Eating out is without a doubt a major part of every travel experience, and one that can leave a lasting impression. Asking for the bill in a foreign country is easy, because the gesture indicating that one wishes to pay is universally understood. But what are the rules about tipping in your destination?
In some places tipping is customary, while elsewhere waiting staff do not expect a tip. Below is a list of tipping customs by country. Dober tek! (Bon appétit!)
A tip is not expected, but rounding up the bill is appreciated:
- Czech Republic (10% tip in tourist areas)
- Slovenia (up to 10% tip in tourist areas)
The tip is usually included in the bill (if not shown on the bill, add around 10%):
- France (if it says "Service Compris" on the bill)
- United Kingdom
Tip not included in the bill, but a tip of around 10% of the total is expected:
- Russia (tip your waiter or waitress directly, or the management will keep it)
Of course, people will always be happy to receive a tip, even if they don't expect one!