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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?

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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)
  • Netherlands
  • Kosovo
  • Albania
  • 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
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Montenegro
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Tip not included in the bill, but a tip of around 10% of the total is expected:

  • Germany
  • Russia (tip your waiter or waitress directly, or the management will keep it)
  • Switzerland
  • Poland
  • Bosnia
  • Macedonia

Of course, people will always be happy to receive a tip, even if they don't expect one!