How much to tip UK taxi driver?

Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:12 AM
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How much to tip UK taxi driver?

A recent discussion about tipping in UK B&Bs, which evolved into disagreement about tipping hotel chambermaids, made me wonder about taxis.

If you tip your driver, now much?
Does it make a difference London or elsewhere?
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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On a recent thread it was said by Brits that you are not expected to tip cabbies - they get a good wage already I guess. Even airport shuttle drivers it was said by an expert with those that tips are not called for, which surprised me.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:31 AM
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I'm surprised at that too - i would normally tip a cabbie 10%, or round it up - £9 fare to £10.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:33 AM
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annhig BTW is a Brit.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:38 AM
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Some in the UK tip cabs and some people don't, so you'll never get a consensus. I tend to round up to the nearest note, as Ann does. I'd probably give an airport transfer £5.

I'm not aware of a difference between London and elsewhere, aside from London black cab drivers being the most arrogant on record, and probably feel the most entitled to a tip.

But there's plenty of people who wouldn't, so it's really up to you.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:38 AM
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I would give a few quid like annhig and usually round up to the nearest 5 or 10
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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You do not bloody well tip anyone in Britain!

Leave your strange practices at home.

I am quite prepared to engage in the ritual giving away of hard earned cash in your United States because it is your custom, strange as it is.

In Britain we engage a product or service, receive an invoice an pay it. End.

I agree if a taxi fare came to 9 quid give the driver 10 to avoid the pound which you will probably lose anyway.

Please do not wander round hotels tipping the maids, dogs, cats and bed bugs.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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I think the folks on the other thread just leave "the pound which you will probably lose anyway" for the chambermaid. Don't see the distinction between drivers and maids/
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 09:06 AM
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The difference between tipping hotel housekeeping staff and taxi drivers is you don't generally interact with housekeeping, so they're not holding their hand out for your money and taking ages looking for change in the hope you'll tell them to keep it.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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All the more reason to tip the housekeeper.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Well I guess everyone has differnt opinions. I tip everywhere - although not the 20% I would at home - but based on some contrary opinions here I have asked a couple of colleagues in the UK. And they tip:

Cab drivers always - more if the driver is hauling luggage for them (but maybe 10% total - and yes, I confirmed that 20% is correct in the US)

Tip in restaurants if there is no service charge

Don't seem to tip hotel maids

Now, they are all London-based (and travel a lot) and take cabs frequently - so that may make a difference
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 10:47 AM
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I've never had an arrogant black-cab driver in London, plenty of right-wingers, for sure. Just don't mention the NHS or immigration.

I tip them 10% or minimum a quid.
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Looks like the majority of Brits do modestly tip cabbies and airport transfers - contrary to what one airport transfer expert recently replied to me when I asked how much an airport transfer driver should be tipped - that it was not expected to leave anything.

So if Brits themselves conflict on what to do what is a dumb foreign tourist to do? At least round up to the nearest quid I guess and a few extra quid will always be appreciated if not expected from 'rich clueless' Americans?
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Old Sep 6th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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I round up or tip 10%
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Old Sep 7th, 2013, 12:48 AM
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"So if Brits themselves conflict on what to do what is a dumb foreign tourist to do? At least round up to the nearest quid I guess and a few extra quid will always be appreciated if not expected from 'rich clueless' Americans?"

As in the UK we've not been "brainwashed" into tipping, you will always get some people who tip and some who don't, I personally tip a waiter/waitress around 10% and a taxi driver to the nearest £ BUT I NEVER TIP if the service below the standard I would expect. So what most UK people "in their round about way" are trying to say is, only tip if you are satisfied with the service and don't tip the same inflated amount that you would in the U.S. Also definitely don't go into a McDonalds and argue that because it's an American company, you should be able to pay in U.S. dollars (as I experienced a few years ago), it doesn't do you any favours.
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Old Sep 7th, 2013, 01:31 AM
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I think you see here the relentless pressure of the US culture on the UK culture, tips are expanding here. Hence the frustration for some Brits when Americans say, "it does no harm", it does, it changes the culture. Hence the push back.

Like others I round up taxis and haircuts but by normally £1 or worst case £2. Clearly if the service has been poor not only will I not tip, but I will find the manager and tell him why.
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Old Sep 7th, 2013, 01:35 AM
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And a timely reminder for those tempted, it has been proven than you don't, and can't, tip cows

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smar...e-actually-do/
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Old Sep 7th, 2013, 01:41 AM
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I'm another for round up or 10%.
London taxi drivers can be very good. My daughter had a nasty fall in Holborn and got a head injury bad enough to need stitches. A cabby picked her up, and drove her to the nearest A and E. He then drove off while she was getting out her purse to pay hi
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Old Sep 7th, 2013, 01:46 AM
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Bilbo

I would say the opposite. I feel there is a reaction against the ridiculous system post 2008. Money is tight, people have more sense.
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Old Sep 7th, 2013, 08:46 AM
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a tip in British parlance means to put something in the garbage, right? So a tip is literally to many Brits throwing money away?
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