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Getting Things Right: Tipping Etiquette in Ukraine

2. October 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

Tipping is pretty much standard practice in the US, but other countries, Ukraine included, have different tipping etiquette. When you travel, you want to show proper appreciation to anyone who provides a service that makes your trip a little more pleasant, whether they are a server in a restaurant, a great tour guide or a housekeeper that keeps your room in tip top shape. And, treating those who help you right makes a great impression on the people you are with, as well. Here are some tips to make sure that you get tipping etiquette right when you visit Ukraine:

 

Taking Care of Those Who Get You from Here to There

In Ukraine, it’s not obligatory to tip your cab driver, 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.

 

Proper Tipping in Restaurants and Cafes

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. Look over your bill carefully when you pay; many restaurants now automatically add a gratuity to the bill. Bartenders are typically not tipped in Ukraine, as is common in most European countries.

 

Who to Tip 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.