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Tipping In Greece: How To Tip In Greece
Denominations: Notes – 5 – 500, Coins – 1 & 2 euro notes, 5 – 50 cents
Other currencies accepted: Dollars may be accepted in some tourist resorts; however, Euros are the main currency accepted across the country. You’re free to use your credit or debit card quite widely in main towns, cities, and tourist areas, although have cash handy if you’re heading into a more rural or smaller area, as you may struggle to find ATMs or restaurants with card machines. Outside of rural areas, ATMs are very widely available.
How To Tip In Greece
Tipping is quite common in Greece, however as with most other countries, you’re not obliged to tip if you simply don’t feel the service you received was worthy. If you’re dining in a restaurant, you should check the bill before deciding whether to tip or not; this is because a service charge or fee may already have been applied, which can be anything between 5-10% of the bill. This amount is instead of a tip, so if you see a service charge or fee, you don’t have to tip more.
If there is no fee added, it is customary to tip between 5-10% of your final bill if you feel the service was worthy of a tip. Give the tip amount in cash to the waiter, as some owners don’t allow their staff to keep their own tips. You could also simply tell your waiter that you don’t want the change as you pay.
If you want to tip in a hotel, perhaps to the porter or housekeeper, then around 1 Euro per bag for the porter is a good idea, with 1 Euro per day for the housekeeper. You can leave this on the bed or somewhere in your room where they can easily find it. If you used a concierge and you want to tip, you give the tip directly to them.
Tipping in taxis isn’t really expected or required, but if you want to do so, you can simply round the oil up to the nearest Euro and tell the driver you don’t want the change. The maximum tip in a taxi is 5% of the final fare amount.
Tour guides are another group you may choose to tip if you really enjoyed the tour they gave you. Around 10% of the tour price is a good amount here, but the final choice is really up to you as there are no hard and fast rules here, and they will be grateful for any tip you choose to give them.
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