Currency in Belgium The official currency in Belgium is the Euro and has been since 2002. The driver must give you the printed ticket and not a handwritten one relating to your taxi ride once it is finished. You can leave this on the counter or table, or give your tip to the waiter directly. Many places even those you would expect to do not take cards. And finally if you are crossing a pedestrian crossing make eye contact and wave politely at the driver as you cross with care. The amount you decide to tip should reflect the quality of service you received. Alternatively, you can just drop some money in his pockets.
In fact, most waiters do not expect tipping, and are quite happy if they receive something like 8 percent. Tipping tour guides: In South African safaris, it is customary to tip guides a total of R50-R500 depending on the size of your group. There is also Texal international airport in the North, and many other local airports. Tipping at restaurants and bars It is standard to tip restaurant servers 10-15%. In case it totals less than the official tariff, be reassured that the porter will let you know.
Either option will be appreciated. To a visitor, the tipping etiquette in the country can be confusing. Customs can vary dramatically from a country to another, but they also evolve. This is particularly true if the service was bad or not even particularly good. So as a rule of thumb as you say , is to leave a tip of the amount you feel like the waiter deserved.
Mind you we should also be looking at effective tax rates of the tippees, as some countries where the minimum wage is low like Romania have high effective tax rates over 40% while countries with a high minimum wage like Ireland have lower effective tax rates. Still, giving a small gratuity to waiters, bartenders, hotel staff, and tour guides will keep you in their good graces. Tipping at restaurants and bars Only restaurants in touristy areas tend to incorporate service fees in the bill. The correct technique is to slide a 5 or 10 lira note behind the strings of the violinist when he leans over the table. Tipping tour guides: If gratuities are not included in the excursion cost, tip tour guides an additional 10%.
Tipping hotel staff: Porters will be thankful if you give them a few rupees per bag. People state that the service in Belgium tends to be a little better in the Dutch-speaking part of the country than the french part of Wollonia. So even if you already paid your food online, please do tip those heroes and heroines that are actually dragging your dinner to your apartment door. Some of whom do work in the service industry in Berlin, or have done. For high-level restaurants, such as Michelin Star or similar, some customers are used to tip 15%-20% maximum, again, only if service is extremely satisfactory.
The same applies to bar service. For some serving staff this was undoubtedly a raise, for others a loss of wages — but for all it led to stability. Tipping taxi drivers: Tip taxi drivers 5-10% of the fare, especially if they were helpful and efficient. At table-service restaurants, the tipping etiquette and procedure vary slightly from country to country. In Ireland tipping is something we are only getting the hang of now. Tipping taxi drivers: No need to tip taxi drivers in Fiji. Tipping tour guides: Though it is not customary to tip your tour guides, no one will stop you from giving a small cash reward for good service.
In most places, 10 percent is a big tip. And the tip then is rather large, maybe 30% or more of the cost of your stay. Virtually anywhere in Europe, you can do as the Europeans do and if you're pleased with the service add a euro or two for each person in your party. I appreciate the additional information. In mid-range diners, most people will just leave loose change.
Peru In general, giving gratuity is not a common Peruvian practice. Be sure to exchange your money before you arrive in Belgium. Other safari staff who provide attentive service such as rangers and trackers must also be tipped R100-R300 a day per family or couple. Also, Wallonia south is French speaking it's more common to leave a gratuity here. The fare is agreed upon in advance and tips should already be factored in.