When and Why to Tip Your Chauffeur

When dining out we know how to tip, but when it comes to transportation, tipping practices are less formal. Do we tip chauffeurs? If so, how much? What’s the appropriate way to go about this?

If you find yourself worrying about any of these things while waiting for your chauffeur, fret no more. Below, we present vital information about limousine gratuities.

General Tipping Guidelines

The first thing to recognize is that passengers are not obligated to tip their chauffeurs. But, like any other service, you can show your appreciation for a job well done in the form of a monetary tip.

Some companies pre-calculate gratuities and automatically add them to your bill. Look to see if the service you are using has done so. If they have, you have nothing to worry about — tipping is already taken care of. If you are using a chauffeur for business reasons, your company may prepay the tip. Be sure to check with your company.

If you find that the service you are using does not pre-calculate gratuities or that your company has not prepaid the tip, then you can use your discretion. When deciding whether or not to tip your chauffeur, consider a few things:

  • How was the chauffeur’s driving? Did you feel safe and comfortable during the whole ride?
  • Was the chauffeur on time?
  • How was the chauffeur’s customer service? Did they help you with your bags, guide you to a great spot for lunch, or enhance your experience in other ways?
  • Was the vehicle clean and in good condition?
  • Did the chauffeur do anything to go above and beyond the call of duty (e.g., offer extra services or amenities?)

If you find that your chauffeur has given you excellent service, then you can offer a tip as a way to recognize their efforts.

How Much Should You Tip?

If you’ve decided to tip, you need to determine how much you will offer. Numerous articles on the subject suggest that you should tip anywhere between 10 and 20 percent. However, that’s a wide gap. If you’re wondering exactly how much to tip, follow these suggestions:

  • Did the chauffeur offer good, but unexceptional, service? Tip 10%.
  • Did the chauffeur offer great customer service and a comfortable ride? Tip 15%.
  • Did the chauffeur offer exceptional service every step of the way? Tip 20%.

With these guidelines in hand, you’ll be an expert in the art of tipping your chauffeur — and a favorite customer, too.