How Much to Tip in India?

How Much to Tip in India

Tipping is not part of India’s cultural tradition, yet both tourists and new residents often feel unclear on how much to tip for popular services like restaurants, bars and hotels. Remitly has provided guidelines as to what amounts should be left as tips when using its service to remittance money abroad.

Tipping porters and hotel staff is generally considered sufficient, given their low wages. However, be mindful of your bill since some restaurants include an additional “service charge”, which amounts to gratuity.


If you are dining in an expensive restaurant, customary practice dictates that a tip of ten percent be left as an offering to staff. In India however, service charges are typically added onto bills in order to split this tip evenly amongst staff members; be aware that any such service charges have been added when reviewing your bill as they should not go unnoticed. It is wise to always double-check your total bill for any hidden service charges before tipping.

If a gratuity is included with your bill, only tip if you feel that the server deserves more than this amount. As the line between tipping and bribery can often be blurry for tourists, be mindful when tipping in local currency as its value could diminish through conversion.

Tipping in India is not required by law, but it’s customary to leave small tips for services such as carrying bags and taking shoes off. Tip the sommelier at restaurants several rupees for each glass of wine you order, while many give a tip to auto and taxi drivers depending on distance and quality of service rendered.

Tip porters who carry your luggage at hotels 20 rupees per bag. When staying in larger hotels, it is advisable to ask their front desk about their policy on tips. Some establishments don’t permit gratuities while others have collection boxes near reception where you can leave contributions.

India is home to many beggars, and it is best to avoid giving money directly to them. Many are children forced into begging by their parents or living in poor circumstances; if this causes you distress, consider making a donation instead.

Tipping in India can be complicated due to colonial influences, tourism and local culture combining. When in doubt about how much to tip, always go with what feels right to you; remembering wages are relatively low here can mean making every cent count towards making ends meet each day.


No matter if you are dining at an Indian restaurant or sipping cocktails at your local pub, leaving a tip for the bartender is always recommended. A 10% tip would typically suffice, though if your service was exceptional more may be given as gratuity. Ideally, notifying them ahead of time that you intend on tipping will help ensure outstanding service is received in return.

Tipping in India may not be as common, but staff still appreciate a tip. The amount depends on the level of service, with some restaurants including a service charge as part of their bill. Also be mindful of exchange rate fluctuations so as to not end up giving too much or too little.

There are various methods for tipping in India, from small cafe tips to larger gratuities for taxi drivers and hotel maids. Cash tends to be the better way of tipping as staff will quickly receive it and it would also be wise to carry rupees with you in case something arises along your travels that requires tips.

Hotels usually practice tipping customary, which usually ranges from 20 to 30 rupees for porters and bellboys; housekeeping staff may also receive tips but only if they were especially helpful. Most hotels provide guests with an easy method for leaving tips – most will even offer tipping boxes where guests can easily drop one in!

Tipping salons and spas is not generally expected; however, if the service was exceptional you may wish to leave a 10% tip. In restaurants it is also acceptable to tip staff who went above and beyond, such as providing you with something extra or helping with luggage; additionally it is a good practice to tip drivers of private transportation services such as taxis or rental car companies.


Most travelers visiting India will require the services of a driver at some point during their trip, whether for airport transfers, short taxi drives or multi-day tours with guides and drivers accompanying them throughout their travels. Therefore, it’s essential to know whether and how much tipping your driver.

Tipping drivers in India is generally done according to performance; tipping for taxi rides (rounding up to the nearest hundred rupees) or multi-day tours can vary accordingly; ask your tour guide how much is expected/expected as they can provide more insight.

When hiring a driver as part of a multi-day tour, tipping them between 300 and 600 rupees daily should be reasonable based on their quality of service and should only be accepted if their performance was outstanding.

Tipping tuk-tuk drivers is recommended; tipping hotel porters is customary (about 20-50 rupees is appropriate) as well. Tipping may also be common practice at spas and hair salons in India although not necessarily necessary.

Note that some drivers will attempt to pass off a baksheesh as a tip; be careful to distinguish the two and only offer genuine gratuity if your service was truly appreciated.

At ETG holidays are all Tip-Inclusive; meaning all gratuities for guides, drivers and in-country experience providers are covered in your holiday price. This makes budgeting simpler while eliminating foreign currency exchange hassles or any awkward feeling that you under-tipped your guide!


Tipping porters isn’t common practice in India, but you may wish to offer small tips if they have helped carry your luggage over an acceptable distance. Some people also leave tips if the porter helped load or unload their bags – in this instance ten rupees is appropriate per bag if done well; otherwise consult a specialist for guidance.

Tipping at hotels is often easy, though some hotels may have no-tipping policies and your specialist will provide more details before your trip. Most travelers tend to leave 10 percent service charge as an optional tip to staff; if travelling with a large group it may be simpler for everyone in the room to chip in equally instead of each leaving separate money behind.

Tipping in rickshaws and taxis may not be as common, but is still appreciated. Most people follow the aEUR(tm)keep the change ruleaEUR(tm), whereby they leave small change (around 10 euros) when receiving their fare back after each journey. Some drivers welcome being directly tipped directly if their service was outstanding – for this purpose you could give a tip equaling around 10 percent of total ride cost as a tip.

When staying at a hotel, be sure to tip both housekeeping staff as well as porters and concierges, but keep in mind these are not standard positions in Indian hospitality. Tips should be left at an individual level depending on their level of service with housekeepers receiving the least and porters/concierges receiving more; you should ideally leave these in a central tip box or give them to your host who will then distribute them evenly among all staff.

Foreigners may find the difference between tipping and bribery (known in India as “baksheesh”) difficult to discern, which should only be given in situations when you believe the individual deserves it, not as compensation for poor service rendered.