kuna. Leave an envelope with 5-10 Croatian kuna per day. Tip the bellhop 5 kuna per bag. And if breakfast staff does well, tip 5-10 kuna.

Restaurants: For a drink or coffee, just leave the change, but if you’re eating dinner, tip 10-15% of the total bill.

Guides: Tip guides 10-20% per day.

Drivers: Tip drivers 10-20% per day, or for taxis leave behind your change.

Czech Republic

Hotels: Tip concierge about 20 Czech Koruna for extra help. Bellhops expect 1 Koruna per bag. Plan to pay the cleaning staff a tip of 3-5 Koruna per day.

Restaurants: Most restaurants will charge a service charge, but check that your tab reaches about 15%.

Guides: Tips for guides should be 15-20 Koruna per person per day if your group is small. If you have a large group, tip 10 Koruna per person.

Drivers: Taxi drivers expect the fare to be rounded up.

Denmark

Hotels: Only tip for truly exceptional service, as service charges are included in your bill.

Restaurants: Tips are not expected, but a 5-10% tip for exceptional service at a nice restaurant is acceptable when a service charge isn’t included.

Guides: The cost of a tour will include gratuity. If you wish to tip you can, but it’s not expected.

Drivers: Round the fare to the nearest krone and let the driver keep the change, but otherwise don’t tip.

England

Hotels: Tipping isn’t expected, but you will be paying a 10-12% service charge. Consider leaving a small amount to the room staff, but this isn’t required.

Restaurants: Service charges are usually included, but if not, plan to leave 10-15% of the bill.

Guides: Tipping guides isn’t necessary, but you are welcome to if you feel the service was exceptionally good.

Drivers: Tip your taxi driver 10-15% of your fare.

Finland

Hotels: Tipping €2-€5 for service staff is common for each job performed. Give €20 to the maid at the end of the week.

Restaurants: Restaurant pricing includes the cost for service, so tips aren’t expected. However, diners often round up the meal’s cost.

Guides: In Finland, tour guides don’t expect tips, and find them awkward.

Drivers: Don’t tip taxi drivers beyond rounding up the fare.

France

Hotels: Plan to tip €2 per bag and €1-€2 per day for the housekeeping service. If the concierge makes a restaurant reservation, pay €10-€15.

Restaurants: Locals will leave 10% on their restaurant bill, but if bill says “service compris” then no tip is expected. Tipping isn’t expected at bars.

Guides: Guides receive €25 per person per day, and up to €50 if they’re nationally certified.

Drivers: Drivers separate from guides receive 1/2 the tip of the guide. Airport transfers earn €10-€20, and taxi drivers receive €10-€15.

Germany

Hotels: Pay the bellhop €1-€3 per bag. Set aside €5 per night for housekeeping. A helpful concierge should receive a €20 tip.

Restaurants: Service charges are typically added to the bill, but for dinner you will want to add a 3-5% tip.

Guides: Guides typically receive a 10% tip.

Drivers: Tipping taxi drivers isn’t expected, but many riders will round up to the nearest Euro. Don’t tip more than 10%.

Greece

Hotels: Plan to tip the bellhop €1 per bag. Housekeeping receives €1 per day. Concierges are only tipped if they exceed expectations.

Restaurants: Tip 5-10% of your bill, depending on how large the bill is. Smaller bills get a larger percent.

Guides: Guides should receive €4-€6 per day per person on group tours, €40-€60 per day for private tours.

Drivers: Taxi drivers don’t expect tips. Private drivers get €20 per day, which can increase if they give exceptional service. Boat captains and crews for yacht charters receive 5-15%.

Hungary

Hotels: Concierges don’t expect tips, but exceptional service should earn them 500-1,000 forints. The bellhop should receive 500 forints. The cleaning staff should receive 200-300 forints per day.

Restaurants: Leave behind 10% of the total bill in cash to tip wait staff.

Guides: Tip around 500 forints per person, per day for small groups, and 300 forints per day, per person for large groups.

Drivers: Tip taxi drivers 5-10% of the total fare, or round up by 100-200 forints for short drives.

Iceland

Hotels: No tipping is required at hotels.

Restaurants: Most restaurants will build in a 15% tip, but don’t leave any more than 10% on top of the built-in tip.

Guides: Treating guides to lunch is more common than a tip. If you do wish to tip, 2,000 Icelandic krona is a good tip.

Drivers: Drivers don’t expect a tip in Iceland.

Ireland

Hotels:  Tip housekeeping €1-2 per night. Tip bellhops €1-2 per bag.

Restaurants: Tip 10-12.5% of the bill if there is not a service charge already included.

Guides: Tip €1-2 per person for small group tours and 10% of tour cost for private tours.

Drivers: No tip is expected but you can round to the nearest euro.

Italy

Hotels: Give porters €5 and housekeeping €1-€2 per night.

Restaurants: Tip close to 10%, but no more.

Guides: Tip your guide €4 for half a day, €10 for a full day, per person.

Drivers: Italians don’t tip their taxi drivers, but you can round up the fare.

Macedonia

Hotels: Tipping is uncommon for hotel staff.

Restaurants: Tip 10% of the bill if you aren’t charged a service fee.

Guides: Tip tour guides for exceptional service, but it’s not necessarily expected.

Drivers: Tip your taxi driver 10% of the fare or round up.

Malta

Hotels:  Your hotel will probably charge a 10% service fee. On top of this, give the hotel staff €1-€2 per bag and a small tip for housekeeping.

Restaurants: A tip of 5-10% is expected, but many restaurants charge a service fee.

Guides: Tip your tour guide a total of 10%of the cost of the tour.

Drivers: Round up the fare for taxi drivers.

Netherlands

Hotels: Tip €1-€2 per bag for bellhop service, but other tips are covered in your hotel’s service charge.

Restaurants: Tip 5-10% at hotels for exceptional service. Round up the bill for average service.

Guides: Tip your tour guide a few euros for exceptional service.

Drivers: Round up your fare, but not tipping taxi drivers is acceptable as well.

Northern Ireland

Hotels: Plan to tip 1-2 pounds per bag, but never more than 5 pounds. Leave 1-2 pounds for housekeeping.

Restaurants: If there is no service charge, tip 10-15%.

Guides: No tip is expected, but a couple pounds are nice for exceptional service.

Drivers: Round up the bill for your taxi driver.

Norway

Hotels: Hotel staff is paid quite well, so no tips are required.

Restaurants: Tipping is not required, but some locals will round up the bill to the nearest 10 or 100 NOK.

Guides: Tipping is not required, but nice guides can be rewarded with a small one.

Drivers: Tipping taxi drivers is uncommon in Norway.

Poland

Hotels: Tipping isn’t obligatory at hotels, but you can tip housekeeping 10 PLN a day if your wish.

Restaurants: Tip 10-15% for restaurant service.

Guides: Tip your tour guide 10-15% of the cost of the tour.

Drivers: If the taxi is on time and gets you to your destination quickly, tip 10%.

Portugal

Hotels: Tip the bellhop €1-€2 per bag. Give a few Euro to the housekeeping when you check out.

Restaurants: Tip 10% on top of the bill in most tourist areas, but check for service fees first.

Guides: Tour guides receive €5 per day per person.

Drivers: Round the taxi fare to the nearest €5.

Scotland

Hotels: Tip bellhops and housekeeping a few pounds for their services each time you use them. Tip the concierge 10-20 pounds for exceptional help.

Restaurants: Restaurant tipping is typically 10% of the bill.

Guides: Private guides are typically tipped based on their services, with 10-20 pounds per person common.

Drivers: Tip taxi drivers about 10% or round up to the nearest pound.

Slovenia

Hotels: Hotel staff are not tipped in Slovenia

Restaurants: Your restaurant will charge a 10% service charge. Add a small tip on top of this if you receive exceptional service only.

Guides: Tipping is uncommon in Slovenia, so guides don’t expect one.

Drivers: Round up your taxi fare to show appreciation to your driver.

Spain

Hotels: Tip concierges who are helpful €5-€10 and cleaning staff should receive €5 per day. The tip for bags is €1 per bag.

Restaurants: Round up the bill to 7-13%, but leave cash.

Guides: Guides should receive €30 per person, per day.

Drivers: Tour drivers receive half of the tip of the guide, and taxi drivers receive fare that’s rounded up.

Sweden

Hotels: High-end hotels don’t expect tips. Tip at your discursion at less luxurious hotels.

Restaurants: The typical tip in a restaurant is 10%, but only for a nice experience.

Guides: Gratuity is typically included in the bill, so any additional tip is just to show your appreciation.

Drivers: Add a few kronor to the total fare to tip taxi drivers.

Switzerland

Hotels: Only tip the concierge a small amount for special services, as there is a service charge included. Tip the cleaning lady a small amount of francs if she goes beyond for you.

Restaurants: Tip 5-10% of the bill, but tips aren’t expected.

Guides: Tip guides 40 Swiss francs per person per day.

Drivers: Tip tour drivers half the rate of the guide, and tip 5-10% for taxi drivers.

Turkey

Hotels: Tip the cleaning staff 3-5 Turkish Lira per day, and the concierge based on how nice the hotel is and how much service is offered.

Restaurants: Tip 10% or more in cash only.

Guides: Tip a tour guide 10-15 Lira per day per person for group tours, 75 Lira per day for private tours.

Drivers: Private drivers get 35-50 Turkish Lira per day. Taxi drivers receive a tip based on rounded up fare.

Wales

Hotels: Tip the bellhop 1-2 pounds per bag, up to 5 in a luxury hotel. Housekeeping will accept tips but do not expect them, and the same is true for concierge.

Restaurants: Tip between 10-15% for wait staff. Check for service charges on the bill.

Guides: Don’t tip more than 10% to your guide, and only for good service.

Drivers: Round taxi fare up to the nearest pound.

 

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