While it's tough trying to decipher what to tip from country to country, most travellers want to avoid the cold shoulder from the maitre'd, so it pays to find out what the norm is before arriving.
For example, in Japan if you leave a couple of coins on the table, the waiter may chase after you to return your forgotten change, but in New York if you leave less than 15 per cent, good luck making a reservation in the same restaurant ever again!
Here's a brief overview of tipping abroad:
It is customery to leave 10-15 per cent at restaurants. Hotels generally charge around 10 per cent, but where that is not the case then tip housekeeping and porters 3 pesos. Taxi drivers expect between 5-10 percent and other like car-park, toilet attendants, cloakroom and bar staff expect 2 pesos. Find budget flights to Argentina
Tipping in Australia is starting to happen more frequently, but is still entirely optional. A 10 per cent tip in restaurants is acceptable. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers but this form of tipping is on the increase as tourism to Australia grows. [see comment below left by Katharina] Find budget flights to Australia
Restaurants charge 12.5 per cent service charge and diners leavea discretionary 1-2 euros extra. Where service is not included, leave around 10 per cent. Hotels charge 10 per cent and a small extra tip is expected for good service. Taxis expect 10 per cent and cloack staff and toilet attendants expect 1 euro and 50c respectively. Find budget flights to Austria
Restaurants usually add on 15 per cent but leave a few coins for good service. Where service is not included, 15 per cent tip is expected. Tipping is not the norm in hotels and in taxis just round up the fare. Car park attendants receive 1 euros, cloakroom staf, 50c, toilet attendatns, 25c and bar staff just small change. Find budget flights to Belgium
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Tipping iof 15-22 per cent is expected at restaurants and hotels. Taxis get between 2-4 per cent and 10 per cent discretionary tip for bar staff.
Most service staff in Canada expect something in the 10-20 percent tip range, depending on whether it's French or English Canada, and how good the service is - if the service is really bad, leave a few cents and they should get the message. Find budget flights to Canada
Tipping is not part of the culture here, but in restaurants and taxis just round up the bill. Find budget flights to the Czech Republic
You'll never have to tip anywhere in China. It's the one comfort from the fact that foreigners are generally thought of as filthy rich, and therefore charged a lot more. Most government operated hotels and restaurants prohibit the acceptance of tips, but it is sometimes expected at the bigger hotels and by younger service personnel in the more open cities. Use your discretion. Find budget flights to China
Expect to be charged 10 per cent at restaurants and hotels plus small tips for porters and housekeeping. Taxis don't expect tips but cloakroom staff and toilet attendants expect 1 euro. Find budget flights to Cyprus
Tipping is not generally expected except for exceptional service. Find budget flights to Denmark
In France service must be included in the price of a restaurant bill by law so no need to tip, although it is customary to round your bill to include a little more. At hotels leave a euro or two for housekeeping and porters. This is not true of bars so you should use your discretion if you feel you have got particularly good service or not. Find budget flights to France
Service is not generally included at restaurants but a discretionary tip of 10-15 per cent is expected. At hotels housekeeping and porters expect 2-3 euros. Taxi drivers expect 10-15 per cent tips. Find budget flights to Germany
At restaurants a discretionary charge of 4-8 per cent is expected. At hotels, a discretionary tip of 4-5 per cent is the norm. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped. Find budget flights to Greece
Tips are generally around 8-15 per cent. Find budget flights to Hungary
Tipping is not de rigueur in Ireland, however it is customary to tip of between 12 and 15 per cent in restaurants or hotels, if there is not already a service charge included. If you receive good service then a 10 per cent tip would be about the right amount for taxi drivers, porters and hotel staff. Find budget flights to Ireland
No tip is expected in restaurants throughout Italy, as you will normally be charged a coperto (cover charge) on top of your bill. However it will be much appreciated if you have had a good service to leave a bit extra. Find budget flights to Italy
At restaurants expect to pay 10-15 per cent tips. At hotels a discretionary tip of LM5 for housekeeping and for porters and bar staff LM1 is adequate. Taxi drivers expect LM 1-2. Every one else between 10-50c. Find budget flights to Malta
Restaurants charge 10% but where service is not include leave a tip of 10%. At hotels, tip as you please but taxis expect 5 per cent or round up the fare. Find budget flights to the Netherlands
Tipping is not part of the culture unless service is exceptional. Find budget flights to New Zealand
At restaurants leave around 5 per cent. Hotels tend to charge between 5-19 per cen. Where service is not included leave the concierge and porters 2 euros. Taxi drivers expect 5-10 per cent. Find budget flights to Portugal
At restaurants include service at a rate of 5-10 per cent. Where it is not, a tip between 5-10 per cent is expected. Hotels charge around 5% but where it is not included leave housekeeping and porters 100,000-150,000 lei. In taxis, round up the fare and cloack room, car-park and toilet attendants expect between 25,000-30,000 Lei. Find budget flights to Romania
Restaurants charge anywhere between 5-20 per cent service charge but where they don't leave between 10-25 per cent tips. Hotels charge 5-20 per cent but a small tip is expected by porters and housekeeping. Taxi drivers don't expect a tip. Find budget flights to Russia
According to government notices in the Lion City, tipping is not allowed. Officials encourage tourists not to add to the 10 per cent service charge that many high-end hotels include on the bill. Hotel porters are one exception to the no-tipping rule, as they usually receive a couple of dollars for lugging bags. Find budget flights to Singapore
In Spain most restaurants and bars will expect to receive a tip from tourists, although it is really is still a mater of personal discretion. Bills will usually include a service charge in restaurants and as a general rule if you are served a drink in bar at your table you should leave a small tip, as with porters and chambermaids in your hotel. Find budget flights to Spain
A 10 per cent tip is generally expecte. Hotels will charge this amount, but where they don't tip the concierge, bar staff and housekeeping 100Lkr and porters 30LKr. Taxi drivers expect 10 per cent or up to 100LKr for a short journey. Car park and toilet attendants and bar staff expect 50-100 LKr. Find budget flights to Sri Lanka
Everything goes in Thailand, and that rule applies to tipping as well. Some places expect it and others don't. In general, the more Westernised the place is, the more likely you'll be expected to leave a gratuity. Cabs are now metered in Bangkok, so there's no haggling over your fare, but local custom is still to round the fare up to the nearest five baht. Find budget flights to Thailand
This country is the tipping capital of the world where not tipping can easily offend. Restaurants in the USA usually call for a 15-20 percent tip, which supplements a normally meagre wage. This is true of everyone in the service industry, so the rule is, if someone helps you out, from porter to bar tender it pays to leave a small tip! Find budget flights to the United States
WHAT ABOUT TIPPING ON CRUISES AND COACHES AND ALL-INCLUSIVE HOLIDAYS?
Passengers are a captive audience on a cruise ship and tipping is imperative. This is often a cause for stress and embarrassment. Most cruise brochures have a guide to recommended gratuities but it is pretty random and varies. Budget for an extra £85 per passenger on a two-week cruise. Many cruise lines also add a 15 per cent charge to any bar bill and sometimes add $10 for a general kitty.
There is no standard etiquette for tipping the driver. It is really up to you but some say anything between £5-£30.
All Inclusive Holidays
Travel agents generally agree that tips are not necessary on an all-inclusive holiday, expect at the a la carte restaurant.
If your bill includes a service charge, then don't fill out credit slips with space left for a gratuity - don't pay this twice.
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