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Tipping in Spain

Tipping in Spain

Tipping in Spain is different than in North America. While many service industry professionals earn lower wages and depend on tips for a living in countries like the United States, their Spanish counterparts often earn comparatively higher salaries.


Bars and cafes

Very little e tipping exists or is expected.



Tipping is also not expected in the majority of sit-down restaurants, you can often just leave the change.

Tipping is more common in elegant restaurants or with larger groups. Most Spaniards still only leave about 5 percent of the total.



Normally no tipping other than rounding up if you wish. Some Spaniards will tip their cab drivers more if he or she performed a special service, such as helping carry luggage from the cab itself into a hotel. Even in this case, though, the total tip never usually exceeds one euro.

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Hotel staff

Tipping hotel staff in Spain is more common:

  • Porters: Around 1 euro per bag
  • Housekeeping: Between 2 and 5 euros per day
  • Concierge: 5-10 euros for exceptional service
  • Room service: 1 or 2 euros to the person who delivers the service
  • Doorman: 1-2 euros if they help you with luggage or hail a cab


Spa and resort staff

Tipping is not expected, but you can leave around 10 percent of your total bill if you wish.


Tour guides

  • Your guide will appreciate a tip. As a general rule, the smaller your group is, the more you should tip.
  • For example, if you and your partner are taking a private guided tour and your guide provided excellent service, most people would tip them anywhere from 10 to 20 euros per day.
  • Ona larger tour 5 euro per day is fine.

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