How much do you tip in Barcelona? Is tipping expected in Spain?

How much do you tip in Barcelona?


Is tipping expected in Spain? What to tip in Barcelona? Guide to tipping in Barcelona and Spain. How much should you tip in Barcelona? When and where should you tip? What is the tipping etiquette and culture in Barcelona, Spain?

There are no definite rules for tipping in Barcelona or Spain. Spain does not have a culture of tipping very much. Waiters, guides and hotel staff earn a basic salary and so do not live off their tips alone. This means that the price of being served in Spain - the service charge - which tips are often called around the world - are considered to be part of the overall price of the meal. So in this way one could say the service charge is included in the bill.

However, this does not mean that a percentage of the meal price is automatically passed on to Spanish waiters and kitchen staff as a tip or bonus, so if you want to reward staff with a special tip, then of course you are welcome to leave a tip.

In Barcelona and Spain local residents are not generally big tippers and therefore tips and gratuities are not generally expected and tips are rarely left by locals. If locals tip it is generally very little and much less than 5%.

However, in our opinion, if you are happy with the service, with the attention you were given and with the quality of the meal in general, then a small tip is often greatly appreciated. 

How much to tip in Barcelona restaurants

In Barcelona you can choose to tip or not at your own discretion. Our advice would be tip, if you feel like it. Tipping in restaurants in generally restricted to a few euros for a regular lunch or dinner. If you are in an upmarket and renowned restaurant, then a tip of say 10% is suitable, but again only if you feel very satisfied with the service and meal.

It is absolutely not necessary to leave a tip if you only have coffee or a snack.You might leave 10 cents or 15 cents, if you can't be bothered with keeping small coins, but a tip for a small meal is not expected or necessary

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Tipping in Barcelona taxis

Same guidelines apply. Tip if you feel like it, but it is not necessary to tip in a Barcelona taxi. But if you feel that the driver was friendly and efficient and maybe helpful - and didn't take you the long way round, then you might consider leaving a tip of 1 or 2 euro. 

Tipping in Barcelona hotels 

It is not customary to tip porters or reception staff, but a tip of a couple of euros for someone carrying your bags is always welcome. In general tips are included in prices, but kindly bear in mind that salaries are low and that most people working in the hospitality business like hotels are often paid very little and work hard, so if you feel that they enjoy their job and are doing their best to make sure your stay is a pleasant one, then tips from 2 to 5 euros are always a good idea. Also it is a nice gesture to leave a few coins for cleaning staff with a note of thanks

Tipping tour guides

If you book Barcelona tours, it is optional to tip guides and drivers. It depends on group size and the service, but generally a tip of anything from 5 to 10 euros from each person in your group is fine, but only if you really enjoyed the tour and felt that the guides did their best to look after you.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 12 August 2018 20:49