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Getting Things Right: Tipping Etiquette in Ukraine

1. October 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

 When you get great service from a tour guide, server, taxi driver, or anyone else who makes your trip a little more pleasant, you want to show your appreciation. And, treating those who help you right makes a great impression on people, as well. Tipping is pretty much standard practice in the US, but other countries, Ukraine included, have different practices. Here are some tips to make sure that you get tipping etiquette right when you visit Ukraine:


In Restaurants

It’s become standard procedure to tip your servers when you eat in Ukraine. Generally, a 10 percent tip is considered appropriate for good service. Many restaurants automatically add a gratuity to the bill. Look it over before you pay to see whether the tip for your server has been included, or whether you should leave some additional cash. Bartenders are typically not tipped in Ukraine, as is common in most European countries.


Getting Here to There

It’s not considered an obligation to tip your cab driver in Ukraine, but, if your driver does something extraordinary, such as introducing you to a great café or bar, it’s okay to show appreciation with a tip. Many travelers say that they usually just round up to the next bill instead of getting coins in change when taking a cab. If you hire a private driver or tour guide, make sure to tip for service.


In Your Hotel

Bell hops, housekeepers and porters should all be tipped, just as you would in the US. Because different rooms are tidied up by different people each day, you should leave the tip for your housekeeper each morning instead of leaving one large tip at the end of your stay.


In the end, the best thing to do is make sure that you feel comfortable with the amount that you leave. Tipping is still a pretty new practice in Ukraine, so, there is no set amount that is expected. By making sure that you take care of the people who add special touches to your trip, you can feel comfortable that you have made their day a bit better, as well.

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