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Prices in Croatia

market-in-split-2Tourist often, before their arrival, ask us about prices here in Croatia, especially after the global crises started, lots of people  have been asking about this, so to some work replying to e-mails, I thought it was easier to finally post the information on our blogs!

As prices vary a lot inside Croatia (depending on the location), I will indicate a price range, the highest prices you can expect to find in the top tourist areas, like Istria, Dubrovnik and the islands, the cheapest prices are found on the mainland, and in the smaller Dalmatian cities.

If you have anything to add, like extremely good offers found here, or other stuff which could be helpful to other tourist, please fell free to add a comment at the bottom of the page.

Hotels:

The Hotel prices in Croatia, does not seem to have been  effected by the global crises, so I still find them too high: (price is per person in double room)

Categorie From (low/high season) To (low/high season)
* – ** 15/30 Euro 30/60 Euro
*** 25/50 Euro 60/100 Euro
**** 40/80 Euro 80/150 Euro
***** 80/120 Euro 100/250 Euro

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Accommodation (Private)

I talked with many private owners, most of them are complaining about the low number of bookings, I told them maybe they should lower their price or invest some more in marketing, their general reply was no, but I have although noticed, that some of them have started lowering their prices, so this year you can make a good deal. (price per person/day in a full 2-4 persons Unit).

Categorie From (low/high season) To (low/high season)
* – ** 8/12 Euro 12/16 Euro
*** 12/16 Euro 16/25 Euro
**** 20/30 Euro 25/40 Euro
***** 30/40 Euro 40/? Euro

*Like hotels also private accommodation is rated with stars here in Croatia.

Eating out: (restaurants and coffee bars)

Like everywhere else in the world, there is two things which seems to mainly determine the prices in a restaurant or a cafe – location and location. So if you like to eat in the best locations you will pay for it, if you on the other hand only are interested in getting some good food, eating out in Croatia is not expensive at all . We (2 adults, 2 kids) normally pay around 35-40 for an evening meal, including soda for the kids and wine for the adults. (this is the price in a regular restaurant).

Product Normal Top tourist areas
Pizza 4-6 Euro +20-40%
Pasta dish 4-6 Euro +20-40%
Salat 2-3 Euro +20-40%
Dessert 2-3 Euro +20-40%
1/2L local beer >=2 Euro +20-60%
1/2L Local wine 4-6 Euro +20-60%
Cappucino From 1 Euro up to 3 Euro’s

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Drinking out!

In the late evening hours, you might want to visit the local disco or a bar, here you need to know the following, vodka, gin, rum etc. are normally available in two variations, the global brands, like Smirnoff, Gardens and Bacardi, but you can also ask for local variations of this, called Domaci rum, Domaci gin etc., if you do so, your drink will cost half the price, but the effect will be the same :-)

Product Normal Top tourist areas
1/2 local beer >=2 Euro +20-60%
Long dring (domaci) >=2 Euro +30-60%
Long drink 3 Euro +30-60%
Coke >=2 Euro +20-40%

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Shopping – daily goods!

There are plenty of supermarkets in Croatia, prices are in general similar to the rest of Europe, although you should know that, imported goods (brands you know from home), most properly have a higher price than you are used to, local brands on the other hand are normally quite cheap.

Our personal preference is to shop at Lidl as we find them having good leverage between price and quality of their products.

Shopping other goods and service:

Global brands (imported goods) will cost you almost the same as in your home country, Be aware! If you find global brand products at a bargain price, it might be a copy, so don’t bring it to Italy on your way home :-)

Dentist service and other service related to health care, are competitive with most European countries, and the service standard is normally very good.

As Croatia is still not in the EU, (not regulated by EU law) you could have high rates for using your Mobile phone, so if you want to be on the safe side, you should buy a calling card, which can be found on the local post office, and in kiosk like Slobodna Dalmacija or Glas Istra.

Other prices / cost which might be of interest:

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