Currency in Croatia: What to pay with and is it expensive in Croatia?

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The currency in Croatia is not the euro at all, as some tourists think, but the Croatian kuna (HRK). It is divided exactly into 100 lipa. Banknotes with denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kuna are in circulation. Coins appear in denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa and 1, 2, 4 and 25 kuna. Currently, we will buy one kuna for 0.13 euro on average.

What currency should you take to Croatia?

Of course, you have to pay in stores in the local currency, i.e. in kuna. Interestingly, however, many owners allow, or even prefer to pay in euro for accommodation. Additionally, we will easily pay for the European Union currency for some tourist attractions, hotels or services. That is why it is worth taking euro for holidays to Croatia and exchanging them for Croatian currency on the spot. There are also no problems here with card payments and cash withdrawals at ATMs.

Currency of Croatia
Currency of Croatia

Is it expensive in Croatia?

This is a difficult question, because it depends on what is expensive for whom. However, looking at grocery shopping prices, gasoline prices or even the cost of meals in restaurants is cheaper than in Western or Northern Europe but more expensive than in Eastern or Central Europe. Especially if you are going to relax in Split or Dubrovnik.

On the other hand, many people prove that it is possible to go on vacation to Croatia and not spend a lot. Of course, holidays in a tent with a diet of fast food are cheap, but most people prefer a different form of recreation. A middle ground is to go to private accommodation, with your own car and packed lunch loaded in the trunk.

Accommodation prices in Croatia vary and depend on the specific city and season. The holiday season, i.e. July and August, is usually the most expensive months. It is slightly cheaper in May and June, before the season and later in September and October. The price for a hostel is 25 euro per night on average, a night at a 2-star hotel costs 55 euro while accommodation in a four-star facility costs over 110 euro.

How much money to take for a week to Croatia?

Some people say that for a week’s stay you need 500 kuna, for small expenses and buying souvenirs. However, if you intend to eat in local pubs, you need to prepare at least 200 kuna per day per person. It is best to take with you a certain amount of money, which we can spend plus a payment card for unexpected expenses. 😉

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