We all know that tipping is a practiced custom in the US, but what about in Israel?
No matter where you are, a tip is, by definition, voluntary.
Services that generally earn a tip are restaurant waiting, help with luggage, or taxi service. In some cases, the person or place offering the service will tell you in advance that a tip is expected.
When offering a tip, you’ll find that cash (paper, not coins) is preferred. If using a credit card, be aware that MasterCard and Visa are your best bets. Discover cards are not accepted.
In restaurants offering traditional table service, a gratuity of 15-20% of the amount of a customer’s check is customary when adequate to great service is provided. As in the U.S., make certain that service (sherut) has not already been included in the bill. Some restaurants will automatically add a tip, especially if you are in a group of 6 or more. If it is included, no need to tip. Ask if you are not sure.
Next up are taxi drivers. While they don’t necessarily expect a tip, they are not surprised if you round-up the cost of the fare. If they have carried luggage in or out of your hotel, they would likely anticipate a dollar or two for each bag carried. That same amount would be appropriate for bellhops for each bag they transport. And while we’re on the subject of hotels, the housekeepers hope for $2 to $5 per day from each room they maintain.
Most importantly, the reason you will enjoy your tour of Israel the work done by the tour guide. On a group tour, each passenger generally chips in $5 to $10 per person per day for the guide and also for the driver. For a private tour, your tip will be according to your personal preference.
When you book your tour with us, Israel Celebration Tours will answer any questions you may have about tipping in Israel.