Are you planning a trip to the beautiful country of Austria and are wondering whether you’ll need to tip or not?
Tipping is relatively common in Austria, but only in particular circumstances. Hotels and restaurants occasionally include a service charge in the final bill, but you’ll have to tip separately in most cases.
This article will break down the times you need to tip and how much.
Tipping in Bars & Restaurants in Austria
In Austria, it’s common to leave a 10-15% tip in restaurants. However, the exact amount will depend on the place, occasion and order size. If the service of your waiter exceeds your expectations, leaving a higher tip is appreciated. It’s also customary to give your waiter a higher tip than a bartender, as they’re likely sharing their tip with the kitchen staff.
In bars and cafes, you can round the bill to the next significant amount. For example, if the bill comes to 8 Euros, pay 10 Euros.
If you’re drinking in a fancy cocktail bar where mixology is a craft or your barista is exceptionally skilled, you may want to leave a bigger tip to show appreciation.
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Tipping in Hotels in Austria
When staying in a hotel in Austria, it’s common practice to tip 10-20%. If you’re staying in a high-end hotel with high service levels, you’ll want to tip a range of staff, such as the maids, valets and front desk employees.
Who you tip and how much is up to you, depending on how satisfied you are with the service.
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Tipping Taxi Drivers in Austria
When travelling in a taxi in Austria, it’s common to tip 10% for a long journey and if you were helped with your luggage. For short trips, the best thing to do is to round the bill up to the nearest significant amount.
Don’t forget that when using local taxis instead of rideshare apps like Uber, you’ll need to agree on the fare before starting your journey.
Tipping Tour Guides in Austria
If you regularly travel and pay for tour guides, you’ll know that they can make or break your experience. So, when you find a tour guide you like in Austria that exceeds your expectations, tip them the standard 10%. Whether you’re joining a private, multi-day or walking tour, these types of tips are welcome.
If you join a free walking tour, it’s worth tipping the tour guide as it may be the only income they make. Sometimes you may be asked to leave a review instead of tipping, which not only helps the guides earn a commission but can also help future travellers decide to book the tour.
Like most places around the world, tipping is customary. However, in Austria, it depends on the circumstances.
In a nutshell, it’s best to tip in bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, taxis and when with a tour guide. However, your tip is always appreciated if you’ve felt you’ve had an exceptional experience elsewhere.