How to Tip in 26 Different Countries

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Tipping is something you will definitely encounter as you travel, but we might not always know how to handle it. Different countries have different rules and keeping track of it all can be tricky. Here is a starter guide to tipping 26 different countries around the world.

South Africa

10-15% is usually added to food bills. If you are driving, it is customary to tip parking lot attendants and petrol attendants at gas stations.

Thailand

It’s not necessary to tip, however tips are greatly appreciated and happily accepted. It is also customary to round up on all taxi fares.

United Kingdom

10-15% service is usually added to the tab in restaurants. While tipping for service is customary, tipping is not expected in pubs. (These rules apply pretty much anywhere throughout Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain).

China

Tipping has never been part of life in China, so don’t worry about rounding up or looking out for a service charge. You might find a few exceptions to this rule in high class restaurants, but for the most part, China is gratuity-free.

Portugal

If you’re in a tourist-heavy area, check the bill to see if service has already been added. If it hasn’t, it is expected to tip anywhere from 5-15%, depending on how much money you are spending. If you are getting a cup of coffee, 5% is fine; if you are at a fine dining restaurant, expect to add on 15%.

Vietnam

It’s not customary to tip hotel porters or taxi drivers, but leave 5-10% on restaurant bills.

Spain

Locals usually round up the tab to the nearest Euro, which means a modest tip has become customary. If you are have great service, feel free to leave more - but it isn’t expected!

Chile

Like most of South America, 10% is added to restaurant, bar and coffee shop tabs. At grocery stores, it is also customary to tip the young men and women who bag your groceries.

Australia

Servers and taxi drivers in Australia earn a livable wage and tipping is not expected. However, if you have an awesome experience, we are use that your gratuity will be appreciated!

Brazil

A 10% service fee is usually added to your bill, so it is not required to tip above this fee - especially at buffets (aka rodizios). It is also not necessary to tip street vendors, but it wouldn’t be considered rude to do so anywhere in the country.

UAE

10% service charge is the norm. If it is not already included, add it on. At hotels, it is usual to tip $1 per bag you are assisted with.

France

French waiters are paid a minimal wage and usually provide exceptional service, so we suggest you leave a nice tip for them! Even if there is a service charge included on the tab, it is expected to leave a couple extra Euros behind for your server.

Italy

It is typical for their to be a service charge at restaurants in tourist areas, but most other restaurants throughout Italy don’t include this fee. Be sure to add a few Euros to your bill (around 10%) if there is no service tax included.

Argentina

A 10-15% tip is expected at restaurants and should be left in cash whenever possible. Believe us, after a delicious meal in this foodie country, you will definitely want to leave a tip!

Czech Republic

Tipping is expected, especially in tourist areas in Prague. If there is no automatic service fee included, add 10-15%.

Japan

For the Japanese, good service is expected - whether you are in a bar, ramen shop or fine restaurant. This means that tipping is not necessary because quality is a way of their life. In the majority of instances, a simple ‘arigatou’ or ‘thank you’ will do.

Hungary

Most places do not add a gratuity tax to the tab. However, if you have great service, add 10% to be left in cash. When you have a drink or a coffee, leave your change behind.

Morocco

Service is often included. If it isn’t, tipping 10% is thought to be very generous. If you had bad service, it is okay to not tip at all.

Mexico

The Mexicans have taken after their neighbors to the north and tipping levels are as high as they are in the United States, meaning that 15-20% is expected. Keep in mind, most servers in Mexico learn less than a livable wage, so generosity will be much appreciated.

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