Tipping in Sri Lanka is custom and the way of life. If you go to Sri Lanka you should expect to tip. While tipping is the norm, the prices are still cheap so it wont break the bank. Sri Lanka is full of culture and experiences and really is a must see place! If you go to Sri Lanka be sure to use our tipping guide to figure out when you should tip on your vacation in Sri Lanka!
Taxis: Tipping Taxi Drivers in Sri Lanka is common. You should round up the total fare. If taking a day tour with a driver you should aim to tip 750 – 1500 Rupees a day.
Hotels: Some hotels in Sri Lanka will have a service charge included. You should check before hand, but if not then 100 RS a day to the maid and 50-100 Rs to the bell boy for bags.
Restaurants: Once again check for a service charge, if not then aim to tip around 10%. Even if there is a service charge its still customary to round up the bill.
Bars: Tipping bartenders isn’t common or expected. If you are a repeat visitor then a small tip is appreciated.
Other: When touring try to negotiate a price with the tip included. If you enjoyed the tour and the guide went above and beyond you can tip up to 10% extra. This is the rule from short half day tours to multiday tours.