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Tipping in Moscow: where, when, and how much


The unwritten rules of tipping in Moscow are more or less similar to those in Europe. However, the Russian capital does also have its own particularities in the remuneration of staff in the service sector. 

The service charge in restaurants is not included in the bill. It is generally accepted to leave a tip of 10% of the bill, although the size of the tip for the waiter will of course depend on the size of the bill and whether you liked the service. If you spend a large sum of money, it will be enough to leave around 5% but if on the other hand the bill is small and you liked the service, the size of the tip will be significantly more. People do not tip waiters in fast food eating establishments.

Staff in cloakrooms in expensive restaurants will also gratefully receive your appreciation in the form of a few dozen roubles. But staff in both expensive and cheaper establishments will not be offended to receive just a “thank you” when returning your coat.

People do not tip taxi drivers in Moscow. If the fare is not an even number, you can give the driver the change rounded to the nearest 100 roubles. Private drivers do not receive tips either, apart from situations in which you have agreed for the driver to drive you around the city for a whole day or even several days. The sum given here on top of the agreed fee is directly related to the driver’s skill and service.

Couriers delivering goods or products to homes are usually given small change rounded to the nearest 100 roubles.

Refuelling staff at petrol stations are usually given 10 roubles.

Leaving a tip to staff in beauty salons (hairdressers, cosmetologists, manicurists) is entirely your own choice. If you liked the specialist and the end result of the work, leaving 100-300 roubles would show quite decent appreciation.

Thanking doctors for an appointment is not practised, but if you have gone through some sort of specific treatment with a doctor and are pleased with the results, appreciation is better shown with money rather than conventional gifts.

Porters or bellboys who help you with your luggage in a hotel can be left between 20 and 100 roubles, depending on your generosity and what small change you have (if possible, reserve this in advance). If you would like to thank the maid, leave 50 roubles in a visible place when you leave your room in the morning. However, this ritual is not obligatory and once again depends on your state of mind.

Guides on interesting excursions are usually given tips. If it is a group tour, each member of the group can chip in with a few dozen roubles and hand this to the excursion leader when leaving. Museum guides are not normally given tips.