Tipping in Kosovo isn’t as much of a ‘thing’ as it is in many other European countries, so most people won’t be offended if you don’t do it. However, if you feel that the service you received deserved a tip, then go ahead, and you won’t offend anyone. It’s also a nice thing to do, considering how low the wages are in Kosovo.
Denominations: Notes – 5 – 500, Coins – 1 & 2 euro notes, 5 – 50 cents
Other currencies accepted: You may find that the Serbian Diner is accepted, although this will only be in the majority Serbian areas. Cash is used more often than credit and debit cards, although you will be able to use these in the major cities, especially in Pristina. You’ll find ATMs in major cities.
How To Tip In Kosovo
Because tipping isn’t expected or even expected, you won’t usually tip in taxis or hotels. Despite that, if you want to, round your taxi fare up to the nearest Euro for taxis and a small, set amount per day in your hotel. Again, it’s not expected, so you’re not at all obliged to do so.
If you’re visiting a restaurant, particularly a more upmarket choice, then you can choose to tip 10% of the bill if you want to, although it won’t be looked for. You also won’t find a service charge added to your account, even in the capital. You’re also not expected to tip bartenders if you choose to head out for a few drinks, but again, if you want to, simply round up the nearest Euro and leave the change for the bartender.
Tour guides aren’t an exception in Kosovo either, which makes visiting this country relatively stress-free. However, if you do feel that the service you received warranted a tip or want to help out the local economy and local workers, perhaps 10% of your entire tour’s cost will be very much received appreciated. However, be aware that the tour guide, or whoever you’re tipping, is likely to look at you slightly in embarrassment because of the general non-tipping environment you’ll find in Kosovo.