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Your Quick Guide to Tipping Etiquette

Tipping is relatively new to Australia, and the custom varies in every country so we’ve broken down the tipping customs of some of the most popular travel destinations. Read on for some quick guidelines to make it that little bit easier for navigating tips on your trip.


Tipping in Malaysia is similar to Australia in that it’s not required but staff will be happy to accept. A service charge is normally included included in restaurant bills to cover this but giving an extra cash tip on top of the bill is welcomed if you received amazing service. Tipping in bars is also welcomed by staff if you’re after quick service or a reserved table throughout the night.

Quick Tips:

  • Though it’s not required, feel free to tip around 10-20% extra on the restaurant or cafe bill if you had exceptional service or food.

  • Tip around RM5 or RM10 on your first round at the bar to get faster service throughout the night.

  • If you request extras at the hotel like pillows and towels, tip the room service staff when they bring it to you and you’ll be remembered throughout your stay.


Tipping generally isn’t customary in Japan, so don’t be surprised if your tip is respectfully declined by your waiter or concierge. Don’t force them to take the tip if they decline - it can be seen as insulting that you think they’re not paid enough.

There are some situations where tipping is expected though, like tour guides, taxi drivers and private chauffeurs. Traditional Japanese inns (ryokans) also expect the room attendants to be tipped. When you’re tipping for exceptional experiences like these, ensure an envelope is used and that you present it as a gift - you’re thanking them for taking great care of you! Look into the bowing custom as well before your flight.

Quick Tips:

  • If you’re tipping your taxi driver, round up your fare.

  • If you’re tipping tour guides and private chauffeurs, use an envelope and tip around 2,500¥ to 5,000¥.

  • If you’re at a ryokan, tip around 5,000¥ in an envelope to the room attendant.


When tipping in Indonesia, use the local currency (Rupiah), and if a service charge isn’t included then use 10% as a guide. At restaurants with the service charge included, feel free to also leave your change there as a tip. The service charge at a hotel is most likely not seen by the front-of-house employees, so keep some notes on hand to tip any staff that help you out during your stay.

Quick Tips:

  • Tip your taxi drivers around 10% on top of the fare, and private drivers around IDR200,000 - 275,000 per day.

  • Tour guides expect around IDR350,000 - 550,000 per day for couples.

  • If you’re one for spas and spoiling yourself, a tip of 15% of your spend won’t go astray.



Tipping in Spain is almost exclusively in cash, and it’s fine to not leave a tip in restaurants if the service wasn’t up to scratch. Tour guides, taxi drivers and hotel staff should be tipped throughout your trip, so make sure you’ve got enough Euros on hand for this daily.

Quick Tips:

  • Use 7-13% as a guideline for restaurant tipping in Spain, and only tip in cash!

  • Round up your fare to tip taxi drivers, and tip your tour guides around 30€ per day per person, more if they’re going above and beyond.

  • 5€ to 10€ is a good tip for hotel staff that do any special favours for you, and 5€ a day for cleaning staff is a great way to show gratitude.


Tipping isn’t required for restaurants in Brazil, but it differs for hotel staff, tour guides and drivers. Tipping in USD is generally accepted as it has a favourable exchange rate with the Brazilian Real. Keep it subtle when you’re tipping in Brazil, just let them know you’re grateful with a handshake and thank them when you’re giving them their tip.

Quick Tips:

  • Tip hotel porters around USD$2 per bag, and housekeepers USD$2 per day.

  • Private drivers and tour guides should be tipped around USD$20-$50 per day.

  • If you’re on any tours with boatmen, make sure you tip them as well! Around USD$10-$15 a day is a good starting point.


No matter what country you’re tipping in, cash is always appreciated and a much more special way to tip. Make sure to get your cash before your trip and exchange your currency online or in-store with WeXchange today!


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