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The Ultimate Tip Calculator: How to Tip Around the World

How much do you tip around the globe?

Tipping can be confusing, even here in the United States.  You want to tip the correct amount, and sometimes, you just don’t know how much that is exactly.  After all, you want to be polite and let your server know you appreciate what he or she has done for you.

Here is a tipping guideline for you to follow while you travel across the globe.  You might be surprised to find out that not everyone tips the same amount throughout the world. In fact, some places you don’t even tip at all!

So, come with us as we take you on a quick trip around the world to see exactly how much is appropriate to tip!

Let’s start with the United States. Here in the US, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the total bill, before tax.  At a coat check, leave $1 or $2 dollars, and at coffee shops or take out spots, $1.00 is sufficient. In Canada, you should also do the same and tip 15 to 20 percent at restaurants.  However, note that tip jars are not as common in Canada as they are in the States, so you might not tip as much for fast food, coffee shops or other types of counter service. Mexico is also similar to the United States. Here, you can tip 15 to 20 percent at restaurants and bars.

In the United Kingdom, service charges are often already added to your restaurant bill. If it is not, then tip 10 to 15 percent. Here, you are not expected to tip in fast food restaurants or pubs. France is another country that also typically adds a service charge to your bill.  It is called a “service compris”.

If you are traveling to Spain, you might be surprised to find that tipping isn’t required or expected.  But if you want to round the bill up that is considered polite.  At a nicer establishment, you can leave a 10 percent tip.  This also holds true for Croatia.

In Scandinavia, a service charge is typically added to restaurant and bar bills so you don’t need to tip on top of this.

In Asia, tipping is very different.  In fact, in China, tipping was considered rude.  This is slowly changing, however, and tipping is becoming more common in the tourist areas and Hong Kong.  If they include a service charge of 10 to 15 percent pay this amount. If they do not include a service charge, it is a general rule not to tip in the local spots in China.

In Singapore, restaurants are beginning to add a 10 percent service charge and you can tip over this if you wish.  However, tipping is still not considered the norm in this area.

And in Japan, tipping can also be considered rude.  However, if you do leave a tip, it is customary to leave it in an envelope.

Even in Australia, tipping is still not expected. However, if you wish to leave a tip at a higher end establishment, leave 10 percent.

And in Italy, additional tipping is not expected. However, some restaurants will include a cover charge which is called a pane e coperto.  Also, they might include a service charge which is called servizio.


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