December 5 2013 Latest news:
Adam AIken, Editor
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Embarrassment and ignorance over what we’re supposed to tip in restaurants and taxis means two thirds of us end up over-tipping when we go on holiday.
The tipping culture varies from country to country, resulting in many people paying too much either through confusion or just to be on the safe side.
“Tipping varies from country to country, leaving many travellers in a complete muddle and tempted to over-tip on holiday to avoid embarrassment,” said Joanna Williams, head of marketing for International Currency Exchange.
“It really pays to do your research so that you can budget accordingly. For example, in some parts of the US and Canada, tips can be in the region of 20pc. That’s £200 out of a budget of £1,000, making it a serious expense.”
In contrast, there is no tipping in Japan, where it is considered an insult.
“In Europe, tipping is pretty relaxed, usually in the region of 5pc to 10pc, while in Bangkok travellers can just round up taxi fares and add 10pc to restaurant bills,” Ms Williams said.
So how much should you tip? Here is some guidance from International Currency Exchange.
Brazil: Brasilia – 10pc is already included
Bulgaria: Varna, Burgas – 10pc in a restaurant
Canada: Mississauga – 10pc-15pc
Canada: Ottawa – 15pc
Canada: Toronto – round-up your fare in a taxi; 15pc-17pc in a restaurant
Croatia: Dubrovnik – 10pc
Czech Republic: Prague – 10pc
Egypt: Cairo – 5pc-10pc
France: Paris, Nantes – only if you want to, 5pc
Germany: Berlin – 10pc if satisfied
Ireland: Dublin – optional service is usually included at 10pc
Japan: Tokyo – tipping is not a custom
Latvia: Riga –10pc in a restaurant if not included already
Netherlands: Amsterdam – 10pc
Spain: Madrid – 5pc-10pc
Thailand: Bangkok – round-up your fare in a taxi; 10pc in a restaurant
Turkey: Istanbul – 5pc-10pc in a restaurant
US: Honolulu – 15pc in a taxi; 15pc-20pc in a restaurant
US: Los Angeles – 15pc
US: Miami – 15pc-20pc
US: New York City – 5pc-20pc
US: Orlando – 20pc