Tipping Etiquette for Around the Globe

Are you a miserly tipper, someone your friends are embarrassed to go out with? Does your significant other add more money to the tip when you turn your back? Or maybe you’re one of those people who like to feel important by leaving a huge tip? Either way this tip guide will help you in your travels and journeys around the globe.

New York – Restaurant: 15-20% Taxi: 10-15% Airport Porter: $1-$2 per bag

London – Restaurant: None Taxi: 5-10% Airport Porter: $1-$2 per bag

Moscow – Restaurant: 10% Taxi 5-10% Airport Porter: $1-$2 per bag

Tokyo – Restaurant: Some have a 10% service charge; if no service charge, no tip Taxi: None Airport Porter: No porter tipping

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Restaurant: Not obligatory, but some have a 10% service charge Taxi: Locals rarely tip, but 10% at the most Airport Porter: $1

Paris – Restaurant: 5-10%, though many add a 12-15% service charge Taxi: None, or round up to the next euro, but no more than 10% Airport Porter: Tip not necessary

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Restaurant: Not obligatory, but some may have service charges Taxi: Not obligatory but no more than 10% Airport Porter: $1

Lagos, Nigeria – Restaurant: Many add a 10% service charge Taxi: None, fare is negotiated Airport Porter: $1-$2

Mumbai, India – Restaurant: 10% service charge Taxi: 10% for private hired taxis; otherwise round up Airport Porter: $1

To avoid those awkward moments of discomfort when tipping, arm yourself with small change in local currency and familiarize yourself with these current tipping procedures. Also check out the International Tipping Guide for more Countries.

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