Tip Guide - India

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Tip name: टिप (tip)

Annual income: 7,680 US dollars = 6,507 euros


Tipping is optional in India, but quite common. It is very important for many Indians as a supplement to their salary. In restaurants, 10% of the bill is usually expected (if no service charge is included), a little less for larger bills. 


In hotels and other accommodation in India, it is best not to give individual tips. There is usually a “tip box” at reception where you can leave an amount when you leave. If there is no tip box, you can leave the amount in an envelope at reception when you check out. With the note that the money is for the entire staff.


If there is a tip box at the reception: 100 INR per night and per person. In exclusive hotels: reduce tip to about 3-5% of the nightly rate.

Luggage carrier

It is sufficient to put the total amount in the tip box. However, 10-30 rupees is fine if you want.

Room cleaning

Tipping is not customary.



For snacks under 300 INR: 10% of the amount as a tip.
For a bill between 300 and 1000 INR: tip between 7% and 10%.
For a total amount over 1000 rupees: 5% to 7% percent tip.

If a ‘Service Charge’ is already shown on the bill, the tip is already included and you don’t have to pay any extra!


A tip is not really customary. Amount can be rounded up or the change (10-20 rupees) can be given as a tip.

Airport transfer

50 to 100 rupees tip.


Driver for 1 day: 200-400 INR, several days: 300-1000 INR (depending on satisfaction and group size).

Tuk Tuk

Tipping is not necessary, but you can round up the amount to the agreed price.


Single tour full day: 300-1000 INR , Group tour full day: 500-800 INR.

Tip@Click Expert-Info:

In India, you eat with your hand. But only with the right. This is because the left hand – as in many Arab countries – is used for cleaning after going to the toilet instead of paper. It is therefore generally regarded as the dirty hand. Therefore, it has no place in food, even after washing.