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Do You Need to Tip in Singapore?

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Tipping is the “act of giving an amount of money to someone who has provided a service, especially in a hotel or restaurant”. It is customary to leave gratuity throughout America. In Asia, the tipping etiquette varies across countries and establishments.

Tipping, in general, is not expected in Singapore. However, there may be times when you want to reward the waiter or staff for providing an excellent service. On that note, here are some scenarios where tipping can be considered.

RESTAURANTS AND FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS

Gratuity is usually not expected at cafes, bars, and small-scale eateries. No one is going to run after you if you do not leave a tip! However, most restaurants and hotels in Singapore add 10% service charge to the total bill. If you insist on tipping your waiter for their pleasant service, it is best to hand the cash directly to the person or to leave the cash on the table.

TAXI DRIVERS

Taxis in Singapore are well-regulated. Thus, it is not necessary to leave your cab driver a tip. Nonetheless, it can be done to round up the fare.

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AIRPORT PERSONNEL

At Changi International Airport, services range from baby care rooms to convenience stores. Despite receiving excellent service, you cannot hand over tips to shop clerks or baggage handlers. Airport personnel are not allowed to receive gratuity in Singapore.

TOUR GUIDES

Being a tour guide is a thankless job. Tour guides are tasked to entertain a group of people from day to night. Depending on your experience and the length of the tour, handing a tip to your tour guide at the end of the tour can be done. Tip around five to fifteen percent of what you paid for.

HOTEL STAFF

Tipping the bellhops is not compulsory, but highly appreciated. Leaving a tip for cleaners and other hotel staff is entirely up to you. You may leave a note and an envelope in your room to extend your gratitude to them.

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AS A TOURIST, WHAT IS A REASONABLE TIP?

Tipping in Singapore is not customary, but it is highly appreciated. You can give tips after receiving good service. Opinions can vary about the most reasonable amount to tip. A good measure is leaving about five to fifteen percent of the total bill behind.

You will have to judge whether you want to give a tip that is lower than 5%. Consider your travel budget, the country’s tipping customs, and your personal preferences.

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