How much you should tip around the world

As you plan your next vacation, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself asking a common question that many travelers abroad have:

How much do I tip in the country where I’m visiting?

GoCompare.com, a UK-based insurance comparison website, has helped to alleviate some of that stress by developing the Tip Advisor, a comprehensive guide to tipping in more than 50 countries around the world.

Click through the gallery to see what the recommended tipping practice is for hospitality services, taxis and hotels in popular travel destinations around the globe.

What to tip around the world

Tipping practices vary widely depending on the country you’re visiting. (Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

United States
Hospitality: Tip 15-20 per cent of the bill in restaurants based on quality of service. It is customary to tip as low as 10 per cent for bad service, but if it is that bad, you should also ask to speak to a manager.
Taxis: 10-15 per cent of fare, based on service.
Hotel: Tip $2-$3 per night to housekeeping, and tipping is not expected but is appreciated for concierge, particularly if you make a difficult request ($5 or more per request).
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Mexico
Hospitality: 15 per cent of the cost of food/drinks before tax at a restaurant, and 15-20 per cent of the total cost of a bar tab.
Taxis: Tipping is not customary, unless the driver helps with bags (then leave MXN$6-$13, or US$1-$2
Hotel: Leave at least MXN$13 a night for housekeeping, and MXN$12-$26 per bag for the porter.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

United Kingdom
Hospitality: A service charge is added to the bill in some restaurants, which can be removed if you didn’t like the service. If you ordered from a waiter or waitress, tips are typically around 10 per cent of the bill.
Taxis: Tipping is not required, but it’s customary to round up to the nearest pound on the value of your trip.
Hotel: Tip a porter who brings up your bags GPB£2.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Canada
Hospitality: Tip 15-20 per cent on total bill before tax, 5-10 per cent for poor service and 25 per cent for exceptional service. Some restaurants apply gratuities automatically for groups. In bars, tip 10-20 per cent or tell the bartender to keep the change.
Taxis: Tip 10-20 per cent of the total fare.
Hotel: Tip the doorman CDN$2 for hailing a cab, the porter CDN$2-$5 per bag they carry for you, and housekeeping staff CDN$2-$5 a lump sum at the end of your stay. Before tipping room service, check to see if gratuities are included.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

France
Hospitality: Leave €1 for every €20 in a normal restaurant, or 5% of the bill in a fancy one.
Taxis: Tip 10 per cent of the fare.
Hotel: Tip the porter €1 to €2 for each bag, tip the housekeeping staff €1 to €2 every morning, and tip room service waiters €1 to €3 (even if there’s already a service charge).
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Cuba
Hospitality: Tip 10-15 per cent of the total bill.
Taxis: Tip CUC$1-$3 per trip.
Hotel: Tip the porter CUC$1 for carrying your bags and tip housekeeping staff CUC$1-$3 per night.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Germany
Hospitality: Service and taxes are included, but as a guideline, round up about 5-10 per cent and leaving a full euro amount.
Taxis: Tip 5-10 per cent.
Hotel: Tip the porter €1 per bag and €1 to €2 per day.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

India
Hospitality: Tip 5-10 per cent, depending on the service.
Taxis: Tipping isn’t customary, but you can round up the amount.
Hotel: Tip the porter INR₹50 per bag, and housekeeping staff INR₹250 per night.
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What to tip around the world

China
Hospitality: Offering a tip can be considered impolite, and most restaurants have a no-tipping policy.
Taxis: Do not tip the driver.
Hotel: Only high-end hotels are likely to potentially accept tips.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Italy
Hospitality: Service charge is added to the bill, round up if you got exceptional service. Tip €1 per round of drinks at a bar.
Taxis: Tipping is not common, but is appreciated, and can be done by rounding up to the nearest Euro amount.
Hotel: Tip the porter €1-€3 per bag, tip housekeeping staff about €1 per day, or about €4-€6 a week, and tip the doorman €0.50 for calling a cab and €1 for carrying bags.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Spain
Hospitality: Tip 5-10 per cent in a restaurant, and round up to the nearest €1 in a bar.
Taxis: Tip 10 per cent of the total fare plus a little extra if the driver helped with your bags.
Hotel: Tip the porter €0.50 per bag, tip room service €0.50, tip the doorman €0.50 if they hail a cab and tip housekeeping staff about €0.50 per night (although tipping housekeeping isn’t expected).
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Republic of Ireland
Hospitality: Tip 10-12.5 per cent of the bill if it’s not already included. Tips aren’t expected in bars unless you’re making a large order or staying for a long time.
Taxis: Round up to the nearest euro, and tip 5-10 per cent if the driver is exceptional.
Hotel: Tip the porter €1-€2 per bag and tip housekeeping €1-€2 per night if you want to give a good tip, but it isn’t mandatory.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Singapore
Hospitality: Tip 10 per cent, even if the restaurant has a service charge.
Taxis: Tipping is not common, but is appreciated, and can be done by rounding up to the nearest dollar amount.
Hotel: Tip SGD$1-2 per bag.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Australia
Hospitality: Tipping isn’t necessary. You can leave 10 per cent if the service was outstanding.
Taxis: Tipping is not expected.
Hotel: Tip the porter AUD$1 per bag.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Hong Kong
Hospitality: Tip by leaving coins from your change if paying by cash, or by rounding up to the nearest dollar amount you’d like to leave as a tip if paying by credit. There is a 10 per cent service charge usually included by most restaurants.
Taxis: Your driver will round up to the nearest dollar amount, which will take care of the tip.
Hotel: Tip bellboys HKD$2-$3 for each piece of luggage they carry.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Netherlands
Hospitality: Service charges are included in the price of a restaurant meal, as per Dutch law. You can leave 10 per cent if the service was exceptional. Round up to the nearest euro or leave some small change in a bar.
Taxis: Round up the fare to the nearest euro.
Hotel: Tip the porter a few euros.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Iceland
Hospitality: Service fees are included, so tipping is not expected but is appreciated.
Taxis: Tipping drivers isn’t necessary.
Hotel: Service charges are included in the room price.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Japan
Hospitality: Tipping is not common, and may be refused.
Taxis: Tipping drivers isn’t necessary.
Hotel: Hotel employees do not customarily receive tips.
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What to tip around the world

Greece
Hospitality: Tipping is not expected, but is appreciated, and can be done by rounding up.
Taxis: Tipping isn’t necessary, but has come to be expected from tourists.
Hotel: Tip the porter €1 per bag, and if housekeeping’s work merits a tip, you can leave €1-€2 per day.
(Travel + Leisure)

What to tip around the world

Indonesia
Hospitality: If a 5-10 per cent service charge isn’t included, you can tip 10 per cent of the total bill.
Taxis: Round up the fare to the nearest rupiah.
Hotel: Tip the porter Rp 2,500-5,000, and tip housekeeping staff Rp 2,500-5,000 per night.

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