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Tipping In Ireland: When It’s Expected (And When It Isn’t)

Tipping In Ireland: When It’s Expected (And When It Isn’t)

Understanding tipping in Ireland can cause confusion and stress.

Some websites lead people to believe that there’s an ‘Ireland tipping culture’ that’s similar to that in the States (I can tell you based on 34 years of living here that this definitely is not the case).

In a nutshell, tipping in Ireland is completely at your discretion.

Below, you’ll discover when it is generally expected, how much to tip in Ireland and some other handy info.

Some quick need-to-knows about tipping in Ireland

We get emails asking do you tip in Ireland 10 or 11 times a week. The answer is yes, tipping in Ireland is a thing, but before we offer an insight into how much to tip, let’s get you up-to-speed quickly:

1. A disclaimer, first

Everything you read in this guide is based on my personal opinion/experience. I’ve lived in Ireland for 34 years and I’m telling you what I and many, many people I know do.

2. It’s discretionary

No, tipping in Ireland is not mandatory and we don’t have the type of tipping culture that you’ll find in the USA. If you’re visiting Ireland on a budget and cash is tight, don’t worry about it. If you can afford it and the service was good, it’s customary to leave a tip (in some situations – see below).

3. Where it’s generally expected

The most common places for tipping in Ireland is in a restaurant or in a pub if you’ve had a sit-down meal/table service. It’s also very common on multi-day tours.

4. It’s appreciated (most of the time)

Wages in many service industries in Ireland (e.g. waiters, barista, cleaners) are very low. And, considering the current rate of inflation, cash is tight for an awful lot of people. Tips in Ireland are generally appreciated.

5. When you shouldn’t tip

If the service is terrible you shouldn’t feel in any way obliged to tip (the exception here is if the people are apologetic, e.g. ‘Someone called in sick and we’re run off our feet!’). Another situation where there’s no need is if there’s a service charge included (check the receipt).

7. How much to tip in Ireland

How much to tip in Ireland varies depending on who you talk to. However, a general rule of thumb is 10% if there’s a small group and 20% if there’s a big one (see below).

8. Service charges for big groups

In some restaurants in Ireland, if you visit with a big group (e.g. 10+ people) a service charge (usually around 20%) is automatically popped onto your bill as standard. If it hasn’t been added, add 20%.

9. Credit card tipping

Yep, tipping in Ireland by credit card is a thing. The question will always remain whether the staff actually get the money, though. It’s for this reason that you should keep some cash handy for tipping in Ireland.

Do you tip in Ireland? Situations when it’s customary (and ones when it isn’t)

So, below I’m going to tell you what I do and don’t do when it comes to Ireland tipping practices.

This contradicts some of the more popular American travel blogs, but I’m basing the below on living here for 33 years.


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Do you tip waiters in Ireland? Yes! Tipping in restaurants in Ireland (and in cafes/pubs where you’ve had a sit-down meal) is one of the more common situations where a tip is expected.

Once the service has been good and once there is no service charge included, of course.

How much to tip: In general, a 10% tip is more than acceptable. However, if there’s a large group (e.g. 15 – 20) a 20% tip is usually the norm.

Taxis and public transport

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Do you tip taxi drivers in Ireland? It depends. Personally, I’d never add a tip to a taxi ride as taxis here are incredibly expensive.

Now, you could argue that their overheads are high (e.g. insurance, tax, etc) but the price they charge is more than enough, in my opinion.

If you’re getting around Ireland on buses or trains, don’t worry about leaving a tip. It’s never expected.

How much to tip: If you really want to, you can either round up the price (e.g. €17 to €20) or you can add whatever you like.

Tour guides

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Tipping tour guides in Ireland is a topic that causes a lot of debate online. Mainly as some (generally tour guides themselves…) say that there is an industry standard to tip 10% of the total cost of the tour.

Now, if you’re on a 5-day tour that cost €2,000, that’d be an extra €200, which is complete madness, in my opinion. 

How much to tip: A common scenario, especially on a day-long or multi-day bus tour, would be to tip whatever you see fit and only if you’ve been happy with the service, e.g. €2 – €5 at the end of each day.

Hotel staff

Ashford Castle

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Tipping in hotels in Ireland is something that you won’t see many Irish people do, unless it’s for a meal in a restaurant. However, sometimes (and I’d do this myself in hotels when I’m abroad) it’s good practice.

In particular, if you get food delivered to your room, if you have a porter help you with your bags or if you’re availing of the housekeeping service.

How much to tip: Room service: €2 if you get food to the room. Porters: €2 if you get bags brought to your room. Housekeeping: €1-€2 per night.



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We’re often asked do you tip in Ireland every time you order a drink. No, you don’t. Now, there are a few exceptions when it comes to tipping in pubs in Ireland.

The first, is if you’ve had a meal and you received good service. The second is if you’re receiving table service.

For example, if there’s a group of you sitting around a table having a chat and a someone working in the bar asks if you’d like some drinks brought over, it’s the norm to tip.

How much to tip: After a meal, the 10%-20% ‘rule’ applies. If you’re getting table service, €1-€2 per round.

Dublin and Northern Ireland

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Is tipping in Dublin different to tipping in Northern Ireland (see our guide to Ireland vs Northern Ireland if you’re confused). This is a slightly bizarre question but it gets asked a lot for some reason.

‘Dublin tipping’ isn’t a thing – the culture around tipping in Ireland is the same in Dublin City as it is on the Antrim coast.

How much to tip: Tipping in Dublin is the same as tipping anywhere else in Ireland

FAQs about tipping in Ireland

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If you’re in the middle of planning a trip to Ireland, visit our tourist hub – it’s packed with info on everything from renting a car in Ireland to the legal drinking age.

Hopefully the above guide answered the question ‘Do you tip in Ireland?’. However, if you’re still confused about Ireland tipping culture, ask away in the comments below. Here are some of our most FAQs:

Is tipping expected in Ireland?

Tipping (10% to 20% depending on the number of you) is generally expected in some industries. However, there are exceptions (see guide above).

When do you tip in Ireland?

You can tip anywhere, but it’s most common during sit-down service or more hands-on service, like a multi-day tour.

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Sunday 25th of June 2023

Do you tip a concierge in a hotel that gives travel advice?

Keith O'Hara

Monday 26th of June 2023

Hi Jeff - as always, it's up to you. Personally, I don't think they would expect it. But if you appreciated the advice and wanted to tip, that's entirely up to you!


Friday 16th of December 2022

Hi There,

Seen a question come up on travel sites about it being offensive to tip in B&B’s. Which seems odd to me. Any thoughts on this? I would assume you would, we did…

Thanks! Christina

Keith O'Hara

Friday 16th of December 2022

Hey! Although it wouldn't really be customary to tip in a B&B, people definitely wouldn't take offence! Hope the trip went well. Keith

Colleen McGarvey

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

We have a private driver taking us to and from the airport and on day trips. Should we tip him when he is also the owner of the car service? That, is all payments for transport go directly to him. Should we tip him in addition?

Keith O'Hara

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Hey Colleen - This is a tricky one. If it was me and there was a group of us (e.g. several different families) going around for several days, I would. If it was just me and a friend, and I knew that this was a service run by the owner, I probably wouldn't, as the price of the tour/service is going directly to them. Ultimately, it's up to you! Have a great trip and safe travels!


Monday 20th of June 2022

Should we tip in dollars or euros?

Keith O'Hara

Monday 20th of June 2022

Euro! Have a great trip!

Keith O'Hara

Monday 20th of June 2022

Euros, definitely. Have a great trip!


Sunday 27th of March 2022

I am staying at a castle hotel with breakfast and dinner included. Do I tip at the dinner service? I expect we will be having wine but the dinner is prepaid.

Keith O'Hara

Monday 28th of March 2022

Hey Kelly. If the service is good and you're happy, you could always leave 10% - you'd just need a rough idea of what the price may be (a quick flick onto the menu on the hotel's website should give you a good idea).

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