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Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

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Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Hi

Is it better to tip in US dollars or local currency ?

Seems a strange question but they might get more for there money having dollars, or is it me being silly ?

Cheers

Essex
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1. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Most people will advise local currency so the locals don't have to get their money changed.

Personally we take about $30-$40 u.s in 1 dollar bills for our first couple of days while we get small change in the local currency and orientate ourselves a bit to wherever we are then switch to tipping in local. Although i should point out it does not mean that we tip all the u.s until it runs out.

We had an experience in India where we had no small change for tips upon arriving and it was very very stressful for us, a few usd stops that.

People here will also advise you to just ask for some small change when buying your visa on arrival, so by all accounts it should be pretty easy to get some small change for tipping in local currency.

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2. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

"People here will also advise you to just ask for some small change when buying your visa on arrival, so by all accounts it should be pretty easy to get some small change for tipping in local currency."

Exactly.

Take your home currency - English sterling, in this case - in clean, untorn, unmarked notes and change in Egypt as required. You will obtain a much better rate of exchange there than is obtainable within the U.K.

Please tip in the local currency - L.E., Egyptian pounds - which is what the recipients use in their everyday transactions.

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3. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Don't get dollars specially but if you have a few single bills leftover it may be Better than nothing if you can't get LE small change. don't tip in foreign coins as the locals can't change them.

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4. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Thank you, we have dollars left over but will take your advice and use local currency.

As not to offend, i gather the monthly salary isnt huge, what is a "reasonable" tip for say, serving a drink, general pool service, bell boy etc

Sorry for all questions, i know good service needs tipping and rightly so

thanks

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5. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Questions such as tipping are covered on the top right of the page generally, or you can follow the direct link

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294200-c94591/Egypt:…

Basically the advise posted on TA is:-

Driver taking you to hotel from airport upon arrival: 10 - 30 LE (in Red Sea destinations, Luxor, Aswan or Alexandria you can still be relatively generous with 10-20 LE)

Luggage man at hotel: 3-5 LE pr. bag both in and out

Housekeeping: 5-10 LE pr. night

Waiter/waitress at breakfast restaurant at hotel: 5-10 LE pr. meal

Waiter at cruise: 50 LE once if on a week long cruise. Less if cruise is shorter. You will most likely have the same waiter for the whole cruise. Of course, if your waiter does not provide a good service, you should reconsider how much you prefer to tip.

Driver taking you sightseeing full day: 50 LE (Full days are usually only in Cairo)

Guide taking you sightseeing full day: 80-100 LE (Full days are usually only in Cairo)

Driver taking you sightseeing half day: 25 LE

Guide taking you sightseeing half day: 40-50 LE

Waiter at lunch restaurant in connection to sightseeing: 5-10 LE

Feluccaman taking you sailing for one hour: 10 LE (if the agreed price for the trip does not include tips)

Guards around the sites: 1-2 LE

"Groundskeeper" in mosques (the man handing you shoe-covers, showing you special things etc): 1-5 LE

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6. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Hi

We go every year and only take English money with us. We change up as we go into LE and tip with that. Usually shop with English £. They will take both of these. Wouldnt bother with dollars or Euro.

Jo

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7. Re: Tipping - Dollars or Local Currency ?

Please avoid giving in US Dollars as many of the staff have not got the facility to change them up unlike a year ago small currency is now back in a abundance so there is no point for tipping another currency many times I come across other guests who are hassled to change up dollars Euro and even British Pounds why give a pound coin knowing there is no way of changing it up Please where you can tip in the local currency and help to get the local currency moving again this a very poor country and has been through a lot most hotel staff do not have bank accounts so have no way of changing up other currencies all the best and Happy Holidays

Paddy

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