Every country has rules on tipping for service. Some encourage generosity while other discourage tipping at all. Instead of wondering what the rule is when you visit one of our service locations, check out the list below and know what amount is appropriate to tip, if at all!
EUROPE: Restaurants in Europe tend to include the tip in the service charge on the bill. While it is acceptable to leave a few Euros over, you are never expected to tip 20 percent. When using a taxi, round the fare up or leave an extra Euro.
ESTONIA: Locals do not tip for meals during the day, but leave 5-8 percent at night, but only in cash. At hotels, expect to pay one Euro per bag carried and give your concierge a five Euro tip. For taxi rides, you can round up the change, but it is not expected. Tipping is only done in Euros.
FRANCE: No tipping is required at restaurants but most locals tip 10 percent. Expect to tip two Euros per bag carried at hotels and for housekeepers. Taxi drivers expect 10-15 percent tip, preferably in Euros.
GERMANY: Tipping is generous in Germany with 10-15 percent at restaurants, 1-3 Euros for each bag carried, five Euros per night for housekeepers, and 20 Euros for the concierge.
GREECE: Locals tip five percent for expensive meals and 10 percent for inexpensive ones. Expect to tip one Euro per bag carried, one Euro for housekeeping, and only tip concierges for something special. No tips are expected for taxi drivers.
HUNGARY: Average tipping in Hungary is 10 percent of the restaurant bill. Tip 1-2 Euros per bag carried, 3-5 Euros per day for housekeeping, and only tip the concierge for extraordinary service. Round up the fare for taxi drivers.
ICELAND: Tipping is not accepted in most locations. Restaurants include the tip in a service fee. Do not tip in hotels or for taxi rides.
ITALY: Tipping in restaurants is capped at 10 percent. Tip five Euros for bags carried and 1-2 Euros for housekeeping. Often tips are refused in Italy, but you are expected to insist it be taken.
RUSSIA: Tip your waiters in person up to 10 percent. Do not leave it on the table. Hotels expect 3-5 Rubles per trip with bags, housekeepers get 2-3 Rubles per night, and concierges get 10-20 Rubles for good service. When using a taxi, always negotiate the fare before you get in and tip 10 percent.
SCANDINAVIA: This is the one area where tipping is discouraged. Service charges are included in bills or not expected. Expect service charges in restaurants and hotels, but do not tip staff individually.
SPAIN: Restaurants in Spain expect cash tips from 7-13 percent. At hotels, tip one Euro per bag carried, five Euros per day for housekeeping, and 5-10 Euros when the concierge is helpful. Round up the fare for taxi drivers and always tip in Euros.
SWITZERLAND: Tipping in restaurants is not expected, but 5-10 percent is fine. The service charge is included in hotel stays, so only tip the concierge 5-10 Swiss Francs for making special reservations. For taxi drivers, roundup the fare or give an extra 5-10 percent.
TURKEY: Restaurants expect a 10 percent tip and only in cash. Hotel concierge tips depend on how nice the hotel is, with five-star hotel concierges getting 10-20 Swiss Francs. Round up fare for taxis. Swiss Francs, Dollars, and Euros are accepted.
UNITED KINGDOM: Restaurants typically include a service fee. If its not on your bill, tip 10-15 percent. At hotels, pay 1-2 Pounds for bags carried and 1-2 Pounds for housekeeping per day. Round up your fare for taxi drivers. Pounds are preferred for all tips.