Tipping in Greece: Easy to follow Guide

Steeped in rich history and exotic mediterranean charm, Greece is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday destinations, attracting tourists from all across the world.

When you’re not visiting one of the country’s iconic landmarks or relaxing on one of its beautiful beaches, you’re probably out enjoying the amazing food and drink on offer, or hopping from place to place before you head back to your hotel for the night.

It’s important to know how you should tip when eating out or going off on an excursion; when, where and how much?

This comprehensive guide to tipping in Greece will answer all of your burning questions, and provide you with all the information you need to know if you’re preparing to visit this beautiful country.

Do you tip in Greece?

Whilst tipping in Greece isn’t necessarily expected, it is polite, and despite not being obligatory, it’s always appreciated. 

There are no written rules when it comes to how much you should leave when tipping, and deciding on this is very much dependent on the service you’ve experienced. 

Don’t feel obligated to leave a tip if you don’t feel like you’ve received good service.

Tipping customs to keep in mind

It isn’t common for a tip to be included within your bill in Greece, however, some restaurants might include a service charge, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution and double check this before you do decide to leave anything extra.

A tip included on a card payment sometimes doesn’t reach the staff it’s intended for, so try to leave tips in cash wherever you can. 

Just like many other European countries, the bill won’t be brought out to you automatically, you will need to ask for it. 

Greek culture is very laid back and friendly, so hosts will only bring your bill to you once you’ve asked them for it.

Useful phrases to know

  • The bill, please. – Το λογαριασμό, παρακαλώ. (toh loh-gah-re-ah-smoh, pah-rah-kah-loh)
  • How much? – Πόσο κάνει αυτό? (poh-soh kah-nee?)
  • Thank you – Ευχαριστώ (eff-kha-ri-stoe)
  • Goodbye – Γειά σου (yah-soo)

Tipping restaurants in Greece

Tipping in Greece

In most tourist-heavy places, tips are welcomed in restaurants in Greece, however they’re not obligatory. Between 5-10% of your bill if you choose to tip is standard.

As touched upon already, tipping in Greece is not mandatory, and this includes when eating out at a restaurant. 

However, it’s a nice gesture to leave something if you’ve enjoyed your meal and you feel like you’ve experienced good service. 

Some restaurants may already include a service charge on your bill, and in this case there’s no need to offer a tip. You might want to round the final total up, or tell them to ‘keep the change’, but this isn’t necessary.

Other things to keep in mind when paying the bill:

  • In Greece, there is usually an automatic cover charge on the bill. This is for any bread, water and nibbles that are on your table when you sit down, and is usually around €1 per person.
  • Most waiting staff do rely on tips to boost their income as their work may be seasonal so, where possible, make sure you give the tip directly to them in cash.
  • It’s also common in Greece to leave a few coins on the table for the member of staff who clears it once you’ve left. 

Tipping tour guides in Greece

It’s customary to tip tour guides in Greece; around €5 for a half-day tour and €10 for a full day.

If you’ve really enjoyed the excursion they’re leading, then it’s polite to give your tour guide a tip.

The amount you choose to tip does depend on the length of the tour you’ve had; either the amounts mentioned above, or you could just work out 10-15% of the tour price – this is also acceptable.

Greece provides tourists with so many opportunities for guided trips and excursions.

Day trips to some of the country’s most amazing historical landmarks and ruins are certain to be a highlight of your time there, especially if you’re joined by a guide who knows their Acropolis from their Parthenon.

If your tour guide has been particularly good, then it’s polite to tip them. They don’t rely on tips to form part of their wages, as they are paid a set salary, but it’s a nice gesture to show that what they’re doing is appreciated.

Tipping in hotels or guest houses in Greece

Tipping in hotels is fairly common practice in Greece, and varies depending on who you wish to tip. 

Whether you’re dealing with the maid, the concierge or the porter, it’s normal to leave a small tip for them during your stay. 

Obviously, some hotels have many employees and it would probably cost a lot to tip them all, so it’s best to use your own judgement on who to leave a tip for. 

If a member of staff has gone above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable then it’s good to leave something to show your gratitude.

A rough guide of how much to tip each member of staff you’ll encounter is as follows:

  • Porters who carry your bags up to your room – €1 or €2 per bag
  • Maid – €1 per day, left on the bedside table or bed
  • Concierge – you could leave them a few euros if they’ve been particularly helpful

Hotel staff are paid a set wage, so don’t rely on tips.

Tipping taxis, coaches & cabs in Greece

Tipping your taxi, coach or cab driver isn’t expected, although it’s fine to round up the fare by a few euros if you really want to leave something. 

Some taxi drivers may have grown used to tipping from tourists, however it’s not expected that you leave extra money for them once their job is complete.

In Greece, a taxi driver will automatically include a charge for any luggage that has to be handled, so don’t leave an additional tip for this service as you will have already paid for it.

A rough rule of thumb if you do want to leave a tip is to round your fare up to the nearest €5 or €10, depending on the length of your journey. 

Tipping in bars and pubs in Greece

Tipping in bars is not common practice in Greece.

As a customer, you wouldn’t be expected to leave a tip when out drinking in a bar or pub, whether you’ve received excellent service or average service.

It’s pretty standard just to pay for your drink and leave it at that, but for ease, you can tell bar staff to keep the change if you really want to.

If you’re keen to leave something, try not to tip each time you buy a drink and instead leave a few euros once you’ve settled your tab.

This will make things much easier for the staff at the end of the night. It’s certainly not necessary, but is a nice gesture if you’ve received good service.

Tipping in Greece: Barbers and hair salons

Barbers and hair salon staff in Greece don’t expect to receive a tip. 

Any tip you do decide to give would be based on the level of satisfaction you feel with the end result.

If you love it, by all means tip away! As a rough guide, leaving a 10% cash tip would be more than acceptable.