Are you headed to Romania? Then, you’ll need to know how to tip. No one wants to be in a foreign country and offend the locals.
Here in this tipping in Romania guide, we cover what a hotel maid, bell boy, restauranteur, tour guide, and taxi driver will expect as a part of Romanian customs.
Currency: Romanian Leu (RON/Lei)
Denominations: Notes: 1- 100 Lei. Coins: 1 – 50 Bani
Other currencies accepted: If you have Euros left over, you might be able to use them in Bucharest; it’s doubtful they will take them anywhere else, especially in smaller towns and cities. For this reason, it’s not a safe idea to rely upon, and it’s far better to change a small amount of your cash before you arrive and then use a reliable bank, ATM or change office when you arrive.
How To Tip In Romania
If it is your first time in Romania, you should note that Romanians have embraced a tipping culture. However, it’s not pushed at you; that said, there are some unwritten rules.
You only need to tip if you had a great experience you had. As a general rule, you should plan to tip around 5-10% for general service and up to 15% for exceptional service, as that is what is expected in Romanian culture.
Tipping At Bars & Restaurants In Romania
In Romania, you are 100% expected to tip bartenders as it’s part of the wage, and it depends on how much you enjoyed your drinks and what to tip – between 10-20% of the bill is the general rule of thumb. You should leave cash tips on the bar or in the tip collection jar if there is one.
In local restaurants, you should leave a tip if the gratuity is not already included on the total bill. Look for “coperto” on the receipt, which stands for “service charge.”
You can leave a cash tip in the wallet with the receipt to ensure that the server gets the tip directly. If you pay the gratuity on your debit or credit cards, the Romanian servers will probably never see the money.
Tipping Service Providers
When visiting Romania, you may also find that a tip might be hinted at when you’re ordering fast food or attending a spa or hairdressing salon, or other such type of service.
Again, it’s up to you if you want to, but if you enjoyed the experience, give up to 10% of the bill for good service.
Tipping Guides In Romania
If you have been on a perfect tour and want to tip the guide, you should consider leaving around 10% of the tour as a reasonable gratuity. However, if you seriously enjoyed it, you might want to add much more. On the other hand, if it was a terrible tour, don’t feel obliged to tip anything!
Tipping Taxi Drivers In Romania
Taxi drivers are one area where tipping isn’t expected, but you can round up your fare amount if you want to do so. You should realize that if you’re going to tip anyone, it’s best to do it in notes and not coins, as these aren’t worth much and could cause offense!
In major cities like Bucharest, you should be warned that cab drivers are well known to scam unsuspecting tourists – so check and double-check the meter and final fare, especially on short journeys.
Tipping In Romanian Hotels
Finally, if you’re staying in a hotel and want to tip the hotel main, you could consider around 4 Lei for the cleaning staff for every day you’re staying, and approximately 2 Lei for every suitcase you have for the hotel porter. If you use the services of a hotel concierge, it’s kind manners to tip them before you leave, with anything up to 15 Lei considered average.
Tipping On Public Transportation
This is one area where no actual tips are required. But hey, if your bus driver helps you with directions or your bags as you would in other European countries, give the person a small tip!
What Currency To Tip In?
Always tip in the local currency – otherwise, staff have to collect tips in your currency and go to the exchange office, and they may lose a portion on commissions and time spent exchanging money. That said if you have landed and only have euros or Dollars in your wallet, leave them, as it is better than nothing.
Now you are ready to leave a small tip or a generous tip without making a mistake – happy tipping in Romania!