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TIPPING CULTURE: How much should I tip a taxi driver in Scotland?

Updated: May 8, 2023

In Scotland, it is seen as customary to tip taxi drivers around 10% of the total fare.

However, tipping is not mandatory and ultimately the decision of how much to tip is up to the passenger and based on their level of satisfaction with the service provided by the driver.

If the driver has gone above and beyond to provide a particularly good service, such as helping with luggage or taking a detour to avoid traffic, it is generally appropriate to tip on the higher end of the scale. Conversely, if the service was poor or the driver was rude or unhelpful, it may be appropriate to withhold a tip or tip on the lower end of the scale.

It's worth noting that many taxis in Scotland now offer contactless payment, which includes the option to add a tip to the fare at the point of payment. If paying in cash, passengers can simply hand over the total fare plus the tip amount directly to the driver.

Tipping practices can vary widely, and there is no one "common" percentage that people in the UK tip for taxi rides or other services. Some people may choose not to tip at all, while others may tip a small amount as a way to show appreciation for good service.

Some people may also choose to tip a higher percentage for exceptional service or for longer cab journeys. It is ultimately up to the individual passenger to decide how much, if any, they would like to tip their taxi driver.


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