Tipping Customs By Country – In Some Places It’s 0%! (+19K Views)

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How much should you tip?  Better yet, where in the world can you go to escape fromworld-map tipping anyone?

So say edited excerpts from a post* at PoliticalCalculations.com originally entitled Tipping Around the World.

The post goes on to say in further edited (and paraphrased in some places) excerpts:

The BBC tapped the resources of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (h2g2) community and determined what is considered the proper amount to tip, and for what, around the world. We then took some of that information, combined it with worldwide tipping information from Wikipedia, and incorporated it into the table below.

Now you can avoid international social awkwardness and quickly discover where, how much and who you should tip.

Such tipping customs keep evolving so if you see some info that is no longer the norm share it with other readers in the Comments Section at the very bottom of the page.

International Tipping Guidelines
WhereHow MuchWhoComment
Argentina0EverybodyTipping is illegal in Argentina, but waiters often expect a small tip.  Be discreet.
Australia0EverybodyTipping in Australia is basically non-existent.
Austria5-10%Restaurant StaffTip more if service is exceptional.
Belgium0Restaurant StaffTipping is not expected in restaurants.
Bolivia0-5%Service StaffService charges are often added to a bill, making tipping unnecessary.
Brazil10%Restaurant StaffThe customary tip for good service at restaurants is 10%.
BulgariaVariableService StaffTipping is not customary in Bulgaria, but may be left as a sign of appreciation.
Canada10-20%Service StaffTipping is expected for restaurants, bars, food delivery and taxis.
Chile10-20%Restaurant StaffBy Chilean law, tipping is mandatory in restaurants.
China0EverybodyGovernment policy in China mandates that foreigners are charged more for services they receive.
Costa Rica1PortersTipping is not customary in Costa Rica, except for porters or others who might handle luggage.
Croatia0-10%Restaurant StaffService charges are typically added to restaurant bills, eliminating the need to tip.
Czech RepublicVariableService StaffTipping is done as a only sign of appreciation.
DenmarkVariableService StaffTipping is done as a only sign of appreciation.
Egypt0Taxi DriversTaxi Drivers are not tipped.
Egypt10-20%Everybody ElseTipping is a way of life in Egypt.  Although taxi drivers are not tipped, a caleche (horse-drawn ‘buggy’) driver should be tipped on top of the agreed fare.
Estonia0EverybodyTipping is not a common practice in Estonia.
EthiopiaVariableService StaffTipping is common for service in hotels, restaurants, bars and parking lots.  If tipping a dancer in a restaurant, stick a paper money bill on their forehead.
FinlandVariableService StaffTipping is optional, but if you do, use cash.
France0Restaurant StaffBy French law, tips are included in the price of service (typically around 15%).  No additional tipping is required.
Germany5%Service StaffAmount tipped may vary for quality of service.
GreeceVariableService StaffAmount tipped varies for quality of service. It is not common to tip taxi drivers.
HungaryVariableService StaffAmount tipped may vary for quality of service. Repair technicians may also be tipped.
Hong Kong0Taxi DriversTaxi Drivers do not expect tips (but they won’t be turned down either.)
IndiaVariableRestaurant StaffTipping in India really only applies to high-end restaurants, which have only recently established the practice.  Otherwise, tipping is not commonly practiced..
Israel0Hotel StaffNo tipping is required.  A service charge, usually around 10%, is added to your bill for hotel services.
Ireland10-12%Service StaffTipping is becoming customary in Ireland, although not in pubs.
Israel12%Restaurant StaffIt’s customary to tip the waiter 12% regardless of the quality of service.
Italy0Restaurant StaffNo tips are expected in restaurants throughout Italy, but it is customary, even if the restaurant adds a service charge.
Japan0EverybodyTipping in Japan is non-existent.
Malaysia0EverybodyTipping is not customary in Malaysia.  Restaurants do however often add a 10% service charge, eliminating any need to tip.
MexicoVariableEverybodyTipping is expected for almost any service.  The amount to be tipped is at the discretion of the tipper.
MexicoVariableParking Meter CopIf parked at a meter with a short time limit, offer a tip for the patrolling parking meter officer to watch the meter to avoid being ticketed.
Netherlands5-10%Restaurant StaffThe amount tipped should vary with the quality of service.
New Zealand0EverybodyService is almost always included in the prices you pay, so no tipping is necessary.
Norway5-10%Restaurant StaffTipping is strictly optional, with the amount dependent upon the quality of service.
Paraguay0EverybodyTipping is uncommon in Paraguay.  Service charges are often added to bills.
Romania10%EverybodyShops not frequented by westerners often refuse tips.
Russia1-10%Restaurant StaffAmount tipped varies by the quality of the establishment.
Serbia10-15%Restaurant StaffTipping is expected if the customer is satisfied with the establishment’s service.
Singapore0EverybodyTipping is not required in Singapore.  Restaurants do however often add a 10% service charge, eliminating any need to tip.
Spain0EverybodyTipping is not customary in Spain.
South Africa10%Restaurant StaffThis level of tipping applies unless the restaurant applies a mandatory service fee for a large party.
South Korea0EverybodyTipping is not expected in South Korea.  Restaurants and hotels do however often add a 10% service charge, eliminating any need to tip. When paying a taxi driver, tipping is done in the form of asking them to keep the change.
Slovenia10%+Tourist AreasTipping is not customary in Slovenia, except for high-tourist areas.
SwedenVariableService StaffTipping is done as a only sign of appreciation.
Switzerland0EverybodyTipping is not customary in Switzerland.
Taiwan50Airport PortersTipping is rare except for airport porters, who are often tipped 50 new Taiwan dollars per bag.  Restaurants often add a 10% service charge, eliminating any need to tip.
United KingdomDrinksBartenders in PubsDo not tip cash at the bar in a pub.  If service is good, offer to buy the barkeep a drink (only tip cash at their request after first offering to buy them a drink.)
United Kingdom10-20%Bartenders in RestaurantsTip cash.  This gets a bit tricky if you’re in a pub that serves food (where you wouldn’t tip), but tipping is expecting in food establishments that serve drinks.
United States15-20%Service StaffAmount to be tipped varies according to type and quality of service provided.  See our guide here.

Please note that in many far-eastern countries, it’s not uncommon for a server to refuse a tip – at least at first.  This is driven by custom – in many countries, the process of tipping involves negotiation.  The key is to offer to tip first, allow them to decline, then to counter-offer with a higher tip. Generally speaking, just use your best judgment!

And yes, the preferred method of tipping bartenders in the U.K.’s pubs is our favorite!

[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]


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