How Much To Tip Traveling Abroad

by Brandi Savitt – June 25 , 2012

The Around the World Tipping Cheat Sheet

The American tipping system has baffled foreign tourists for decades, but you don’t need to be confused about other cultures’ customs when taking your next trip abroad .  Check out our Fab & Fru around the world tipping cheat sheet, and save some bucks and some face on your next trip out of the country!

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Tipping is not a mandatory custom in Australia.  However, a tip for good service is often given as a thank you.

Restaurants- 10% for good service at a restaurant, and always leave loose change for the bar staff at the pub.

Hotels - Tipping is uncommon.

Taxis – Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped, but it is customary to `round-up’ the fare to the nearest dollar or two – especially if you have a lot of luggage and the driver has been helpful. –It is not unheard of that some cabbies actually round down the fare if they have a really a good chat with you!

Tour Guides - Tips are not expected, but a small tip is appreciated.


Tipping in Canada is similar to our customs in the United States…

Restaurants -  Gratuities are seldom included in restaurants prices, but you may find it has been included on the check if you have a large party.  It is customary to tip approximately 15% on the total bill before tax, and 20% for exceptional service.

Hotels - $2-5 per night for housekeeping, $1-2 per bag for the bell hop, $2-3 for the valet, and $5 per request for the concierge

Taxis - A minimum of 10% for the total fare

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3 Responses to “How Much To Tip Traveling Abroad”

  1. Louie says:

    Let me pose another question, what do you leave as a tip when you have lousy service? This is always a problem. Doesn’t a TIP literary mean “To Insure Proper Service”?

  2. Simone says:

    In general I’m a generous tipper, I’m a world traveler and I like to do the right thing, so I always study the tipping customs before I go anywhere.

    I’ve been to Australia 6 times and have many friends there. The Aussies absolultey HATE that Americans have bought a tipping culture to their country! Aussies don’t tip, and Aussie workers are paid decent wages. A typical NYC dinner for two in a medium priced restaurant runs about $90 – $120, and we’re expected to tip 15 – 20% on top of that to pay the waitperson who’s making just a few bucks per hour. In Australia, that same -+$100. dinner will cost about $150. Australian dollars, and no tip is expected because the watperson is being paid a decent living wage from their employer. If service is “over the top” fabulous, you could tip a few dollars as an extra thank you, but it’s not necessary and not expected.

  3. Simone says:


    That’s why they often change the word “tip” to “gratuity” :)

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