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REGIONAL TIPPING TIPS

Asia/the Pacific: Special care must be taken to ensure that your well-meaning gesture is not taken as insulting. If you are unsure, it is best not to tip. If possible, observe the locals and follow their lead.

Europe: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill. In most cases, an additional tip is unnecessary. See country list below for restaurant service (Europe is so large and diverse that impossible to have a general rule for all countries).

Middle East/Africa: While your tip will not be seen as insulting, it may be unnecessary. Once again, the best bet is to do as the locals do.

Central/South America: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill, and an additional tip is unnecessary. If not, 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, and the equivalent of $1 per bag for a porter.

FOREIGN TIPPING GUIDE - COUNTRY

This list is by country, and then waiter/waitress, porter, room service, and taxi driver categories.

Argentina
W/W: 10%
P: $1
TD: Round up taxi fare or small tip

Australia
W/W: 10% in fine restaurants only
P: $2 per bag
TD: Round up

Austria
W/W: round up if no service charge.
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: Round up

Bahamas
W/W: 10%
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10% (15% actual per local FTer

Belgium
W/W: 5-10% if no service charge (bit not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Brazil
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Brunei
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Canada
W/W: 15% ranges from 10%-20% per local FTers
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: 10%

Cayman Islands
W/W: 15% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Chile
W/W: 10% in addition to service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: None

China
W/W: 3% in major cities (according to local FTers; 0%)
P: $1 to $2 (according to local FTers, none)
TD: None

Colombia
W/W: 10%
P: 75 cents per bag
TD: None

Costa Rica
W/W: None
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Czech Republic
W/W: 5% to 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Denmark
W/W: None
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Ecuador
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: 75 cents per bag
TD: None

Egypt
W/W: 5% to 10% plus service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Estonia
W/W: 10-15% for restaurants (in pubs toss spare change into big shared bowl for waitresses)
P: ?
TD: ?

Fiji
W/W: None
P: None
TD: Round up

Finland
W/W: None
P: None
TD: If you pay by credit card - none. If you pay with cash - none if you don't want to, but rounding up is acceptable to avoid hassling with coins.

France
W/W: 5% to 10% if no service charge (but not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Germany
W/W: very normal to not tip, but some will leave a few coins from their change or round up to the next Euro (or two)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Greece
W/W: 5% to 10% if no service charge (but not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Hong Kong
W/W: Common not to tip. Locals sometimes leave a few coins.
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Hungary
W/W: 5-10% if no service charge (but not mandatory)
P: None
TD: Round up

India
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag (according to local FTers 50cents/bag)
TD: Round up

Indonesia
W/W: 10%
P: 50 cents
TD: Round up

Ireland
W/W: 5-10% if no service charge added (but not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Israel
W/W: 10% to 15% if no service charge. 10% is the standard, 12% usually equates good service, and 15% exceptional service (coins are fine; tip can sometimes be left on credit card, ask to make sure; no tip needed for bartender)
P: $1 per bag (No tip needed for airport service, such as wheelchair assistance)
RS: 10% in nice hotels (leave on the bill)
TD: None, even when using the GetTaxi app! (anyone asking for a tip is because they know you're a tourist)

Italy
W/W: 5-10% if no service charge already added (bit not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Japan
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Malaysia
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Mexico
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1
TD: 50 cents

Morocco
W/W: Leave loose change
P: 50 cents per bag
TD: Round up

Netherlands
W/W: 5% to 10% if no service charge (but not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

New Zealand
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Norway
W/W: 5-10% if no service charge (but not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Oman
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Peru
W/W: Up to 10% for special service
P: 75cents per bag
TD: None

Philippines
W/W: 10%
P: 50 cents to $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Poland
W/W: 5-10% if no service charge (but not mandatory)
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Portugal
W/W: Not the norm. Some tip up to 5%.
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Romania
W/W: Round up bill
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Russia
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Samoa
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Saudi Arabia
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: 10%

Singapore
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

South Africa
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: 50 cents
TD: 10%

South Korea
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Spain
W/W: Optional 5-10% if no service charge already added
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up to the next maybe add an extra for the fixed fare from the airport.

Sweden
W/W: 0
P: 0
TD: 0

Switzerland
W/W: Round up
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up
No tip needed for lake cruises in Zurich

Taiwan
W/W: 10% if no service charge (none according to local FTer)
P: $1 per bag
TD: None

Tanzania
W/W: 10%
P: None
TD: None

Thailand
W/W: None - see post # 33 in this thread for update by local FTer
P: None - see post # 33 in this thread for update by local FTer
TD: None - see post # 33 in this thread for update by local FTer

Turkey
W/W: Round up
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

United Arab Emirates
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

United Kingdom

Probably at least half of UK patrons do not tip at all; it is a pleasantry rather than expected/demanded.

Waiters: Up to 10% if no service charge; this latter is always stated on the bill at the bottom and is more common in London than elsewhere. Round off either above or below, and occasionally modify dependent on service standard. Small coins (under 20p) not considered appropriate. If it is not apparent from the cash offered whether change is required or not (eg bill is 17 and a 20 note is offered, a statement of "that's fine, thank you" confirms it.

Tipping is traditionally not done for breakfast in hotels. Tipping at bars without waiter service or self-service cafes is not normal, even where other staff clear your tables (for all-male groups at bar tables it is honourable to return your empty beer glasses to the bar counter as you leave). Tipping is traditionally done discreetly by the principal host either at point of payment or left on the table at departure, is not commented on by the others, and is not pointed out to the waiter, who will however acknowledge it. Many credit card payment machines now offer a tip option, which is fine, but the staff appreciate it where you decline this, charge the exact amount, and then tip separately with cash.

If you go out as a "group", eg business colleagues each paying their own way, the "host" will receive the bill, determine an adequate tip if necessary in accordance with these principles, and then announce an amount for each person to contribute, rounded up to the next pound (so the waiter benefits). Attempts to determine "what each person had" are regarded with disdain, as are those who order items in excess of the "average". So the host says "35 everyone", and all put down 35, in cash. If a couple, the man puts down 70. Those who have not come with enough cash to such an event and make an issue of paying by credit card separately may not be invited again, likewise anyone who makes an issue about the arithmetic. At a business event each contributes equally. At a social event it is divided just among the men present. If you are a woman on your own at such an event, that's fine. For men on their own, it's one of the facts of life.....

If you are hosting the whole event, it is also well regarded if you slip away during coffee, ask for the bill at the front desk, determine the tip, pay the whole lot, and then return to the table with the transaction complete.

If you have had an extended stay and the same waiter/staff member has looked after you throughout, an additional gratuity at the final point is appropriate.

(Only) if you are a longer term customer through the year and have come to recognise one other, it is common to offer double or more at the last time before Christmas, and to wish them season's greetings as you do so.

Hotel porter: 1-2 per overall inwards trip, dependent on length and how heavy bags are. Tipping basis is more by the trip rather than by the bag. No problem with declining porter, with a "thank you, I'll handle them myself". If just arrived in UK with no change, a "thank you, I'll catch you later" is quite alright, you can tip the porter (making sure it's the same one) as you pass the front door in the future.

Room maid: Most UK business travellers do not tip, same for single-night family stays. If you have stayed several days, about 5 overall, left on the bed (which you therefore have to straighten !) on last morning as you leave. Please bear in mind about leaving notes etc for the room maid that a number, especially in London, may not speak English.

Owners/managers of smaller country hotels etc (a "Basil Fawlty") who may also do tasks for you are not tipped, whereas the junior staff (a "Manuel") are.

Taxi Driver: 10% or less, again rounded off. If fare 13.50 then 15 is good for them; if fare is 14.50 then 15 overall is equally acceptable.

Hotel doorman: 1 on departure when they get a cab (more if they have gone down the street looking for one for you), open the cab door, hold an umbrella for you, etc. Nothing on arrival - that goes to the porter.

Tour guide/tour coach driver: 2 per half-day, 3 for full day, for individuals, 3/5 for a family, if they have been competent. If there is a guide, no need to tip driver as well, they split it afterwards.

River Thames boat tour: As above, to the most junior crew member (the "cabin boy") who helps you off at the end.

Overall: Many ATMs in the UK just dispense 10 and 20 notes, but the 5 note is convenient to accumulate from change for the larger tips, with 1/2 coins for smaller ones.

USA
W/W: 15% to 20%
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: 10% to 15%

Venezula
W/W: 10%
P: 75 cents per bag
TD: 10%

Vietnam
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None


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Old Sep 21, 07, 4:35 pm   #1
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Foreign Tipping Guide by Country & Region

Since all the other threads are about should you or shouldn't you & usually get into a philosophical discussion, thought I'd post something I read in newspaper that was taken from Magellen's. It's a more specific guide by country.

REGIONAL TIPPING TIPS

Asia/the Pacific: Special care must be taken to ensure that your well-meaning gesture is not taken as insulting. If you are unsure, it is best not to tip. If possible, observe the locals and follow their lead.

Europe: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill. In most cases, an additional tip is unnecessary. If no service charge is added to your bill, 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, and $1 per bag for a hotel porter.

Middle East/Africa: While your tip will not be seen as insulting, it may be unnecessary. Once again, the best bet is to do as the locals do.

Central/South America: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill, and an additional tip is unnecessary. If not, 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, and the equivalent of $1 per bag for a porter.

FOREIGN TIPPING GUIDE - COUNTRY

This list is by country, and then waiter/waitress, porter, and taxi driver categories.

Argentina
W/W: 10%
P: $1
TD: Round up taxi fare or small tip

Australia
W/W: 10% in fine restaurants only
P: $2 per bag
TD: Round up

Austria
W/W: 5% plus service charge
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: Round up

Bahamas
W/W: 10%
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10% (15% actual per local FTer

Belgium
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Brazil
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Brunei
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Canada
W/W: 15% ranges from 10%-20% per local FTers
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: 10%

Cayman Islands
W/W: 15% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Chile
W/W: 10% in addition to service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: None

China
W/W: 3% in major cities (according to local FTers; 0%)
P: $1 to $2 (according to local FTers, none)
TD: None

Colombia
W/W: 10%
P: 75 cents per bag
TD: None

Costa Rica
W/W: None
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Czech Republic
W/W: 5% to 10%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Denmark
W/W: None
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Ecuador
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: 75 cents per bag
TD: None

Egypt
W/W: 5% to 10% plus service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Estonia
W/W: 10-15% for restaurants (in pubs toss spare change into big shared bowl for waitresses)
P: ?
TD: ?

Fiji
W/W: None
P: None
TD: Round up

Finland
W/W: None
P: None
TD: If you pay by credit card - none. If you pay with cash - none if you don't want to, but rounding up is acceptable to avoid hassling with coins.

France
W/W: 5% to 10%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Germany
W/W: 5% to 10% or round up plus euro or two per some FTers
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Greece
W/W: 5% to 10% plus service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Hong Kong
W/W: 10% plus service charge if svg charge no need to add 10% per local FTer or round up
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Hungary
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: None
TD: Round up

India
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag (according to local FTers 50cents/bag)
TD: Round up

Indonesia
W/W: 10%
P: 50 cents
TD: Round up

Ireland
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Israel
W/W: 12% to 15% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: 12% to 15% (according to local FTers, tips included in fares; could tip but not 12-15%)

Italy
W/W: 10% plus service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Japan
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Malaysia
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Mexico
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1
TD: 50 cents

Morocco
W/W: Leave loose change
P: 50 cents per bag
TD: Round up

Netherlands
W/W: 5% to 10%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

New Zealand
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Norway
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Oman
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Peru
W/W: Up to 10% for special service
P: 75cents per bag
TD: None

Philippines
W/W: 10%
P: 50 cents to $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Poland
W/W: 10%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Portugal
W/W: 10% to 15% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Romania
W/W: Round up bill
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Russia
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Samoa
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Saudi Arabia
W/W: 10% to 15%
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: 10%

Singapore
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

South Africa
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: 50 cents
TD: 10%

South Korea
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

Spain
W/W: 7% to 10% plus service charges
P: $1 per bag
TD: 10%

Sweden
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Switzerland
W/W: Round up
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

Taiwan
W/W: 10% if no service charge (none according to local FTer)
P: $1 per bag
TD: None

Tanzania
W/W: 10%
P: None
TD: None

Thailand
W/W: None see post # 32 in this thread for update by local FTer
P: None see post # 32 in this thread for update by local FTer
TD: None see post # 32 in this thread for update by local FTer

Turkey
W/W: Round up
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up

United Arab Emirates
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None

United Kingdom
W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: 15% (according to local FTers 10% or round up to nearest pound)

USA
W/W: 15% to 20%
P: $1 to $2 per bag
TD: 10% to 15%

Venezula
W/W: 10%
P: 75 cents per bag
TD: 10%

Vietnam
W/W: None
P: None
TD: None
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W/W: 3% in major cities
P: $1 to $2
TD: None



What's with this 3%? As a Chinese, I would say no tipping is required. However, if you go to high-class hotels or places that mostly cater to foreigners, 10% tips might be preferred.
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What's with this 3%? As a Chinese, I would say no tipping is required. However, if you go to high-class hotels or places that mostly cater to foreigners, 10% tips might be preferred.
Don't shoot the messenger. I just typed in all the info for the FT greater good. I'm sure there are a few minor errors here & there, but the list overall provides info that FTers are looking for - and for the most point will help to avoid all the philosophical debate & screaming that these threads usually sink. I know I could have used it on my visit to a few countries.

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Really great job Sharon. BTW it is Brunei, so says the stamp in my passport.
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I agree.
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Having tipping info all in one place is useful, but this list doesn't ring true for me. Tipping in China? If there's one place in the world where "don't tip" can be universally applied, surely it's China. Most places will refuse the tip or take it as somewhat insulting! The only tips I've ever seen in China were absolutely clueless foreigners.
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And if you read the regional part at the top of the original post, it says that. "Asia/the Pacific: Special care must be taken to ensure that your well-meaning gesture is not taken as insulting. If you are unsure, it is best not to tip. If possible, observe the locals and follow their lead."

I'm assuming the 3% & the per bag is for those silly Americans who insist on tipping anyway So far the China listing is the only one that seems to be causing any controversy, so overall I think the list will be helpful for FTers & beats folk having to 'guess'. Brunei now spelled correctly.

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Thanks for posting this, Sharon. It helps a lot to have it all in one place.
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USA Today ran an article a week ago on tipping, using the Magellan information. You can see the chart online here. Here is the link to the same info on the Magellan site.
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In Israel tips are included in taxi fares. One can tip as he/she likes to, but it's certainly not expected to be 12-15%.
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W/W: 10% if no service charge
P: $1 per bag
TD: Round up
$1 (~Rs.50) per bag is way too high for India. The usual expected amount to tip is around Rs.20 (~$0.50), at least for locals.
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I'm a bit bemused about the differences between England, Scotland and Wales. Can't say I've ever tipped 15% to a taxi driver in the UK unless accidentally...
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Can't say I've ever tipped 15% to a taxi driver in the UK unless accidentally...
Same here - and I don't think it would be expected. I would normally tip 10% or nearest round figure (even if it's slightly less than 10% - e.g., if the fare came to something like 9.20 it would be a tenner, "keep the change")

Suggestion for Sharon (if it's not too much work) - how about adding notes to list you posted if locals point out inaccuracies?

For example

TD: 15%

could become

TD: 15% (10% according to local FTers)
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Suggestion for Sharon (if it's not too much work) - how about adding notes to list you posted if locals point out inaccuracies?

For example

TD: 15%

could become

TD: 15% (10% according to local FTers)
I support this idea. E.g. 10% seems to be the standard when Magellen's have had no clue. 0 to 10% would be more accurate in many cases, but there are also examples in the other direction. E.g. I would say that in Austria W/W would be expected to be more than 5% unfortunately.
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