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Tipping etiquette

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Tipping etiquette

How much should you tip for a 10 hour D-Day tour? For the driver and the tour guide?

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Tipping etiquette

Nothing. It is never necessary to tip anyone for anything in France.

Bayeux, France
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2. Re: Tipping etiquette

Not tipping is an option, but is seen as being rude and selfish, even if no waiter/guide/driver will ever tell you ! Here is a link: https:/…how-to-tip-in-france-11320

They recommend 10% of the price to the tour guide. I will say it is an average.

Edited: 18 July 2018, 18:34
Loire Valley
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3. Re: Tipping etiquette

If the guide is running a proper business they will have set their prices so that tipping isn't necessary. It's always nice to get a tip, but certainly we never expect it.

Antibes, France
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4. Re: Tipping etiquette

You have already paid for the service ,no tip is necessary. You don't tip a bus driver and it could be seen as offensive. The relationship in France is not between master and servant but between equals.

Ed

Sydney, Australia
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5. Re: Tipping etiquette

>>Not tipping is an option, but is seen as being rude and selfish<<

Nonsense. The French do not tip anyone, and there is no need for foreign tourists to tip. Fodors is written from a US perspective and in this case is not to be trusted.

Hong Kong, China
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6. Re: Tipping etiquette

Where did that come from? There is no tipping necessary.

>>>They recommend 10% of the price to the tour guide. I will say it is an average.

Paris, France
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7. Re: Tipping etiquette

Tips are not required or necessary but no one will mind being tipped. As a bartender in Paris I am frequently tipped......by French people.

Bayeux, France
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8. Re: Tipping etiquette

Tipping is not obligatory but always appreciated. I don't know where Sydney Nick gets the idea that it doesn't happen.

Sydney, Australia
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9. Re: Tipping etiquette

>>I don't know where Sydney Nick gets the idea that it doesn't happen.<<

Not least from many posts on the French forums.

Bayeux, France
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10. Re: Tipping etiquette

I can give concrete situations when tips are given.

I charge a non negligible fee for a days guiding with transport. People often add a non negligble tip on top

Some cruise excursion escorts give the guide an envelope with a tip instead of the individual passngers giving tips. On other excusions most passngers give a tip at the end of the day.

In many restaurants there is a jar for tips by the Till

In a restaurant in Bayeux, when a customer puts a tip in the jar the patron rings a bell and calls out something. The waiters and kitchen staff cheer.

So tipping is certainly not dead in France.

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