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While most larger hotels will include a gratuity, restaurants rarely add a service charge and a 10% tip is the custom.
Tipping isn’t mandatory in Albania but it’s common to round up the bill in a restaurant and a tip of 5-10% for good service will always be appreciated.
Tipping isn't customary or expected in Finland and is generally left up to the discretion of the customer. If the service in a café or restaurant is exceptional, feel free to leave spare change or a small tip.
Tipping is very much a part of the culture in Canada. Tipping is expected in restaurants and cafes, and is not already included in the bill. Generally, add 15% to the bill or feel free to tip a higher amount if the service is particularly good or you're feeling generous. Overall, it's your choice but remember that wait staff are usually receiving the minimum wage, which is quite low in Canada. Tipping taxi drivers and valet attendants is also customary.
Tipping is very much a part of the culture in the US. Tips are expected at restaurants, cafes and diners, as well as by taxi drivers, valet attendants, porters and hotel maids. People working the service industry generally receive the minimum wage, which is quite low and therefore rely upon tips as a major source of their income. In general, leave 15% of the bill at places serving food, $1 to bar tenders and a few dollars for hotel staff who provide a personal service like carrying bags or cleaning your room.
While tipping isn't mandatory, a tip of small change will be appreciated by restaurant staff. It's also common to tip staff while visiting hamams. It's not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although rounding up the fare for convenience is commonplace.
A service charge isn't generally included in restaurant bills. If the food and service has been good, adding a few Euros to the bill is the norm. Likewise for taxis (which won’t generally run their meter).
A tip of around 10% is normal if a service charge hasn’t been included. Most restaurants will add a sales tax of 12%.
Tipping in restaurants is becoming more common in Slovenia - leave around 10 per cent.
Rounding up the bill or leaving spare change in restaurants should be sufficient when travelling in Portugal. Feel free to tip more for good service, but this isn’t expected of you.
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