Travel Costs And Prices in Croatia (2018)
What are the prices in Croatia? – this is the question that all travelers are interested in and for all the right reasons. And in today’s article, I will give you the answer to this question and share some travel costs in the Croatian region and share some examples of prices so you can easily plan your budget.
Before we get to actual prices, let me start by saying that the days when Croatia was considered a cheap destination are gone. However, Croatia remains cheaper than most of the other potential destinations in Western Europe, like Spain or Italy and even Greece.
Even more, if you travel outside the peak of the season (July and August when prices skyrocket), you can really do it on a budget.
Comparing the cost of living in Croatia to other Mediterranean destinations shows Croatia as the clear winner and the much cheaper place. For example, Italy is around 60% more expensive when it comes to cost of living, Spain is about 35% more expensive and the cost of living in Greece is more expensive by around 15% (although property rental in Croatia is a bit higher than in Greece).
Even though it is a country in the European Union, the Croatian currency is the Kuna. The ratio of the 1 Euro is approximately 7.50 Kuna, while 1 USD is 6.40 Kuna at the moment of writing (make sure to double check this info as it might vary a bit).
But can you buy anything in Croatia for 1 Euro (or 7.5 Kuna)? Well, you sure can, even though it’s not too much! A large scoop of delicious ice cream usually sells for around 1 Euro. You can also spend the same amount for 1 liter of regular milk at a grocery shop, 1 kg of potatoes at green markets or a local beer (0.5 liter bottle) also at grocery markets. These are just some examples, showing you that prices are still acceptable or even cheap by Western European standards.
Coffee Prices in Croatia
Coffee is also usually cheap in Croatia and it’s worth saying that the Croats love their coffee. This means that you can find absolutely everything here, from cheap to more expensive coffee-based beverages and the quality will always be high. Really, once you drink your coffee in Croatia, you will instantly fall in love with it!
For example, in Zagreb on the popular Tkalciceva street, coffee prices vary between 10 and 11 Kuna (less than 1.5 euros), while going towards the center will see a price increase 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 a simple coffee with milk goes up to 25 Kuna.
So, as it is with most places you can visit nowadays, the golden rule of thumb is this: if you want to spend as little as possible, stay away from the most touristy areas and try to travel outside of the peak season when prices are sometimes double!
Food prices in Croatia
Should you get hungry walking exploring the cities, you can conveniently satisfy hunger by eating on the go in some of the fast food kiosks you’ll find in almost every town along the coast or inland. You will always find a nice restaurant nearby as well if you want something a bit more substantial and in order to help you get an idea on what you would be expected to pay for eating in Croatia, I have some examples.
The choice is varied, from budget oriented to more expensive:
- Burek – (baked pastries filled with cheese or meat) starting from 12 kuna to 20 kuna, these are hearty and delicious. You MUST try one while in Croatia (and most likely more afterwards!)
- 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 and you can find really good ones at Italian pizzerias
- Viska pogaca, a type of pie from the island of Vis with anchovies, onion and tomato for approx 25 to 30 kuna. Another must try Croatian delicacy!
- 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). Mouth watering and really cheap – prices varying greatly based on the number you’re ordering. Here’s what you can expect to get:
- Big Mac, burgers and sandwiches from 30 to 37 Kuna
- Vegetarian / vegan food – Tofu, seitan sandwiches of whole grain, sushi vegan, stewed meal with vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Prices range from 15 to 35 kuna per dish
- Gavuni – portion of smelts with chips for 30kuna
- Shrimp, Squid and Mackerel – portions on the go from 45 to 75 kuna
If you’re looking to dine in a restaurant, you can find something very affordable as well. Here are some guidelines on what you should expect to pay in Croatia for eating out:
– Full course meal in local restaurant – from 35 to 60 Kuna
– A full meal for two in a slightly more luxuriant restaurant (3 courses, drinks and tips) start from around 150 Kuna and can go up all the way to 300 (or even more if you splurge).
However, I remember the first time I ate out in Rijeka during my first visit there. It was my wife, my son (2 years old at the time) and I who ate a TON of delicious food at a local restaurant (near the sea, so pretty touristy too – forgot its name though) and it was very cheap. Here’s what we had:
All in all, with drinks and a good tip included, we paid 90 Kuna for this meal (around 12 Euros). You really can’t beat that!
Hotel prices in Croatia
When deciding to book your stay in Croatia, you should expect prices to be pretty high, especially in the touristy areas and near the beaches. Here is what you should expect to pay:
|**||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 hotel prices in Croatia have increased dramatically, mainly due to the increasing popularity of the country. 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. But for luxury, you pay a premium everywhere!
Some of these hotels are Vestibul 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.
But fortunately, you can find very affordable deals in good hotels and you can get even better prices if you book well in advance. You can check out the hotel prices for your dates on Booking.com to get the best deals.
Drink prices in Croatia
For those visiting night clubs, it’s good to know that alcoholic drinks like vodka, gin, whiskey etc. are normally divided in two groups: the global brands, like Smirnoff, Gardens and Bacardi (which are more expensive, naturally) and the local alternatives, 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 and all visitors love it. Prices range from 1 to 2,5 Euro for a small glass (0,3 do 0,5 dl). Here are some other prices:
|Local beer (0,5 draught)||2 Euro||from 1 to 1,5 Euro|
|Imported beer||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|
|Coke (0.33 bottle)||1,93 to 2,20 Euro||0,5 to 0,7 Euro|
How much money to budget for your trip to Croatia
Croatia still has a status of a low-cost destination, but that is not really true all over the country. Central and Southern Dalmatia, including the 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 then during your holiday, you should check out some useful budget tips before you get here, as well as my rounded up recommendations below:
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)|
In the end, it’s good to know that your trip to Croatia will be as expensive as you want it to be. But the good news is that if you’re on a budget, you can still have a great time without spending too much and hopefully these prices and cost details that I have shared in this article will prove that.