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Date: 5 August 2020

How to tip around the world: Norway

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With its dramatic landscapes, rich history, and awe-inspiring natural wonders, Norway has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations for travellers. People flock here to see the stunning Lofoten Islands, the fairy tale city of Bergen, and the elusive Northern Lights.

If you’re planning a trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun, you’re in for a treat. Just bear in mind, it’s one of the more expensive countries in Europe, so you’ll need to take plenty of spending money.

What’s more, as a visitor, your natural instinct might be to tip. But should you tip in Norway? And if so, how much?

Tipping can be a cultural minefield for travellers. Not only does the etiquette vary from country to country, but the rules are different whether you’re paying for a meal, taxi, room service or a drink at the bar.

To help you figure it out, we’ve created a series of guides for tipping in different countries.

Read on to find out where, when, and how to tip in Norway.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, remember to check current travel restrictions before booking travel.

Tipping tips

Tipping in Norway is optional, as gratuity is usually worked into the final price of things.

Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Restaurants

Waiter in Norwegian restaurant holding a small pot of four small, black ice-cream cones filled with orange caviar
Check if a service charge is included on your bill in Norwegian restaurants before you decide to tip

Norwegian restaurant staff generally earn a good monthly wage so they’re not dependent on tips. However, a service charge is not always added to bills, so if the food and service are great and you want to show your appreciation, a tip of between 10-15% won’t go amiss.

Most restaurant and bar workers in Norway pool their tips, so both floor and kitchen staff each get a percentage at the end of the night.

Since it is most common to pay by credit or debit card in Norway (and in some places it’s obligatory), there is usually the opportunity to add the tip of your choice to the bill when the waiter hands you the card machine.

Bars and pubs

A smiling bartender looks at 2 patrons sitting on bar stools at a wooden bar in Norway
It’s not common to tip in bars in Norway. Photo: Trysil – Flickr / CC BY 2.0

There’s no need to tip in bars and pubs in Norway unless you’ve run the bar staff ragged serving you aquavit. In that case, it’s common to round the amount up to the nearest 10 NOK.

Hotels

A hotel porter wheels a suitcase in front of three elevators
A tip for the hotel staff in Norway is not expected, but is appreciated

Tipping in Norwegian hotels is not required or expected, even the high-end ones. However, hotel workers tend to be poorly paid in comparison to those in other industries, so if you’re happy with the service, a tip will be welcome.

Taxi drivers

A smiling woman holding a mobile phone in the back of a car
Tipping taxi drivers is only expected when the service is exceptional

It’s expensive to travel by taxi in Norway, so use public transport wherever possible. If you have to use a taxi, a tip is not required, but many people choose to leave 10-15%, especially if the service is good.

Tour guides

A group of hikers walk in single file along an icy ridge
If you take a tour in Norway, tipping your guide is not expected

Tour guides are more than happy to show off their beautiful country. Tips for tour guides in Norway are not expected or necessary.  

Should you pay by cash or card?

As we mentioned earlier, cash is no longer king in Norway. You can use it in some places, but most establishments prefer debit or credit cards, and you’ll find some only accept payment by card.

One place you might get caught short is on the bus. If you haven’t bought a ticket in advance, you’ll need to pay for it on board by card.

Travel with the Norwegian Reward Card

A Norwegian Reward World Mastercard®on a background image of a snow-covered village in Lofoten with the Northern Lights in the sky
Apply for the Norwegian Reward World Mastercard®

Now you know how to tip in Norway, make sure you’re getting a little something extra out of your trip, too. If you’re a resident in the US, apply and get approved for a Norwegian Reward World Mastercard® and get loads of exclusive benefits, including Priority Boarding, extra CashPoints* on Norwegian flight tickets, and CashPoints on all your purchases wherever Mastercard is accepted, whether you’re at home or abroad.

The more you use the card, the more CashPoints you’ll earn, which you can use for future flights with Norwegian. It’s a win-win!

Find out more and apply for a Norwegian Reward Card today.

*Subject to credit approval. See the Norwegian Reward World Mastercard® Program Terms for more details.

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