How Much You’re Really Suppose to Tip

Tipping can be tricky. Find out if you’re tipping etiquette is on point with our handy guide.

Tipping is a subject that often causes a lot confusion. Depending on where you are in the world and exactly which service you’re using, tipping etiquette can vary drastically. We’ve all been in a new situation at least once in our lives where we’ve had to google ‘how much to tip’ just to make sure our tips are on point so we came up with a handy guide to take some of the guesswork out of it for you!

Bars and Restaurants

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In the past, the rule has generally been 15 percent for good and 20 percent for great service, with 10 percent indicating you were unhappy. However, and this may come as a shocker, the rule has moved up. In recent years, 18 percent has become the new minimum for indicating your happiness with the service. 


The standard is $1 a drink or 15 percent of the total bill should you pay at the end of the evening.

Coat Check

A dollar per coat will, hopefully, ensure you receive prompt and friendly service at the end of the night.

Food Delivery

While the minimum is at least $2 per order, that number should always increase for larger orders and if the weather during the service (especially if your deliverer is on bike) is particularly bad.


how much you're really suppose to tip


While most say 15 to 20 percent is the standard, if you’re a regular customer that really loves your hairdresser, 25 percent is the best way to show your appreciation and ensure you always score that last minute appointment.


The nail technicians and makeup artists you spend time with expect to see 15 percent at the end of your time together. 


The person waxing, lasering or massaging your private and most sensitive parts should receive a minimum of 10 percent. If you’re regularly happy with the service you receive, give them 15 percent. 

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Taxi Drivers

The golden rule is 10 percent, though it can go up or down depending on how happy you were with the service. Things to take into consideration include how fast (or slowly) they brought you to your destination, how safe you felt while they were driving… or how much change you have left over from the bill you pay with.

Coach Bus Drivers

If they’re handling your luggage, it’s always good etiquette to give them $1 or $2.


Depending on the size of the move and how many people involved, $10 to $20 per mover is a good rule to follow. If they’ve worked a long day or the move involved lots of stairs, a $20 is appropriate. Life pro tip: It’s also a good idea to have bottles of cold water on hand to offer them.  

Hotel Services

how much you're really suppose to tip


While on vacation or staying at a hotel, a bellman will always offer to take your bags. If you decide to use this service, a $5 minimum or $1-2 per bag is the golden rule. 


Depending on the service provided, $5 to $20. If they’re just providing directions or keys to your room, you’re not required to tip.


It’s best practice to tip between $2 to $5 per night – definitely $5 if you left the place quite messy. Don’t forget to pay daily rather than at checkout to ensure the correct person receives the tip. A different person could be cleaning your room each day.


The standard is to tip between $2 to $5 once your car is retrieved and of course, only if your car arrives in the same condition as you left it. 

Room Service

Unless gratuity is already included in the bill, $5 is expected.

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