How much should I tip in Chile

Tip etiquette when traveling
So the tip does not become a faux pas

It is a question that comes up again and again when traveling: How much tip is appropriate here in the restaurant? Here comes the guide for all those who travel a lot.

It should be clear that tips are linked to good service. A German study shows that two thirds of those surveyed do not tip at all when the service is poor. But what percentage is appropriate if tourists want to reward the good service with a “tip”, “pourboire” or “drickspengar”?


The service is included in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France. While Switzerland Tourism recommends “rounding up”, a tip of 5 to 10 percent is quite common in restaurants. NZZ Bellevue gastro critic Wolfgang Fassbender has written about whether this is always appropriate. . .

Southern Europe

The service is also included in the price in southern European countries such as Spain, Italy or Greece. Nevertheless, a tip is also common here: "The amount depends on the price and the generosity of the customer, but is usually between 5 and 10 percent of the total amount," advises the Spanish tourism website, for example. In Italy, on the other hand, the "coperto" (cover) is sometimes charged - the amount should be deducted when giving a tip.


The further north in Europe, the less it is advisable to tip. In Denmark and Norway, for example, tips are "not common" according to tourism websites. In Norway, however, restaurants and bars are the exception: here Norwegians tip when they are satisfied with the service and food.

"A friendly gesture is usually more important than a tip in Sweden," says the Swedish tourism website. If a tip is given, it is done by rounding the amount up.

Great Britain

In the UK, it is common to tip between 10 and 15 percent in restaurants. Be careful: sometimes restaurants deduct a service fee directly. "Tips are not common with drinks in a pub or bar," according to the UK tourism website.


In countries like Morocco or South Africa, tips of 5 to 10 percent are common in restaurants and bars. The South African tourism website promises that it will “always be acknowledged with a friendly smile”.

North America

The most famous example of a lot of tipping is America. There is a proud 15 to 20 percent in the restaurant. The rule of thumb for the bartender is one dollar per drink. The reason: "Please consider that many service staff are dependent on this additional income to finance their living," says the US tourism website.

South America

A service fee of 10 percent is usually already on the restaurant bill in countries like Chile, Colombia or Brazil. In countries like Argentina or Peru, the 10 percent is given extra, recommends the label for South America from the travel guide "Lonely Planet".

Australia and New Zealand

Tipping used to be quite unusual on the continent of Oceania. Nowadays, 10 percent in a restaurant is “more than generous”, says the New Zealand tourism website. However, the rule applies especially to upscale locations.


Formerly a strict no-tip culture, this has changed over time in many Asian countries. In Thailand today, up to 10 percent is common - especially in upscale restaurants. In Japan, for example, tipping is still a bad “faux pas”, according to the Japanese tourism website. The mentality that good service is included in the price is firmly anchored there. There the guest is not only king, but even god, as a Japanese proverb says.