tipping in Singapore

Singapore, a small but densely populate island country, is located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The country and city of Singapore are a single entity, which separated from Malaysia in 1965. But what is the tipping ettiquette in Singapore? Tipping is usually not customary in Singapore, however in some areas tipping may be allowed.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Singapore

In Singapore Don't Tip at hotels

Tipping isn’t customary and discouraged, except for the bellhops. You can tip around 1SIN – 2SIN per bag.

5 Star Hotels in Singapore

There are many 5 star hotels in Singapore including:

  • Raffles Hotel
  • Marina Mandarin
  • Marina Bay Sands

tipping in restaurants in Singapore

In restaurants Tip 10% for good service

In Singapore there is often a 10% service charge added to the bill. You don’t need to tip extra, but be aware that the person serving you will probably not receive this money, it goes to the restaurant.

There is controversy on how much to tip in Singapore, as locals don’t usually tip, but foreigners are expected to have more money. Tip what you are comfortable with, depending on the situation (small restaurant vs. high end restaurant), and your budget. But also remember that tipping isn’t customary.

Do not tip at airport restaurants (or any other airport facility) it usually isn’t allowed and do not tip at Hawker stalls (food stalls). There is no need to tip at cafes or bars.

tip etiquette at spas in Singapore

In Singapore Don't Tip at Spas

At Spas in Singapore you are not expected to tip.

Luxury Spas in Singapore

In Singapore you can choose from day spas, to a full spa resort experience. Here are a few:

  • Auriga Spa
  • Aviva Spa
  • Spaboutique

should you tip your tour guide?

In Singapore Don't Tip your tour guide

You don’t need to tip your tour guide.

Top attractions in Singapore

Top attractions in Singapore include the Skyscraper Infinity Pool, Chinatown, Hawker Center Cuisine and The Singapore Grand Prix. Many tourists visit Singapore for the shopping experience, which is second to none.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Singapore Don't tip Taxi drivers

Tipping isn’t expected. You can round-up the fare for convenience and this will not be refused.

Taxi service in Singapore is usually really good. You can order a taxi at the airport or from your hotel.