When you travel to another country, it's always a bit of a learning curve to understand the customs. Tipping is one of those typical things that can often be tricky when you've just arrived. To make your trip to Mexico as enjoyable as possible, we'd like to provide you with some information on how tipping works here. Is it customary to tip in Mexico? Where should you tip or not? How much should these tips be? In this article, we'll provide you with all the answers.
In restaurants in Mexico, tipping is customary. A tip of 10% to 20% is normal in most restaurants. Generally, tips in Mexico aren't automatically included on the bill. However, in highly touristy or upscale restaurants, this might be the case, so always check the bill.
When you're at a bar or café just for drinks, it's customary in Mexico to leave a small tip. Rounding up the amount is also acceptable.
In addition to regular restaurants, you can find cheap local food at street stalls throughout Mexico. There are also local eateries known as 'fondas' or 'cocinas económicas.' In many Mexican cities, covered markets host several of these eateries side by side. It's not customary to leave a tip, but it's highly appreciated. Rounding up the bill is also a nice gesture. Given the low prices at these local spots, it usually involves a small amount.
Tipping hotel staff in Mexico generally isn't expected. However, if someone assists with carrying your luggage to the room, it's customary to give a tip of about 1 to 2 dollars per bag or backpack. Additionally, leaving a daily tip of around 1 to 2 dollars for the cleaning staff is a gesture of appreciation, although it's not expected.
Tipping taxi drivers in taxis and Ubers is not customary in Mexico. However, they do appreciate small tips or rounding up the fare. Especially if the driver has given helpful tips about the area or you've had a chance to practice your Spanish, it's something you might consider. As with anywhere, it's advisable in Mexico to agree on the fare before getting into the taxi.
In larger supermarkets in Mexico, alongside the cashiers, you'll often find young or elderly individuals assisting by packing your groceries into plastic bags. These individuals typically don't receive a salary from the supermarket and rely entirely on tips. It's customary to give a small tip of 5 to 10 cents per bag.
Tipping after a tour is customary in Mexico, especially after a full-day excursion, where tipping around 10% to 20% is common. For multi-day tours, a daily tip of about 5 dollar is often practiced. Guides in Mexico might not explicitly ask for tips, but they are greatly appreciated.
In Mexico, tipping at restaurants and tourist spots is expected. When you're eating street food or visiting a covered market, tipping isn't customary. Rounding up the bill is often seen as a nice gesture to show satisfaction with the service.