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Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities can be complicated; here the Luxury Train Club provides the answer to 'how much to tip'.

AFRICA

Blue Train

The well-respected South African luxury train connecting Cape Town / Pretoria and Hoedspruit. Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion; leave a tip in the lounge car gratuity box at journey's end. Tips are shared among the Blue Train crew.

Rovos - Pride of Africa

Rovos trains are have an unparalleled reputation and a devoted following of repeat customers. Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion. There is a envelope for tips in your suite; hand it to the Train Manager who distributes gratuities to the Rovos train staff.

Shongololo Express

This remarkable safari train is owned and operated by Rovos. As above, gratuities are at your discretion. Tips are divided between staff members. Shongololo Express recommends between US$5 - $15 per guest per day. Gratuities may be added to the final account or can be handed to the Train Manager. Please do not tip staff members individually.

ASIA (Singapore / Thailand)

Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train tipping gratuity policy

Superlative service, graciously offered, in the sumptuous surroundings of a luxury train from the same stable as the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

AUSTRALIA

Ghan

Travel across Australia, from the fertile country around Adelaide in the south to the rusty hues of the Red Centre and then to the tropical splendour of the northern 'Top End'. The Ghan is named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. Luxury Train Tipping/Gratuities: Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

Indian Pacific

From the shores of the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, the Indian Pacific's rails bind southern Australia. Luxury Train Tipping/Gratuities: Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

CANADA

Rocky Mountaineer

A luxury train with fine dining, allowing perfect views, with enthralling excursions and relaxing nights' sleep in hotels along the way, creating a memorable Rockies journey. Luxury Train Tipping/Gratuities: Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion. GoldLeaf guests have in the past left gratuities based on their overall service experience ranging from $15 - $45 per guest. SilverLeaf: $10 - $40 per guest. Gratuities may be paid by cash or credit card.

ECUADOR

Tren Crucero

Crossing the Andes on Tren Crucero is a memorable adventure, immersed in the High Andean way of life and traversing the valley of volcanoes; an amazing experience, the highlight of a South American tour. Luxury Train Tipping/Gratuities: Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

EUROPE

Danube Express

The Golden Eagle Danube Express combines luxury rail travel with fascinating off-train excursions. Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - There is no tipping, gratuities are included in your tour cost.

Venice Simplon Orient Express luxury train tipping gratuity policy

VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express runs on an original route of the legendary Orient Express train; panache, allure, continental charm, a heady mix of pre-war glamour and style deliver one of the world's top train journeys. Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

INDIA

Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey - What a lovely thought, a beauty salon in a train; an experience that is not quite of this world. The same could be said of some of the sites visited in Maharashtra.

Giving gratuities for services is part of the culture in India, Tipping on-board staff is at guest discretion. The suggested gratuity is USD $125 per guest.

Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot - A journey on the Golden Chariot will take you 1,600 years back in time, through the historic state of Karnataka, the landscape of which was considered heavenly by empire-builders of the past.

Giving gratuities for services is part of the culture in India, Tipping on-board staff is at guest discretion. The suggested gratuity is USD $125 per guest.

Maharajas Express

Maharajas Express - The Maharajas Express is the embodiment of gracious living in the form of a luxury train with a level of service that 19th century Indian royalty would recognize.

Giving gratuities for services is part of the culture in India, Tipping on-board staff is at guest discretion. The suggested gratuity is USD $125 per guest.

Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels - The Palace on Wheels was India's first luxury train in the post-Raj era, and continues to offer fine service in the classic Indian style.

Giving gratuities for services is part of the culture in India, Tipping on-board staff is at guest discretion. The suggested gratuity is USD $125 per guest.

IRELAND

Belmond Grand Hibernian, free drinks tipping gratuities at discretion

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Ireland's only luxury train - Irish charm and hospitality. Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

JAPAN

Tipping or gratuities are not necessary in Japan. No offence is taken for not giving a tip to staff. Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely up to you. You can simply tip as you would do at home if this makes it easier for you.

Seven Stars in Kyushu

Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

PERU

Useful advice about tips and gratuities in Peru:

Taxis: No tip necessary; a small tip is however appreciated for extremely good service.

Tour Guides & Porters: $5 to $10 (15 to 30 soles approx) per day for tour guides and between $3 to $5 (9 to 15 soles) per day for porters, drivers, cooks and the like. Consider tipping a private driver $5 to $10 per day, depending on the type of trip, the amount of driving and how much extra help you receive.

Hotels: Tip porters about $1 (2 to 3 soles) per bag. It’s up to you whether you tip cleaning staff or room service, depending on the overall service quality.

Restaurants: 10% tip in more elegant restaurants but this may be added to the bill (you can always leave an extra tip on top of the service charge for exceptional service). A tip is optional in mid-range restaurants (like chifas, for example), but giving the waiter 1 or 2 soles is a nice gesture. No tip is necessary in budget eateries such as the family run menus.

Peru Luxury Trains

Belmond Andean Explorer

South America's only luxury sleeper train;

Belmond Hiram Bingham

Connecting to the famed Mach Picchu;

Inca Rail - Machu Picchu Train

RUSSIA / CHINA

Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle is the Anglo-Australian operated Trans-Siberian Express. Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - There is no tipping, gratuities are included in your tour cost.

Imperial Russia luxury train tipping gratuities at your discretion

Imperial Russia

Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities on the Imperial Russia - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion. In the case of excellent service, we recommend USD $5 - $10 per guest to local guides / drivers and USD $50 per guest for the whole trip as a train staff tip / gratuity. The currency can be USD US dollars, Euros or rubles.

Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian

Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities on this German-operated Trans-Siberian Express - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion. In the case of excellent service, we recommend USD $5 - $10 per guest to local guides / drivers and USD $50 per guest for the whole trip as a train staff tip / gratuity. The currency can be USD US dollars, Euros or rubles.

SPAIN

Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities in Spain - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion. This also applies off the train; there is no obligation to give tips or gratuities.

Spanish Luxury Trains

Al Andalus Luxury Train tipping gratuity policy

Al Andalus

An historic train operating on three routes in Spain. Use this remarkable heritage train as your hotel while you enjoy the Spanish sights, culture and gastronomy.

El Expreso de la Robla

A relaxed way to explore the rugged, mountainous coastline of northern Spain on board a comfortable hotel train.

El Transcantabrico Clasico

An evocative means of travel in northern Spain, from Galicia to the shores of the Bay of Biscay, taking in the rich culture and cuisine of Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Castile and León.

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

The route from Galicia to the Bay of Biscay covers Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Castile and León. Suites have a lounge area.

UK

Taxis - it is customary to round up to the nearest pound on metered taxi journeys for convenience. On an airport journey in a booked car, consider £2 or £3 if the driver helps with your luggage. Restaurants - In casual restaurants, tipping is not required. In restaurants with waiter service, 10% is generally fine. In some restaurants, a service charge is added to the bill, typically 10% or 12.5%. Hotels - porter service, £2.

Belmond Royal Scotsman

The majesty of the Scottish Highlands is the appropriate backdrop to the journeys by the Royal Scotsman. Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

Belmond British Pullman luxury train tipping gratuities at your discretion

Belmond British Pullman

London's luxury train. Luxury Train Tipping / Gratuities - Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.

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