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Tipping in Argentina: The Argentina Tipping Guide

Tipping in Argentina isn’t a standard practice, but there are still times to leave a few pesos. This Argentina tipping guide will help you know when/how much to tip for great service.

Tipping in Argentina

Tipping in Argentina isn’t obligatory, but a few extra pesos go a long way to show appreciation for a job well done. Keep in mind that there isn’t a standard amount on how much to leave at most businesses, so it is up to you on what seems fitting for the service provided. Since tipping in Argentina isn’t expected, remember to keep pesos on hand as there won’t be a place to tip on most bills.

Though tipping might not be that common, there are general guidelines that will help ensure a stress-free vacation. This Argentina tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.

Argentina Tipping Guide

Café Server/Barista: When placing an order at the bar, a tip isn’t required or expected. You can, but are not obligated to, leave up to 10 percent for table service if everything was outstanding.  

Restaurant Server: Tipping is a personal preference and is not expected by servers. If, however, the service is exceptional, a tip of 10 percent is greatly appreciated. You may see an additional service,cubierto” or “servicio de mesa,” on the final bill, but this is a fixed amount for dinner items and does not go to the server. Keep pesos on you, as there’s a chance there won’t be a place to tip on the bill.

Bartender: A tip isn’t required but always appreciated. The amount is up to your own discretion. 

Tour Guides: It is customary to tip, but the amount is up to you and your level of satisfaction with the tour. Some might suggest 10 to 20 percent as a starting point.

Taxis: A tip is always appreciated, especially when helping with your luggage. Telling the driver to keep the change or “a está bienis an easy way to say thank you.

Airport shuttle driver: A tip isn’t required.

Bellhop: A tip is always appreciated, especially when carrying your luggage to your room, but there is no standard amount. A peso per bag, depending on size, is a good place to start.

Housecleaning: There is not a set standard, but a few pesos per night can go a long way to a spotless stay.

Concierge: A tip is always appreciated, especially when helping with a reservation or recommendation, but there is no standard amount.

Stylist: Tipping is up to your discretion, as there is no obligation to tip, but leaving a little extra is appreciated for a stylish new look.

Spa Service Provider: There is no obligation to tip, but 15 to 20 percent is a good way to show gratitude for service that exceeds expectation.

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