Tipping in Germany is not a common practice across the country. There is, however, a time and place for tipping in Germany.
Tipping in Germany
Tipping in Germany is not as common as it is in the U.S., but there are still times when an extra euro goes a long way in showing gratitude, especially for exceptional service. Keep in mind, however, that service is typically included in the final restaurant bill (marked as Bedienung), so you don’t need to tip a lot to make it go a long way.
There is no set-in-stone rule for tipping in Germany. It is solely up to you what you leave in addition to the final bill, but do try to tip in cash versus on a credit card. The amounts below are simply suggestions based on what is considered standard practices for different services.
Germany Tipping Guide
Restaurant Servers: Service is typically included in the final bill (marked as Bedienung), but you can leave something extra if your expectations were exceeded. Simply tip 10 to 15 percent of the total or round up to the closest euro. Tip in cash versus on a credit card and do not leave your tip on the table.
Bartender: It is not necessary to tip, but you can round up to the nearest euro when paying for drinks.
Taxis: A tip isn’t expected, but you can round up to the nearest euro or give 10 percent for exceptional service, such as helping with luggage.
Airport Shuttle: It is not necessary to tip your driver, but it is considerate to tip €1 per bag if they help with your luggage.
Doorman: It is standard practice to tip €1 per bag or service, such as hailing a taxi.
Bellhop: It is customary to tip €1 to €3 per bag, depending on the size.
Housekeeping: Depending on the work needed to keep your temporary living space in order, you can tip anywhere from €3 to €5 per day.
Concierge: If the concierge goes out of his/her way to book reservations, offer directions, or provide insider knowledge to make your stay more memorable, it is acceptable to tip €10 to €20.
Spa Service Provider: Tipping isn’t common, but you can leave 5 percent of the total cost for exceptional service.
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