How Much Do You Tip in Frankfurt?

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

A taxi driver in Munich once told me that Americans give the best tips out of any nationality. He was of course willing to accept those bigger tips, but what is polite and how much are you really supposed to give?

Taxis

Taxi drivers in Germany are accustomed to relatively small tips. Anywhere between 50 cents and 2 Euros is normal, depending on the amount of the fare. For example:

  • if the fare is 9.50 Euros, the total with tip would be 10 Euros
  • if the fare is 27.30, you can round up to 29 Euros

Restaurants

Again, restaurant staff are not customarily receive large tips. At casual restaurants, tips are around 3 to 5 percent of your total. If your bill is 30 Euros, leave between 1 and 2 Euros.

At fancier restaurants, regardless of whether it is lunch or dinner, Germans usually tip up to 10 percent of the total. If your bill is around 100 Euros, give between 7 and 10 Euros as tip.

However you only need to tip if you are happy with the service. Germans have no qualms about leaving smaller tips if something was not to their liking.

Bars

The old “dollar per drink” rule doesn’t apply in Germany. You don’t pay every time you order a drink, but rather at the end. In that case, you can tip around 5 percent, or leave a few Euros extra with the bartender.

Hotels

In most hotels, if you feel like tipping anyone, like the porter who brings your luggage to your room or the doorman who gets you a taxi, make it 1 Euro. More is not necessary. If you need to get rid of your extra change, leave it on the table in your room for the housekeeping staff.

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson

QUESTIONS? Contact Hannah if you still have questions about Frankfurt or if you have a tip you’d like to share.

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About the Author

Hannah Johnson

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Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.