Tipping in Europe varies by country, but it isn’t obligatory and should be done at your own discretion. This Europe tipping guide will help you figure how much to tip for great service.
Tipping in Europe
Tipping in Europe isn’t as common as it is in the U.S., and some countries even consider it excessive and unnecessary. In general, though, a good rule of thumb is to err on the side of a modest tip (5 to 10 percent) as people in service already earn a decent wage. Service is included in the final bill in several countries, and is something to factor in before tipping extra. If you are happy with the service, it’s nice to leave €1 to €2 for each person in your party.
How much to tip varies by country, but a show of gratitude is appreciated wherever you may travel. This Europe tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.
Europe Tipping Guide
Cafe Server: Tipping isn’t necessary when ordering food from a counter in most countries.
Restaurant Server: There is no obligation to leave a tip, but when doing so try not to exceed 10 percent of the final bill as more than that is considered excessive. It’s also acceptable to round the bill up to the nearest €5 or €10 when tipping in Europe, if that’s easier. Be aware, however, that service may already be included (service in French, servizio in Italian, servicio in Spanish), so you will want to factor that in before leaving anything extra. Servers may not receive tips when left on a credit card, so always try to tip in cash whenever possible.
Bartender: A tip isn’t expected when ordering drinks, but €1 or €2 for exceptional service is always welcome.
Taxis: For a smooth and courteous ride, a good rule of thumb is to round up to the nearest €5 for short trips and €10 for longer drives.
Airport Shuttle: It is not necessary to tip your driver, but feel free to give €1 per bag if they help with your luggage.
Doorman: A simple thank you for great service is sufficient, but feel free to tip €1 or €2 if you’d like.
Bellhop: It is acceptable to tip €1 or €2 per bag, depending on size, but no more than €5.
Housecleaning: It’s considerate to leave a small tip (€2) for a well-maintained room during your stay.
Concierge: It is not common to tip the concierge, but €1 or €2 is appreciated if the service exceeds expectations.
Stylist: It’s thoughtful to tip 10 percent of the final bill if you’re happy with your new hairdo.
Spa Service Provider: Tip up to 10 percent for exceptional service is appreciated.
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