Tipping in Europe and abroad

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When traveling to Europe or abroad, is it necessary to leave a tip as we usually do in Canada? In general, it is always a good idea to leave a small amount of money to waiters, hotel employees, guides, taxi driver, etc.

When should a tip be offered? What percentage should I give? Is it mandatory?

When planning a trip abroad, it is normal to ask yourself these questions since we do not know the habits and customs of the countries visited.

To help you, here is a small summary of the use of tipping in a few countries.

Europe

CountryTipWhere, How much?Details
AustriaRequiredRestaurants and taxis: 10% of the billIt is customary to leave a tip. The exact amount of tip is announced to the server, before paying the final bill.
BelgiumAppreciatedService included but small tip appreciated 
BulgariaAppreciatedService included. 

You can leave some rooms in the restaurants if you are satisfied.

CroatiaRareService included (cafes, restaurants)

Leave a tip if you are satisfied.

Czech RepublicRecommendedRestaurants: 10 to 15% of the bill, taxis: round the bill

Do not leave the change on the table but communicate directly to the server the amount.

DenmarkVery rareTipping does not take place in Denmark 
EnglandRequiredRestaurants: 10 to 15% of the bill (sometimes added automatically)

Check if the tip is not already included in the bill.

FinlandNot mandatoryOnly for large restaurants or hotels 
FranceAppreciatedRestaurants, bars: 5 to 10% of the bill. Service is included in the bill, but if the service has been particularly neat, you can leave a tip to show your satisfaction.
GermanyRecommendedRestaurants, cafes, hotels: 5 to 10% of the bill

Never leave money on the table, indicate the amount of the tip when paying.

GreeceRecommendedRestaurants, Taxis

It is customary to round the note.

HungaryRecommendedRestaurants, bars, taxis: 10%

Be careful that he is not already included in the bill, do not leave money on the table but announce his tip.

IcelandNot 

But if you want to leave something, nobody will refuse it ...

ItalyRecommendedRestaurants, Taxis

Included in the note (coperto), but always welcome (10%).

NetherlandsAppreciatedIncluded in hotel bill, bar, taxi

10% for good service (waiters, taxis).

NorwayRareIncluded in the bill, but still appreciated

Leave 10% to reward a quality service.

PolandRecommendedRestaurants, bars: 10% of the bill

The service is not included in the bill.

PortugalAppreciatedRestaurants, bars: 5 to 10% of the bill

Appreciated in case of good service.

RomaniaRecommendedRestaurants: 10% of our bill 
ScotlandRequired

Restaurants, bars: 10 to 15% of the bill

Not necessary in pubs where the order is done at the bar
SlovakiaRecommendedRestaurants: 10% of the bill 
SpainRecommendedRestaurants, bars: 10% of the bill

Service often included in the bill, but tip appreciated.

SwedenAppreciated

Taxis: 10% of the bill

Included in the bill at the restaurant, it is still good to round the bill.

SwitzerlandNot mandatoryRestaurants, bars: 5 to 10% of the bill

Leave a tip if you are happy

TurkeyRecommendedRecommended 10% bars, restaurants; round for taxis.

Not included in the bill

 

America

CountryTipWhere, How much?Details
ArgentinaRecommendedRestaurants: 10%, taxis, portersNot required, but always appreciated for good service
BoliviaRecommendedRestaurants, guides, drivers 
BrazilRecommendedRestaurants: 10%, taxis, doormen, pump attendants 

Sometimes included in the note: leave a little less

CanadaRequiredRestaurants: 15 to 20%, taxis: 10 to 15%. Bars: at least $1 a glass

Check if it is not already included in the note.

ChiliHighly recommendedRestaurants, bars: 10% of the bill, porters

The service is sometimes included in the addition of restaurants.

Costa RicaHighly recommendedThe service is included in the addition of restaurants.Leave a tip if you are satisfied
CubaHighly recommendedRestaurants:10% of the bill, hotels, porters, music groups

If you do not leave it, you will be noticed!

Dominican RepublicRecommendedRestaurants, bars: 10% for a good serviceAttention, it is sometimes included in the note.
EcuadorRecommendedRestaurants and hotelsSome notes include an amount of 10% for the service but it's up to you to see if you want to leave more.
GuadeloupeAppreciatedRestaurants, bars: 5 to 10% of the bill.Service is included in the bill, but if the service has been particularly neat, you can leave a tip to show your satisfaction.
GuatemalaRecommendedRestaurants: 10% of the bill, sometimes included in the bill

 

MartiniqueAppreciatedRestaurants, bars: 5 to 10% of the bill

Service is included in the bill, but if the service has been particularly neat, you can leave a tip to show your satisfaction.

MexicoRequiredRestaurants, Cafes: 10 to 15% of the bill, taxis that put the meter, pompistes

In the restaurant the tip is sometimes directly included in the bill. In this case do not add anything.

PeruRecommendedGuides: $ 5 / day, drivers: $ 2 / day, restaurants: 10 to 15%

Not required, but desirable for good service.

United StatesRequiredRestaurants, bars: 15 to 20%, taxis: 10 to 15%.

The tip is sometimes directly included without the addition, in this case do not add anything. Also plan to have $ 1 tickets for all odd jobs.

VenezuelaRecommendedRestaurants, bars: 10% Porter, groom

 

This chart is for information purposes only

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