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Tipping in Morocco is a customary and accepted part of daily life. Those of us who live in Morocco are used to tipping wait staff, salon personnel, hotel staff, laborers, and others who provide a service.
Although certainly not mandatory, tipping comprises a meaningful portion of some Moroccan workers’ overall income since minimum wages are very low in comparison to the cost of living.
Of course, a tipping culture may be unfamiliar to many foreign residents and travelers to Morocco, who may be happy to oblige with local customs but are confused or uncertain as to when and how much to tip in Morocco.
Even those of us used to a tipping culture in our home countries have wondered how much gratuity is appropriate in Morocco!
What Are Tipping Customs in Morocco?
The truth is that tipping practices can vary widely not only between foreigners and Moroccans but also among Moroccans themselves.
For example, some Moroccans might leave only pocket change as a tip at a restaurant while others routinely leave 5 percent or 10 percent of the bill.
Travelers and foreign residents, however, might be inclined to leave 10 to 15 percent of a restaurant bill.
When the topic of how much to tip in Morocco crops up on expat and travel forums, responses range from indignant — Why should I pay someone extra for doing their job?! — to exceptionally generous — I always tip at least 20 percent in Morocco unless service is bad!
Some complain that more generous tipping is expected from foreign travelers and residents as compared to Moroccans.
This can justifiably ruffle the feathers of foreigners who may be living in Morocco on modest local incomes or who may come from countries where tipping is offensive or simply not understood.
Guide to Tipping in Morocco
To help demystify Moroccan tipping customs, I’ve put together the following guide to tipping in Morocco.
Of course, these are only suggested amounts based on average practices among both Moroccans and foreigners. No one should feel obligated to tip if it feels uncomfortable to do so or if you received poor service.
Restaurants & Street Food
- Food Vendor, Juice Stall, etc. – 1 or 2 dh per person; optional
- Waiter – Café or Small Local Eatery – 5% to 10% of bill OR 5 to 10 dh per person
- Waiter – Mid-range or Upscale Restaurant – 10% to 15% of bill (Check to be sure that a tip is not already included.)
Drivers & Transportation Services
- Petit Taxi Driver – Round up to 5 or 10 dh (Be sure the meter is running; some taxi drivers take advantage of tourists by quoting high fixed prices.)
- Airport Transfer (one way) – 20 to 50 dh per person; 100 dh per booking party
- Local Transfer (one way) – 10 to 20 dh per person; 50 dh per booking party
- Tour Driver – Multi-Day – Car, Van, or Minibus – 100 dh per day per booking party (More if private driver; pay at conclusion of tour.)
- Tour Driver – Full Day – Car, Van or Minibus – 200 dh per booking party
- Tour Driver – Half Day – Car, Van or Minibus – 100 dh per booking party
- Coach Bus Driver (large group tours) – 10 to 20 dh per person per day
- Tour Guide – Multi-Day Large Group Tour – 200 dh per booking party for every 5 to 7 days (more if your booking party is large; pay at conclusion of tour.)
- Tour Guide – Full Day – 150 dh per person; or 300 to 400 dh per booking party
- Tour Guide – Half Day – 100 dh per person; or 200 to 300 dh per booking party
- Unofficial Guide – 5 to 10 dh per person (Use with caution. May try to take you to shops where they earn a commission or will abandon you if police are around.)
Sites, Activities, Attractions & Performers
- Museum or Site Guide – 10 to 20 dh per person or 50 to 100 dh per party; more for large group
- Museum or Site Guardian – 5 to 10 dh; optional but nice gesture
- Camel Ride or Horseback Riding Guide – 10 to 20 dh per person; more for treks
- Cooking Class Instructor – tipping not expected
- Meals with Locals Host – tipping not expected
- Artisan Workshop Instructor – 20 to 50 dh per person; 200 dh per booking party
- Live Entertainment (in restaurant, hotel, etc.) – 20 to 50 dh per party; optional but nice gesture
In the Markets
- For Taking Photos of a Vendor, Artisan or Products – 5 to 10 dh (Always ask first. In high-tourist areas, some shopkeepers display signs letting you know that they expect this tip.)
- Monkey Grinder, Snake Charmer, etc. – 10 dh to hold or pose with the animal. (May want to avoid this; many feel it encourages poaching and puts endangered animals at risk.)
- Beggars – 1 to 2 dh (Usually best to ignore; give only small change if you want to.)
Hotels, Riads, and Guest Houses
- Bellboy – 10 to 20 dh (more if handling many bags)
- Concierge – 10 to 20 dh per service OR 50 to 100 dh upon checking out (only if provided service)
- Housekeeper or Chambermaid – 10 to 20 dh per day OR 100 dh per week (One site suggests slipping the tip into a pillowcase to ensure a supervisor doesn’t claim the tip for herself.)
- Doorman – 5 to 10 dh for hailing cab (OR lump sum of 20 dh upon checking out; more for extended stay)
- Room Service – 10% of bill (Check to see if this has already been included in check.)
- Breakfast Buffet Manager – 20 to 50 dh; optional but nice gesture (Tip after final breakfast if you feel service was attentive.)
Spas & Salons
- Hammam – Turkish Bath – 20 to 50 dh per attendant; depending on whether modest or upscale (Luxury package deals might include exfoliation, massage, henna, etc. so there will be more people to tip.)
- Spa Services – hair, facials, waxing, massages, etc. – 10% for each service (Tip the appropriate attendant or stylist directly for each service.)
- Salon – haircuts, highlights, coloring, etc. – 10% to primary stylist; additional 10 dh per assistant (ie. hair washing, color application, etc.)
- Salon – Manicures, pedicures, waxing, etc. – 10% of service(s); additional 10 dh per assistant, if any
Parking & Gas Stations
- Street Parking Guardian – 3 dh average; 5 dh in nice areas; 10 dh may be expected for premium spots (Guardians may or may not be found at metered street parking areas which are indicated by blue lines; be sure to display your meter ticket in the windshield.)
- Valet Parking – 10 to 20 dh
- Parking Lot Attendant – 10 to 20 dh (Depends on location; ask if price is not displayed.)
- Car Washing (external only) – 20 dh (sometimes offered by a parking attendant or guardian)
- Gas Station Attendant – 2 dh (optional for pumping gas, cleaning windshield, or checking air tire pressure, etc.)
Other Tipping Situations in Morocco
- General Assistance (Carrying shopping bags, loading car, helping with physical task, etc.) – 5 dh; more if service required heavy lifting or more than a few minutes of time
- Buta Gaz Delivery (or changing of liquid propane tanks) – 5 dh (more if stairs are involved or multiple tanks are delivered)
- Plumber, Electrician, Painter, etc. – 20 to 50 dh (More if half or full day was spent on the job; it’s also a nice gesture to provide a meal if a worker is present at lunchtime or when you’re serving your family.)
In addition to the guidelines above, you may find yourself in other situations where a gratuity seems appropriate.
For example, it’s common practice to tip fishmongers, poultry vendors, and others who help clean or prep fresh foods at the markets.
When in doubt, rounding your purchase up a few dirhams usually suffices.
Wednesday 26th of June 2019
Great guide, Christine. Hope you can clarify something for me. Going on a 14-day multi city tour in a couple of months. Will have a single tour guide and driver throughout with a 20 person tour group. Just me and my wife. Is it correct that I should tip the tour guide at 200 dh/day and the driver at 20-40 dh/day? Thanks, Larry
Wednesday 26th of June 2019
Hi Larry. For a coach bus driver, yes, that would be appropriate, paid at the end of the tour. For the tour guide of a large group tour, the tip amount of 200 dhs was suggested as a total amount per booking party for a multi-day large group tour, not per day. However, you might consider increasing or doubling that amount because 14 days is a long duration. I've updated the language in the article to better reflect that.
Friday 17th of May 2019
Thanks so much, this is so helpful I am going with a friend in October for a 14 day tour of Morocco. We booked this through a Moroccan tour company. We will have one driver the whole time for the two of us. Should we tip him 100 each, or more? Do we tip him at the end or each day? Thanks, Maureen, Maine
Saturday 18th of May 2019
Hi Maureen. If this is a private driver for just the two of you, then anywhere between 100 to 200 dirhams total per day, paid as a lump sum at the end of your tour on behalf of both of you, is fine. If you don't like the idea of waiting fourteen days to tip your driver, then you can offer a tip every several days instead or offer a little lunch money here and there. There really is no written rule on this and you can let your own judgment and personal experience with this driver be your guide.
Tuesday 26th of March 2019
Thanks for the comments. What would you tip for a 3 day bus/camel/night in sahara? Bus driver I get but is there something basic for the overnight stay or the camel folks? thx Steve
Tuesday 26th of March 2019
I would definitely be inclined to tip any camel trek guides and a camp manager or employee, but I'm not sure if it's the norm among travelers. If this experience was booked as part of a multi-day tour package, tips for them may already be included in your tour price, so check with your guide or excursion provider. If you booked a camel trek and camping experience independently, then anything you feel comfortable tipping on behalf of yourself or immediate family/group would be fine. Assuming it's a group excursion and not private, then perhaps 100 dh each to the camel trek guide(s) and camp operators.
Thursday 21st of February 2019
When you say, "per booking party," does that mean per person? what if you are in a group of 3 or 6 or 10, or what if you are a couple? thanks
Tuesday 26th of February 2019
Hi. Thanks for asking. A booking party means the number in your immediate group that decided to do the tour or activity together and paid for it together. In some cases it's a party of one (a solo participant) or it might be a couple or it could be a family or group of 4 or more. In some situations, rather than tipping based on a percentage of the total amount spent, its fine to just offer a single amount as a group tip. Does that clarify it for you?
Monday 26th of November 2018
Thank you so much for this information - Fantastic clear list.
I am going to Morocco for a holiday during the Christmas time and just wondering how to tip will be appropriate and this list provides me every answer.
Sunday 1st of September 2019
Thanks so much for this clear and helpful guide!
Tuesday 27th of November 2018
Glad it's useful to you. Have a fantastic trip!