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Old 08-27-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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But I thought tipping was an American thing. Do Europeans tip? If so, how much?

Am considering a tour to London and Paris for 7 days in the spring.

Who are we supposed to tip?


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I don't think I'm going to book with EF...reading the fine print they are ABLE to change dates up until 2 months before departure. Right now we are scheduled to have final exams and then leave the next day. IF they move it 4 days up, like they can....I'd be STUCK! The BBB has tons of complaints on them for this very thing.

So, anyone know of a travel agency/tour group that you can go overseas ...but most importantly- make monthly payments?
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:22 PM
 
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You don't usually tip in western Europe, unless you want to or have exceptional service.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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In many places in Europe the tip is built into the restaurant bill.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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It really depends on the circumstances but, in general, you tip nowhere near 15%.

In the UK, I might go to 10% in a restaurant providing a gratuity was not already built in. I would never tip in a pub and I might round the numbers up for a taxi.

In France, I would round out the change by a Euro or two in a restaurant and by a few cents in a cafe but, generally, would not tip.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Rick Steves has some good tips.

Rick Steves' Europe: Tipping Tips from Europeans

Rick Steves' Europe: Tipping Tactics for Europe
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I always tip about 10% but try to round it up. For example if the bill says 72,95 I would give 75 if the service was not so very good and 80 if the service was excellent.
In general, the tip is included in the bill and the staff is paid by their employer, but they do not earn so very much and the tip is a part of their monthly income, so I try to tip at least 2-3 Euros.
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