Tipping in N Europe,,guides, waiters & waitresses,bellho
Just wondering what a fair amount would be for a shore excursion guide in Northern Europe,,like in St Petersberg or Stockholm or Berlin. I don't want to be cheap, but I am not wealty (now) either (thanks stock market). Also, I read some other thread aobut how tipping too much in Europe is considered rude. So I want to know about tipping in restuarants, tipping the cab driver, tipping the bell hop, tipping the tour guide, tipping the bus driver etc. What is a fair amount. I will be in Copenhagen for 3 days and want to do the right thing. NOt worried abou the ship,,I have that covered.
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Something else to think about, in Europe the expectancy is very different to the US. Over here we tip for good service & not simply because it is expected.
I know that this can cause a lot of issues when European's travel over to the States & don't even think about tipping because we are not used to it.
Most staff over here are paid a proper wage (see the amount we pay for a meal!!) & the tip is seen as your way of saying thank you to the staff for a job well done.
In general we do not tip taxi drivers (again ask for a rough price before taking a taxi, but make sure you are sat down !!), and for tour guides & drivers it is quite the norm to simply put loose change or a couple of folded up notes into their tips box, or hand.
Don't worry, no-one will think you are being tight, and most people won't bother leaving anything
Have a great time,
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