Bali Restaurant Tipping Guide

Written by Jim Belt in Restaurant

When traveling to Bali, understanding the local customs around tipping can enhance your dining experiences and show respect for those who serve you. This guide covers tipping etiquette at Bali eateries.

In Bali, tipping at restaurants is not mandatory as a service charge is often included in the bill. If there's no service charge, a tip of Rp10,000 to 10% of the bill is appreciated for good service.

Tipping Customs

Tipping not customary


  • A tip in Bali's restaurants is seen as a mark of appreciation for good service.
  • Carrying cash is practical for tipping, ensuring you can always show your gratitude.
  • Your tips support the local service workers and contribute to Bali's economy.

Understanding Restaurant Tipping in Bali

In Bali, your experience at restaurants often includes exceptional service from dedicated waiters and staff. Tipping, while not obligatory, is a tangible way to express your gratitude for this service. A prevailing service charge is usually included in your bill, typically around 10%. If you find a service charge on your receipt, additional tipping isn't required. However, should the service exceed your expectations, a little extra is a kind gesture.

At local warungs or smaller eateries, where a service charge may not be common, considering a 5% to 10% tip is considered courteous for good service. For high-end dining or in bars, tips can vary, but sticking to the 10% if no service charge is included is standard.

While tipping in Bali isn't as systematic as in some other countries, it's important to remember that these contributions are significant for the service workers, reflecting your acknowledgment of their hard work and attentiveness.

For other services, like taxi drivers or hotel staff, tipping isn't a strict rule but is welcomed for excellent service. A small tip for taxi drivers or a daily tip for housekeeping at your accommodation can go a long way in showing your appreciation for their efforts.

Dining Location Service Charge Suggested Tipping Practice
Restaurants Usually included (around 10%) Additional tip for exceptional service
Local Warungs Not common 5-10% for good service
High-end Dining/Bars Varies 10% if no service charge is included
Taxi Drivers/Hotel Staff Not a strict rule Small tip welcomed for excellent service

Keep in mind, when you're calculating your tip, that a government tax is also added to your bill, which is separate from the service charge.

When you enjoy stellar service, tipping becomes a part of your Bali dining experience, enhancing the island's warm hospitality.

Tips for Hotel and Accommodation Services

When visiting Bali, it’s important to understand the local customs regarding tipping hotel staff. Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate this aspect of your accommodation experience:


A tidy room greatly enhances your stay. Consider tipping your housekeeper between IDR 30,000 and IDR 50,000 for a multi-night stay. If you’re staying in a large villa or with a group, a tip up to IDR 100,000 is a kind gesture if the service is satisfactory. For more details, check out this complete guide to tipping in Bali hotels.

Bellhops and Porters

Upon arrival or departure, bellboys or porters who help with your luggage can be tipped. A common amount is IDR 10,000 to IDR 20,000 per bag. It’s a simple way to say thank you for their effort and aid.

Concierge Services

If the concierge has provided exceptional assistance—booking tours, reservations, or offering insightful recommendations—a tip is a nice way of expressing gratitude. Anywhere from IDR 50,000 to IDR 100,000 can show your appreciation for their help.

Remember, while tipping is not mandatory in Bali, it is highly appreciated, especially considering the modest wages in the service industry. Your tips can make a difference in the lives of the hotel staff who work hard to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

Tipping Guidelines for Transportation Services

When you're in Bali, understanding how to tip transportation service providers like taxi drivers and private drivers can enhance your experience and support the local economy. Taxi drivers, commonly found at the airport and around tourist spots, typically do not expect large tips. For easy and fair rides, consider rounding up the fare to the nearest 10,000 IDR.

Grab drivers have changed the game by offering ride-hailing services accessible through a mobile app. For a comfortable and prompt service, tipping your Grab driver 5,000 to 10,000 IDR is a thoughtful gesture.

If you've hired a private driver for day trips around the island, tipping can range from 50,000 to 100,000 IDR based on the length of your trip and the level of service. These drivers often go above and beyond, providing insights into Balinese culture and recommending spots that aren't on the typical tourist trails.

For exceptional service or if your driver also acts as a tour guide, you may be more generous. You might tip up to 150,000 IDR, especially if their guidance has enriched your day. Remember, tipping is not mandatory, but it is a way to show appreciation for the hard work and hospitality provided by your driver.

Quick Tipping Guide:

Transportation Service Suggested Tipping Amount
Taxi Drivers Round up to nearest 10,000 IDR
Grab Drivers 5,000 to 10,000 IDR
Private Drivers (Regular Trip) 50,000 to 100,000 IDR
Private Drivers (With Tour Guiding) Up to 150,000 IDR

Appreciating Spa and Personal Service Providers

When visiting a spa or wellness center in Bali, expressing gratitude to service providers is a warm gesture. Spa services can range from soothing massages to various beauty treatments, all designed to offer relaxation and rejuvenation.

Here's how you can show appreciation:

Your token of appreciation supports the service providers within these cherished industries and contributes to the overall hospitality Bali is known for.

Published: 17-01-2024

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