Here’s How Much You Should Tip In Every Country, According to Experts

published Jan 9, 2023
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If you have exciting travel plans lined up for 2023, then you’re probably in the process of researching hot spots, good eats, and local customs — including whether or not tipping is standard practice for service workers. 

Although you’re expected to tip service workers here in the U.S., tipping is a no-go in some countries like Japan. So to help you get a better grasp on the tipping situation in nations across the world, put together a graphic based on TripAdvisor’s etiquette guides and other sources that shows where, when, and to whom tipping is appropriate.

When you’re out to eat on vacation, tipping 10 percent is expected in 66 countries, with the majority of those countries being in Europe. Servers in the U.S. and Canada expect the highest tip (between 15 percent and 20 percent) because tips make up most of their wages. But in countries including China, Japan, South Korea, and Australia, tipping is not practiced.

If you’re staying at a hotel while you’re traveling, it’s customary in 141 countries to give the bellhop or hotel porter a tip of $1 or $2 for carrying your bags — except for the U.S., where tip hovers in the $5 range. Countries like Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway do not expect tips for hotel staff, nor do more eastern countries like China, Australia, and Japan.

And taxi driver tips are even rarer than hotel tips on the global sphere. In 88 countries, taxi tips aren’t necessary. In the U.S., taxi drivers expect a 15 percent tip, and those in Spain, Portugal, and Canada expect a 10 percent tip when the ride is finished.

You can check out the full tip breakdown over on to make sure you have enough cash to dole out the right amount of tips (if any at all) during your 2023 getaway.