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In the U.S. tipping is customary and expected for everything from lackluster to outstanding service. It is an etiquette which is ingrained in all trades, from wait staff at restaurants to our baristas, valets, cab drivers, porters, and many more trades. In the Republic of Malta tipping is also customary, and a part of their culture, but it is not compulsory. A gratuity of between 5% and 10% is typical (and considered generous) whenever good service has been provided. However if a service charge has already been included in the bill, a tip is not necessary.

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.

Currency: Can I pay in U.S. dollars, or should I use Euros?

The official currency of The Republic of Malta is the euro, written EUR. Once you`re here you`ll need to use the Euro.

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

In general it is customary to tiparound 5% - 10%. However, if a service charge is already included, then a tip is not necessary. If you are extremely satisfied with the service you receive, you can always tip extra at your discretion.

When ordering drinks at the bar you will not be expected to tip.

Hotel Staff: Who should I tip?

A service charge of 10% is common at hotels. You should also tip service staff at the hotel that is helpful at the hotel, such as concierge, valet, bell man, etc. For bell boys/porters, 1 to 2 Euros per bag is sufficient. A small tip for housekeeping is also greatly appreciated and should be about 2 to 3 Euros per day. You may wish to provide a small tip for room service as well, if you use it during your stay.

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip?

Tipping cab drivers is not expected in Malta, but they will not refuse if you do tip them. Leaving a tip (around 10% or round up) is always a good idea, especially if the driver is helpful and provides you with recommendations.

Tour Guides: Is a tip required?

Tipping tour guides is expected in The Republic of Malta. Typically tour guides should receive a tip that is 10% of the total cost of the tour. You should tip drivers half the amount that you tip the guide. However, you are not obligated to, but you can always tip a little extra if you had an exceptional experience.

Spas: Is a tip required?

If you are a guest at a spa, you should tip between 5% - 10%. Make sure to check your bill to see if a gratuity is already included. You can always tip based on how satisfied with the service you received and adding a few extra Euros will always be well received.

Final Thoughts:

Remember while tipping is not obligatory, it is best to follow what the locals do, which is usually 10% gratuity. Tipping in Malta is similar to tipping traditions in the rest of Europe. However tipping customs vary depending on the service. Service provides generally expect that most tourists will tip and possibly tip more than they need to.