In our opinion, Croatia is like many places, things can be as cheap or as expensive as you want them to be! Where Croatia differs to many other countries we have travelled to, is that there is a wide range of domestic products available that are often better quality and cheaper than what can be found in the supermarket or on the main thoroughfare. This goes for things like wine, olive oil, fruit, vegetables, and even goes for lunches and dinner. The general rule is the more mainstream it looks to you as a foreigner, the more expensive it is likely to be! Wandering off the beaten path is always recommended, asking your driver where he recommends for dinner is smart thinking and not being afraid to get a little lost often results in discovering hidden treasure down back alleys. Check out the tabs below to get a more specific idea of what common things cost.
The price of food can vary from a cheap and cheerful local čevapi burger to take away for about 40 kuna, to a sit down local meal at a konoba that can range from 70 kuna for a pasta, up to 100 kuna for a pizza and over 100 kuna for specialty meals like steak and seafood. OR you can dine out at a higher end restaurant for around 250 kuna (or more!) per person.
Catching a taxi in Croatia can be a stressful experience if you are not prepared. Taxi’s in Croatia (and especially Dalmatia) tend to fall into two categories: official taxi’s and grey area taxi’s. Official taxi’s may use their metre but it is not necessarily a given, especially when the trip is a standard one, such as from Marina Kaštela to Split airport which tends to be 150 kuna in a regular taxi for up to four persons. Often these standard trips come with a set price. It is recommended to discuss and agree upon a price before you get into the taxi. Please be aware that most taxi’s only accept payment in cash, and if you do not have the correct amount of cash in kuna, you may end up paying more!
Coffee (or ‘kava’ in Croatian) generally ranges from 10-25 kuna
, depending on whether you drink espresso, Americano or something more milky like a latte or cappuccino. In most local style caffe, the coffee orders tend to be simple and to the point: coffee with milk, double coffee with milk, small coffee with milk and coffee, no milk. If you’re lucky, you might come across a specialty coffee location like our favourites in Split, D16
and 4coffee Soul Food (blogs on these fab locations coming soon!), that have a few fancy tricks up their sleeve. D16 also does the beloved Kiwi Flat White and house made almond milk!
It is impossible to talk Croatian holidays without talking about local beer and wine. A standard Croatian beer (Karlovačko or Ožujsko are common Croatian choices) at a konoba or caffe/bar will set you back about 15 kuna, while a foreign beer or a local craft beer can range from 20-40 kuna. We always recommend tasting the house wine when you are out for dinner. House wine often comes with a good story about who made the wine (it’s not unusual for the wine to be made by a family member or a close friend!) and a much cheaper price point than anything on the wine list. You can expect wines from the wine list to set you back about 140 kuna or more with imported wines generally being the most expensive, while a litre carafe of house wine is generally about 80-100 kuna.
Sightseeing tours and getting inside access to some of the incredible history and natural beauty that Croatia is home to can vary in price depending on popularity and season. Tickets to get into the Hvar fortress is only 25 kuna per person, 20 kuna per person for Klis fortress overlooking Split and 50 kuna per person for the amphitheater in Pula. Sightseeing tours and single day boat/bus tours are often priced in Euro’s as they are more expensive and can vary a lot depending on how many sights you will be squeezing into the tour!
Buying at the supermarket might be more familiar, but here in Croatia it doesn’t necessarily work out cheaper! We tend to recommend buying local items like bread, cheese, vegetables and olive oil from the bakeries and fresh markets, if you are lucky enough to have these nearby. If you don’t, buying from a supermarket can be made much easier if you buy things like bread, cheese and meats from the deli. To give you an idea of the cost of other things you might be buying, milk is approximately 6 kuna per litre, Coke generally goes for about 10 kuna for a 2 litre bottle, a packet of potato chips (or crisps, as our friends in the UK would call them!) is around 10 kuna, depending on whether you buy a local brand or not. Because, just like many countries, domestic brands are always going to be cheaper than imported brands!