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Tipping in Budapest

by JamesWtc

I've learned that Hungary is a very tip-conscious country and tipping is customary, even doctors and dentists accept gratitude money. I'm getting my dental work done in Budapest and I wonder if I should do so too to be polite? And how much should I give if required.

Thank you!

Re: Tipping in Budapest


Hello James,

I can't really comment on tipping at doctors.

Only I can say that I have been to Budapest now three times and I realised that many restaurants directly add up to 12,5 % tip to your bill in teh city centre. Sometimes it is stated in the menu, sometimes the waiters just do it if they think they can ripp you off.

Since my last visit to Hungary last year I am now very annoyed about tipping in Hungary and I wouldn't give any tip except I really think that the person was really nice, attentive, fair and didn't try to cheat me.

I think I am an experienced East European traveller as I have been to many East European countries since 2002 and the only bad experiences regarding tips happend to me in Hungary. Okay, taxi drivers in Eastern Europe also usually ripp tourists off, but this seems to be a local custom and probably has to be accepted. ;-)

I hope this helps


Re: Tipping in Budapest

by fischert


Yes you are right hungarians are tip-conscious at many places in some cases even doctors. But this is tipical only if you take public medical attendance. I think you take a private medical service. Those places you pay a "real" price thus you don't have to pay extra tip, and I think those doctors won't take it. At private medical places i pay only the amount they charge for me, they are not waiting more.


Re: Tipping in Budapest

by JamesWtc

Thank you Horsecheck,

I didn't get a chance to dine out in restaurant since I wasn't able to eat after teeth extraction. :) But yeah... I was confused too there as everything's in Hungarian and the larger currency denominations will take sometimes to familiar with. :)

Re: Tipping in Budapest

by JamesWtc

Thanks for the useful tips. Yeah.. I go for private dentist in Budapest.

Re: Tipping in Budapest


Oh and please note that my name is not horsecheck, but HORSCHECK. It has nothing to do with checking horses, but has a very different meaning, which is another story.


Re: Tipping in Budapest

by JamesWtc

Haha... Sorry... an extra "E" :D

Re: Tipping in Budapest

by danbp

I can confirm that you are not expected to tip when paying for a private medical service. As for dining out...I only give a tip when I'm satisfied with the service (that means, I'm not giving it to be polite) or when I'm at a place I regularly go to (so that I'd get good service the next time too). And, rarely though, sometimes I just can't believe a place can really work with such low prices (this mainly applies to rural restaurants and mainly pubs), so I give a tip to contribute to maintining the place. (It's quite like going to churches as a tourist and donate some money for maintenance.) But this is rare.

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