Tipping In Kosovo: How To Tip In Kosovo

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Tipping In Kosovo: How To Tip In Kosovo

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.

Currency Information

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Currency: Euro

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 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

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Because tipping isn’t at all common or even expected, you won’t normally tip in taxis or at hotels. Despite that, if you want to, simply 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 on to your bill, 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 really an exception in Kosovo either, which makes visiting this country quite stress-free. Again, however, if you really do feel that the service you received warranted a tip, or you just want to help out the local economy and local workers, then perhaps 10% of the cost of your entire tour will be very greatly received and appreciated. However, do 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.


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