Although it may not seem so, most Russians earn very low wages. In comparison with the average Russian, we are very rich. As long as you do it discreetly, nobody will refuse a tip. If somebody does refuse a tip, leave some money behind.

The tour guide in St. Petersburg will expect a tip at the end of the trip, assuming he has offered a satisfactory service. Shoestring pays them a wage that matches wages paid by other travel agents, although this is rather low. Our guideline is around € 1 per day per person.

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