How much to tip servers, taxi drivers, and hotel staff in 49 countries around the world

Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesTipping isn’t customary in Iceland or Belgium, but it is in Canada and Cuba.
  • Figuring out how much to tip for different services in your own country can be difficult – and the rules change completely when you travel abroad.
  • America has a reputation for tipping, while many European countries are known for not tipping.
  • GoCompare broke down just how much to tip servers, taxi drivers, and hotel staff in 49 countries around the world.

Figuring out how much to tip – and when to tip – is already complicated enough in the country you live in. But in a different country where customs and practices vary, tipping can come with a whole new set of rules.

America has a reputation for tipping, while many European countries are known for not tipping. In fact, in some countries, tipping is even considered rude. More confusing yet are the countries where tipping isn’t common practice, but has tourist areas that expect tips regardless.

What’s a traveller to do?

Luckily, travel insurance website GoCompare broke down just how much you should tip servers, taxi drivers, and hotel housekeeping, porters, and doormen in 49 countries around the world.

Below, save yourself any awkward moments and find out how much to tip no matter where you travel to, from Abu Dhabi and Australia to Sri Lanka and Spain.


Abu Dhabi

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t expected, but appreciated – 10 AED ($US2.72) for a good tip or 20 AED ($US5.45) for really good service

How much to tip for taxis: Round off taxi fares to the nearest 5 AED ($US1.36)

How much to tip for hotels: 5 AED ($US1.36) for a good tip


Austria

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How much to tip at restaurants: Many restaurants include tax and service charge in the bill; it’s customary to round up the total when paying

How much to tip for taxis: 10% over the meter fare

How much to tip for hotels: €1 ($US1.16) per bag for porters


Australia

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t necessary, but you can tip 10% if the service was particularly good

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t expected

How much to tip for hotels: $US1 AUD ($US0.74) per bag for porters


Bali

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How much to tip at restaurants: Some restaurants include a 5% to 10% service charge to their bill, but if they don’t, tip 10% of the total bill

How much to tip for taxis: Round up the fare for convenience

How much to tip for hotels: 2,500 to 5,000 IDR ($US0.18 to $US0.36) for porters and 2,500 to 5,000 IDR ($US0.18 to $US0.36) per night for housekeeping staff


Belgium

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How much to tip at restaurants: A service charge of 10% to 15% is generally applied to the bill, so tipping is not expected

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t required or expected, but some round up to the nearest euro

How much to tip for hotels: Tipping isn’t common because the bill includes services


Brazil

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How much to tip at restaurants: A standard service fee of 10% is included at most restaurants and bars, but if it’s not, you can leave a 10% to 15% tip

How much to tip for taxis: Radio taxis charge a set price and don’t require a tip, while it’s customary to round the fare up to the nearest full number for common taxis

How much to tip for hotels: 5 to 10 MAD ($US0.52 to $US1.05) for porters and 5 MAD ($US0.52) a night for good housekeeping service


Bulgaria

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How much to tip at restaurants: At restaurants, round off the bill to a convenient amount or add a maximum of 10%. At bars, tip 1 to 2 BGN ($US0.59 to $US1.19) per round

How much to tip for taxis: Round up the cab fare

How much to tip for hotels: 1.50 BGN ($US0.89) per bag for porters and 1 to 1.50 BGN ($US0.59 to $US0.89) per day for housekeeping staff


Canada

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How much to tip at restaurants: At restaurants, tip 15% to 20% of the total bill before tax, 25% for exceptional service, or 5% to 10% for poor service. At bars, tip 10% to 20% or “keep the change”

How much to tip for taxis: 10% to 20% of the total fare

How much to tip for hotels: $US2 CAD ($US1.51) for a doorman if they hail a cab, $US2 to $US5 ($US1.51 to $US3.79) per bag for a porter, and $US2 ($US1.51) or $US5 ($US3.79) a day or a lump sum at the end of your stay for housekeeping; for room service, check whether a tip is included in the cost before tipping


Cambodia

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How much to tip at restaurants: There is no standard at restaurants, but tipping is always appreciated – 10% of the total bill is average

How much to tip for taxis: Taxi drivers won’t expect tips

How much to tip for hotels: Tipping isn’t customary, but you can reward good service with 4,000 KHR ($US0.00025) per bag for a porter and 4,000 KMH($US0.00025) per night for housekeeping


China

How much to tip at restaurants: Most restaurants have a no-tipping policy, and offering gratuity may be considered impolite

How much to tip for taxis: Taxi drivers often don’t accept tips

How much to tip for hotels: The only place a tip might be expected is at a high-end hotel catering to western tourists


Croatia

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tip and taxes are often included in the bill, so tipping isn’t necessary, but 10% of the bill is a good rule of thumb if the service deserved a tip; loose change or rounding up to the next convenient number is acceptable at bars

How much to tip for taxis: Taxi drivers aren’t usually tipped

How much to tip for hotels: 5 to 10 HRK ($US0.79 to $US1.57) per bag for porters


Cuba

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How much to tip at restaurants: 10% to 15% of the total bill

How much to tip for taxis: 1 to 3 CUC ($US1 to $US3) per trip

How much to tip for hotels: 1 CUC ($US1) for a porter carrying your bags and 1 CUC ($US1) per night for housekeeping


Czech Republic

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How much to tip at restaurants: 10% to 15% at restaurants; loose change or round up the bill at a bar

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t required

How much to tip for hotels: 40 CZK ($US1.80) for porters carrying your bags


Denmark

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How much to tip at restaurants: Service bills already include gratuity, but a tip of 10% for good service is always appreciated

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t expected but appreciated; you can round up to the nearest whole number

How much to tip for hotels: 5 DKK ($US0.16) per bag


Egypt

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How much to tip at restaurants: Up to 10% of the bill

How much to tip for taxis: Taxi drivers don’t expect tips for short journeys, but for multiple stops, add 10% to the total fare

How much to tip for hotels: 3 to 5 EGP ($US0.17 to $US0.28) per bag for porters and 5 to 10 EGP ($US0.17 to $US0.56) per night for housekeeping


France

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How much to tip at restaurants:€1 ($US1.16) for every €20 ($US23.22) at regular restaurants, 0r 5% of the bill at a fancier restaurant; €1 to €4 ($US1.16 to $US4.64) per drink round, depending on amount of drinks ordered at the bar

How much to tip for taxis: 10% of the fare

How much to tip for hotels: €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) per bag for porters; €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) every morning for housekeeping; €1 to €3 ($US1.16 to $US3.48) for room service waiters, despite service charges; and €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) for a doorman hailing a taxi


Finland

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t the norm at restaurants, but you can leave a small tip of 5 to 10% for good service. At bars, it’s appreciated if you leave any small change

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t customary, but rounding up the fare for convenience is appreciated

How much to tip for hotels: Tipping at hotels is fairly rare, but a few euros for good service is appreciated


Germany

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How much to tip at restaurants:Service and VAT are included in the menu price, but it’s common to round up the amount – add 5% to 10% ending with a full euro amount

How much to tip for taxis: 5% to 10%

How much to tip for hotels: €1 ($US1.16) per bag for porters and €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) per day for housekeeping


Greece

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How much to tip at restaurants:Tips aren’t required, but it’s common to round up the amount, especially when paying with cash

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t necessary, but taxi drivers generally expect it from tourists

How much to tip for hotels: €1 ($US1.16) per bag for porters and €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) per day for housekeeping, although tipping housekeeping isn’t necessary


Hong Kong

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How much to tip at restaurants: A 10% service charge is usually included in most restaurant bills, but you can leave coins if paying with cash or round up the amount you wish to tip if paying by card

How much to tip for taxis: Taxi drivers usually round up to the nearest dollar amount as a tip to themselves

How much to tip for hotels: 2 to 3 HKD ($US0.25 to $US0.38) per piece of luggage carried for bellboys


Hungary

How much to tip at restaurants: Around 10% of the bill at a bar or restaurant – it’s considered rude if you don’t tip the waiter

How much to tip for taxis: 10% of the fare

How much to tip for hotels: 500 forint for a porter who carried your bags to your room


Iceland

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How much to tip at restaurants: Service fees are always included in the bill, so tipping is never expected, but it is appreciated

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t customary

How much to tip for hotels: Hotel stays include a service charge, so tips aren’t expected


India

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How much to tip at restaurants: Between 5% to 10%, depending on the quality of service

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t customary, but rounding up is appreciated

How much to tip for hotels: 50 INR ($US0.73) per bag for porters and 250 rupees ($US3.67) per night for housekeeping


Ireland

How much to tip at restaurants:At restaurants, if no service charge is included in the bill, tip 10% to 12.5% of the bill. Tips aren’t expected at bars, bur consider leaving €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) for an extended stay or large rounds

How much to tip for taxis: Round up to the nearest euro or tip 5% to 10% if the driver was particularly helpful

How much to tip for hotels: €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) per bag for porters and €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) per night for housekeeping


Italy

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How much to tip at restaurants: A service charge is included with the check, but you can round up the bill for good service. At a hotel bar, tip €1 ($US1.16) and up for a round of drinks

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping is unusual, but appreciated – round up to the nearest euro

How much to tip for hotels: Tip doormen €1 ($US1.16) for carrying bags and €0.50 ($US0.58) for calling a cab, porters €1 to €3 ($US1.16 to $US3.48) per bag, and housekeeping €1 ($US1.16) per day or €4 to €6 ($US4.64 to $US6.97) per week


Japan

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How much to tip at restaurants: Nothing – tipping isn’t a common practice, and tips might be politely refused

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t necessary

How much to tip for hotels: It’s not customary to tip employees


Macau

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How much to tip at restaurants: A service charge is usually included in most restaurant bills, but if it’s not, you can leave 5% to 10% for good service

How much to tip for taxis: Round up to the nearest MOP/HKD

How much to tip for hotels: Hotel staff, except bellboys, don’t expect tips


Malaysia

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t customary

How much to tip for taxis: Tips aren’t expected

How much to tip for hotels: Tips aren’t expected, but some hotels may put an extra 5% to 10% on top of the bill as a service fee


Mexico

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How much to tip at restaurants:the value added tax (listed as IVA). At bars, leave a minimum of 20 MXN ($US0.97) per round of drinks or 15% to 20% of the total if you’re running a tab – if you’re receiving happy hour half-price, tip on the regular pricing amount

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping taxi drivers isn’t customary, but if they help you with your bags, tip 6 to 13 MXN ($US0.29 to $US0.63)

How much to tip for hotels: Tip porters 12 to 26 MXN ($US0.15 to $US1.26) per bag or more if you have a lot of luggage or very heavy bags. Leave at least 13 MXN ($US0.63) a night for housekeeping


Morocco

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How much to tip at restaurants: There is no rule of thumb, but 10% is acceptable for good service

How much to tip for taxis: Round up to the nearest 5 MAD ($US0.52)

How much to tip for hotels: 5 to 10 MAD ($US0.52 to $US1.05) for porters and 20 MAD ($US2.10) per day or 100 MAD ($US10.49) per week for housekeeping staff


Netherlands

How much to tip at restaurants: Service charge at restaurants is included in the price of the meal, but you can leave 10% for exceptional service

How much to tip for taxis: Round fare to the nearest €1 ($US1.16)

How much to tip for hotels: A few euros for the porter


New Zealand

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tips aren’t expected, but you can reward good service with small change – some restaurants may have a tip jar on the counter

How much to tip for taxis: Round up for convenience

How much to tip for hotels: It’s not customary to tip


Norway

How much to tip at restaurants: A service charge is usually included in the bill, but you can round to the nearest 10 or 100 NOK ($US1.23 to $US12.27). A 10% to 15% tip is considered generous

How much to tip for taxis: Round up to the nearest NOK

How much to tip for hotels: A service charge is usually included in the bill, so tipping is uncommon


Peru

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How much to tip at restaurants: Most restaurant and bar bills include 10% gratuity, but it’s customary to add an extra 10% for good service

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t expected because fares are negotiated beforehand

How much to tip for hotels: 1 PEN ($US0.30) per bag for porters


Poland

How much to tip at restaurants: 10% to 15% of the bill

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping is uncommon, but you can tip around 10% to 15%

How much to tip for hotels: Tipping is uncommon


Portugal

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How much to tip at restaurants: Add a 10% tip to the bill in tourist areas, but check the bill to see if service is included at restaurants. Tip a euro or two at the bar if the service is good; otherwise, tipping isn’t required

How much to tip for taxis: Round up to the nearest €5 ($US5.80) of your total fare

How much to tip for hotels: €1 to €2 ($US1.16 to $US2.32) for per bag for porters


Russia

How much to tip at restaurants: 5% to 10% at restaurants

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t needed

How much to tip for hotels: Between 20 and 100 RUB ($US0.31 to $US1.57) for porters, depending on the amount of bags, and 50 RUB ($US0.79) a day for housekeeping, to be left in an ashtray


Singapore

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How much to tip at restaurants: Despite restaurants having a service charge, it’s standard to tip 10% – hand the waitstaff cash directly while thanking them for their service

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t customary, but rounding up the fare for convenience is appreciated

How much to tip for hotels: 1 or 2 SGD ($US0.74 to $US1.48) per bag


South Korea

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t required or expected

How much to tip for taxis: Taxi drivers appreciate it if you tell them to “keep the change,” but it’s not required or expected

How much to tip for hotels: Most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to the bill


Spain

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How much to tip at restaurants: 5% to 10% at restaurants and the nearest €1 ($US1.16) rounded up at bars

How much to tip for taxis: 10% of the total fare, or extra if the driver helps with bags, but rides from airports automatically carry a surcharge and small handling fee for each piece of luggage

How much to tip for hotels: €0.50 ($US0.58) per bag for porters, €0.50 ($US0.58) for room service and for doormen if they hail a taxi, and €0.50($US0.58) per night for housekeeping (but it’s not expected)


Sri Lanka

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How much to tip at restaurants: A 10% service charge may be added to your restaurant bill, but it may not be passed on to your waiter, so leave a few LKR extra. Tip bar staff 100 LKR ($US0.63) as you leave

How much to tip for taxis: 10% of your fare

How much to tip for hotels: 100 LKR ($US0.63) a day for housekeeping and 50 LKR ($US0.31) for porters carrying your bags


Sweden

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t mandatory at restaurants, since a service charge is usually included in the bill, but you can tip 10% of the bill if you had an enjoyable experience. At bars, you leave any small change

How much to tip for taxis: Round up to the nearest SEK

How much to tip for hotels: Your stay will include a service charge, so tips aren’t expected


Switzerland

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How much to tip at restaurants: All service charges are included in published prices, but you can round up the bill to the nearest 10 CHF ($US10.05) for good service

How much to tip for taxis: Round up or add 5%

How much to tip for hotels: 1 to 2 CHF ($US1.01 to $US2.01) per bag for porters


Thailand

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How much to tip at restaurants: Some restaurants include a 10% service charge in the bill, but it’s customary to leave behind loose change in coins as a tip. At more upscale restaurants, a larger tip of 10% is common

How much to tip for taxis: Round up the fare to the nearest 5 TBH ($US0.15)

How much to tip for hotels: Most hotels include a 10% service charge in the bill, but you can tip 20 to 50 TBH ($US.61 to $US1.53) for a porter carrying your bags to your room and 20 THB ($US.61) for housekeeping, to be left under your pillow


Tunisia

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How much to tip at restaurants: 5% to 15%, or round up the bill to the nearest 10 TND ($US3.85)

How much to tip for taxis: Add 5% to the fare for good service

How much to tip for hotels: 5 TND ($US1.92) for the porter carrying your bags and 20 TND ($US7.70) a week for housekeeping


Turkey

TravelSupermarketBodrum, Turkey.

How much to tip at restaurants: 10% to 15% in restaurants

How much to tip for taxis: Tips aren’t expected, but rounding up the fare is appreciated

How much to tip for hotels: It’s customary to leave a tip for hotel chambermaids and 2 to 5 TRY ($US0.42 to $US1.06) for porters


UK

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How much to tip at restaurants: In restaurants with waitstaff, it’s usual to tip around 10%. In some restaurants, a service charge of 10% or 12.5% is added to the bill. Bartenders don’t expect to be tipped, but you can tip around £1 ($US1.32)

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t required, but it’s customary to round up to the nearest pound as a convenience

How much to tip for hotels: £2 ($US2.65) for a porter bringing your bags to your room


United States

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How much to tip at restaurants: At restaurants, tip 15% to 20% of the bill, based on quality of service; if the service is bad, it’s customary to tip as low as 10%. For bartenders, tip $US1 per drink or 15% to 20% of the total bill

How much to tip for taxis: 10% to 15% of the fare, based on service

How much to tip for hotels: $US2 to $US3 per night for housekeeping; $US1 to $US2 per room service delivery, regardless of service charge; $US1 to $US2 per bag, or more if the bags are very heavy, for porters; $US2 to $US5 for valet; $US1 to $US2 for doormen if they hail a taxi; $US5 and up per difficult request for a concierge, although it’s not expected


Vietnam

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How much to tip at restaurants: Tipping isn’t customary, but some restaurants may include a 5% service charge, and a 5% to 10% tip is always welcome for good service. At the bar, you can leave loose change or round up the bill

How much to tip for taxis: Tipping isn’t expected, but taxi drivers appreciate it if you tell them to “keep the change”

How much to tip for hotels: 2,000 to 4,000 VND ($US0.087 to ($US0.17) for porters carrying your bags

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