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The Do’s and Don’ts of Tipping in Europe

Each country has its own tipping practices. There are a number of things to keep in mind when leaving a tip including the percentage of the bill and the amount of loose change in your pocket. So, before you enter a restaurant or bar, make sure you acquaint yourself with tipping practices in different countries of Europe. A simple rule that works across countries is to leave the tip in cash.

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Tipping in Prague, Czech Republic

If you are in Prague, Czech Republic, then after consuming your food, you should check the bill to see whether a tip is included in the bill amount. If you do not see a tip is included in your bill, then leave a ten to fifteen percent tip.

Tipping in Paris, France

In Paris, check your bill because it is sure to a service charge included. Thus, there is no need for you to leave a tip. Even so, you may want to leave a small amount of money to round up your bill. This extra amount will be considered a tip.

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Tipping in Rome, Italy

In Rome, Italy, the practice of tipping is not widely prevalent. You are not expected to leave a tip but you should do so to look more generous. In most cases, you can leave a few Euros as a tip but make sure you do not leave more than ten percent of your bill amount as a tip.

Tipping in Barcelona, Spain

When in Spain in a city like Barcelona, you will notice that service charges are included in the bill amount. Thus, there is no need to leave a tip but if you like the service, and if you are feeling generous, then leave a ten percent tip in a high-end establishment. Or, you can simply leave the change as the tip in a casual eating place. There is no need to leave a tip in bars in Barcelona.

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Tipping in London, England

If you are in the English capital city of London, the first thing you need to do when presented with your bill is to check to see whether the service is included. If it is not, then you can leave a ten to fifteen percent tip. In pubs, you do not have to leave a tip. Generally, speaking you do not need to leave a tip in other English cities as is it not part of the British culture.

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Tipping in Lisbon, Portugal

In Lisbon in Portugal, the norm is for you to leave a tip of around five percent of your bill amount at a coffee shop and in restaurants, the norm is to leave a ten percent tip. In case you happen to be dining at a restaurant like the Belcanto or A Travessa, then you will need to leave a higher tip. In places frequented by tourists, you should check the bill to see whether the service is included. Cab drivers do not need to be tipped though rounding up the fare is a good way of appearing generous.

Tipping in Budapest, Hungary

If you are in Budapest in Hungary, the norm is to leave a ten to fifteen percent tip for good service. If you are in a restaurant in a busy part of the city, then the service is probably included in the bill. It is expected that you should tip the gas station attendant and the same goes for attendants at the washroom. Ideally, you should leave a tip of about one hundred to two hundred Forints, which is about 33 to 66 cents respectively.

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