tipping in Malta

Malta is a small island country located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of the island of Sicily, Italy.  It consists of three main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino.  While tipping is not obligatory, it is best to follow what the locals do, which is usually 10% gratuity.  Tipping in Malta is similar to tipping traditions in the rest of Europe.  However, tipping customs vary depending on the service.  In Malta it is expected that most tourists will tip and possibly tip more than they need to.  Before you leave for your trip, be sure to find out the tipping traditions in Malta.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Malta

In Malta Tip 10% at a Hotel

In Malta, a service charge of 10% is common at hotels. You should also tip service staff at the hotel that is helpful.  For porters/bellboys, 1 - 2 Euros per bag is a sufficient tip. A small tip for housekeeping is also greatly appreciated and should be about 2 - 3 Euros per day.  You may wish to provide a small tip for room service as well, if you decide to order anything during your stay.

tipping in spas in Malta

In Malta Tip 5-10% at a Spa

If you are a guest at a spa, you should tip between 5% - 10%.  Always double check your bill to see if a gratuity is already included.  Of course, you can always tip based on how satisfied with the service you received and adding a few extra coins will always be appreciated.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Malta Tip 10% to your tour guide

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

tips at restaurants in Malta

In Malta Tip 5-10% to your waiter

At restaurants in Malta, it is customary to tip between 5% - 10%.  However, if a service charge is already included, then a tip is not necessary.  If you are unsure of how much to tip, the best option is to check the individual establishment's policy. If you are extremely satisfied with the service you received, you can always tip extra at your discretion.

When ordering drinks at the bar you will not be expected to tip

should you tip your hairdresser

In Malta Tip 10% to your hairdresser

In Malta, it is common to tip hairdressers 10% of the total bill; however, if you are very satisfied with the service, you can always tip a little extra.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Malta Don't Tip your taxi driver

In Malta, too are not required to leave a tip for taxi drivers.  However, it is a good idea to round up a taxi fare or leave a small tip (10% is sufficient).  Leaving a tip is always a good idea, especially if the driver is helpful and provides you with recommendations.  They have the inside view of the country and asking the locals where to go is always a great option and a way to achieve an authentic travel experience.