Travel tips: Tipping

Tipping can seem like a travel quagmire.

If you want to read up on tipping more extensively, try The Original Tipping Page at

But here’s a brief guide to standard North American tipping guidelines.

  • Waiters: 15% of total Bill before taxes 
  • Captain: 5%, if diner writes tip on check- waiter gets it all, unless the diner specifies how the tip is split up.
  • Headwaiter: $ 5.00 and up, in cash.
  • Sommelier: 5-10% of the wine selection. ($2-3 dollars is a good tip)
  • Bartender: 15% of check, $2.00 minimum.
  • Hatcheck: 50 cents – $1.00 per couple
  • Restroom attendant: $1.00 
  • Doorman: to get a taxi $1.00, bad weather or rush hour $2.00.
  • Other staff at a frequently visited restaurant should be tipped once or twice a year.
  • Nightclubs – Headwaiter: $2 – $10 per person, the more you tip usually ensures better service.
  • Limousine Service: 15% to driver, or $5.00, if tip is included in bill.
  • Hotels: Valet, Room Service, Bartender -$10 ces depending on the quality of service. Bellman, Chambermaid – $1.00-$5.00 per day.