How to Tip Around the World


Here in the UK, leaving a tip is often seen as a gesture of good will if you have found the service or food particularly pleasing. However, what a lot of Brits seem to forget is that not all countries follow the same rules. In Countries such as Egypt, tipping is expected even if you don’t think it’s deserved. Then on the other end of the spectrum is Japan, where tips may even be refused. 

Making sure you don’t offend a restaurant can be tricky, have you tipped too much or too little? That’s why we’ve created a short summary of what each country expects when it comes to tips. You’ll never be stuck again!

You must tip in…

  • 🇨🇦 Canada 

  • 🇺🇸 USA

  • 🇪🇬 Egypt

  • 🇹🇷 Turkey

A tip of 10% – 20% is almost always expected for good service in Canada, The USA, Egypt and Turkey. Even if you found the service was poor, a smaller tip of roughly 5% of the total bill is often left.


You should tip if your happy in…

  • 🇧🇬 Bulgaria

  • 🇬🇷 Greece

  • 🇪🇸 Spain

Similar to the UK, tipping isn’t obligatory in Bulgaria, Greece or Spain. However, it is common practice to leave tips particularly if you are paying in cash. Most people will either round up the bill to a convenient amount or add a maximum of 10% on to it.

Tipping isn’t necessary in…

  • 🇦🇪 Abu Dhabi

  • 🇦🇺 Australia

  • 🇸🇪 Sweden

Tipping is not expected in Abu Dhabi, Australia or Sweden, however they are much appreciated. If you felt that the service has been particularly good then you may leave an extra 10% on top of the bill as a tip. But.


A service charge is already added in…

  • 🇦🇹 Austria

  • 🇧🇪 Belgium

  • 🇭🇷 Croatia

  • 🇮🇸 Iceland

In Austria, Belgium, Croatia and Iceland many services include tax and a service charge in their bill which will normally add up to 10% – 15% of the total bill. Hence, why tips are never expected here. However, you may tip a little extra on top of this if you feel service was outstanding. However. 

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Do not to leave tips in…

  • 🇨🇳 China

  • 🇰🇷 South Korea

  • 🇲🇾 Malaysia

  • 🇯🇵 Japan

Despite not being commonly heard of, there are countries where restaurants and cafes hold a no tipping policy. This is common in China, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan – a tip may be politely refused. However. 

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