tipping in Prague

There never used to be much of a tipping etiquette in Prague and locals will rarely tip more than about five per cent of their bill. Thanks to its Communist past, the Czech Republic is known for bad service due to low salaries and no tips. As a tourist you may choose to be more generous with your gratuities considering the fact that you will most likely be coming from a far richer country and will find everything relatively cheap.

Prague is a beautiful medieval city which had the fortune of being relatively unaffected by World War II; meaning that most of the original architecture is still in place and just as it was when first built. Visitors will enjoy strolling along cobbled streets, taking a boat trip down the Vltava River, and exploring some of the many interesting sights. Prague Castle is one of the largest ancient castles in the world and The Charles Bridge is one of the Czech Republic’s most famous icons. There are also many beautiful hotels, award-winning restaurants, art galleries and unique museums, such as the Sex Machine Museum.

tipping in hotels in Prague

in Prague tip 0-10% at Hotels

All of the service industries in Prague are paid accordingly to allow a decent lifestyle, therefore, no-one relies on tips to survive. You may want to leave a small tip here and there for a friendly porter, efficient room service, or spotlessly-kept rooms but small change is sufficient for standard service and you should reward exceptional service with around a ten per cent gratuity.

tipping customs for restaurants in Prague

At a restaurant tip 0-10% in Prague

The tipping etiquette for restaurants in Prague can be a little complicated. The service charge is always included but in some of the more touristy restaurants they will try and add extra charges to your bill, like service and cover charges. In cheaper restaurants it’s usual to round up your bill a few Korunas (Czech Crown) to a convenient amount; and at more expensive places it is better to add a ten per cent gratuity. For street venders and fast food a tip is not required.

tip etiquette at spas in Prague

in Prague don't tip at a bar

Tipping is unusual in bars but if you spend all night in one establishment or have table service you may want to round up your bill or add five to ten per cent depending of the quality of the service. You shouldn’t reward bad service as this will promote the idea that servers can be as grumpy or slow as they like and tourists will still tip them. If you’re just grabbing a beer or two in a bar then you shouldn’t feel like you need to tip.

should you tip tour guides in Prague

Tip tour guides a few Korunas in Prague

Paid tour guides receive a decent enough salary so you may just want to tip a little extra if you thought they were especially knowledgeable or friendly. If the tour guide is a volunteer then you should definitely show your appreciation and leave anything from a few Korunas to a more substantial amount depending on the length and quality of the tour.

should you tip your taxi driver

in Prague don't tip your taxi driver

Tipping taxis is not required and is at the discretion of the visitor. With an honest driver who doesn’t overcharge and takes you directly where you want to go, you may want to make up the total a few Korunas to a round number. Unfortunately, it is very hard to know when you are treated fairly due to being in a new city and not knowing how much things should cost. Ask at your hotel for some average taxi ride prices, compare with what you get charged, and tip accordingly.

should you tip your hairdresser

in Prague tip 0-10% at a hairdresser

Again the hair dresser industry is not one that generally receives tips so don’t feel like you have to and definitely don’t reward sullen behaviour or slap-dash work. However, if you feel that you were treated well and are happy with your new do then of course a small token of your appreciation in the way of a tip would be most valued. Round up the bill or add five to ten per cent.