(gratuities, bahşiş in Turkish) are generally modest in
Turkey (a few percent of the price
although Americans tend to do their
thing and tip big, which is leading
Turkish tourism industry workers
to expect big tips from Americans
who travel to Turkey.
In most cases, you cannot include the tip on a credit card charge. You should tip in cash and, in most cases, hand the tip directly to the person who has served you. (In some establishments, any tip you leave on the table will end up in the owner's cash register, not in the server's pocket.)
the person you tip would probably prefer Turkish
liras, you may tip in any currency
so long as you give notes/bills (paper
money). Don't give non-Turkish
as these cannot easily be exchanged
Airports/Train & Bus Stations
airport, bus station
(otogar) and train station
(gar) has an official tariff for
porters, which should be posted
prominently. Of course you probably
won't see it, so tip about TL2 or TL3 per
which should be plenty. If you actually
end up underpaying according
to the official tariff, the porter
is sure to let you know!
taxi drivers, don't tip, just round
the fare upwards to a convenient
amount. So if the fare is TL19.70,
round it up to TL20. (If
the fare is TL20.30,
the driver may accept just TL20.)
For private transfer services, no tip is required, though if you wish to tip—if the driver has been particularly obliging—5% to 10% of the fare is appropriate.
are happy with TL2 to TL4
per bag. Housekeeping staff are hard-working and deserving of your generosity. In moderately-priced hotels, TL5 or 7 per day is well-deserved and greatly appreciated.
In some hotel breakfast rooms, restaurants, and/or at the reception desk you may see a Tip Box. This is the appropriate place to express your appreciation to waitstaff for good service.
tips (5% or so) are not necessary,
but are appreciated. In luxury restaurants,
tip 10% to 15%.
to guides and drivers on
organized tours are at your discretion.
Certainly guides and drivers hope for
tips, but a good guide or driver will
not think less of you for not tipping;
and a bad guide or driver deserves
Remember, this is a tip meant to signify
good service (if that's what you've
received), not his/her payment (which
you will already have paid by paying
for your tour).
That having been said, TL20
(US$10 to $15) per day from the group
would be plenty for the guide, somewhat
less for the driver.
This is the total tip for
the entire group, not the tip per group
member. So for a 10-day tour, the guide
would be given TL200
total from the group as a recognition
of his/her excellent service.
Remember that if a guide takes you
to a shop, s/he is probably expecting
to receive a commission from the shop
on any purchases you make; and that
commission comes out of your pocket. More...
the end of your bath all the
attendants (and there are lots
of them) will line up to "bid
you goodbye" and expect
a tip (if service has been
good). Share out among them about
15% of the total price of
the services you've used.
a site guardian performs some
special service, such as giving
you a personal tour, a tip equivalent
to a few dollars is appreciated.
—by Tom Brosnahan