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How Much and When to Tip in Istanbul

Tips or gratuities are custom in Istanbul, or Turkey for that matter. The good news is that tipping (başiş) won’t hurt your wallet since you are only expected to spend rather humble amounts. But Turks don’t tip anywhere. Here is the lowdown on where and how much you are expected to tip. You’re of course free to raise the bar for excellence. On the flip side, you can lower or skip the tip if you were unhappy with the service you received.

General Tipping Rules

As a rule of thumb, you are expected to tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars. Hotel staff expect, depending on their duties, between 5 to 20 Turkish Liras for their services. Turks don’t tip taxi drivers, but round up cab fares [1].

How to Tip?

Where and How Much to Tip?

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