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How much should I tip when traveling? - Ingenious Travel

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Posted in General Travel Information, Travel Tips, Uncategorized, on 10 July 2012, by , 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.

Don’t have a trip planned? Contact Ingenious Travel today so we can help you make it happen!


  1. Sherie

    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.

  2. Susan Preston

    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. 🙂

  3. Sharon O'Day

    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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