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Tipping in Portugal: The Do’s and Don’ts

Learn when and how much to tip in restaurants, hotels, and taxis to navigate Portuguese customs like a local and make your trip smoother and more enjoyable.
Tipping in Portugal: The Do's and Don'ts

Before jetting off to another country, it’s totally normal to wonder about the do’s and don’ts, especially around tipping. If Lisbon, or any other picturesque part of Portugal, is on your travel list, here’s the scoop on tipping etiquette there.

Historically, Portugal wasn’t big on tipping. It was more of a ‘no big deal’ thing. But times change, right? With more tourists and expats around, leaving a tip is now a kind gesture that’s usually met with a smile.

Tipping in Portugal: A Grey Area

So, to tip or not to tip in Portugal? It’s not a straightforward yes or no. Locals often tip taxi drivers and restaurant staff for standout service, whether it’s a fancy spot in Lisbon or a cozy village diner.

In touristy places, workers might expect a tip, but it’s never a must. It’s all about how you feel. Had exceptional service? A tip is a nice way to say thanks.

Who Gets a Tip?

I always tipped at hellokristof cafe, the service was outstanding (@hellokristof)
I always tipped at hellokristof cafe, the service was outstanding (@hellokristof)

Great service at cafes and restaurants? It’s a nice touch to leave a tip.

Curious about taxi fares? Check them online with tools like Taxi Fare Finder. And if you’re app-booking your ride, tipping’s a breeze right within the app.

Enjoyed a guided tour? A tip is a common way to show appreciation, but only if you want to.

When staying at hotels in Portugal, tipping the service staff is a common practice, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. 

How Much to Tip?

At restaurants, anywhere between 5 to 10 percent of the bill is cool, or just round up the total. Say your meal costs €46; paying €50 and saying “keep the change” is a smooth move.

Some folks prefer the low-key ‘keep the change’ method over a direct tip. It’s all about what feels right for you.

During holidays, café tip jars pop up. Dropping in €0.20 to €1 is nice, but skip the really tiny coins. They’re better off as part of your bill payment.

Each role in hotels has its own tipping etiquette.

  • Bell Staff: €1-€2 per bag, only when bags are brought to your room.
  • Housekeepers: €2-€5 per day, leave total amount at check-out.
  • Doorman: €1-€2 for transportation help or luggage assistance.
  • Room Service: €1-€2, unless service charge is included.
  • Concierge: €5+ for exceptional, personalized services.

Tipping with a Card?

Tipping with a Card in Portugal

Paying by card is common in Portugal, especially for bigger bills. Want to tip with cash? Just leave it on the table with the check.

Some places let you add a tip right on the card machine. It’ll show the bill amount and then a spot for a tip. A few Portuguese find this pushy, but it’s getting more common globally. Remember, tipping is always your call.

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