The culture of tipping is very strong in Morocco, and it’s one of those situations that can be confusing. It’s helpful to remember that many people working in tourism rely on the tips they receive.
Tips, according to the quality of service, are expected for:
- hotel and restaurant staff
- tour guides and drivers
- camel or mule drivers
- hiking guides
- hammam attendants who give you a scrub or massage.
You should also give a small tip (e.g. 20 Dirham) to anyone who carries your bags, shows you the way if you are lost, or offers any other small service. When you arrive in Morocco, it’s a good idea to get plenty of small change and 20 Dirham notes from a bank, to have handy for tipping. Guide books often offer an idea of the amount to tip. Check in larger restaurants if a service charge has already been added to your bill – if not, 10% is usual for good service. In a café or small restaurant, tip up from the bill to the nearest round number.
An appropriate tip for your tour driver-guide is 100-200 Dirham a day, depending on your level of satisfaction. It’s usual to tip them at the end of your tour, rather than each day.
Tipping is usually done discreetly, passing the money from palm to palm as you shake hands to say goodbye.