Tipping in Prague


Jan 30th, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Tipping in Prague

What percentage is customary? I have read to watch the bill to see if it's already included.
If you do leave a tip do you leave it in Euros, koruna or dollars? I read that wait staff prefer dollars. What about for tour guides? We'll be taking a driver to Cesky Kumlov. Should we tip him? I assume we would buy his lunch.
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Jan 30th, 2012, 09:44 AM
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any tip you leave leave it in Czeck crowns,where did you read about them prefering dollars?maybe during communist times but that was more than 2 decades ago, tip them in local currency.
There is not a big tipping culture in Prague but in the more touristy areas then 10% seems the norm.some places do put a service charge on bills and all places should give you a proper till receipt.It has been known for folk to hand write on till slips "service charge not included" or "Tip not included" when this has happened to me i ask for a proper receipt,but in my many trips to Prague this has happend on only 2 occasions and both these places were bar/resturants frequenrted by Ex-pats.
In bars it is no big thing and most folk just round it up to the nearest 10Kc or so.
ie if i was having a beer that cost 37kc i would not expect change from 40kc but I would from 50Kc.
tour Guides i don't have much experience of but again 10% of the tour cost or a tip in the region of 100kc per person.
last time I gave a tip to a guide was last year in Tabor doing a tour of the underground passage ways there,the tour was in Czech and i had english notes so i could work things out,the guide very now and then gave me bits of info in English (my friend and I were the only english speakers on the tour),she was so very kind and helpful i gave her 200kc which was also the cost of the tour for 2 of us but she made it so interesting i thought a decent tip was worth it,she seemed delighted.
really don't worry too much about tipping no one will chase you down the street because you haven't tipped them.

there is guy that come on the forum that runs a car service company in Prague maybe he can help you on tipping your driver .
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Jan 30th, 2012, 09:51 AM
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I don't know why they could possibly prefer dollars, that doesn't make sense, they'd have to exchange them.

I tip in koruna, of course, the local currency. I tip about 10 pct assuming it is not included in the bill (most places in Prague do not include it, as I recall, but they may in real touristy areas, like the cafes right on Old Town Square, I think they have it included). The bill should state if it is included or not.

I have never hired a tour guide.
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Jan 30th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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PS, in general, I do not tip private drivers in Prague as they work for themself and set their fees, so it doesn't make sense to me to tip them. If they were working for someone else, I might.
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Jan 30th, 2012, 09:58 AM
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Good advice. You can find more info on this site about Prague.
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Jan 30th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Why ever would yuo tip in dollars? You are just giving the people you are trying to compensate more work and less money (getting it changed into local currencey once thye have collected enough to pay the fee for chaning it). Otherwise they may s well paper the walls. This is not the 1950's - local european currencies (excepting Greece which is a risk at this point) are at least as strong as the dollar. (What would a waiter in New York do if you tried to tip them in euros or korunas.

Unless you are in some desperately poor country with a rapidly failing currency handing out dollars is simply rude.

We tip modestly (about 10%) the same people we would at home.
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