Tipping Guidelines

Tipping in Italy
Tip guides about €1 per person for a half-day tour, more if they are very good.
Italians tip smaller amounts in small cities and towns, often not at all in cafés and taxis north of Rome. The following guidelines apply in major cities.
In restaurants a 15% service charge is usually added to the total; it’s customary to give the waiter an additional 5%-10%, depending on the service and on the quality of the meal.


Tipping in Greece
Tipping in Greece, especially when eating out, is confusing. By law a 13% service charge is figured into the price of a meal (menus sometimes list entrées with and without service, to let you know their net cost---not to imply you have a choice of how much to pay.) However, it is customary to leave an 8%-10% tip if the service was satisfactory.


Tipping in France
Bills in bars and restaurants are required by law to include service, but it is customary to round out your bill with some small change unless you’re dissatisfied. The amount varies — from €0.15 for a beer to €1.50 - €2.30 after a meal. In expensive restaurants, it’s common to leave an additional 5% of the bill on the table.


Tipping in Spain
Unlike in the United States (it is common to leave 10-15%), there are no official norms on how much to tip.
Locals tip very modestly, if leave any gratuity at all. However, it is considered polite to leave a small tip for a waiter in a restaurant (no more than 5% of a bill) and some change for a bartender in a bar. It is also common to tip a taxi driver, a toilet attendant, and a hotel staff.
Tip guides about €1 per person for a half-day tour, more if they are very good.