It’s customary to tip your Tour Director, bus driver, and local guides as a token of appreciation.
Make it easy
We recommend Group Leaders collect each traveler’s tip money before the group leaves for tour. To keep tips organized, use the convenient tip envelopes included in EF's "Preparing for Departure" kit, which arrives about two months before your tour. Many of our Group Leaders make tipping a fun farewell gesture on tour. Consider having students sign a card and present it with the group's tip to the Tour Director and bus driver before your trip ends.
Suggested tip amounts
Tour Director: Your Tour Director will be accompanying you and your group across the full length of your tour, becoming your narrator and guide throughout the journey from start to finish. We suggest tipping your Tour Director $6-8 per person, per day.
Bus driver:* Set aside an additional $3 per person, per day for your bus driver.
Local guides:* Plan to tip local guides $1 to $2 per person, depending on the length of the excursion.
Tours that include a cruise: Gratuities for cruise staff are included in your EF program price.
*For planning purposes, ask your EF Experience Specialist for details about the number of guides you will have on tour and the number of days you will be with your bus driver.