Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

A number of European countries or cities have what's called a Tourist Tax which is used for tourism related purposes but visitors don't often realise it is in place because the fee is usually incorporated into their accommodation price. This is the case in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Greece, and the city of Paris also introduced a similar fee in 1994.

Tourist Tax in Europe med
In the past few years, a number of cities (and towns) in Italy, Spain and Slovenia have also brought in a tourist tax, however in these instances it's not included in the price of the accommodation and is payable by cash when checking out of the hotel.


In Italy and Spain, the nightly rate payable is dependent on the category of accommodation. For example, in Rome guests staying in a 3-star hotel are required to pay €2 per person per night, and €3 per person per night if they are staying in a 4- or 5-star hotel. The tourist tax is payable for a maximum of 10 nights.


Each city or town has its own variations - some cities, for example Venice, don't charge the tourist tax for children under 16 years, however the nightly tax for stays in a 5-star hotel in Venice is €5 per adult. In many cases, the Tourist Tax also applies to B&B and apartment stays, not just hotels.

Update November 2015: Travellers staying in Airbnb accommodation in Paris will now be required to pay a tourist tax of EUR0.83 per day per adult. This brings the owner-direct booking service in line with hotels in the city whose guests having been charged a tourist tax for a number of years.


You can use this guide to determine the nightly Tourist Tax charge in Italy.

A Tourist Tax also applies in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, with nightly rates ranging from €0.45 to €2.50. Tourist apartments and private houses rented to tourists are also subject to the charges.


If you are stopping over in Dubai on your way to or from Europe, a Tourist Tax was introduced on 31 March, 2014.


So, just a reminder, if you are travelling in Italy and Spain, make sure you have some cash on hand when you check out of your accommodation so that you can pay the Tourist Tax.

 

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Tell me, have you been charged a Tourist Tax by your hotel or accommodation on your European travels?

 


All information is correct at the time of publication. If you are aware of any changes to the above information, please let me know and I'll gladly update this page.

 

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# Mandy 2017-10-19 03:24
Hi. I am going to Greece next year. Is the hotel tax per person or per room?
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# Carolyn 2017-10-19 09:41
The tourist tax is per person (often, it only applies to adults) per nigh.
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# lesley 2017-05-30 02:36
how much is the tourist tax in Rhodes staying 3 star all inclusive
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# Carolyn 2017-05-30 21:21
Hi Lesley,
The latest information I have found says that there is currently no tourist tax payable in Greece however as of 1 January, 2018 a tourist tax will be incurred. This will range from 0.50 cents to 4.00 euros, with a fee of 1.50 euros for 3-star hotels.
Enjoy your trip.
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# Iain 2016-05-17 07:52
Hi, I am on holiday in Sorrento and we have to pay a hotel tax on departure. surely this should be included in the up front cost of the hotel accommodation and then it is just a matter for the hotel to forward the tax to the appropriate body. The travel agents don't mention this extra charge and being an eu citizen why are we expected to pay this extra cost?
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# Carolyn 2016-05-17 13:44
You make a good point, Iain. It surely wouldn't be hard for hotels, apartment owners, etc. to incorporate the cost of the City-imposed tourist tax into their nightly rate.

Perhaps they aren't allowed to do it this way, or charging it separately makes their bookkeeping easier - I'm really not sure what the answer to that is. I do know that apartment owners in France have to lodge a yearly return stating the number of overnight guests they had and make the appropriate payment, so my guess is that it is for ease of bookkeeping that it's charged separately.

As for travel agents mentioning it, yes, I agree that they should mention it to their clients. At least then they are forewarned.

Enjoy your stay in Sorrento.
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# Courtney 2016-04-16 21:05
We have just been informed of this tourist tax on our holiday 9 months after we booked it, shouldn't it be included in the upfront cost as you're pricing it up, We are booked through a well known holiday company that has been running many years, shouldn't they have informed us prior to this?
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# Carolyn 2016-04-19 16:19
Hi Courtney,

The tourist tax is a tax charged by individual cities and is almost always paid to the accommodation provider (ie. hotel) in cash.

The accommodation provider is responsible for the collection of the tax so even if you book via a travel company, they aren't required to collect the tax. Perhaps they should have mentioned that city taxes are applicable when you made your bookings, but as far as I'm aware, many companies don't.
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# Carolyn 2015-10-06 13:10
Quoting Louise:
Quoting Tracy Praties:
please can you tell me if there is a tourist tax in belgium

Yes - we have paid for the past couple of years in Oostende.

Thanks for the info, Louise. That's good to know.
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# Louise 2015-10-06 06:06
Quoting Tracy Praties:
please can you tell me if there is a tourist tax in belgium

Yes - we have paid for the past couple of years in Oostende.
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# Carolyn 2015-10-02 17:55
Quoting Jody:
I can't believe that Rome charges 3€ per night for 4 star. We are staying in Rijeka and hotel is charging us 12€ per person per night for a 3 star hotel!

Wow! That does seem like a lot, Jody. I'd hate to think what the tax is for a 4 star hotel! I'd love to hear if you have similar experiences (ie. very high tax charges) elsewhere on your travels.
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# Jody 2015-10-01 17:19
I can't believe that Rome charges 3€ per night for 4 star. We are staying in Rijeka and hotel is charging us 12€ per person per night for a 3 star hotel!
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# Carolyn 2015-09-04 12:14
Quoting Sybil:
Hi, I'm travelling to Lloret de Mar for 5 days (4* hotel) and then on to Barcelona for 3 days (4* apt). Will I need to pay tax for both stays or just one tax for the duration when I arrive at the airport. Many thanks,

Hi Sybil, the tourist taxes are normally imposed by individual cities rather than being a national tax and are payable when checking out of each hotel.

Have a great trip.
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# Sybil 2015-09-04 00:28
Hi, I'm travelling to Lloret de Mar for 5 days (4* hotel) and then on to Barcelona for 3 days (4* apt). Will I need to pay tax for both stays or just one tax for the duration when I arrive at the airport. Many thanks,
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# Carolyn 2015-01-27 14:34
Quoting Tracy Praties:
please can you tell me if there is a tourist tax in belgium

Hi Tracey,

It's my understanding that a tourist tax applies to accommodation in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels and Ghent. This website explains the charges: http://www.etoa.org/policy/regulation-and-taxation/tourist-taxes/accommodation-taxes-in-belgium

Have a great trip.
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# Tracy Praties 2015-01-26 00:49
please can you tell me if there is a tourist tax in belgium
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# Sheen 2014-05-13 16:05
Wow, I have learnt some great travel tips from your article. Thanks for sharing :)
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