tipping in Poland

With lovely old towns, beautiful mountains, lakes and woods, and energetic cities, Poland (Polska) is a great destination for travellers. But should you tip in Poland? Well, it depends on the service. Usually tipping isn’t obligatory but it is customary to show appreciation for good service.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Poland

In Poland Don't Tip at hotels

In Poland tipping is expected for good service in hotels, but not obligatory. Porters and bellboys are extremely uncommon at Hotels in Poland, and you shouldn't worry about tipping them. Housekeepers in Polish Hotels won't expect a tip, but if you wish to tip you can tip 10PLN per night by leaving the tip on the bed or the bedside table. You can tip a concierge if they provide extra services by leaving a tip in an envelope when you leave. As a tip won't be expected 20 PLN will be a generous tip.

tipping in restaurants in Poland

In restaurants Tip 10-15% for good service

In Poland tipping is expected for good service in restaurants, especially in touristy areas such as Krakow or Warsaw. The norm is to tip around 10% of the bill. You can tip 15% if the service was exceptionally good. You can tip the waiter directly, leave it on the table, or say dziękuję (thank you) and the waiter will assume that you don’t want change. Try to tip in cash, if you tip on your credit card, it is likely that the owner will keep it. Don’t tip for bad service.

For delivery (pizza for example) round-up the bill, or tip around 3PLM – 5PLM, depending on the price, and the service.

tip etiquette at spas in Poland

In Spas Tip 10% in Poland

If you receive exceptional service at a Spa in Poland you can tip up to 10%. You should tip at the reception, where they will most likely provide you with an envelope. If you're unsure, ask!

Luxury Spas in Poland

There are many spa towns in Poland including Krynica, Naleczow, Ciechocinek, Polanica, Duszniki Zdroj, Kudowa Zdroj. They all specialize in different areas, some in treating particular health problems, and some for their amenities (mineral springs for instance), so make sure you pick the one that suits your needs and preferences.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Poland Tip 10-15% for tour guides

If the service is good it is customary to tip the tour guide and driver to show your appreciation. In Poland the usual tip is between 10% and 15%.

Tour Guides in Poland

There are many available guided tours of Poland. Tour the big cities of Krakow and Warsaw. Take a cultural tour of Poland, visiting its many historic and religious sites, or explore the various mountainous areas. There are many options!

should you tip your taxi driver?

When Taking a Taxi Tip 10% for good service

In Poland the tipping etiquette when taking a taxi is to tip 10% if the taxi is on time and takes a good route. However, if the taxi is late, or if they are slow you should not leave any tip at all. Don't feel bad about this.