Many guests ask us about tipping in Mexico. How much should I tip? Who should I tip? To eliminate your doubts, here is a tipping guideline for Mexico.
Tipping in Mexico follows similar rules as in the United States or Canada. But if you’re visiting from a country where tipping isn’t very common, things change. The number one rule to keep in mind is that tipping is customary in Mexico because for many service employees tips comprise a large part of their income. Naturally, they will appreciate it a lot if you value their service with a small amount of cash and probably even provide an extra attentive service.
Aside from Mexican Pesos, in Mexico it’s ok to tip in US Dollars, but only bills, no coins. Consider the tipping money when planning your trip by bringing small dollar bills with you.
- Porter / bellboy who carries your bags: 1 – 2 USD or 20 – 50 Pesos per bag. Consider how heavy your bags are and how far they have to be carried.
- Concierge for booking a table in a restaurant, organizing a tour, a personal driver, etc.: around 2 USD or 30 Pesos.
- Maid / housekeeping: 2 – 5 USD or 20 – 50 Pesos per day, depending on your mess. Leave tips daily, since it’s probably not every day the same person cleaning your room.
- Waiters / cocktail servers: Around 1 USD or 10 Pesos, depending on the service and how much you ordered (see below in the category Restaurant).
- Transfer service: 2 – 5 USD or 30 – 60 Pesos, depending on whether he helped you with your bags.
Restaurant & Bar
- Waiter: 15 – 15 % of your bill.
- Bartender: A minimum of 1 USD or 10 Pesos per drink. If you ordered several drinks or pay at the end of the evening, 15 – 20 % of the bill.
- Attendant working in the restroom: 1 – 5 Pesos.
- Tour guide: 10 – 20 % of the tour cost.
- Taxi driver: They are usually not given tips, unless they help you with your bags: 1 USD or 10 Pesos per bag.
- Person packing your groceries at the supermarket: 1 – 2 USD or 5 – 10 Pesos. Give more if it were more than 5 bags or if they helped you carry them.
- Valet parking: 1 – 3 USD or 20 – 50 USD.
Like probably everywhere else in the world, also in Mexico of course you don’t need to tip if the service was really bad.