Guide to tipping and gratuities in Argentina

by on 27th September, 2018


Argentina: to tip or not to tip, that is the question?

If you’re not from a tipping culture, or simply want some advice on how much to tip and to whom, read our guide to travelling and tipping in Argentina.



Tipping is not mandatory in Argentina and completely discretionary but it does form a strong part of the culture and people look to tips as a reward for good services.

As a tourist, a little generosity with ‘propinas’ will go a long way, especially if you’re happy with the service you received. If you are not happy though, then don’t leave a tip.

You will come into contact with many people from hotel porters to taxi drivers and you can tip in the local Argentina Peso or US dollars.

Keep hold of any small notes / loose change to give as tips because most people won’t have change.

We’ve quoted in USD as the Argentine Peso fluctuates quite wildly at times.


Tipping Guide


Airport porters:  USD 1-2 per bag.

This is not a tip, but payment – these people make their living by carrying your luggage.



No tip expected for taxi drivers, but most people round up the fare to the nearest ten e.g. 10/20/30.

If you have a driver for several days and good service was provided (drove safely, friendly etc.) then a pooled pot between all travellers of USD 5-10 per day is sufficient.


Restaurants and bars

As with most places in the world it is normal to tip in restaurants if the service was reasonable and the food good. A tip of 10% would be adequate. Tipping is not expected in bars, but you may opt to leave small change.


Hotel staff

A friendly and helpful porter who carries your bag to your room are typically given USD 2-3.

Breakfast waiting staff again, leave USD 1-2 on the table per person, per breakfast.

And the same amount for cleaning staff – in many hotels this is not expected but the staff will be grateful.


Most guides have spent a number of years studying at Colleges or Universities to qualify as guides.

Their depth of knowledge of their area or specialist skill, command of English and friendliness should help determine the tip.

As a general guideline it would be expected to tip each specialist guide US$15-20 a day.


On treks

A good guide who does the job well, good English and service can expect US$15-20 a day in total.

For a good cook and/or an assistant guide, then they each get about half that of the guide per day, US$5-10 per day.



It is a general guide and the only rule with tipping is that it is voluntary.


Airport porters: USD 1-2 per bag

Hotel staff: USD 2-3 in total

Transfer drivers/taxis: Generally not expected, but can round up fare to nearest ten.

Drivers: USD 5-10 per day total from the group

Specialist guides: USD 15-20 per day total from the group

Trek assistants/cooks: USD 5-10 per day total from the group

Restaurants: 10% for good service



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