Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Rough idea on tipping

What we have mostly heard is that the service charge does not go to the service staff.

If you go on any kind of guided trip in Egypt, you will keep hearing the phrase "In Egypt, tipping is a way of life"

10% at restaurants is standard.
For a private car and driver hired for the day 20-50LE
For a guide 30-50Le per day (if hired through a company and not being paid directly)
On a group tour in a bus 5/10 Le per person for a whole day trip to the bus driver.
1-2 LE for someone who carries your bags a short distance.

Some people do expect higher tips if you look very obviously foreign, but these rates are pretty standard.

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