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Tipping in Turkey

What's customary in Turkey when it comes to tipping? Do they tip, and if they do, what percentage is appropriate? I plan on taking cabs and eating at restaurants, and I don't want to over or undertip, so I'd like to know!  If it matters, I'll be spending most of my time in Istanbul, but taking excursions out to smaller villages too.

3 Answers

top answer by
Tony from Seattle

Was just in Turkey for a month.  General rules of thumb:

  • Round up for taxis if you like, but no tip is expected.
  • 5-15% is appropriate at restaurants/bars/cafes with table service.
  • 10-20% at a Hamam
  • 5-10% for a good tour guide

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answered by
Erdem from Istanbul

In the restaurants you can get away with no tipping. I as a local usually tip 5-10%. There are no strict rules and nobody is going to come chasing you like in the United States. :)

Do not tip the taxis. This is not customary and not a requirement for sure.

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answered by
Missy from Newport

I have always thought of Turkey as a country where great service is provided, however gratuities are expected.  I have left gratuities in Turkish Lire, USD, and EUR, however paper money, no coins for USD and EUR.  I usually leave 5-10% on a restaurant bill, for porters in a hotel for baggage $1.00 or EUR 1.00 per bag, and for porter services in an airport $3.00 per bag or EUR 2.00, and I round up for taxis. 

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