How Much to Tip When Traveling to These 25 Countries

Use this tipping guide to find out where you should tip — and where you shouldn't.
  • In Austria serving charge is never ever included in the bill. Including is strictly forbidden by law. Leaving just several extra euros makes “a waitress” very sad and also angry, if she did a good job and you don´t honor it.

    Simply say “danke” (“thank you”), is the worst thing you ever can do. (Except service was really horibble.) Hope for you, that you don´t come again in a restaurant you didn´t give a min. of 5% service charge. Service will be very lousy next time. If you don´t give a tip you harm staffs proude, if they did a good job.
    It´s okay if you give 5% – a waiter expects usally 10%. Best guests give 15%, they will get a big portion of extra attention next time they arrive.

    Income is very low for restaurant employees in Austria. They work for fixed income and service charge. Please rember this, the next time you dine in an austrian restaurant. Staff will be grateful for this.

  • Martina

    In Croatia, we usually round up the bill in bars and for taxi drivers. In restaurants, if the service was good, we will leave 10% as tip. Also for local tourist guides if they did a good job it is normal to leave 2-3 dollars per person as tip. The tips are not obligatory but it shows that you were happy with the service. Of course, if you weren’t happy with the service you don’t leave anything.

  • Don

    In Canada, if you don’t tip your waitress, it costs her money to serve you!
    The a waitress has to “Tip-out” the bartenders, hosts, busboys, cooks etc. What this means is : for every order – the waitress has to pay about 4% of the value of your meal to the other staff, whether she got a tip or not.
    Unless service was horrible – 10% would be a minimum for regular service.

  • Jean

    In Canada restaurant staff tend to make minimum wage, ergo, service staff essentially live off their tips. I’ve travelled to Europe and Australia and every place I went was more then happy to accept tips. Albeit a little dumbfounded in some parts of Italy, but all very grateful. Even if it’s not necessarily “customary” to tip, and as long as its not offensive, good service should always be rewarded, some of these countries, excluding Australia, minimum wage is much lower then our home countries, some people make 2-3 euro and hour. A tip is hardly ever not warmly received. Just beware the managers of the restaurants don’t take it…. From what I understand, they don’t always exactly distribute if fairly.