How Much Should I Tip My Limo Driver?
Professional Driver/Chauffeur Relies on Tips
Before we can answer the burning question of how much you should tip a limo driver, it’s critical to understand how the industry works. Yes, a limo driver is in the business of customer service. Although a chauffeur drives for a living, much of their time is spent accommodating customers as they escort clients whether is a prom, birthday, wedding, quinceanera, sweet 16, night out, bachelorette party, special events and meet important deadlines.
Working successfully as a professional chauffeur requires patience, punctuality and attention to detail.
Limo drivers rely on tips
To supplement their salary far above their set hourly rate. This is the customary practice and a nice gesture to tip your driver or the majority of workers in the service industry, whether they are waiters, baristas, bellhops, etc.
What Is the Recommended Tip for a Limousine Driver?
It’s always at your discretion to tip a professional driver more than the included gratuity amount if they have exceeded expectations.
As you would with any other worker in the service industry, you can base the amount of your tip on the level of service. Nonetheless, the baseline standard of 15% to 20% as a tip should apply. If the service is noticeably subpar, a 10% tip may be appropriate; however, it’s still important to contact a limo company to report any service issues that warranted a low tip.
Remember, a tip of 20% should apply to the total amount of limousine rental. While it may seem generous to tip a limo driver $25, a stretch limo could cost more than $100 per hour. If a limo is charged at $500 for the night, a 15% – 20% tip for excellent service would only be fair.
The Bottom Line
You should absolutely tip your chauffeur. In the event that a limousine company has not charged you upfront for the tip, it is up to you to decide the tip amount you would like to leave. It is customary for a limo driver’s tip to be 15% – 20% of the total rental bill. When you reserve your limousine it is a good idea to verify with the company whether or not the total price you will pay includes the tip, generally it does not.