When it comes to tipping, the rules and etiquette lines can be grayed or be lacking for different service industries. There are the obvious, wait staff, manicurists and taxi drivers, but what about other private transportation drivers, like limo or shuttle drivers?
It’s a good idea to find out what best practices are for etiquette, especially when you may not travel often. When going on a trip, find out where you’ll need to tip and plan ahead to be sure you have the correct amount to tip. There is nothing more awkward than to ask for change when tipping a shuttle driver, after all, they may not have the cash change to give you. There is plenty of information that varies on ask-answer internet forums about how much to give to whom and what to do if there is not a tip jar.
When considering drivers for a limo or airport shuttle service, you may wonder how much is appropriate to give? For a limo or taxi driver, the rate is usually around 10-15% of the total fare. On the other hand, for a shuttle driver, no matter if there’s a tip jar or not, it is appropriate to hand the driver a dollar or two at a minimum. If you have bags, a good rule of thumb is to tip the driver one dollar per bag, especially if they are heavy.
Some services provide an option when you make reservations to include the gratuity. This is an opportunity to give without having to think about the tip at the time of service. It also helps with making sure you have the right amount of cash while traveling. If you wish to read more on tipping while traveling, see this article.