Tipping in Europe
Although it is similar to tipping in the West, tipping in Europe is not the same everywhere. Usually it is 5-10% of the bill. Tips in cash are the way to go as when you pay with a credit card, as there might be no tip line on the receipt. You can always round up when tipping and tips for take out are not expected. Here is a guide to tipping by country.
Restaurants, It is normal to tip, but it doesn’t need to exceed 10%. Tip in cash and hand it directly to the server, or tell the server how much the bill should be including the tip. Hotels, tip 1 Euro per bag, taxis, tip 10%.
Restaurant bills usually include a 15% tip. If the service is not included in the price, a 15 % tip is standard. Hotels, 1.5 Euro for room service and porters. Taxis, 10% of the charge.
Servers in Germany are paid a salary, but you can still choose to tip. 3-5% added to the bill is standard. Tip hotel porters 1 Euro per bag; taxis, tip 10%.
In restaurants you can find find both “il coperto” and “servizio incluso” written on the menu. “Il coperto” is the cover charge, which is generally one or two Euro, and which takes care of things like bread before the meal and a glass of tap water. “Servizio incluso” means that service is included, meaning they’ve already figured in a tip for you – it’s usually around 15%.
Tax and service charges are included in your check-in hotels, taxis and shops. Tips for great service are appreciated but not necessary.
Service is included with the price of the meal or drink. Tipping is a common practice at bars and restaurants, hotels, and taxis, depending on the total price for the service, and on the generosity of the client. It is usually around five to ten percent of the total price.
The United Kingdom
If the service is good, you can tip but it isn’t necessary. Most hotels will charge a service charge of 10-12%. In restaurants when the service charge is not added, you should leave 10-15% of the total bill.
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