A Guide To Tipping in Major Cities Around the World

When it comes to tipping, things can get a little tricky. If you tip too little, it can be offensive. On the other hand, tipping too much will burn a hole in your pocket. But knowing what’s common can make a huge difference, which is why we’re breaking down how much you should tip in some of the biggest cities around the world. 

When Tipping in Europe and the UK:

Recommended: 5 to 15 percent

For Europe and the UK, the range is pretty varied. However, in most places, tipping is not essential or required. But if you want to leave a tip for exceptional services, 10 to 15 percent is the norm in London whereas 5 to 10 percent is what’s common in Madrid, Paris, Rome, and other European cities. 

When Tipping in the US:

Recommended: 20 to 25 percent

New York City and other United States metropolises are big on tipping. In fact, its a large part of American culture, so a good rule of thumb is between 20 to 25 percent at every establishment. Given most hospitality staff is overworked and underpaid, a larger sum tip (or even a small compensation depending on the type of assistance) shows gratitude for service workers.

When Tipping in Asia:

Recommended not to tip

The act of tipping has been historically viewed as rude in the Chinese and Japanese culture. Therefore, it’s not recommended to tip the restaurants and staff when dining in cities such as Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Plus, a service charge of 10 to 15 percent at upscale establishments is typically included in the bill — given employers determine the worthiness of their offerings as opposed to the old-age motto: “the customer is always right.”

When Tipping in Australia:

Recommended: 10 percent

Lastly, Australia is a whole nother ball game. While most locals don’t consider tipping as part of the hospitality culture, tipping is encouraged at 10 percent in cities like Sydney or Melbourne, if the service and food is exceptional.

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