If you are planning a trip to Bali, you may be wondering about the tipping culture.
In general, tipping in Bali isn’t expected or required, however if your service from restaurants, hairdressers, taxi drivers, hotel employees, and other service providers exceed expectations, consider leaving a little extra to show your appreciation.
Service employees in Bali are paid extremely low wages so a small tip can go a long way in the life of a local family.
The amount you tip will depend on the level of service. Those who provide exceptional customer service will be tipped more than those who don’t. In most cases, a 5% to 10% or $5 to $10 tip is reasonable, depending on the type of service. In addition, below is more information on when to tip in Bali, and how much.
AUD to IDR Conversion
$1 = Approx. 10,000 Indonesian Rupiah
$5 = Approx. 50,000 Indonesian Rupiah
$10 = Approx. 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah
$50 = Approx. 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah
Note that this conversion rate fluctuates, for current rates as of today always check the XE Currency Converter.
Tipping Hospitality Staff in Bali
Tipping isn’t expected in Bali at restaurants, bars, cafes, cafeterias, ice cream shops and bakeries, however you may wish to do so for exceptional service.
Tipping at a restaurant in Bali
At a restaurant in Bali, the bill will usually include a 10% service charge. You may decide to leave an additional tip to your waiter or waitress for exceptional service, however, it will not be considered offensive if you choose not to. 2% to 5% of the bill is a reasonable amount to tip a waiter at a restaurant in Bali. Be sure to give your tip to the waiter directly and in cash, to ensure they receive it.
Tipping your bartender in Bali
In Bali, a tip isn’t required for bartenders, but they will appreciate you leaving them a few coins for exceptional service.
Tipping at cafes in Bali
Again, a tip isn’t required at a cafe in Bali, however, you may decide to leave a few coins for outstanding service.
Tipping for counter service is not expected in Bali. If you see a tip jar, feel free to tip for exceptional service, however, it isn’t customary to do so.
Tipping Hotel Staff in Bali
Hotels in Bali typically include a 10% service charge on top of the 10% to 11% tax in the final bill, therefore tipping your doorman, bellman, housekeeper or concierge isn’t required. However, you may choose to tip them for their service. Hotel staff in Bali expect no more than $2 to $4 in tips for their services for the duration of your stay. To make sure that the right employee receives your tip, hand it directly to them.
Tipping other service workers in Bali
These are the people I most commonly forget to tip. The taxi driver, the hairdresser and my tour guides.
Tipping at the Spa in Bali
Spa service providers in Bali will never expect a tip from you, but if you are pleased by the service received, you may choose to tip your masseur or beautician $1 to $5.
Tipping at the Hairdresser in Bali
Tipping isn’t obligated when visiting a hairdresser in Bali, although they may be expecting you to give them something. It is common for foreign tourists to tip hairdressers for outstanding services. Tip an extra 5% to 10% of the total bill to your hairdresser, depending on the range of services received.
Tipping Tour Guides in Bali
Your tour guide will not expect a tip in Bali, but will appreciate one greatly. It is normal to pay $5 to $10 in tips to your tour guide for a memorable tour.
Tipping for Transport in Bali
Tipping Taxi Drivers in Bali
In Bali, it is common to round up your taxi fair to the nearest Rupiah, which is considered a tip for the taxi driver.
Tipping the Airport/hotel shuttle driver
Like everything in Bali, a tip is not obligatory for your airport or hotel shuttle driver, however, feel free to tip them a few dollars for outstanding service.
As you can see, many service workers are appreciative of tips in Bali, so it is very important to travel with cash.
Remember: Service employees are paid extremely low wages and are often offered no benefits. A tip can go a long way in the life of a local. Even if tipping isn’t part of your culture, it is greatly appreciated by locals if you do tip when you are in Bali.
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