tipping in Austria

Tipping in Austria is common, mainly in restaurants and for taxi drivers. However you should tip less than in North America and less than some of Europe. This is because there is usually a service charge already included in the bill (in a restaurant or in a hotel), and waiters earn a decent salary. There are some exceptions though, so please read the tipping guide for each service to be sure.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Austria

In hotels Tip Good Service It will be appreciated

Hotel bills often include a service charge. However, you can also leave a gratuity for good service. Generally, you can tip the bellhop/porter around 1 – 2 Euros per bag and the housekeeper 1 - 2 Euros per night – leaving the gratuity on the bed. This isn't required though but if you receive good service it will be appreciated.

tipping in restaurants in Austria

In restaurants Tip 5% for good service

If you receive good service you can leave a gratuity of around 5%, or round-up the bill – the same applies for bars and cafés. There is often a service charge already added to the bill (around 12.5%), but it’s customary to round-up the bill in addition to this. Only leave a gratuity if you are happy with the service.

Give the tip as you are paying the bill. For instance, if the bill is 18.50, you can simply give the waiter/waitress 20 and say danke (thank you). However, don’t say danke if you want any change back! Don’t leave the money sitting on the table.

tip etiquette at spas in Austria

In spas in Austria Tip 5% for good service

In Austria, if you are satisfied with your treatment, you can leave a tip at the reception, where they will provide you with an envelope. However, some spas have a service charge included in the price.

Famous Spas

  • Schloss Velden in Carinthia
  • Grand Park Hotel in Salzkammergut

should you tip your tour guide?

for tour guides Tip 1-2 Euros for exceptional service

You can tip your tour guide 1 – 2 Euros, or more if you find the service is exceptional.

Famous tour guides

Guided tours are available all over Austria. You can take a Sound of Music tour, visiting all the famous spots from the movie, and taking in beautiful Austrian countryside. Take a tour of Vienna with all its’ museums, musical history sites and beautiful buildings. Or take a tour of Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You could also incorporate Austria as part of a Central European vacation: Budapest and Bratislava are close by.

should you tip your taxi driver?

taxi drivers: Tip 10% in Austria its normal

Tipping is expected. It is common to round up the fare in Austria, or give 10%. You can order a taxi from your concierge, if you are staying in a hotel.