There is no set standard for tipping in Ireland. You may find that a service charge is already included in the bill, and anything beyond that is considered a bonus. This Ireland tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.
Tipping in Ireland
Tipping in Ireland may not be standard practice, but there are certain places when it’s acceptable, if not expected, to leave a few coins. A good rule of thumb is to leave 10 to 15 percent when service exceeds expectations. Be aware, however, that some restaurants include service, or a Service Charge, in the final bill, so keep an eye out for that language at the bottom of the receipt before tipping extra. It is common for servers not to receive tips included on a credit card, so try to leave cash whenever possible.
As for tipping other services, there are a few quirky rules to keep in mind. This Ireland tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.
Ireland Tipping Guide
Cafe Server: If there is a tip jar by the cash register, it’s a nice gesture to leave a couple of coins. For exceptional table service, round up to the nearest €5.
Restaurant Server: The tip is sometimes included in the final bill (Service Charge), but not always. Check the bill first for these inclusions before deciding what to tip. If the service isn’t included, a tip of 10 to 15 percent is encouraged. Servers sometimes don’t receive tips included on a credit card, so always try to tip in cash whenever possible.
Bartender: It’s rare to tip a bartender, as most do not expect it and some may even refuse it. Table service, however, is considered to be separate, and it is considerate to leave a €1 to €2 for great service.
Taxis: A tip isn’t expected, but is appreciated. A good rule of thumb is to round up to the nearest euro for a short trip and to the nearest 10 euro for a longer ride.
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: Gratitude is always welcome when a doorman assists with luggage or hailing transportation. A simple thank you is appreciated, but feel free to offer €1 for exceptional service.
Bellhop: It is customary to tip €1 to €2 per bag, depending on size, but no more than €5.
Housecleaning: Everything is typically included in the hotel bill, but feel free to leave €1 to €2 per night for a spotless stay.
Concierge: If the concierge goes above and beyond with helping you book reservations, giving you directions, and providing insider recommendations, it’s considerate to tip €1 to €2.
Stylist: It’s considerate to tip 10 percent of the final bill if you’re satisfied with the results.
Spa Service Provider: A tip isn’t expected, but you can leave up to 10 percent for anything that goes above and beyond your expectations.
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