Tipping Tips

Tipping Tips

Here’s a tip - always tip for good service, no matter what the local norm.  

That being said, tipping in Europe, like tipping anywhere, is a fine art with particular “rules of conduct”.  While the tips are generally smaller than those expected in the US, there is still a strong tipping culture throughout Europe.

Restaurant Tips

Restaurant tipping is always a bit tricky, especially since it varies quite a bit not only between countries, but also between types of establishments (note, only restaurants with wait staff require tipping, if you order food over the counter at a pub, there is no need to tip).

In most countries, a 10% tip more than suffices.  Anything above that can be perceived as tacky.

Many eateries particularly in the Mediterranean include a service charge, so always double check before you end up leaving a double tip.

In busy restaurants and cafes, especially those found outdoors, it is recommended that you hand your tip to your waiter, rather than leave it on the table (at the risk of being stolen by one of the many passerbyers).


Taxi Tips

A taxi driver generally expects a 5-10% tip.  That means, whatever your fare, round up.  For example, if it comes to €4.50 give €5. If it comes to €9, give €10.  Of course if you feel like you’re being ripped off and literally taken for a ride along the way, you can choose not to tip.


Other Tips

Other people you may consider tipping along the way include a particularly good tour guide, hotel porters (generally one Euro per bag), the hotel maid (a total of one Euro per night, left at the end of your stay).

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.