Tipping in Egypt

Updated ... Augest 2019

Tipping is expected everywhere in Egypt – it is not just for tourists.  Tipping is an expression of your appreciation for another person and their efforts on your behalf.  While, out of politeness, you are told it is at your discretion – it is actually expected and depended on.

Tipping is very important in Egypt, since many of the Egyptian workers are not being paid much and rely on tips.

How to Tip?

There are 2 options of tipping:

1- Tipping Kitty: 
A tipping kitty takes away all the stress and worry ... A tipping kitty of specific amount of money can be suggested by the tour operator before traveling and it will be payable at the start of your tour and administered by the tour operator. It will cover all tips for guides, drivers, porters and hotel staff, cruise crew ….. etc.
 You will not need to pay any more penny to anybody during your holiday from the start to the end because the tour operator who will be in charge of this.

2- Self management:
We will tell you what amount is appropriate to pay. The guide (or if there is a volunteer from the group) is then responsible for handing out the tips along the way. The guide will tell you how much to contribute and what it will cover.
While the tip for the guide himself you should tip him/her at the end of the tour. It should be organized by one of the group - and handed to the guide at the end of the trip. If you are unsure how much to give, you can discuss it with your fellow tourists or even you can check with your tour operator.

Guidelines to Minimum expected tipping amounts in Egypt per person per day  

Tipping can be in Dollars, Euro or Egyptian notes but not coins as foreign coins cannot be exchanged or used to buy anything:

Tipping Per Person Per day based on group

  • Tour Guide 5 - 10 US$ per person per day
  • Tour Leader 4 - 7 US$ per person per day 
  • Bus Drivers for tours 2 - 5 US$ per person per day
  • Hotel Housekeeping 4 - 4 US$  per person per day

Tipping Per Person Per day based on individual tours 

  • Tour Guide 15 - 20 US$ per person per day 
  • Tour Leader 10 - 15 US$ per person per day
  • Car drivers for tours 8 - 12 US$ per person per day

PER USE

- Restaurant Waiter not less 5 US$

- Porter or Baggage Handler 2 - 4 US$

END OF STAY TIPPING – for Hotels and Cruise Boats

Nile Cruise Crew (most boats have a tip box in reception) not less than $5 per day per person so for a couple it should be minimum $10 per day.  This is divided among all the crew/staff you do not see such as laundry, sailors, below deck etc. but not managers. 

If the cleaner attached to your room or restaurant waiter has been pleasing to you – an extra tip of $3 – $5 on departure day is always appreciated.

If tipping in a restaurant you just leave the tip with the final payment as you would anywhere.

In all other cases apart from restaurant where you are immediately paying, the tip should be folded in the palm of the hand and quietly passed in the handshake while expressing your thanks.  It’s not considered nice to wave the tip around in the air and hand it to someone like a guide or housekeeper as if you are paying them.  Some Egyptians consider it good manners to quietly decline the tip once or twice so it is considered good manners on your part to insist (with sincere thanks).

I hope the above helps you enjoy this particular Egyptian tradition.

Explore Egypt Tours Team