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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 Norway tipping is not as habitual, and it is not part of their culture. This can leave some travelers confused. In Norway, tipping is a kind gesture and appropriate in some situations, but never expected. If you are truly impressed by the service, you are welcome to tip and most often it is much appreciated and well received.

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 the Norwegian Krone(NOK)?

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Krone, written NOK. You will need to use Norwegian currency while in Norway as foreign currency is rarely accepted. You will find cash machines everywhere in towns and cities and in most rural areas there will be places where you can withdraw money, such as a kiosk or gas station.

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

In general it`s not customary to tip in restaurants/bars, however, it is also not illegal or rude to tip in these places either. It is perfectly fine not to tip but if you do receive exceptional service, feel free to. There is no fixed rule of thumb for how much, but if you do tip it is common to stay within 5-15% of the total bill amount. Most service staff in Norway are paid a decent salary and do not rely on tips. If you do tip, it`ll often be shared by the entire staff.

Hotel Staff: Who should I tip?

Tipping in hotels in Norway is not customary; the price of your accommodations will include the gratuity for service workers at the hotel. Tipping hotel maids is typically not done in Norway.

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip?

Tipping cab drivers is unusual and never expected in Norway. The price of the ride will cover any service charge. However, if the taxi driver was particularly helpful, drove you a long way or encountered obstacles along the way, consider leaving a small tip. The gesture is always appreciated.

Tour Guides: Is a tip required?

Tipping tour guides is not expected in Norway. However, if you had an exceptional experience and felt you wanted to express your appreciation to your tour guide, you can tip him or her as little or as much as you desire. Any tip amount would be appreciated.

Final Thoughts:

Remember it is perfectly okay to abstain, especially if you are not happy with the service provided. Unlike in the US, waiters, tour guides, hotel staff, etc. are paid a decent wage, and tipping is not the standard practice.