should you tip your tour guide?
In Hungary Tip 500ft to your tour guide
Tipping tour guides is probably the most difficult to generalise about because tours can vary wildly. An expensive country-wide group tour backed by an international tour operator is one thing; a free walking tour around Budapest is another. The best approach is to try to get information beforehand: drop into a travel agency or call the tour operator for some advice. Alternatively, you can ask fellow travellers in your group whether they will be leaving the guide and bus driver a gratuity and, if so, how much. An indicative amount for the guides running the free walks is Ft 500.
tipping in spas in Hungary
in Hungary Tip 500Ft at a Spa
Hungarian spas often have a ticketing system where you pay for access to different pools, baths and saunas in the complex. There are, of course, masseurs and attendants providing extra services and minding areas such as the locker rooms. The attendants should be given the standard one or two-hundred Forint tip, but you should obviously give something more to the masseurs. About Ft 500 will do.
tip etiquette at restaurants in Hungary
in Hungary Tip 10-15% at a restaurant
You are expected to add a further 10% to 15% gratuity to your restaurant bill and you generally need to tell your waiter of the tip. Check that a service fee has not already been applied and then tell your waiter how much to charge on your card or, if you are paying by cash, how much you expect in change. It’s a little tricky at first, especially if language barriers are involved, but it shouldn’t cause too many problems on the whole.
tips at hotels in Hungary
in Hungary Tip 200-500Ft at Hotels
Tipping in Hungarian hotels is not terribly complicated because you have to tip virtually anyone you come into contact with. 200-forint coins are excellent tender in hotels as you can use them to cover the tips for porters and bellboys, maids and room service attendants as well as bar staff and waiters. If you’re sending concierge on errands, you will need to give them Ft 500 or more for their trouble.
should you tip your taxi driver?
in Hungary Tip 10% to taxi drivers
If you want an uneventful journey in a taxi, the first thing to do is make sure you’re riding in a legitimate, licensed taxi with a fare metre. All you have to do then is enjoy the ride and give an extra 10% tip when it’s time to pay. It is important to remember that this tip is expected and it would be fairly rude not pay it if the driver gave you no reason to complain regarding the journey. If you do have a gripe, you can of course refuse to pay. Just remember that you’re in another country and differing standards is not the fault of the driver per se. Alternatively, if you’ve had a particularly pleasant ride, a further 5% on the tip is a clear sign of gratitude and should earn you his or her sincere thanks in return.
should you tip your hairdresser
in Hungary Tip 10% to your hairdresser
The 10% standard tip, 15% exceptional tip rule also applies in salons. It is simple in theory, but in salons you may be serviced by different people, complicating matters somewhat. The simplest solution is to give the tip at the counter and be done with it, knowing full-well, however, that the extra money will probably go to the proprietors and not the staff. But this is par for the course in Hungary and, in all honesty, it is simply not worth your while doing anything they might find peculiar and hence offensive. That said, a zero tip is the best way to let Hungarians know you are not at all happy with the job, and if that’s the case, by all means do so.