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Cost of daily items & tipping

Price guide & tipping

When you visit a new country, it's always hard to know how much you should expect to pay for things, or the correct etiquette for tipping. Here we've given you some general prices for common items and advice on when and how much to tip to make it a little easier for you.

General product price guide

Here is a general price guide for a few common items:

  • A hotel breakfast  £5-£15
  • Dinner (3-course, no wine) £15-£45
  • Lunch snack/sandwich £2-£4
  • Cafe lunch £4-£7
  • A postcard stamp to anywhere abroad 50p
  • Hamburger £2.50
  • Cappuccino £1-£3
  • Kodak Film, 36 exposures £4-£5
  • Can of Coke 40p-£1
  • Pint of beer in a pub £2-£4
  • Glass of wine in a pub £2-£5
  • Single cash bus ticket £2
  • Single Oyster bus ticket £1
  • Single cash underground ticket £4
  • Single Oyster underground ticket (zones 1-2) £2

Tipping & service charges

Tipping is not always appropriate in the UK. If you feel the service was good and you want to show your appreciation, here is a guide to customary practice:

Most hotel bills include a service charge, usually 10-12%. Where a service charge is not included in a hotel restaurant, it is customary to give 10-15% of the restaurant bill. For rooms, you can leave an optional amount to room staff.

Many restaurant bills include a service charge; make sure you check the bill to avoid tipping twice. Where a service charge is not included, it is customary to leave a tip of 10-15% of the bill. Some restaurants now include a suggested tip in the bill total.

10-15% of the fare