Tipping etiquette in different countries is always like learning multiplication for the first time. It looks difficult but after some practice it starts to pop-up immediately. So how does tipping work in Prague / Czech Republic?
Who is writing this blog for you?
My name is Dana and I am a licensed Prague guide. Since 2015 I´ve been striving to support responsible and sustainable tourism here in Prague. I am also owner of a small touring business called Prague Behind The Scenes. With my services I try to present Prague in a less touristy way. Besides guiding I also write a lot about Prague, to help future visitors “survive” Prague without being ripped-off or act like typical tourists. Today you will learn with me a bit about tipping in Prague bars, restaurants and cafés.
Do we tip here?
Yes, we do! Tipping in Czech restaurants, cafés, and bars is common practice. The staff is pretty much dependent on tipping as their salaries are usually very low. So please, if you are satisfied, it’s polite to leave 10 %.
Tipping in practice: how we do it?
Tipping is very easy in the Czech Republic. Tips are usually never included in the final price (shouldn’t be!) that’s why it’s polite to leave 10% as a tip. However, only if you were satisfied. Tipping is not mandatory. Rounding the bill up when paying is the most common practice.
How to do it: for example when the price of your meal is 363 CZK and you have 500 CZK notes, just say you want to pay 400 CZK. The tip is then included and your server doesn’t have to give you back the small change (btw, that’s what they absolutely HATE – giving back all the small change which you will give them later anyway).
If you pay by card you can leave your cash tip in the bill holder or type it in the card terminal. We never leave tips right on a table (because you never know who can take it…). If the card terminal does not allow adding tips, you can give your waiter a cash tip. If you were not satisfied with the service or with your meal you don’t have to leave anything. Just tell the staff why you were not satisfied. Tip is a sort of feedback on their work.
Tipping list – how much to leave and where?
RESTAURANTS / BARS / CAFÉS: 10 %, the staff is dependent on tips. Their salaries are rather low. Very common is rounding the bill up.
HOTELS: tipping is optional, but you should consider leaving some coins for room service, cleaning ladies…. 50 CZK is a nice and polite way how to say “thank you”. They work hard. You can leave the tip on a table inside the hotel room before you leave.
TAXI: no tipping, only if you pay cash, you round the bill up (e.g. your bill is 290 CZK, just say 300). Regular taxi drivers (especially downtown) rip people off. So no tipping! The best TAXI services in Prague are Liftago, Uber or Bolt. Tips are not expected.
GUIDES: tipping is optional, if you join a free tour where the guides are paid from tips only, you should leave them around 200 – 300 CZK / person. With private guides it depends on your satisfaction and the size of your group, or if he/she did something extra for you. You can give them from 0 – 1000 CZK. But it’s definitely not mandatory or expected (from fair tour guides).
SERVICES: like hairdressers, wellness centers, manicure, pedicure, swimming pool…again, tipping is not mandatory or expected. It’s all based on your satisfaction. Sometimes, if you pay cash, it helps to round the bill up. For example when the price of the service is 570 CZK, just say 600. it’s easier to give you back the change. But you don´t have to!! It´s not expected.
Dana, owner and guide for Prague Behind The Scenes | small-group tours and experiences.
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