Greece is a country which welcomes millions of tourists each year both for its historical wonders and its beautiful scenery. It’s a country which is well prepared for the tourism trade and, as with most countries, gratuities are expected.
However, tipping in Greece can be a little confusing compared to other countries as their rules are a little more unconventional compared to your standard tipping countries.
Tipping at restaurants in Greece
When eating at a restaurant in Greece, make sure you ask the waiter for the bill otherwise you might be waiting for a while (they only bring it over to you when you request it unlike other countries which will eventually bring it over to you at the end of your meal).
If eating in a traditional restaurant, tips are not necessarily expected, but welcomed. In more tourist focussed restaurants leave 15-20%. Leave your tip in cash for the waiting staff to ensure that they are the recipients of your goodwill gesture. It is also polite to thank the owner of the restaurant for the meal at the end of your experience.
Note that restaurants in Greece will charge a ‘cover charge’ for water and bread put on the table for your meal. This will not be removed even if you do not eat or drink these (it’s usually around €1 per person).
Leaving a gratuity in a taxi in Greece
Unlike some countries, tipping in a taxi in Greece is expected. Leave around 10% of your bill fare. If the taxi driver has helped you with your bags there is an official charge which will be added to your fare. In addition, you will be expected to pay for any road fees or tolls during your journey.
Leaving a tip at a hotel in Greece
There are many hotels in Greece catering for tourists and tips are expected at most of these. For housekeeping leave €5-10 per week, for porters and bellhops give €1 per bag that they help you with (up to €5) and for a concierge (if particularly helpful throughout your stay) leave a €5-10 tip.
Tipping in a bar in Greece
Tipping in bars and cafes is not customary in Greece and there is no specific rule to stick to. If you feel the service merits a tip, round up your bill at the end of your stay.
In general tips in Greece will never be considered too much or too little. If you are polite and thankful for the service received the Greek staff are very friendly in return.