Tipping in Tunisia is discretionary but usually expected, quite similar to most of the Western countries. Waiters and bartenders are generally paid a low salary. The majority of their earnings come from tips. Tipping taxi drivers, on the other hand, is not usually expected.
How Much to Tip in Tunisia in Restaurant
The Tunisian public is generally sympathetic to the fact that waiters are poorly paid. With most of these workers being students and fresh graduates, people often tip them.
A regular tip for a waiter in Tunisia is 12%. If service is simply acceptable, tip 10%. Good service is usually tipped at 15% and above.
In a coffeeshop, you should usually leave a tip of a few hundreds of millimes or 2-3 dinars. This of course depends on what you are ordering. In bars, tipping is not usually expected. Occasionally (and in some ‘tourist-trap’ places) service is automatically taken by the waiter. Be sure to keep an eye open for this and ask for money back if you’re not looking to tip.
How Much to Tip Drivers in Tunisia
Taxi drivers in Tunisia do not generally expect to be tipped, and will generally return change to you without even asking if you would like it.
Remember that any taxi you take within a Tunisian city should be based on a metered fare, and between cities, there is an official price list, although different vehicle sizes and timings mean that this can vary. For more information, see our Local transport in Tunisia page.
You also shouldn’t feel the need to tip when ordering at a café counter, a hotel reception, or travel information, although if you receive great service, feel free to make the person who helped you extra happy!
How Much to Tip on Tours in Tunisia
When joining an organized tour in Tunisia, it is polite and encouraged to tip both your driver and your guide. Depending on the service that is given, the length of the tour and the number of days spent with the guide, the amount can range. On average, $5-10 USD is the minimum to offer the guide, but if they have given outstanding service, tipping more generously is encouraged.
If visiting a spa while in Tunisia, it is recommended to tip as well. In general about 5 Dinars is customary, however, if the spa services are more expensive then tip accordingly.
Tipping other services in Tunisia, such as porters or delivery drivers is expected, but how much to tip is less formulaic than with waiters.
In general, if a person is providing a service and they go above and beyond, a tip is always welcome.
P.S. It is highly advised to only tip with Tunisian Dinars.
Read more about Tunisia
- 10 Cultural Aspects You Need to Know Before Traveling to Tunisia
- ATM’s In Tunisia: International Debit & Credit Cards and Fees
- Tunisia Travel Information — Essential Tips You Must Know Before You Go
- Planning a Trip to Tunisia — All What You Need to Know
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