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World Wide Tipping Tips Part 2

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World Wide Tipping Tips Part 2

by Lorry Patton
All countries are not included and we will be adding to this list continually, meanwhile, I'd be pleased to hear from you if I've made important omissions. Please note that all monies are in US dollars.
For tipping tips in Canada and the United States, click here
* Argentina: up to 25% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants, an additional 5 to 10% tip is expected. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $.50 to $1 per bag. Taxi fares prearranged, tip included. Tip doormen and movie ushers $1 to $2.
* Armenia: tip 10 % in restaurants. Tip airport porters $.50 to $1 per bag. Taxi fares prearranged, tip included.
* Aruba a 10 to 15% may be added to bill in hotels and restaurants. Otherwise, tip 10 to 20% depending on the service. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 per bag. Tip housekeeping $1 per day. Taxi fares - 10% over bill.
* Australia: tip 10 % in fine dining restaurants. Tip airport porters $1 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* Austria: a 10 to 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants, an additional 5% tip is expected. Airport porters have fixed rates. Taxi fares 10% over bill or $1 to $2 for short trips. Tip gas attendants $1 to $2.
* Azerbaijan: tip 10 % in restaurants, before meals for better service. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $.50 to $1 per bag. Taxi fares prearranged, tip included.
* Bahamas: a 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to$ 2 per bag. Taxi fares 15% over bill or $1 to $2 for short trips
* Bahrain: a 10% or 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants. Additional tips not expected. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to$ 2 per bag. Taxi fares 10% over bill or $1 to $2 for short trips
* Brazil: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. Cabbies may charge extra for bags.
* Brunei: a 10% service charge is added to bill in restaurants. Taxi fares or private drivers prearranged, tip included.
* Cayman Islands: 15% to 20% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants. Taxi fares - 15% over government set fare. Fishing excursions: $15 to $ 20 added to package.. Hotel shuttle service $1 per person.
* Chile: a 10% service charge is added to bill in restaurants, an additional 10% tip is expected. Airport porters and hotel bellmen and ushers $1 to$ 2 per bag. Taxi fares 15% or 20% over bill.
* China: a 10 or 15% service charge is added to bill in better restaurants. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to$ 2 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. China is still new to the custom, so ask before tipping if you aren't sure. It is customary to refuse when your first offer.
* Costa Rica: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurant and hotels. Otherwise, tip 10% to food servers. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Tip housekeeping $.50 per day. Tip tour guides $1 to 5 per day per person.
* Cuba: although illegal, a 15 to 20% is added to bill in restaurants. Housekeeping $.50 to $1 per day. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares $1 to $2 over bill. Have dollars handy and give one or two to ushers, tour guides, doormen, anyone who helps in anyway.
* Denmark: a service charge is added to bill in restaurant and hotels and taxi fares. No further tips expected. Porters and taxi drivers who help with luggage expect $1 to $2 extra. Tip $.50 to toilet attendants
* Dominica: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in hotels and restaurants. An additional 5% may be added.
* Ecuador: a 10% service charge is added to bill in better restaurants, an additional 5% to 10% tip is expected, handed directly to the server. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $.50 per bag. Naturalists and guides $4 to $8 per person per day. Drivers $2 per day. Boat crew on excursions can get up to $5 each per excursion. Guides are tipped separately from the rest of the boat crew. No tips for cabbies.
* Egypt: a 10 or 12% service charge is added to bill in restaurants, an additional 10% tip is expected. Taxi fares: tip included in fare, an additional 10% over bill is expected. Local change sufficient for all others in the service industry doormen, docents, guides, gas attendants, ushers ...
* Fiji Tipping is not expected in Fiji. Gift exchange is customary and some resorts have a fund for this purpose.
* Finland: a service charge is added to bill in restaurant and hotels and taxi fares. No further tips expected. Tip airport porters and taxi drivers who help with luggage $1 to $2 extra. Tip $.50 to toilet attendants.
* France: a 12 to 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurant and hotels. Taxi fares - tip 10 to 15% over bill. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Tip housekeeping $1 to $2 per day. Gas attendants not tipped unless they check your tires or wash your windows. Standard tour guides $2 per day per person. Tip $.50 to toilet and cloak attendants, $1 to docents and ushers.
* Guatemala: a 10% service charge may be added to the bill in restaurants and hotels, an additional 10% very welcome. Taxi fares prearranged, tip included. Tip housekeeping and hotel bellmen in finer hotels only. Private guides tip $4 to $5 per day.
* Germany: a 10 to 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants, an additional 5 to 10% is expected by waiters, bartenders and food servers. Tip housekeeping $1 per day. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Give small change for gas attendants who clean windows, check oil and tires. Tip $.50 to toilet and cloak attendants. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* Holland: value added tax and a service charge are added to bill in hotels, restaurants, shopping bills and taxi fares, additional 10% tip welcomed but not expected. Taxi fares - tip 10% above fare. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Tip $.50 to toilet and cloak attendants.
*Hungary: tip 10 to 15% in restaurants. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Note: Gypsies playing exclusively for you leave $2 on their plate. Taxi fares - tip 10 to 15% above fare. Tip $1 to $2 to all others in the service industry, including gas attendants who check your tires or clean your windows.
* Hong Kong: a 10% service charge is added to bill in restaurants, an additional 10% is welcome. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Small change to housekeeping and doormen. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. Tip $.50 to toilet and cloak attendants.
* India: a 10% service charge is added to bill in finer hotels and restaurants. Otherwise, give small change in local currency to housekeeping, porters, doormen and waiters. Taxi fares prearranged, tip included. Tip private drivers $ 1 to $2 per day.
* Indonesia: up to 21%: service charge may be added to bill in restaurants, 10% is standard, additional 10% is expected. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. Private guides $4 to $5 per day. Small local change sufficient for all others in the service industry.
* Ireland: a 10 to 15% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants and hotels. Otherwise, tip 10% to 15% depending on the service. Tips airport porters $1 to $2 per bag. Tip bartenders price of drink at the end of the evening. Taxi fares - tip 10% above fare. Tip small change to ushers and toilet attendants.
* Israel: a service charge may be added to bill in hotel and restaurants, additional tipping not expected. Otherwise, tip 10 to 15% . Tip housekeeping $1 per day.. Tip hotel bellmen $2 or $3. Tip tour bus drivers $2 per day, guides $4. Tip private guides $20 per day per group.
* Italy: a 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants and hotels, additional 5% to 10% is welcome for good service. Airport and train porters have set fee. Tip hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Tip housekeeping $1 per day. Taxi fares - tip 5 to 10% above fare. Small change to doorman for calling cab.
* Japan: Tipping is not expected in Japan, however, a 10 to 15% service charge may be added to bill in finer hotels and restaurants. Taxi drivers, barbershops, bartenders and hotel porters do not expect a tip. Airport porters have a preset fee for baggage assistance.. If you must give a reward for exceptional service, appropriate envelopes are available in hotel gift shops.
* Jamaica a 10% service charge may be added to bill in hotels and restaurants. An additional 5% is welcome. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 per bag. Tip housekeeping $1 to $2 per day. Taxi fares - tip 10% over fare.
* Kenya: Tipping is not customary in Kenya. A 10% service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants. Otherwise small change in local currency may be offered to taxi drivers, porters and waiters.
* Luxembourg: a service charge is added to bill in restaurant and hotels, an additional $2 or $3 is welcome but not expected. Taxi fares - tip 15% above fare.. Tour guides $2 for the driver and $3 for the guide.
* Macau: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants. Otherwise, tip 10 % to food servers. Small change in local currency may be offered to taxi drivers, porters and toilet attendants.
* Madagascar: 10 % tip is added to bill in finer restaurants or leave small change. Tip airport porters $.50 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* Malaysia a 10 to 15% service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels. Otherwise leave food servers small change in local currency. Tip airport porters $1 per bag. Tipping is not expected in local cafes and restaurants. Small change in local currency may be offered to taxi drivers.
* Mexico: a 10 to 15% service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels. An additional 5% is welcome. Local restaurants 10% over bill is common. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares or private drivers prearranged, tip included.
* Morocco: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels. Otherwise leave small change ( $1 to $2 ) in local currency to food servers, hairdressers, parking and restroom attendants. Airport and hotel porters $.50 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* New Zealand: Tipping is not expected in New Zealand and service charges are not added to bill in hotels and restaurants. For exceptional service a 5 to 10% tip is appropriate. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. Tip airport porters $1 to $2.
* Nicaragua: a service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels. Otherwise tip food servers 10 to 15%. Give small change in local currency to hotel staff, hairdressers, and local guides. No tips for taxis but you can round to the nearest dollar.
* Norway: a service charge is added to bill in restaurant and hotels and in taxi fares. No further tips are expected. Tip airport porters and taxi drivers who help with luggage $1 to $2 extra. Tip $.50 to toilet attendants.
* Oman: a 10 to 15% service charge is added to bill in finer restaurant and hotels. Taxi fares or private drivers prearranged, tip included.
* Peru a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants and hotels, otherwise, tip food servers 5 to 10%. A cover charge may also be included in your meals. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $.50 to $1 per bag. No tips for Taxis.. Small change in local currency to bartenders, toilet and gas attendants who check tires and oil. Tip tour guides and bus drivers $1.50 to $2 per day.
* Philippines a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurant and hotels. Other wise tip 10 % to food servers. Tip airport porters, doormen and hotel bellmen $.50 to $1 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* Portugal: a 10 to 15% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants and hotels. Otherwise tip 10 to 15% to food servers. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Tip housekeeping $1 to $2 per day. Tip hairdressers 10%. Taxi fares - tip 10% above fare.
* Saudi Arabia: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels; tip an extra 10% for special service.
* Singapore: a 10 to 15% service charge is added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels. Otherwise, tip 10% to food servers. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar
* Spain: a 10 to 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants and hotels. Additional tip expected for good service in finer restaurants. Tip airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. Small change in local currency appropriate for housekeeping and ushers.
* South Korea: a 10% service charge is added to bill in tourist hotels and restaurants. Otherwise, tipping is not expected. For luggage service from taxi drivers, airport porters and hotel bellmen, small change in local currency may be appropriate, however, be sure you don't insult the person you are tipping.
* South Africa: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants. Otherwise, tip 10 to 15% to food servers, hairdressers and bartenders. Tip airport porters and bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares - tip 10% above fare.
* Sweden: a service charge is added to bill in restaurants and hotels and taxi fares. No further tips expected. Porters and taxi drivers who help with luggage expect $1 to $2 extra. Tip $.50 to toilet attendants.
* Trinidad a 10 to 15% service charge may be added to bill in hotels and restaurants. Otherwise tip 10 to 15 %. Taxi fares - tip 10% over fare.
* Turk and Caicos: a 10 to 15% service charge is added to bill in restaurants and hotels. Otherwise tip 10% to food servers. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* Taiwan: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants and hotels. Otherwise, tip 10% to food servers. Tip airport porters and bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares - tip driver if he assists with baggage.
* Ukraine: tip 10 to 15% in restaurants, before meal to improve service. Taxi fares - tip 10% above fare.
* United Arab Emirates: a service charge is added to bill in finer restaurants and hotels. Tip additional 10% for exceptional service. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar.
* United Kingdom: a 10 or 15% service charge is added to bill in most restaurants. If not, tip 10 to 15% above bill. Airport porters and hotel bellmen $1 to $2 per bag. Taxi fares - tip 10% over bill. Tip $.50 to toilet attendants.
* Thailand: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in restaurants. Otherwise, tip 10% to food servers. Small change in local currency may be appropriate to hotel bellmen and housekeeping, however, be sure you don't insult the person you are tipping. Gifts may be more appropriate.
* Vietnam: a 10% service charge may be added to bill in government hotels and restaurants. Taxi fares - customers round to the nearest dollar. Small change in local currency may be appropriate to food servers, hotel bellmen and housekeeping, however, be sure you don't insult the person you are tipping. Gifts may be more appropriate.
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