Travel Costs And Prices in Croatia


'What are the prices in Croatia?' , is a question that many visitors ask, especially those visiting Croatia for the first time.

Gone are the days when Croatia was considered as a cheap destination. Nevertheless, Croatia's tourist costs are still lower in comparison to other Mediterranean destinations like Spain, Italy or even Greece, especially if you keep away from traveling in July and August when prices are at their peak.

Cost of living comparison between Croatia and some Mediterranean destinations, clearly shows that Croatia is much cheaper.

In comparison between Croatia and Italy, Italy is in average 60 % more expensive, Spain 34 % and Greece 15,8 %. The only item where Croatia is more expensive than Greece, are rental prices in Croatia, higher for insignificantly 1.62 % (dates for February 2017).

Croatian currency is the Kuna. The ratio of the 1 Euro is approximately 7.50 Kuna, 1 USD is 6.90 Kuna. What can you buy for 1 euro, respectively for 7.50 kuna? I must say, not too much!

Kuna Croatian currency

For 1 Euro you can buy a a scoop of ice cream, 1 liter of regular milk at grocery shop, 1 kg of potatoes at green markets or a local beer (0.5 liter bottle) also at grocery markets. In Zagreb you can buy a 30 minutes valid tram ticket for only 4 Kuna.

I've investigated coffee prices in Croatia and here's where you can drink the most expensive, and cheapest coffee! Drinking a cup of coffee in cafes is one of frequent habit of Croats,I would say it's an ritual.

Unfortunately for an espresso or cappuccino, 1 Euro isn't sufficient. In Zagreb at popular Tkalciceva street coffee prices rang between 10 and 11 kuna, in very center up to 14 kuna.

The prices of coffee on the Split Riva waterfront, which is one of the most popular places to go out and socialize  in the city, range between 10 and 12 kuna. But the most expensive coffee you will definitely drink in Dubrovnik during the summer season. On the popular Stradun street coffee with milk goes up to 25 kuna.

Should you get hungry walking through the city, you can conveniently satisfy hunger eating on the go in some of the fast food kiosks you'll find in almost every town along the coast or inland.

The choice is varied:

  • Burek  - (baked filled pastries) starting from 12 kuna to 20 kuna, filled with cheese or meat
  • Soparnik - a thin double-crust pizza filled with spinach or blitva (chard) for 10 to 12 kuna.
  • Pizza - range from 10 to 50 kuna depending on ingredients
  • Viska pogaca, a type of pie from the island of Vis with anchovies, onion and tomato for approx 25 to 30 kuna.
  • Cevapi or Cevapcici – grilled beef and pork balls with onions served in a thin bun called lepinja with ajvar (a relish of red peppers, with garlic)
  • Big Mac burgers and sandwiches from 30 to 37 Kuna
  • Topli sendvic’ - (Croatian name for fast sandwich)
  • Vegetarian/vegan food - Tofu, seitan sandwiches of whole grain, sushi vegan, stewe meal with vegetables,whole grains and  legumes. Prices range from 15 to 35 kuna
  • Gavuni - portion of smelts with chips for 30kuna
  • Shrimp, Squid and Mackerel - portions on the go from 45 to 75 kuna
Burek - a pastry made of a thin flaky dough filled with cheese or meat.
Viska pogaca, a type of pie from the island of Vis with anchovies, onion and tomato.
Cavapcici meat balls

Hotel prices in Croatia

In spite of the the global crisis, hotel prices have not gone down and I find them too high. Below is an average hotel price table (price is per person in double room):

Category

Low season

High season

** 15 to 30 Euro 30 to 60 Euro
*** 25 to 50 Euro 60 to 100 Euro
**** 40 to 80 Euro 80 to 150 Euro
***** 80 to 120 Euro 100 to 250 Euro

In recent years, Croatia offers some most expensive hotels. Hotel prices in Croatia sometimes exceed the amount of 6.500 kuna per night. If you want the best rooms and suites, refined designer furniture, paintings, silk sheets, branded cosmetics in the bathroom.

Some of these hotels are Vestibule palace in Split. To feel like an Emperor, you have to be ready to pay 6,300 kuna per night. Another luxury hotel is Lesic Dimitri Palace in Korcula town (Korcula island) that can host only 18 guests.

Vestibule Palace Split luxury hotel with only seven rooms

On the northern part of Croatia Adriatic coast, a small island Mali Losinj has become the top destination where hotel prices range from 3.000 to 8.000 kuna per double room in Villa Hortensia and Boutique Hotel Alhambra.

Boutique Hotel Alhambra & Villa Augusta

Private Accommodation Prices in Croatia

Croatia has a very long tradition in this type of accommodation. Staying in private accommodation is a unique experience to enjoy Croatian traditional hospitality offering a good value for money.

From my experience , the most popular accommodations are private apartments, private rooms and villas, especially along the Croatian coast. Sometimes in high season (mid July and mid August) can be the only available lodging you can find if you decide to go in this period without prior reservation. Read more !

In Croatia, smaller restaurants, shops and private accommodation owners only take cash!!!

Here are some average private accommodation prices in Croatia, per person/day in a full 2-4 persons apartment.

Category

Low season

High season

** 8 to 15 Euro 12 to 20 Euro
*** 12 to 16 Euro 16 to 25 Euro
**** 20 to 30 Euro 25 to 40 Euro
***** 30 to 40 Euro 40 to 60 Euro

There’s a growing choice of accommodation in Croatia, but summer-season prices in Croatia are growing too: traveling in July or August will not yield any bargains. Read more on all types of accommodation in Croatia!

Drink prices in Croatia

For those visiting night clubs, you need to know the following, vodka, gin, rum etc. are normally divided in two groups, the global brands, like Smirnoff, Gardens and Bacardi, , but you can also ask for local alternatives of this, called Domaci rum, Domaci gin, Domaca rakija (brandy) etc.

In this case your drink will cost half the price, and some local brandies  (Rakije) are the best strong drinks. Prices range from 1 to 2,5 Euro for a small glass (0,3 do 0,5 dl).

Drinks

Restaurants

Market

Local bear (0,5 draught) 2 Euro from 1 to 1,5 Euro
Imported  bear 2 to 4 Euro from 1,50 to 1,80 Euro
Bottle of wine 12 to 16 Euro 4 to 6 Euro
Water (0.33 bottle) 1 to 1,2 Euro 0,5 to 0,8 Euro
Coce (0.33 bottle) 1,93 to 2,20 Euro 0,5 to 0,7 Euro

Brandy (Rakijas) in Croatia, plub brandy, grape, pear brandy, herb brandy, carob, walnut, honey brandy.

How much money to take to Croatia

Croatia still has a status as low-cost destination but not all over the country. Central and Southern Dalmatia, including islands are more expensive than inland destinations (except Zagreb) and in July and August, prices are much higher than the rest of the year.

If you don't know how much money to bring to Croatia and how to manage it on your  holiday, it will be useful to see the best period to visit Croatia and useful budget tips before you go there.

Low Budget from 450 Kuna (60 Euro)

Mid Range from 550 to 1500 kuna (from 75 to 205 Euro) Top End from 1600 and up (from 215 Euro)
  • Dorm bed

  • Private room

  • Meal in a local tavern

  • Bus, tram or train ticket

  • Double room in a hotel

  • Meal in a decent restaurant

  • A city tour

  • Short taxi trip

  • Double room  luxury hotel
  • Meal in a top restaurant
  • Private sailing trip
  • Car rental per day

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