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Tipping In Slovenia: How To Tip In Slovenia
Slovenia may be small, but it’s packed with attractions. You can drive across in just a couple of hours, yet there’s everything from towering mountain peaks to historic cities, UNESCO-listed caves, and a spectacular coastline.
Often considered as a Central European country rather than a Balkan country, Slovenia has more in common with Austria and Italy than with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is a place dotted with onion-domed churches, where geraniums adorn wood-beamed houses and characterized by a disciplined mindset.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Denominations: Notes: 5 – 100 EUR. Coins: 1-2 EUR, 5-50 cents
Other currencies accepted: Another country using the Euro is Slovenia, so if you’re traveling between Montenegro and Slovenia, you won’t have any problems with your cash! Despite that, make sure you have change with you if you’re heading away from the major towns and cities, as they’re not going to want to change large denominations. You may find that other major currencies, perhaps Dollars, will be changed in some places, but it’s always best to have Euros as this is not guaranteed at all. If you want to change other currencies, it’s best to go to a bank and do so.
How To Tip In Slovenia
Slovenia has only really just opened up to the idea of tipping, and this is mostly in the major towns and cities, and not in the rural or smaller areas. It’s worth bearing in mind that Slovenian staff aren’t paid wonderfully well, so anything you do give them will be very gratefully received. Restaurant and bar staff, in particular, are often paid minimum wage only and rely upon tips in the tourist resorts to top up their wages every month.
In bars and restaurants, if you enjoyed the service, a standard 10% of the bill is a good mark to aim for. If the service was super-amazing, you could go for more, but this is your choice alone. If you receive inferior service, do not feel that you have to tip. You also don’t need to tip a bartender unless you really want to.
Slovenia is one country where tour guides don’t actually expect to be tipped at all. This is quite unusual; however, if you want to do so, you can tip if you feel like you experienced fantastic service from a knowledgeable guide. In this case, 5-10% of the tour price is more than enough.
The fact that Slovenia is not really a tipping country means that you’re free to choose who you want to tip your hard-earned Euros towards, and if you are in a taxi, the good news is you don’t have to tip at all, as it’s really not expected. If you want to, a couple of Euros is more than enough. The same can be said for service staff in your hotels, such as porters and cleaners, if you feel that they looked after you very well during your stay.
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