Learn the ins and outs, dos, and don’ts of tipping in Morocco. The tipping culture in Morocco is not as rigid as some countries you may have traveled to, but it is the norm. Read all about it in this blog!
Tipping is customary in Morocco, but it is not mandatory. The best rule of thumb when it comes to tipping is to round up the bill and leave spare change. If you received poor or inadequate service, you are not obligated to tip. Tips are not generally included in the bill in Morocco, though some more upscale restaurants have begun adding a 10 – 15% service charge to the bill. Read on for more about how much and who to tip during your travels in Morocco.
PRO TIP: For the sake of convenience, it’s sometimes easier to think of 10 dirhams as approximately 1 USD.
It is standard practice to tip tour guides, tour bus drivers, restaurant & cafe servers, taxi drivers, and hotel luggage porters in Morocco. If someone offers you exemplary service by going above and beyond, we recommend offering a tip as a gesture of appreciation.
Expect to be asked for a tip if you wish to take a picture of a market vendor, artisan products, a snake charmer, etc. They’ll generally ask for anything from 10 – 50 dirhams (≈ $1 – $5 USD). Remember that it is always good practice to ask permission before taking a photo!
Tipping your tour guide and tour bus driver at the end of your trip is also strongly recommended, especially if you are satisfied with the service they provided and they helped you have a great trip.
NOTE: We always suggest tipping your hotel maids as the majority are females. Morocco is a very male-dominated society with many women lacking access to education and decent job opportunities. Hotel maids are very hard-working and deserving of a tip just as much as your luggage porter or restaurant waiter.
On our tours, the tour leader may suggest a tipping kitty at the beginning of your tour to cover tips for luggage porters, cleaning staff, waiters at restaurants for included meals, etc. This is also for buying water for the group as well as a few surprises not on the itinerary along the way. Your tour leader will usually ask for around $50 – 60 USD per person to contribute to the kitty.
One reason for this kitty is that making small change can be difficult and many travelers choose not to tip because they don’t have small bills. Another reason is that the service and hospitality industry workers in Morocco are poorly compensated compared to the West and tips help them earn a decent living.
PRO TIP: Try to pay with larger bills whenever possible in order to make small change for tipping at more upscale restaurants or when purchasing an expensive item. Making change for market vendors or small cafes and eateries can sometimes be very difficult!
We always recommend tipping your Moroccan tour guide and tour bus driver, especially if you feel they did an exceptional job and enhanced your experience.
Below are suggested amounts for tipping your tour guide and bus driver at the end of the trip based on our past travelers’ feedback from our 12-day Morocco trip. If you feel they made your trip extra special, then you’re welcome to tip more.
PRO TIP: When withdrawing from an ATM in Morocco, try to take out an odd-numbered amount (i.e. 490 instead of 500 dirhams) and you’ll get smaller bills that are easier for small vendors to break. For more information on exchanging currency in Morocco, check out our How to Exchange Money in Morocco blog.
Tipping in Morocco is pretty modest and straightforward. Just remember, tipping is not compulsory and tips should only be given when excellent service is received. Happy travels!