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How Much Should You Tip Your Chauffeur (limo, sedan, executive car)


It is probably safe to say that somewhere along the line (if not on a regular basis), you will be using a limousine, sedan or executive car for business, pleasure or vacation. In many cases it will be appropriate to tip your chauffeur and you may just want to be sure you show your appreciation for a job well done.

Below we have outline some simple considerations but before we do, here are 3 other web pages that you may find useful in your research to find the perfect ground transportation solution:


Deciding what to tip your chauffeur can be a little confusing if you don’t use a ride service too often, or if you’ve never used one before. So what’s an infrequent or new passenger to do?

First, the good news: there’s no “right” amount for a tip.

Now for the bad news: there’s no “right” amount for a tip.

Most limousine service providers today rely on their tips to supplement the hourly rate their employer pays them. That’s because a professional like a chauffeur, hairstylist, waiter, and bellhop typically earns far below the minimum hourly wage. All of these people, therefore, have an incentive to provide the kind of stellar service that will result in generous tips which, in turn, result in a higher overall hourly rate.

The general rule of thumb is that you should tip your chauffeur between 15% and 20%.

Expressions-16But wait! Before you reach for your wallet, do these two things:

1: Be Sure Tipping Is O.K.

Depending on where you are in the world, some cultures not only frown on tipping, they consider it an insult. If you’re riding in a limousine abroad, find out from your travel agent what your host country’s policy is regarding tips.

2: Ask If Your Gratuity Is Already Included In The Bill.

Some limo companies, for example, will add an automatic tip to bills for wedding and prom limos: the reasoning here is that certain passengers, such as a bride and groom on their wedding day, or a bunch of over-excited teenagers on prom night, are unlikely to have large amounts of cash on them. Other limo companies have similar policies about bachelor/bachelorette nights, because once the alcohol starts flowing, passengers tend to forget about details like tipping the limo driver at the end of the night. Whatever your reason for renting a limo, make sure you read the fine print to avoid the embarrassment of double-tipping or not tipping at all.

So is it O.K. to tip a chauffeur more than 20%, or less than 15%? Let’s assume you’ve already established that tipping is allowed, and that a gratuity has not already been added to your bill. Can you ignore the 15%-20% rule? In a word, yes. The longer explanation is that you will never go wrong if you simply use your discretion. Remember that the amount you choose to tip is a direct indication of your happiness (or unhappiness) with the service you receive.

If a chauffeur did a fabulous job, then by all means, leave a more generous tip (25% or more). In deciding whether to give that little extra, ask yourself if your chauffeur:

  • Arrived early at pickup
  • Had to wait extra time for you at pickup because you weren’t ready
  • Helped carry your bags into and out of the vehicle
  • Made unscheduled or extra stops at your request
  • Had coffee and muffins waiting in the limo for you on an early-morning pickup

If a chauffeur has gone above and beyond the call of duty, an especially generous tip is always an appropriate way to show your appreciation.

But what if the opposite has happened? If you’ve received truly dismal service from a chauffeur (e.g., the driver was late, rude, took you to the wrong place, etc.), you are well within your rights to make sure that your lower tip reflects how you feel about that sub-par service.

It’s also a good idea to call the limo company personally and tell the customer service department about your experience, whether it’s an extremely positive or negative one. Any reputable firm will want to have your honest feedback so it can ensure high standards of service.

Now that we’ve helped take the mystery out of the art of tipping a chauffeur, here are some final things to keep in mind:

  • Base your tip on the pre-tax total of your bill
  • Leave tips in cash

Consider what your chauffeur is probably NOT getting paid for (e.g., driving to your pickup spot, driving back to the limo company from your drop-off spot, cleaning the limo between passengers, etc.)


Use your common sense. You can determine if your limo service provider gave you great service, average service or poor service. Your tip is your way of telling both company and chauffeur how good your experience really was.

We provide limousine service, sedan service and executive car service in 450 cities across the country. We pay attention to all feedback by monitoring how much tip you left and if you use our service again. There is nothing more important to us than providing you with private limo or car service that makes your ride nothing short of excellent. Remember to call us or connect via our website to get a real time, fast limo rate quote or use the button below to ask any questions you have at all. Happy traveling!

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