Croatia is one of favorite holiday destinations, which is why we are so interested in the prices of fuel, food and attractions on the spot.
The country is not cheap and hasn’t been for years. Croatia is one of the most expensive countries in the Balkans. Even the equally popular Greece is a bit cheaper. Prices are rising every year (as everywhere) and you have to come to terms with it … or change the direction of your holiday trips.
- 1 Kuna: Currency of Croatia / Current exchange rate
- 1.1 Prices of food and drinks in stores in Croatia
- 1.2 Markets and shops in Croatia, i.e. where to shop?
- 1.3 Prices of food and groceries in stores in Croatia
- 1.4 Prices of drinks in Croatia:
- 1.5 Alcohol and cigarette prices in Croatia:
- 1.6 Prices of food and meals in Croatia
- 1.7 Fast-food prices in Croatia:
- 1.8 Prices of meals and dinners at restaurants in Croatia:
- 1.9 Prices of drinks and alcohol in restaurants and bars in Croatia:
- 1.10 Accommodation prices in Croatia
- 2 2022 Prices, Brands, Festivals, Craft, Driving
- 2.1 Draught or bottled beer in Croatia?
- 2.2 Buying beer in supermarkets and recycling
- 2.3 A beer-drinking tradition dating back 5,000 years
- 2.4 What are the most popular local brands?
- 2.5 Ozujsko
- 2.6 Karlovacko
- 2.7 Pan
- 2.8 Lasko
- 2.9 Tomislav
- 2.10 Velebitsko
- 2.11 Beer festivals in Croatia
- 2.12 The Croatian craft beer scene
- 3 City Information
Kuna: Currency of Croatia / Current exchange rate
The Croatian currency is the kuna (1kn – 0.135 euro), so it can be assumed that the prices in Croatia will be about 13% of those in eurozone, expressed in euro. That’s the way it is, that where there are tourists, it can be more expensive.
Croatia is not an exception in this respect. The prices of dinners in restaurants and food products in stores on the coast are higher than in the rest of the country.
On the other hand, the high density of gastronomic establishments is competitive, so it can be a bit cheaper in smaller towns.
Dubrovnik is the most expensive city and place in Croatia.
In other larger and equally popular cities it is not cheap either. To save a little, it is worth shopping in chain stores and eating in pubs located as far as possible from the shoreline and from major tourist attractions and monuments in Croatia.
Let’s now look exactly at current prices in Croatia.
Prices in Croatia
Prices of food and drinks in stores in Croatia
The current prices in Croatia provided by us are averaged and apply to seaside resorts during the summer. This is when we spend our holidays in Croatia. All these factors have a big impact on final prices,
so we encourage you to share your own experiences and opinions, because we know that prices in various resorts of Croatia may also be slightly different.
Food prices in Croatia
Markets and shops in Croatia, i.e. where to shop?
The cheapest purchases you can do in chain stores such as Konzum, Tommy, Studenac, Lidl and Spar. In each of them, every week you will find some products in the promotion so the prices will then be lower than those given here by us. There are of course other, smaller or family stores in Croatia but these are the most popular.
Dairy, meat, fish and bottled water are certainly more expensive in Croatia than in other parts of Central Europe. Fruit and vegetables are not cheap as borscht, despite the hot climate.
Slightly cheaper you can buy them at a market stall or straight from a local farmer, where, for example, for a kilo of watermelon costs 3 kuna. Another option is also promotion in the supermarket ?
Prices of food and groceries in stores in Croatia
- butter 20 kuna
- milk 6-7 kuna per liter
- eggs 15 kuna for 12
- small yogurt with fruit 4-5 kuna
- local cheese 50-60 kuna per kilo
- yellow cheese sliced 6-7 kuna per pack 100 g
- cottage cheese 10 kuna for half a kilo
- ham prsut 19 kuna for 100 g
- frankfurters 10 kuna for a package of 300 g
- bread 8-9 kuna for a loaf
- roll 1-2 kuna
- tomatoes 10-13 kuna per kilo
- cucumbers 8 kuna per kilogram
- potatoes 5 kuna per kilogram
- oranges 8-10 kuna per kilo
- bananas 10-12 kuna per kilo
- grapes 10-12 kuna per kilogram
- chicken breast 50-70 kuna per kilo
- minced meat 30-40 kuna per kilogram
- fresh fish (dorada) 80-85 kuna per kilo
- rice 8-9 kuna per kilogram
- noodles 8 kuna for 500 g
- vegetable oil 11 kuna per liter
- olive oil from 50 kuna per liter
- chocolate 8-9 kuna per plate
- sandwich cookies 13 kuna per pack 220 g
- chips 11 kuna for a large package
Prices of drinks in Croatia:
- ground coffee 20 kuna per packet 250 g
- instant coffee 60 kuna for 200 g
- tea 15-20 kuna per box, depending on the type
- mineral water 6 kuna for 1.5l
- cola 12-13 kuna for 2l
- juice 10 kuna for 1l
- energy drink 10 kuna per can
Alcohol and cigarette prices in Croatia:
- Croatian local beer 7-9 kuna per can of 0.5 l
- Croatian local beer 20-22 kuna for a 2l bottle
- imported beer 10-12 kuna for a bottle of 0.33l
- Croatian local wine from 30-40 kuna per bottle
- whiskey 100 kuna for 0.7l
- vodka from 75 kuna per liter
- local rakia 65 kuna for 0.
- local liqueur from 60-70 kuna per liter, depending on the type
- pack of cigarettes 25-27 kuna
Prices for dinners in restaurants in Croatia
Prices of food and meals in Croatia
It is known that dinner in Dubrovnik in the Old Town can be at a premium. It can also be expensive in all places along the sea. In real restaurants it will certainly be more expensive than in taverns and konobas with local food.
The cheapest is the fast food from nearby booths.
On the other hand, fresh fish and seafood dishes are very expensive, especially served by restaurants. The most popular food is definitely pizza and pasta. In turn, the most popular meat are cevapcici, or kebab.
On average, you need to spend roughly 40 – 70 kuna on a meal or dinner in an inexpensive restaurant in Croatia, depending on the dish. However, in a better restaurant to eat well you have to spend 90-120 kuna, but with drink included in the price.
Fast-food prices in Croatia:
- hamburger 25-30 kuna
- fast food set 35 kuna
- fries 15-20 kuna
- kebab 30-40 kuna
- squid pie 40 kuna
- pancake with filling 15 kuna
- ice cream 10 kuna per serving
Prices of meals and dinners at restaurants in Croatia:
- salad 40 – 60 kuna (up to 80-90 in Dubrovnik)
- soups 18-22 kuna
- pasta 50-60 kuna
- pizza from 50 kuna up
- risotto from 40 kuna
- fried squid 60 kuna
- fish dish approx. 65 kuna
- stuffed grilled vegetables 50 kuna (vegan)
- meat dish (ex. liver stew) 55 kuna up
Prices of drinks and alcohol in restaurants and bars in Croatia:
- coffee 7-8 kuna
- cappuccino 10 kuna
- water: 10 kuna for 0.33l
- cola 13 kuna for 0.33l
- beer from a stick 15-20 kuna for 0.5l
- canned beer at the beach bar 15 kuna for 0.5l
- imported beer 16 kuna for 0.
- a bottle of wine from 60 kuna up
- a glass of local alcohol from 9 kuna
- a glass of imported alcohol from 18 kuna
Accommodation prices in Croatia
Accommodation prices in Croatia
Price for accommodation depends on several factors:
- a) the date on which you arrive,
- b) state of equipment,
- c) and the size of the premises that you rent,
- d) the popularity of the city
- e) or distance from the sea.
2022 Prices, Brands, Festivals, Craft, Driving
It is one of the most-searched questions for tourists coming to visit as they make their preparations – how much is a beer in Croatia? Rightly or wrongly, the price of a beer is taken by many as a barometer of affordability on holiday, with much of the spending money allocated to beer and other alcohol consumption. So let's get straight to the crux of the matter.
Compared to the UK and much of Western Europe, the good news is that beer in Croatia is very affordable. How much you pay depends partly on the brand you choose, but much more on the location where you drink it.
The most expensive (0.5 litre) beer I have had, perhaps not surprisingly, was on Stradun in Dubrovnik, which was 55 kuna (about US$8.25), and the cheapest I have paid have been in numerous locations in continental Croatia – Osijek, Karlovac, Varazdin and – rather surprisingly – Zagreb.
Location, location, location. If you are looking for a cheaper pint, the obvious advice is to stay away from the tourist traps. In a rather unorthodox overview of the price of a pint, TCN's Joe Orovic came up with an intriguing formula for beer prices and location last year:
3.2 kunas per .1L of draft beer, prices increasing with proximity to hotspots.
My experience is that the standard price on the coast is between 15 and 25 kuna. This increases in more popular spots. Apart from the 55 kuna on Stradun, I once paid 38 kuna on the Hvar waterfront.
Two little tips that might help you stretch the beer budget a little further. Many bars in Croatia reward loyalty, with the house bringing the table a round of free beers after you buy the third round.
And the best sentence you can learn in Croatian if you want to try and reduce the bar bill is – Ima li popusta za domace? (Is there a discount for locals, the last word pronounced do-ma-cheh). Obviously your ability to enunciate the sentence as though you have lived in the town all your life will increase your chances of success.
And while this will not work every time, the fact that you know of the possible existence of a local discount can only help.
Draught or bottled beer in Croatia?
Beer generally comes in two sizes in draught form – the trust half-litre or the 'tri deca', or 0.3l. I have seen it served on request as a 'dva deca', or 0.2l, but I have never figured out what to do with a beer that small.
The bottled versions usually come in 0.5l and 0.33l, as well as the famous Karlovacko Twist Off, whose 0.25l contents are just enough to refresh you after you twist off the cap without the need for a bottle opener. As in most places in the world, the fancier the location, the smaller the bottle.
So is it better to order bottled or draught beer in Croatia? It is, of course, a very individual choice, but one should note that many bars on the coast only have draught beer on offer during the tourist season. I personally have found the quality of draught beer in Croatia to be very erratic and am very much a bottle fan. But that is just me.
Buying beer in supermarkets and recycling
Buying beer in bars is one thing, but what about the supermarkets? There is a good range of choice when it comes to the supermarket offer, with many Croatian and international brands available in both cans and bottles.
Cans tend to be more expensive, starting around 9 kuna a piece, which bottles start at around 6 kuna, BUT you need to pay a refundable deposit of around 1 kuna for each bottle (the amount varies). If you are buying a case of beer in bottles, you will also need to pay a refundable deposit in the region of 30 kuna as well.
Recycling is still not very well-developed in Croatia, but you can now bring back bottles and cans to supermarkets and other outlets for a recycling refund – 50 lipa per can.
A beer-drinking tradition dating back 5,000 years
The tradition of drinking beer in Croatia dates back a surprisingly long time, some 5,000 years in fact, according to this beer pot found in Vucedol in eastern Slavonia.
And a few millennia later in Roman Pannonia, as the region was then called, beer was very popular.
Historian Ammianus Marcellinus noted that Emperor Valens, born in Cibalae – Vinkovci today, loved the beer so much that he was called Sabaiarius (beer drinker or beer belly).
You can read more about the fascinating Slavonian beer story of 5,000 years here, including the oldest brewery in Croatia, which is still producing goodness to this very day in Osijek.
What are the most popular local brands?
Enough history – I can see you are thirsty. So what are the most popular local brands? We will look at the craft beer scene in a minute, but let's deal first with the biggest mainstream brands:
The biggest brewery in the market is Zagrebacka Pivovara, which was established in 1892 on Ilica, and which produces the most widely drunk beer in Croatia, Ozujsko.
Known affectionately as 'Zuja' I will confess that I am not a fan at all, and I usually order tea when it is Zuja or nothing. But that is, of course, a personal opinion, and I invite you to try Zuja and come to the same conclusion.
They have a huge marketing budget as well as generous deals of free awnings for cafes, in exchange for market presence, which helps explain why they are the best-sellers.
But their promotional adverts (see below) are awesome. But then they have to be…
And while I am not a fan of Zuja, Zagrebacka does actually have a good range of other beers which they brew under licence. These include StaroPramen, Niksic, Becks, Stella Artois, Leffe, Corona, Hoegaarden, Lowenbrau, and Miller Genuine Draft. The range also includes Tomislav dark beer, which many consider to be the best beer in Croatia. The brewery joined the MolsonCoors group in 2012.
The pride of Karlovac is Karlovacko, Croatia's second most popular beer, and one which managed to position itself very well with football through its Karlovacko Corner concept during major football championships.
Speaking of football, Karlovacko gets my vote for the best billboard advert for this one below back in 2004 during its 150-year anniversary. Heineken bought Karlovacko recently. Karlovacko is also the official beer partner of Hajduk Split. This has helped increase its popularity in Dalmatia.
The biggest brewery in the north of Croatia is Pan in Koprivnica, which is now owned by Carlsberg. I was there a few years ago on a foodie tour which included a visit to Vegeta across the road.
I was surprised to see just how automated the whole process was. Just four people operating production, where over 100 had been working there not too long ago.
While Pan is the main product, Zlatni (or Golden) Pan is a much smoother product.
A Slovenian beer, but widely available in Croatia, Lasko was also recently bought by Heineken. My favourite beer here by a country mile, Lasko used to have a production facility in Split until about 10 years ago.
Part of the Zagrebacka Pivovara portfolio, Tomislav is a powerful dark beer. At 7.3%, it is the second strongest beer in Croatia after Gricka Vjestica at 7.5%.
One of Croatia's more popular beers, which takes its name from the Velebit mountain. Brewed in Gospic, Velebitsko comes in light (5.1%) and dark (6.0%) varieties.
Beer festivals in Croatia
The craft beer revolution has really taken off in Croatia (see more below), and an explosion of festivals has followed suit. Beer festivals are appearing all over the country, with over 20 in Croatia this year alone. Here is a link to the biggest and most interesting. Some are very localised, and the good news is that they are nicely spread all over the country.
The Croatian craft beer scene
The currency in Croatia is Croatian Kuna. 1 kuna = 100 lipa.
Cash can be easily exchanged at any bank or currency exchange office.
Approximated exchange rates are:
1 US dollar = 5,8 Croatian Kuna
1 British Pound = 9,1 Croatian Kuna
1 Euro = 7,6 Croatian Kuna
ATM that accept MasterCard, Visa and Maestro can be found throughout city centre. Credit cards are widely accepted in stores and hotels and their usage is increasing in restaurants as well. Visa, Mastercard and Diners are accepted the most frequently while American Express is accepted less frequently.
Bars and clubs in Hvar get especially busy in summer season and the town offers a great variety of pubs, outdoor bars and lots of outdoor cafés which can be found along the seafront. Average prices for alcohol are:
- a pint of beer in a pub or bar from 2 Eur / 1,80 GBP to 2,70 Eur / 2,30 GBP.
- imported beer (0,33 liter bottle) from 2,20 Eur / 1,90 GBP.
- cocktail in bar or club from 4 Eur / 3,40 GBP.
- vodka in bar from 1,50 Eur / 1,30 GBP to 2,00 Eur / 1,80 GPB.
Restaurants in Hvar provide Dalmatian Mediterranean specialties with seafood and fish menu but also international cuisine. There are many restaurants which own a summer terrace with views of sea and Hvar harbor. Fast foods are also a choice and there are plenty of them between the Old Town and the bus station.
- meal in average restaurant about 6,50 Eur / 5.70 GBP.
- chicken grill sandwich in fast food about 2,60 Eur / 2,20 GBP.
- pasta in restaurant from 9 Eur / 3,60 GBP to 6 Eur / 5,40 GBP.
- seafood dishes in Old Town restaurant about 15 Eur / 12,70 GBP.
Tickets for the public transport are sold in the public transport vehicles and in tobaccos. The following ticket options are available:
- single ticket (bought in bus) for 1,50 Eur / 1,30 GBP.
- single ticket (bought at kiosk) for 1,20 Eur / 1 GBP.
- ticket for two journeys for 2,10 Eur / 1,80 GBP.
Best way of getting a taxi is by calling it. When you catch the taxi together with your guide, an overcharging can not happen. The prices are same the whole year, it does not matter if it's day or night:
- taxi start (normal tariff) is about 2,60 Eur / 2,20 GBP.
- taxi (normal tariff) 1 kilometer is about 1,30 Eur / 1,10 GBP.
Hvar has Mediterranean climate with hot and moderately dry summers and mild winters.
The town is an important tourist destination of Croatia and lots of tourist come to Dalmatian coast during summer season. The average temperature in summer is 30 °C with July as the hottest month.
January use to be the most coldest month with temperature around 5 °C and temperatures in winter stay in general above 0°C.
Hvar and the whole Croatia is in Central European Time Zone which comparing to United Kingdom and Ireland means +1 hour in winter season (from October to March) and +2 hours in summer season (from October to March).
No Visa are required for travellers from European Union (also the United Kingdom and Ireland), USA, Canada, Switzerland. Visa is required from the citizens of the United Arab Emirates.
- 1st January – New Year's Day
- 6th January – Epiphany
- 6th April – Easter
- 1st May – Labour Day
- 7th June – Corpus Christi
- 22nd June – Anti – Fascist Resistance Day
- 25th June – Croatian National Day
- 5th August – Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day
- 15 August – Saint Mary's Day
- 8th October – Independence Day
- 1st November – All Saint’s Day
- 25th December – Christmas Day
- 26th December – St. Stephen's Day
- British Embassy
Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda 10/III, 21000 Split
- Phone: +385 21 346 007
- Irish Consulate
Trumbiceva obala 3, 21000 Split
- Phone: +385 21 343 715
- Swedish Consulate
Gat Sv. Duje 4, 21000 Split
- Phone: +385 21 33 82 34 / 33 82 33
- Finnish Consulate
Trumbiceva obala 5, 21000 Split
- Phone: +385 21 345 275
The voltage in Croatia is 230 V which is the same voltage as in France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
A plug adaptor is required for non-European appliances. Sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plugs.
The international telephone code for Croatia is 00385.
The phone contact to the medical emergency is 112.
The official language of Croatia is Croatian language that is spoken by approximately 96% of the population. Many Croatian people, especially the younger generation, speak English. German and Italian are also very popular. The people working in the tourist industry in Zagreb can speak English quite well.
Hvar Travel Guide
The island’s hub and busiest destination, Hvar Town is estimated to draw around 20,000 people a day in the high season.
It’s odd that they can all fit in the small bay town, where 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets, but fit they do.
Visitors wander along the main square, explore the sights on the winding stone streets, swim on the numerous beaches or pop off to the Pakleni Islands to get into their birthday suits, but most of all they party at night.
There are several good restaurants here and a number of great hotels, but thanks to the island’s appeal to well-heeled guests, the prices can be seriously inflated. Don’t be put off if you’re on a lower budget though, as private accommodation and a couple of hostels cater to a younger, more diverse crowd.
Hvar Island nightlife revolves around exciting Hvar Town which has become the town that never sleeps – at least not from June to September. You have your choice of venues and, if you get bored or if you prefer a bit crowdless, there is Jelsa (bars and restaurants).
The town of Hvar becomes a destination for the young people when the temperature of the sea and the air reaches its highest point. When the port becomes very busy the number of young people looking for entertainment increases significantly.