• How much should I tip when traveling?

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jul 10, 2012 | 26 Comments

    One question we are asked all the time is “how much should I tip while traveling?”

    Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, keep these guidelines in mind:

    Airport Tip Guide

    • Taxi/Limo Driver – 15% to 20% of the fare
    • SkyCap:  $1 per bag, $2 per heavy bag
    • Curbside check in – an extra $1 – $2 per bag


    Cruise Tip Guide

    • Cabin Steward:  $3 – $4 per person/per day
    • Head Housekeeper:  $5 per person/per cruise
    • Waiter:  $3 – $4 per person/per day
    • Busboy:  $2 per person/per day

    Hotel Tip Guide

    • Bellhop:  $1 – $2 per bag
    • Doorman:  $1 (for taxi)
    • Housekeeping:  $2 – $3 per night
    • Parking Valet:  $1 – $2
    • Room Service:  15% of the bill
    • Spa Treatment:  15 – 20% of the bill

    Restaurant Tip Guide

    • Waiter:  15% – 20%
    • Sommelier:  15% of wine bill
    • Coat Check:  $1 per coat

    Transportation Tip Guide

    • Taxi:  15% of fare
    • Group Tour Guide:  $10 per day or 15%
    • Private Tour Guide:  $20 per day or 20%

    Again, these are just guidelines for thanking those who help you enjoy your trip.

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    1. Some excellent guidelines here! It’s always one of those things you do need to know when travelling!
      Thank you!

    2. Great, informative article on what to tip, Maria! Thanks for sharing this.

    3. Sherie says:

      I am really glad that you wrote this post! This is something that I have been unsure of (except for waiters and waitresses) and now you have cleared it up! Thank you ! Great info.

    4. What a great list, thank you!

    5. This is wonderful to have all of this in one place — thank you so much!!

    6. karen p says:

      Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!

    7. Karla Campos says:

      Thanks for the guidelines, I follow them as long as the service is up to par. Bad service gets low tips, don’t want to encourage bad service : )

    8. Maria, this is such a thorough list of what to yip folks! This is so handy that I am bookmarking this page. Thanks!

    9. Jamie says:

      This is GREAT information, and I’m bookmarking this page to look over before my next big trip.

    10. Anita says:

      Most awesome post! I am not a world traveler yet but when I am I have this bookmarked to refer to 🙂

    11. Sally K Witt says:

      Always good to be up to date on tipping guidelines!

    12. Thank you for sharing this very valuable information. I will definitely be bookmarking it. We are going on our first cruise in Oct. and will definitely be using this as a guide. 🙂

    13. Sharon O'Day says:

      Great guidelines, Maria. The only thing you didn’t mention is to be certain the tip has not already been included in the bill, especially in places such as restaurants, room service, etc. For example, because the tip is included in many European tabs, in places like South Florida where lots of Europeans vacation, they add the tip to the tab … or servers won’t get tipped because Europeans will assume it’s included … and, yes, I’ve double tipped by not paying attention. 😉

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