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If you’re planning on travelling to Croatia, you’re probably wondering how much you need to budget for your trip. While your travel costs will depend on your travel style, generally speaking Croatia can be a surprisingly affordable place to travel.
Accommodation costs are generally on the high side and food and drinks are reasonably-priced. Many of Croatia’s best attractions are very affordable or even free and, while some activities could set you back a fair amount, there’s plenty to do at lower price points too.
A reasonable budget for two for a week in Croatia is around HRK 7,029.
This is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while preparing some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like adventure sports or private tours.
Generally speaking, the longer you travel, the cheaper it costs per day, while fly-in, fly-out trips can be more expensive.
You can expect to spend between HRK 330-HRK 750 a night, per couple, on accommodation in Croatia. This will get you a private room with your own bathroom in a 3-4-star hotel or apartment rental.
Hostels are, of course, cheaper, but a private room with a shared bathroom will still cost around HRK 260 per night. A bed in a dorm room also averages around HRK 150 per night, per person, although there are definitely cheaper options out there.
Budget to spend around HRK 2,241 for two for a week in Croatia. This assumes you’re cooking some of the time and drinking a small amount of alcohol.
If you enjoy eating out, you can expect to pay around HRK 370 for a nice dinner for two, including an alcoholic drink. A meal at a pub is likely to be around HRK 170 for two, with cheaper meals available (especially for lunch) for around HRK 62 each.
Assuming that you’ll be eating out some of the time, budget at least HRK 300 a week for groceries. If you enjoy a few drinks, you’ll need to increase this amount – beer costs around HRK 9 for a 500ml bottle and good bottle of wine is around HRK 61, although you can always find cheaper options in the supermarket. Milk typically costs around HRK 7 for a two-litre bottle and you can expect to pay around HRK 14 for a cappuccino from a local café.
Getting around Croatia is easiest with a bus. Transport costs fluctuate depending how much you travel, but budgeting around HRK 354 for two per week is a good starting point. This should allow you to take a couple of longer bus trips. If you’re planning on doing any tours or using hop-on hop-off buses, you’ll need to up your budget a bit.
A lot of the best things to do in Croatia are free. However, there definitely are some attractions that cost money – entry fees to a museum or an art gallery are usually around HRK 40 - HRK 60 per person. If you want to do organised day trips or join smaller tour groups to learn more about some of the sites, budget around HRK 400 per activity per person.
Croatia is a beautiful destination to visit and can be an affordable place to travel. Cooking your own meals, carefully selecting accommodation or limiting meals out will definitely help you to reduce your travel costs. Slow travel is another great way to help your budget to stretch further, while exploring a place in more depth.
Travelling through Croatia is definitely possible on a budget – just pick your priorities and compromise on the rest or consider travelling in the off-season (Spring, Autumn and avoiding school holidays) to cut down on costs. And, if you’re on the luxury end of the scale or wanting to treat yourself, the sky’s the limit.
Last Updated August 21, 2021