tipping in Georgia

If you are travelling to the country of Georgia, you must familiarise yourself with this nation’s currency and tipping etiquette. As a guide you should tip in Georgia, but not for everything and certainly not if you receive bad service. The currency in Georgia is called Lari. One hundred tetri equals one lari. The currency code is referred to as GEL. Bargaining is a custom in Georgia, and when you visit, make sure you exchange your money for GEL. It will make your stay much more enjoyable.

tipping etiquette for spas in Georgia

in Georgia Tip 10-15% at a Spa

Tipping for spa services in Georgia all depends on the quality of the services. If you are satisfied, then leave a gratuity of around 10-15%. If you are not satisfied with the service, don't leave any money and speak with the manager about why you are not happy. You should never feel obligated to leave a tip.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Georgia Tip 10-15% of the tour price

You should tip your Georgian tour guides around 10-15%. If you want to give more, it will be appreciated. Also, if you had a driver on your tour, leave a gratuity of around 5%. Often after a group tour the group will take up tips for the tour guide and give them to him or her all at once. This is perfectly acceptable it will be appreciated.

tip etiquette at restaurants in Georgia

In Georgia Tip 0-10% at a restaurant

When dining, you will more than likely see a 10% service charge added to your bill. If you see this charge, it will be up to you whether to tip extra or not. It is certainly not necessary or even expected, but if you are especially happy with your service, consider tipping a little extra. If you do not see a 10% charge, ask if it has been added. If it has not, you can leave a gratuity of around 10 to 15%.

tips at hotels in Georgia

At a Hotel Tip 1-5 Lari per day in Georgia

Tipping in Georgia largely depends on the luxury level of the hotel. At more luxurious hotels, you will be expected to tip more. If you are staying in an upper end hotel, give the bellman around 1-2 lari per bag. Also, leave the maid at least 5 lari per day. You can leave the money for her in your room or give it to her directly. If you are staying at a lower end hotel, tipping is up to you. If you are pleased with your services a few lari here and there never goes amiss.

tipping practices for hotels in Georgia

in Georgia Don't Tip your taxi driver

Taxi drivers in Georgia probably will not expect tips at all, but you may come across one or two who say that they don’t have change and want you to let them keep the change. You can, of course, but if you don’t want to, ask for your money back and give him the exact amount (assuming you have it). Never feel that you have to leave a gratuity. On the other hand, if you want to leave your taxi driver a few extra liara feel free to do so.

should you tip your hairdresser

in Georgia Don't Tip your hair stylist

Your hairdresser will probably not expect a tip for their services. However, if you want to leave a tip that is up to your discretion. If you are happy with your hair, then consider leaving a tip. Around 10% of the total bill will suffice. If you are not happy with your hair, do not leave a tip.