Cuban boys having water fight.
Boys having a water fight

Tipping and gratuities guidelines for Cuba travel

How much should I tip in Cuba?

Cuban tour guides and tour chauffeurs depend on tips, and share them with their coworkers and family. They also contribute a percentage of tips to the national health and education systems. Treat tipping in Cuba as you do at home – be generous with those who assist.

Amounts most Americans share with tour staff

  • Tour guide 8.00 to 10.00 CUC per day per tour participant
  • Tour driver 5.00 to 7.00 CUC per day per tour participant
  • Hint  You can leave tips in US dollars too. Smile

Tips for other Cubans who help during your stay

  • Restaurant staff 1.00 CUC or 10% per meal per tour participant
  • Hotel porters 1.00 CUC or more if you have lots of luggage
  • Chambermaids 1.50 CUC per day per participant
  • Museum guides and special guides 1.00 CUC per participant
  • Musicians at restaurants 1.00 CUC per participant

What about “gifting” in lieu of tips?

Cubans in the tourist industry need cash to spend on the things they really need. They already receive a lot of leftover toothpaste, toiletries and other stuff visitors leave behind. 

However, if you make a special friend, then a nice gift is always appropriate, together with personal things you don’t need to take home. Learn more about donations and gifts for your new Cuban friends.