Tipping culture in the world: how much does gratitude cost?

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Last summer, I worked as a guide, taking foreign tourists around Moscow, mostly from English-speaking countries. There was not a single excursion when I was not asked: “Do I need to leave a tip? How much exactly? Isn’t it too little or, conversely, too much? It would seem, how can a good tip upset someone? It turns out they can – in fact, in some countries too generous rewards are considered offensive. Somewhere tips are not accepted at all, but in most countries of the world there are their own, unspoken rules that determine how much, how and in what situations you need to thank a person for the services rendered. In a word, the topic is quite delicate and requires detailed study. What are we going to do.

First, a few general rules:

Leave tips in local currency – this way you show respect for the country and its rules.

Pay your reward in cash. Although some restaurants provide for the possibility of tipping the card (usually you determine the amount yourself), the smiling and efficient waiter you like most likely will not see this money. Often in such cases, tips go to the general cashier, from which the staff receives little or nothing.

Ask the locals, people willingly tell such things. You can find out about the adopted rules, for example, on the plane in a non-binding conversation with a fellow traveler who is a resident of the country you are going to.

Well, now the nuances.

In Europe, the rules vary from country to country. Yes, in UK Standard Tipping – 10%, and in the neighboring Ireland – 12-13%, and already included in the bill. Never tip the bartender here. Never. Instead, offer to buy him a drink.

In the Middle East, a 15% tip is often included in the bill, but a little extra baksheesh is still expected of you.

In Asia, the culture of tipping is not developed, with the exception of popular tourist places, especially when it comes to luxury-segment services. In Japan, tipping is considered rude, while in China it is against the law.

Until recently, tips were not practiced in Australia and New Zealand, and an employee could even be fired if he accepted them. Today, rewarding a waiter is no longer considered a faux pas of the offerer or a misdemeanor of the taker, but be prepared for tipping, especially in New Zealand.

Let us dwell in more detail on those countries that are traditionally popular with our compatriots:

How to tip in Austria

Restaurant: The tip is included in the bill, but it’s good practice to round it up – so if the bill is 37 euros, pay 40.

Bar: about the same. Let’s say a bill for 5 euros 50 cents is rounded up to 6 euros.

Taxi: 10% of the bill.

Hotel: 1 euro per bag for porter.

How to tip France

Restaurant: if you see the words service compris on the bill, it means that tips are optional, but the French themselves still leave 10% over the amount.

Bar: Tipping is not accepted in bars.

Taxi: 10-15% of the cost of the trip; 10-20 euros for an individual transfer from / to the airport, depending on the waiting time and car class.

Hotel: 2 euros per bag; 1-2 euros for a maid; 10-15 euros to the concierge for reserving a table in a restaurant.

Tipping in Italy

Restaurant: Tips are usually included in the bill, if not, 10% of the order amount is considered the norm.

Bar: small coins from change.

Taxi: Taxi drivers expect tips, which, like the cost of the trip, should be discussed in advance.

Hotel: a few euros for porter, concierge and room service.

Tip sizes in Spain

Restaurant: standard practice is 5-10% of the bill.

Bar: about 20 cents per drink.

Taxi: in Spain it is customary to round the amount.

Hotel: 1 euro per bag for porter, 1 euro per night for maid, 1 euro for room service.

How to tip in Greece

Restaurant: 10% off small bill, 5% off larger order.

Bar: change from change.

Taxi: Tipping is not accepted, just round up the amount; private drivers are left with 20 euros on top of the cost of a day trip; in group excursions – 4-6 euros per person.

Hotel: 1 euro per bag for a porter, 1 euro per day for a maid; The concierge is tipped on special occasions.

Tipping in the UAE

Restaurant: 15-20%. In the restaurants of the so-called 7-star hotels, it is customary to thank in advance the head waiter who will serve you (the equivalent of 50-100 dollars). The price of one dish in such restaurants is about $200.

Taxi: round up the taxi fare; the equivalent of $5 to private drivers for a day trip.

Hotel: $30-$35 concierge for each significant service, like reserving a restaurant that is hard to get into.

Spa: AED 5-20, depending on the amount spent.

Tipping in Qatar

Restaurant: about 15-20% if the service is not included in the bill, 10-15% if it is included. In hotel restaurants, tipping is optional, but it is considered good manners.

Taxi: 5-10 rials per trip.

Hotel: 10-20 rials for a doorman, 10 rials per night for a maid.

Spa: the recommended amount is 10-20 rials.

How to tip in Jordan

Restaurant: service is included in the bill, add 5-10% to the bill for the waiter.

Taxi: 10-15% of the cost of the trip; $30 to a private driver on top of the day tour price.

Hotel: 1 dinar per bag for porter; 1 dinar per day for a maid; the concierge should offer a tip in advance in case you are counting on their help in some special case, for example, with the purchase of tickets to a concert.

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