Tipping Shuttle Drivers and More: 9 Travel Tipping Tips
Do you tip or not tip? What is the best tip size? How much to tip? For travelers worldwide, it isn’t easy to know when and how to tip.
You need to know the appropriate tip amount for airport shuttles and taxis to take you to your hotel. Tipping etiquette will vary depending on where you live, but some general guidelines can be applied to all tip-worthy situations.
Tipping shouldn’t cause you to stress while on vacation. When tipping service providers and shuttle drivers on your next trip, these are nine things to remember.
Your Airport Shuttle Driver
It’s a free ride. You probably chose to park a lot farther away than the terminal to save on parking. Do you tip the airport shuttle driver who takes you from your car into the terminal?
There is no set standard for tipping your airport shuttle driver. It’s always nice to tip shuttle drivers. They drive frustrated passengers back and forth between parking lots and terminals for hours. They help people get to where they need, rain or shine, cold or heat.
One dollar per bag is an acceptable tipping standard. Consider tipping one dollar per person if you have many bags.
Your Hotel Shuttle Driver
Many hotels offer free shuttle services to take guests from the airport to their hotel. You don’t need to tip if you take a shuttle ride from the airport.
How do you tip a hotel shuttle driver? Although it is a “courtesy shuttle”, you can still give “courtesy” to the driver. For each bag and person, you tip your driver, give one to two dollars.
Your Hotel Porter
Is there a porter who can help you get your bags to your room at the hotel? Tip!
Porters earn tips. Porters can carry heavy bags all day and deliver them to your home in perfect condition. If your bags are extremely heavy, you can pay for them as much as you like.
Your Tour Guide
Your tour guide is already paid for. Perhaps you have booked a tour with a company that offers an all-inclusive service: entry, travel, guide, meals, and lodging.
It’s customary to tip tour guides after the tour, even though you pay for the experience.
- Consider one dollar per person for a multi-day tour.
- One dollar tip per person for a driver who doubles as your tour guide is acceptable.
- A separate driver and tour guide is a good idea for multi-day touring tours. It costs $5-10 per person.
Remember that you don’t have to tip guides at national parks or free exhibits.
Concierge Service for Your Hotel
Do not be afraid to ask for the help of your concierge. They are there to make sure you have as many memorable experiences as possible while you’re staying at the hotel.
Your concierge can help you make reservations and dinner suggestions, find theater tickets, arrange transportation, and organize local tours. The concierge is familiar with the area and can help you match activities and dining options to your tastes.
Your concierge should be paid five to ten dollars, depending on the assistance they provide.
As you enter or leave the hotel, a doorkeeper will open the door. Walking to dinner or shopping, a doorkeeper will help you find a taxi or guide you. If it is raining, a friendly doorkeeper will be there to help you wait for your taxi.
Give your doorman a few dollars if you hail a taxi. A five-dollar tip is acceptable if they provide you with an umbrella and keep you dry.
Your taxi driver
Make sure to tip your taxi driver when you take a taxi from your hotel to the other end of the city. Taxi drivers are hard-working and earn tips. They will take you to the most convenient route and make sure that your ride in the taxi is enjoyable.
You can tip your driver 15-20% if you arrive on time and safely at your destination. You can always tip your driver more if you enjoyed your ride with the cab.
The Hotel Maid
It is common for travelers to ask about tipping the housekeeping staff. The room is already paid for. Is it necessary to tip the housekeeping staff in addition to the room price?
You can tip one dollar per day, up to ten dollars per night at the end of your stay. If the Do Not Disturb sign was left at your door, and your room isn’t cleaned that day by housekeeping staff, you don’t need to tip them.
Restaurants and Bars
Ask your concierge for information about local tipping practices. Tipping bar staff and waitstaff for tips is a good idea.
Do you drink only at the bar? As a tip, leave 10-15% of your tab.
Do you tip or not tip? What is the best tip size? How much to tip? For travelers worldwide, it isn’t easy to know when and how to tip. You need to know the appropriate tip amount for airport shuttles and taxis to take you to your hotel. Tipping etiquette will vary depending on where…