How to Tip by Continent

Tipping is a sign of gratitude for a good service or a job well done. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom and etiquette which varies in between countries. While tipping is customary to most countries, there are still some places in the world where it’s not allowed and they consider tipping rude or offensive.

The next time you travel to another continent, make sure to take note of correct tipping etiquette.


Tip restaurants from 5% – 10% when no service charge has been added to your bill. When in hotels, $1 is the minimum tip for porters. You may also tip the concierge in advance for additional services like helping you to get tickets to special events or attractions. Taxi drivers are tipped about 10% of the total bill. Not all countries in Africa will accept American Dollars, prepare local currency.


 In Japan, China, South Korea and in Singapore, tipping is not part of the culture and is considered insulting.

In Hong Kong, tipping is not expected at hotels and restaurants establishments. A 10% charge is added to the bill instead.

In Macau, which is previously a colony of Portugal, tipping is widely accepted.

In most Southeast Asian countries, restaurant tipping isn’t a requirement but it is recommended to leave 5% – 10% tip as long as no service fees have already been added. For taxis, just round up the fare and leave the change.

In Indonesia, tipping is common especially in large tourist areas such as Bali and Lombok – 10% – 15% tip at restaurants, 10% – 20% at massage parlors, 5% on taxis and around $1 per bag for bellboys at high end hotels.


Tipping in Australia is not required or expected. The federal government of Australia protects the rights

of workers by providing them with a minimum wage. In New Zealand, tipping is not a traditional practice, but is accepted as a gesture of kindness.


When dining out in Europe, tips should always be in cash and not of credit cards.

When there are no service charges already added then it’s ideal to leave a 5% to 10% tip at restaurants.

For Hotels, porters are tipped €1 – €2 per bag and housekeeping staff around €1- €2 per day. However, in Italy, Finland and Iceland, tipping is not customary.

North America

Tipping is a social custom in both Canada and the United States. In restaurants, tips range from 15% to 20% as long as there are no service charges already added. Hotel porters are tipped $1 – $2 per bag and housekeepers about $2 – $5 per day depending on the rating of the hotel. Taxi drivers expect tips of about 10% – 15% of the total bill. In fact, there were laws created to make sure that the pooled gratuities are redistributed among all employees of the establishments.

South America

Tipping is uncommon in Paraguay since service charges are included in the bill. Restaurants in most parts of the continent expect a 10% tip when there are no service charges already added; about $1 per bag for hotel porters and around $2 per day for housekeeping staff. Exceptions apply when staying at luxury hotels. Taxis do not require tips though you could always round up the bill.

14 thoughts on “How to Tip by Continent”

  1. I like places in which tipping is not required or expected. Tipping should be something extra for an exceptional experience, not something that is expected. I am in the US and tipping, quite frankly, is out of hand. An expected tip is not really a tip.

  2. It can be so tricky to figure out the tip when you are travelling. This is a great guide. I will have to save it for later.

  3. I’m never very good at tipping, it’s not really something that is always done here (some people do, some don’t), it’s interesting to see how it changes around the world.

  4. I work in restaurant that is right next to a hotel and gets lots of travelers, there a lot of people from other countries who do not how we tip in this country and end up leaving nothing on bill that i worked hard on…I really appreciate this post and shared it on FB!

  5. I had absolutely no idea some of the countries in Asia did not tip and I’m half Asian but, an American mix of two different ethnicities and only one culture….American. I guess I’ve been living in an “American culture bubble.” I think I seriously need to travel more. I find traveling helps us to expand our knowledge, learn about other cultures and customs in order to adopt an evolving mindset.

  6. I feel that every country should have policies to pay proper wages to its people. The tip shouldn’t be the major part of their salary as we have in the United States!

  7. This is a great post on tipping for those that travel world wide. Tipping is something that is custom here in the U.S. but I didn’t know it was considered rude or what not in some countries. Thanks for sharing the information.

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