Tipping in India 2024 | How Much to Tip & When Say NO

Tipping is expected in tourist places in India. Moreover, it’s a vital source of income. But I think tips should only be given when deserving a good service.

In India, people in your service expect tips. Tips are expected by the driver, porters, bellman, guide, waiters, etc. In India, tips are called “Baksheesh.”

Usually, the average tips are about 10%, but it may vary by situation. It depends on the quality of the service. 

Tipping in India
Tipping in India

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Tipping culture in India

What is tipping culture in India? So here’s a simple list to help you figure out who, when, and how much to tip while staying at your next Indian hotel.

In this blog from my experience, I will share what a good tip in India is. When you tip someone, Where to tip, and then avoid it.

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Symbol of Indian Currency
Symbol of Indian Currency

Average Good Tipping Rate in India

If you ask me, what is a good tip? Or what is the average tipping rate in India? The answer is that 5 to 10 percent of your total cost is a good tip. Like:-

  • In India, the tip is given in Indian currency. 
  • The rupee is India’s currency. 
  • One Dollar means approximately 80 Rupees (1$ = 82 INR or Rupee). 
  • For the bellhop, 20 to 30 rupees is good per bag. 
  • Food in a restaurant: 5 to 10 %
  • For local drivers, give them an extra 20 to 50 rupees on the total bill. If it is a day tour driver, it will be 50 to 100 rupees.
  • Guide 200 to 300 rupees for a day.

How Much to Tip in a Hotel in India

Tipping in Indian hotels is a bit confusing. Most tipping here will be for Bell boys, room service, hotel maids, housekeeping, etc. The tip here will depend on what kind of service you are getting. As per the service, you will tip the person.

Suppose you are staying at a hotel in Delhi. Let’s say the hotel tariff is 5000 per day. In this case, you can tip Rs. 20 to 30 for a small task. 

For bringing coffee to your room, you can tip them 10 to 20 rupees, which is a good tip. But if you stay in a luxury hotel, Rs 10,000 per day. Here, you can tip Rs. 30 to 50 for a small task.

Indian rupees
Indian rupees

Some hotels may have a central tipping box. So travelers can contribute a tip for the whole staff. I think the standard tip to the tip box is Rs 100 to 200 rupees. Many hotels do not always expect you to tip their staff, too. So tip those people around you when you leave.

Should the Receptionist be Tipped?

Receptionists or front-desk workers do several jobs. They answer your question and provide information. Tipping is not required here; smile and say, “Thank You.” However, if they did something exceptional to make your stay happy, tip them 5%-10%.

Should the receptionist be tipped in India?
Should the receptionist be tipped in India?

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How much to tip in a 5-star hotel in India

As I said before, it all depends on your budget. If you stay in a five-star hotel, you could tip that time for bellhops and the room service 100 to 200 rupees.

For the housekeeping, 200 to 300 rupees per day. For the watchman, Rs. 150 to 200. 5% to 10% of the total bill in the restaurant is a good tip.

How much to tip a hotel, Bellhop, and Bellman

In India, Hotels do not mention any fixed tipping system. Many hotels in India only give tips to those who provide service. Like you tip a hotel bellhop or bellman. Many hotels have a no-tipping policy, too. So, ask about their tipping policy at the front desk when you check in.

A hotel bellhop brings your luggage to your room and will be hopeful for a tip. I would suggest as much as 10 to 20 rupees per suitcase. Otherwise, you can tip the bellhop a total amount.

For example, if the bellman brings three bags to your room, you may give them tips for about 50 to 60 rupees. If two hotel porters do the job, tip them individually depending on how much luggage they carry.

Hotel bellhop and bellman
Hotel bellhop and bellman

How much to tip room service

Room service is an in-room dining service. Hotels provide it. It allows the guests to choose food and beverage items for delivery in their hotel rooms.

You can tip them 5% to 10 % of the total bill. 50 to 60 rupees is a good tip for that. Many hotels include the room service charge in the bill. So, there is no need to pay extra.

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How much to tip a hotel maid

A hotel housekeeping department is an important department. The hotel maid department handles cleaning the guest rooms; after checking out, they are responsible for cleaning the room properly and preparing for the next guest.

Like the other stuff, hotel maids are also hopeful for a tip. Most of all, they neat and tidy your room every day. If you need extra towels or blankets in your room, they arrange them as soon as you tell them. At a luxury hotel, 200-300 rupees, and at a budget hotel, 100 to 150 rupees is a good tip. 

Tipping a hotel maid India
Tipping a hotel maid India

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How much do you tip housekeeping in hotels in India?

Tipping the housekeeping staff is optional. However, a 20 – 25 rupees tip is good if the work impresses you. Some hotels install a tipping box where you can leave a tip for the entire staff. Rs 100 is a standard tip for them. The tip amount also depends on the hotel you are staying at.

How much to tip in a restaurant in India

Generally, the tip is 6-7% of the bill amount. But the international standard is 15-20% of the bill. Many restaurants have a service charge of approximately 5-10% of the bill amount. And if there is a service charge, it is fine without leaving any tip.

I will give you an example to understand: in a luxury hotel or a Deluxe hotel, order some food and alcohol at Rs 1500; your bill could be closer to Rs 2000 because of 18% GST(Goods and Services Tax), 10% service charge, a luxury charge, and alcohol VAT are on the total bill.

Moreover, many decent restaurants have no service charges. There, you can leave a 10% tip with the total bill.
Roadside food stalls or small restaurants do not charge any service fees. But if you like the food and the service, you could say, “Keep the change.”

Restaurant tip by Indian Note
Restaurant Tip by Indian Note

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Tipping at a buffet

Tip the people who bring your food or provide drinks at a buffet restaurant. You can tip them 10% to 20% on the billing amount. However, if the buffet has a self-service system, tipping is unnecessary.

Tipping at a buffet in India
Tipping at a buffet in India

Tipping the Waiters

The waiters are tipped according to the service. You can tip 15% on the bill or 10% if the service is exceptional. On a bill of 1000 rupees, leaving a 100 rupee tip is good. Generally, people leave a tip at the end of their meal.

Tipping the waiters in India
Tipping the waiters in India

Tipping for Home Delivery

Tipping the delivery person for groceries, food, medicines, etc., is a good practice. We can tip them rupees 10-15 per delivery. If they add a delivery charge to your billing amount, tip is not obligated. You can tip the staff who help you carry bags to your home. They can be tipped rupees 5-10.

Tipping home delivery in India
Tipping home delivery in India

Tipping the Valets

Many hotels and restaurants provide valet parking services. Tipping the Valets is the same as tipping the hotel staff. When returning your car, tip the valet 20-50 rupees. The amount of tip depends on the hotel you are staying in. However, at malls and parking lots, avoid tipping.

Tipping Valets in India
Tipping Valets in India

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Tipping Car, Cab, and Taxi Drivers in India

It is normal to tip the drivers of cars, cabs, or taxis in India. We can tip them by rounding off the fare to the nearest 10. For example, if the vehicle is booked for an entire day, give them rupees 50-100. When you pay them at the end of your trip, increase the amount by 10%. It is good etiquette. 

Tipping car cab and taxi drivers in India
Tipping car cab and taxi drivers in India

How Much do you Tip in Bars?

At bars, the tipping depends on the complexity of your order. You can leave a tip of 15% for the bartenders or just 10% on the bill. Before giving a tip at a bar, check the bill for service charges. If the bar has already added 5%, you can consider and leave your tip.

Tip in Bars in India
Tip in Bars in India

How Much do You Tip a guide Per Day?

Tour guides and drivers are tipped after the trip, especially if they provide exemplary service. You may tip them 100-200 rupees after considering the quality of their service. You may tip 10-20% of the tour cost for a walking tour guide. If the tour cost is high, tipping 5% is acceptable.

Tipping a travel guide in India
Tipping a travel guide in India

How much do you tip an Adventure Guide?

The average tipping amount for an adventure guide is 10-20% of the tour cost per person. The tip depends upon your satisfaction level. Consider the size of the group before giving a tip. If the group size is small, 100 – 150 rupees is a standard tip. If the group size is large, tipping rupees 300 – 400 is good.

Tipping an adventure guide in India
Tipping an adventure guide in India

How much should you tip a Private Tour Guide?

Give them a group tip of 200-400 rupees for a half-day tour in India. You can also leave a group tip of 500-700 rupees for a whole day trip. 

The driver accompanying you can be given a tip of 200-300 rupees a day. A local driver’s tip varies between 50-100 rupees.

Tipping in India in a Salon and Spa

Tipping at the salon and spa is difficult. So many people serve you in different ways. It’s not customary to leave a tip at a salon or spa. But if the service impresses, you may leave a tip of 10-15 rupees.

Should you Tip your Hairdresser?

We can give a tip of 10% on the bill to the hairdressers. However, they may expect a little more on occasions like Diwali.

Tipping a hairdresser in India
Tipping a hairdresser in India

Do you tip Tailors?

It’s uncommon to tip tailors, as they get paid for their work. However, if the tailor has worked exceptionally by delivering 2-3 items on time, then a 10-15% tip is good. You can give your regular tailor a box of sweets or similar at festivals.

Tipping a tailor in India
Tipping a tailor in India

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When should you not tip in India?

  • Tipping for street foods is not required. 
  • Many restaurants levy “service charge,” and tipping is unnecessary there. 
  • Don’t tip the car, cab, taxi, or auto drivers if they are not charging fairly according to the meter or if there is an unnecessary delay.
  • If you wish, buy some food for beggars, but cash (rupees or coins) is not recommended.

Is rupees 500 a good tip?

Suppose you are going on a group tour. Then tipping rupees 500 for a group of 8 to 10 people is good.

How much should you tip a private driver in India?

You can tip the private car driver 10% to 20% of the bill amount for their service.

How much should you tip at a 5-star hotel?

At a 5-star hotel, you can tip rupees 150- 200, or 20% of the bill amount.

How much should you tip your waiter?

You can tip waiters 10% of the bill amount. You can tip them 15% of the bill if the service is exceptional.

What is the average tip in India?

Generally, leaving a 10% to 15% tip on the bill amount is a good practice in India.

Can you tip in the US dollar in India?

In India, the Best practice is to pay in the local currency (in Rupees).

Is tipping mandatory in India?

Tipping is not mandatory; however, it is considered good etiquette. For example, in 5-star hotels and restaurants, it is etiquette to leave a tip.

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  1. that’s amazing guide.. full brief .. each and every point well elaborately explained.. Thanks for this guide..

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