tipping in Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  The country is located east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and the Gaza Strip and north of Egypt.

Because Cyprus receives so many tourists every year people in the touristy area of Cyprus may expect a tip. It's usually good tipping etiquette to leave a 10 to 15% gratuity, but it depends on the service and how good it was. The tipping guide below explains more

Often in Cyprus there may already be a gratuity added to the bill, but keep in mind that this might go to the owner of the establishment and not the staff.

tipping etiquette for spas in Cyprus

In Cyprus Tip 10% at a Spa

In Cyprus, if you are a guest at a spa, it's good tipping etiquette to tip at least 10%.  Check your bill to see if a gratuity is already included and ask if that will go to the staff or owner (usually it's the owner).  Of course, you can always tip based on how satisfied you are with the service you received and adding a few extra coins are always appreciated.

tipping in hotels in Cyprus

At a hotel Don't Tip in Cyprus

Most hotels in Cyprus already include a serve charge of about 10% - 15%. But this will usually go to the owner of the establishment. If you want to tip helpful staff members a little extra, that is always appreciated, but you are not obligated to do so.  You can provide porters with a small tip of about a few Euros ($1 - $2 USD) for help handling your luggage. Housekeeping won't expect a tip, but a if you do decide to tip small tip of between $2 - $4 USD is reasonable.

tip etiquette at restaurants in Cyprus

In Cyprus Don't Tip at a restaurant

In Cyprus, most restaurants include a 10% service charge on the final bill.  This will probably go to the owner of the establishment, so be sure to always check. If it does, you should still consider tipping. While you are not expected to leave anything extra, if you feel that you would like to tip a little more for great service, 2 - 3 Euros is a reasonable amount. Staff should always be attentive and respectful to customers.  You are also not expected to leave a tip in bars and cafés.

Drinks in Cyprus

A popular beverage in Cyprus is Ayrani, a traditional drink made of milk, which varies from region to region.  If you prefer to indulge in an alcoholic beverage, try the traditional Brandy and Zivania or a beer made from the local breweries of KEO and Carlsberg.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Cyprus Tip 10% to your tour guide

In Cyprus, tour guides should receive a tip that is at least 10% of the total cost of the tour.  You should tip drivers half the amount that you tip the guide.  While you are not obligated to, you can always tip a little extra for exceptional service.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Cyprus Don't Tip hairdressers

In Cyprus, you don't need to tip your hairdresser because they won't expect to receive a gratuity. If you receive exceptional service a tip of 10% of the total bill is good etiquette. You can tip extra if you are very satisfied with the service you received but don;t worry, a tip of 10% will still be seen as generous

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Cyprus Tip 5% to taxi drivers

In Cyprus, taxi drivers always appreciate a small tip.  You can either round up the fare of give a small tip of 5%. Remember, taxi drivers can often share local knowledge so ask them if they have any recommendations for things to see or good restaurants or bars and be sure to tip them if they are particularly helpful