How to master tipping in Turkey, tip calculator included

Let’s talk about money. More specifically, about tipping in Turkey. What’s the deal? Are there rules you should follow? Should you always leave a tip in Turkey? Once you start to think about it, it may even freak you out. That is why this post will give you the answer to questions like when to tip in Turkey? How much to tip in Turkey and how to tip in Turkey?

And because you’re on holiday and you might even have had something to drink, we’ve made sure that you won’t have to stress over calculating the right tip. You’ll find a free tip calculator included in this post.

                 

Is tipping in Turkey necessary?

That depends on how you define necessary. Tipping in Turkey is not compulsory, but if you are happy with the service you’ve received, it is expected. So, where does this leave you? Well, for starters, always ask yourself if you had a good experience or not. If you haven’t, you are under no obligation at all to leave a tip. However, if you were happy with the service, in most cases, a tip is expected and very welcome. This guide to tipping in Turkey explains how and when to tip in Turkey.

                 

When to tip in Turkey?

We’re going to assume that you were happy with the service you’ve received. Now, it depends on where you’ve received that service to decide whether a tip is in order, or not. If you took a taxi, for example, a tip is not expected. It is customary though to round up the fare upwards. Of course, if the driver helps out with your bags, it is kind to slip him a small note. In hotels, restaurants, and even spas; on the other hand, tipping is common.

To make tipping in Turkey straightforward, you’ll find the locations and situations where tips are expected below, including the amount or percentage that is considered a good tip. Don’t worry, despite what the GIF below says; there is room for error. But with this post as a guide, you won’t have to worry about that. We’ve got your back!

                 

How much to tip in Turkey?

How much to tip in Turkey depends on whom you’re tipping. There’s a difference between tipping a waiter and tipping a porter. Sometimes it is common to tip a fixed amount; on other occasions, tipping a percentage of the bill is the norm. Below are the most common situations for tipping in Turkey. This is not rocket science. Read it once, and you’ll be all set!

Tipping in a restaurant

Turkish food is absolutely delicious! Just check out this overview of must-try food in Turkey to whet your appetite. After this, we’re quite confident that you’ll be heading to a lovely local restaurant soon. Trust us; you’re in for a treat! Once the bill comes, it is customary to leave a tip if you’ve received good service.

Do not leave a tip if you were unhappy with the service or the food. In all honesty, when on the road, we eat out a lot. And the occasions where either the food or the service is disappointing are infrequent. Then again, we avoid tourist traps and are strong believers in going local. Check out our top 10 go-local tips to find out how to visit Turkey like a local. You will even save money in doing so too!

Now, what’s the deal with tipping in a restaurant in Turkey? Usually, you tip between 5 to 10% of your bill, depending on the service. Then again, it is important to make a distinction between budget restaurants and more luxurious establishments. What is the rule we apply? We tip between 5 and 10% in an inexpensive restaurant, depending on how happy we are with the service and food. In a fancy restaurant, the tip rises to 10 to 15% of the bill. We’ve added those same percentages to our tip calculator at the bottom of this post.

Mastering Tipping In Turkey At Hotels & Restaurants

Mastering Tipping In Turkey At Hotels & Restaurants

Tipping in a hotel

For tipping in a hotel in Turkey, you need to be aware of an array of different types of tips. After all, you will be enjoying a wide range of services too. So, what are the tipping rules at hotels?

    • porters: 10 Lira per bag
    • housekeeping: depending on the service you receive, and how fancy your hotel is, leave a 10 to 20 Lira tip per day
    • waiters, reception or restaurants & bars: usually, there will be a tip box for you to leave a tip if you’re happy with the service (tip in person if you’ve asked for a special service from someone)

Tipping for taxi’s or transfers

There’s no need to tip your taxi driver. It is, however, quite common to round up the taxi fare upwards. So, 29,50 TL becomes 30 TL. On the other hand, you may well experience the opposite too. If the fare turns out to be 10,20 TL, you’ll probably only have to pay 10 TL. The reason is simple: taxi drivers seem to have an aversion for dealing with the change.

Tipping In Turkey Keep The Change

Tipping In Turkey Keep The Change

Did you book an airport shuttle or a private transfer? A tip is not expected. Still, if you are particularly happy with the service, or if the driver helped out with your luggage, you can tip him around 5% of the fare. The same goes for taxi drivers who went above and beyond.

Tipping at the spa

Is visiting a Hamam on your Turkey bucket list? Stick to it! It is a wonderful experience. Expect the full treatment with a full-body scrub-wash, followed by a massage after you leave the steam room, and you’ve splashed yourself with cold water. Before you leave, all employees who took care of you will be waiting for you to see you off, and to receive the tip they expect. If you were indeed happy with the service, a total of 15% of the price of your spa-day is a good tip. The idea is that they share it between them.

Tipping In Turkey Tipping At The Hamam

Tipping In Turkey Tipping At The Hamam

Tipping tour guides

We’re independent travelers, so we don’t have any practice in tipping tour guides. But this doesn’t mean that we’re not up to date on what tip guides expect. In general, tipping your guide or driver is not mandatory. That being said, tour guides and drivers do hope for a tip if they feel they’ve delivered excellent service. If you feel the same way, tip your guide around 40 Lira per day as a group, and give about 20 Lira to the driver. Again, only tip if you’re happy. If you feel the guide or driver does not deserve a tip, then don’t tip.

Tipping In Turkey On A Boat Cruise

Tipping In Turkey On A Boat Cruise

Tipping on boats & cruises

When it comes to tipping on boats and cruises in Turkey, we’ve asked our friends at Arkadaşlık Yachting what they advise their guests. Here’s their answer:

“We advise people that a 5 to 10% tip is normal for day trips, similar to what they’d tip their servers in a bar or restaurant. On overnight cruises, we suggest 15 to 20% of the total cruise price. That’s because the crew are on-call 24 hours a day, and do a lot more than serving food and drinks.

In addition to cooking, cleaning, and serving, they fetch hats that blow overboard, teach you to play backgammon, bring you your sunglasses when you’re too comfortable to move, point out dolphins, clean and gut fish you’ve caught (and put bait on your hook if you’re squeamish), turn the volume up or down,…

And they keep the boat operating and safe for the duration of the cruise. Basically they never stop working. Guests can tip crew individually or give the full amount to the captain who distributes it.

Normally, the captain takes a cut of the tips and there may be some agreement about who gets what share – depending on roles and responsibilities, so if you want to reward someone for something particularly special they did for you, it’s good to tip individually or to slip the special person something extra if leaving a group tip. Any currency is gratefully received by the crew.”

Tipping at airports and other terminals

There are official rates for porters at airports, train stations, and bus stations. In theory, the rate-board should be posted somewhere clearly visible. Don’t worry if you failed to spot it; porters are quite vocal if it comes to receiving the correct payment. Tip the porter 3 Lira per bag, if that’s not correct, you’ll know it soon enough!

Easy Tipping In Turkey With Our Free Tip Calculator

Easy Tipping In Turkey With Our Free Tip Calculator

How to tip in Turkey?

Now you know how much and where to tip in Turkey. Let’s have a look at the ‘dos and don’ts’ of tipping in Turkey.

    • cash rules (including a tip on your credit card payment is a no-go)
    • tip in Turkish Lira (if you only carry foreign currency, use that to tip, but tip with paper money only)
    • don’t leave your tip on the table, tip the waiter

Worry-free tipping in Turkey: FREE tip calculator

Now that we’ve tackled all the hurdles for tipping in Turkey, you’re all set for a relaxing holiday where you’ll be tipping like a pro. Still, if calculating percentages is not your forte (especially after you have had a few cocktails), you may feel helpless when it comes to figuring out how much to tip. That’s where our tip calculator comes in!

Just fill in the amount of your bill and select the relevant percentage and service. Click calculate, and you’re done. Are you splitting the bill? No worries, add the number of people that are sharing the bill, and the calculator will tell you exactly how much you each have to pay.

Head over to our dedicated page for more practical Turkey travel tips and Turkey travel resources. Also, have a look at our Turkey Trip Planner tool. It allows you to save places to your bucket list, but also to leave reviews on places you’ve visited.

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