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The questions `when?` and `how much?` that surround tipping can leave some travelers confused, as the practice varies. This guide attempts to cover most situations that you, as a tourist, will encounter. Hopefully using these `tips` will provide a smooth experience when interacting with locals in restaurants, bars, hotels, tour operators, and taxis.

The Country of Bahrain has a liberal social atmosphere, it is considered rude to accept or give anything with the left hand, engage in public displays of affection, show the soles of your feet, and eat, drink or smoke in public places during Ramadan. Tipping is a normal practice in Bahrain for the service industry workers including waiters, taxi drivers, and hotel staff.

Currency: Can I pay in U.S. dollars?

The currency of Bahrain is the Bahraini Dinar, BHD, or BD. US Dollars are not accepted, we advise you to exchange your dollars for Dinars before arriving on the Island. There are exchange counters at international airports, and banks found in the main cities on the island.

Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: When should I tip? How much is customary?

There are many restaurants in Bahrain that normally add a service charge to the bill ranging from 10-15%, which normally is not shared with the wait staff. Diners can leave a tip at their discretion for the waitstaff with average tipping percentages ranging between 8-15% according to the level of service received.

Hotel Staff: Who should I tip?

In Bahrain, the average tipping percentage at hotels is between 2.00 - 5.00 USD and is based on the level of service received. It is normal to tip the bell boys around 2.00 USD and leave 5.00 USD for housekeeping.

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip?

Taxi drivers in Bahrain do not expect a tip, taxis run on meters, and tips can be based on an 8-20% range on the total cost of the journey. Normally tips are not expected for short journeys, but you can always round up to the next Dinar and leave the change.

Tour Guides: Is a tip required?

Leaving a tip for your tour guide is not a requirement, however, you may offer between 5-10% of the total price of the excursion if you wish to express your gratitude.