Money in Croatia

This section provides visitors with information on money in Croatia – namely, details about the Croatian currency, the Kuna, and how to obtain it both prior and during to your visit to Croatia.

Money in Croatia – The Croatian Kuna

The Croatian currency is the Kuna (not the Euro!), which is divided into 100 lipas. (The word ‘Kuna’ means marten, a weasel-like animal, whose fur Croats used as payment many centuries ago. The word ‘lipa’ means lime tree, but we don’t know the connection here!) When listed as a price, Kuna is abbreviated to Kn.

The Kuna comes in dominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 as notes and 1, 2, 5 and 25 (25 Kn being largely commemorative) as coins. The Lipa comes in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. In Croatian, the plural of Kuna is Kune (pronounced ‘koo-neh’), although it is fine to pluralise it – as many outside of the country do – to Kunas.

Money in Croatia - 200 Kuna Banknote


Money in Croatia - 200 Kuna Banknote The 200 Kuna note. The front features Stjepan Radic, a Croatian politician and founder of the Peasant Party in the early 20th century. The back shows Osijek’s headquarters, a building which dates from 1726

In the opinion of many, the Kuna is overvalued but is nevertheless a stable currency. The current exchange rate between the Kuna and various world currencies can be found at the Croatian National Bank website.

Obtaining Kunas prior to your visit to Croatia

In the UK, it is possible to obtain Kunas prior to your trip to Croatia at some foreign exchange stores. The easiest way might be to purchase your money online, as once you order the amount you want the money can either be posted to you (for a charge) or it can be picked up at an airport prior to your departure.

Travelex.co.uk, for example, now offer home delivery for foreign currency purchases. They also allow you to pick up your purchased currency at various Heathrow and Gatwick terminals. Travelex charge 0% commission – click on the banner for more details.

Do also check with your own bank to see if you can order Kunas online with them.

Money in Croatia – ATMs

Alternatively, you may not see the need to purchase Croatian Kunas prior to your trip – which is perfectly understandable. In this case, our first piece of advice would be to take a bank card/cash card instead – this avoids the need to travel with large-ish amounts of cash, and ATMs are readily available in all resorts, towns and cities in Croatia, in banks, supermarkets, airports and elsewhere.

As a foreign card is inserted into the machine, you will most likely be presented you with a choice of languages – no need to navigate through Croatian-language menus. The exchange rate you’ll receive will be fairly good, and there may only be a small service charge, which depends on your bank back home – you may want to check before travelling. Local banks may also charge an operating fee on top of this.

If you travel abroad a fair bit, you may like to see if you can find a bank in your home country that will provide you with a debit card that doesn’t incur charges (or incurs only very low charges) when used aboard.

Are Euros accepted in Croatia?

You will find that you can pay for some items – private accommodation, taxis, some small restaurants – in Euros. Do note that this is entirely on an unofficial basis; the Euro is NOT an official currency and NO business/individual is required to accept them as payment. (It is just the case that some businesses, particularly small/family-run ones are happy to receive Euros – this probably harks back to the days of Yugoslavia when people were happier “holding” Deutschmarks rather than the unstable Yugoslav Dinar.)

So why are some prices in Croatia quoted in Euros?

You may well find that prices in some accommodation places, restaurants and elsewhere quoted in Euros. This is purely because so many visitors to Croatia are from Euro-using countries, and some business owners display Euro prices to make it easier for them. Likewise, whatever your currency, you may have a rough idea of what its exchange rate against the Euro is – but you’re unlikely to know what the exchange rate against the Kuna is!

When will Croatia join the Euro?

Although Croatia did join the EU on 1st July 2013, there are no concrete plans to adopt the Euro as the country’s official currency. So the answer to this question is – who knows?!

Currencies to take with you and changing money in Croatia

Taking your ‘home’ currency (Euros, UK Pounds or U.S. Dollars) to Croatia and changing it there will not result in any problems – all are easy to exchange for Kunas in the country, although other currencies can of course be changed too.

If your home currency is something other than these three, and you’d like to play it safe, the best currency to take to Croatia is Euros.

Hotel exchange rates are usually quite poor, so try to avoid changing your money at your hotel. You’ll probably be better off changing your money in a bank or in one of numerous Bureaux de Change dotted around towns.

  • Emma

    Hello, I will be travelling to Pag island if weeks time, I would like to ask if it will be better to change money in the UK or in Croatia? In which places would I get best rates? Thank you!

  • Hi Kerry, this isn’t something I know a whole lot about, I’m afraid. However this site about mountain biking in Croatia seems pretty comprehensive – http://www.takeadventure.com/index.php – perhaps you/your son might like to contact the guy behind it for further info.

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Please contact the relevant Embassy /visa Centre as specified on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to find out: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

  • Kerry

    Going to Split in a couple of week with my son and daughter (both grown up). My son loves mountain biking and hopes to do some biking whilst there. Will this be possible, are there clubs and will he be able to hire a bike. Any advice appreciated. Any idea about cost? Thank you. Kerry

  • Mustafa

    Hi
    I am holding Iraqi passport.
    May I know how much I have to pay for Croatian visa for
    single adult visa and for child.

    Thanks

  • I’d say around 50 Kunas for a pizza/pasta/fish meal, including a drink (soft drink or beer).

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  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Nigel Bailey

    Sounds pretty stupid to travel with 9000 pounds in Cash. Not something id advise anyone ever do.

  • Agencies in Omis do organise trips to Mostar; Sarajevo is a little far to do in one day so I don’t believe any agencies organise trips to there.

  • Andrewp

    We are staying in Omis.

  • You’re welcome! 🙂 I would exchange money wherever is most convenient for you; you should see a number of potential places wherever you are (for an quick comparison of rates). I probably wouldn’t exchange at the border where there isn’t much choice/competition. I would also avoid exchanging money at any accommodation place where the exchange rate will be bad.

  • Oskar

    We stay for one night in Zagreb, then we go to Sukosan where we take a boat 🙂

    Do you know where should we exchange money? Border/Zagreb/seaside? Exchange office/post/bank? You are really helpful! Tank you!

  • Where in Croatia will you be? You can get buses from some places (e.g. Split and Dubrovnik) to Mostar and Sarajevo; day trips to (e.g.) Mostar are certainly available although Sarajevo’s a little far for a day trip. Hiring a car obviously makes things much more flexible for you and gives you more scope for exploring as well; car hire is unfortunately not the cheapest (compared to other places in Europe) but not exorbitant. If you do want to hire a car, I would definitely recommend booking as soon as you can as availability can sometimes be a problem!

  • Sorry, no idea…not something I’ve ever tried!!

  • Don’t worry, there’s no problem exchanging Pounds to Kuna when in Croatia; you’ll get a better rate exchanging in Croatia than in the UK.

  • It really depends on what you’ll be doing, will you be eating out, going to bars etc! That sounds a little on the low side to me, tbh; here’s a decent guide to prices: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Croatia.

  • Andrewp

    Hello, We are off to Croatia soon and would like to visit Mostar and places further afield such as Sarajevo. From preliminary enquiries, it seems that the only way to get around is by car. Are there organised coach tours to places like Mostar and if not, is car hire expensive?

  • Diane

    Hello, I’m travelling to Croatia in a few days to pay bail money. If I take £9000 in cash is it easy enough to change into Kuna?

  • Tammy Gardiner

    Hi me and my family are visiting Croatia in a weeks time (very excitied) we are in between Cavant and Dubrovnik, but I wanted to know will we be ok to exchange UK pound to Kunas, as I was told that due to UK exiting the EU (which doesn’t happen for another 2 years) a lot of European countries do not wish to exchange? If we can exchange in Croatia, in your opinion do you think it would be better to exchange here beforehand or in Croatia?

    Many Thanks.

  • Aragorc

    Hi! We will go on holiday to Croatia (Vir). I’m just wondering, approx how many Kuna is needed for a week? What do you think, ~2000-2400/head is enough (without accommodation)?

  • Aragorc

    Hi! We will go on holiday to Croatia (Vir). I’m just wondering, approx how many Kuna is needed for a week? What do you think, ~2000-2400/head is enough (without accommodation)?

  • Aragorc

    Hi! We will go on holiday to Croatia (Vir). I’m just wondering, approx how many Kuna is needed for a week? What do you think, ~2000-2400/head is enough (without accommodation)?

  • Aragorc

    Hi! We will go on holiday to Croatia (Vir). I’m just wondering, approx how many Kuna is needed for a week? What do you think, ~2000-2400/head is enough (without accommodation)?

  • Where in Croatia will you be? I haven’t found many money exchange places in Croatia that have websites with up to date exchange rates, but I often look at this one in Zagreb: http://www.mjenjacnica-bozo.com.hr/en/ for reference.

  • Where in Croatia will you be? I haven’t found many money exchange places in Croatia that have websites with up to date exchange rates, but I often look at this one in Zagreb: http://www.mjenjacnica-bozo.com.hr/en/ for reference.

  • Oskar

    Thank you for your reply! Yes, we are from Poland 🙂 Do you know some website where I can check rates, which I can find in common money exchange places then?

  • Take what is your home currency (I guess PLN?) – there would be no point exchanging into Euros/Dollars to then change again into Kunas when in Croatia. Take a look at “kupovni za ef. i ček.” for buy rates, although money exchange places will just have one buy rate.

  • Oskar

    Hi! We are going to vistit Croatia in few days and I’m wondering if I should take EUR/USD/PLN with me. Please help me understand what I should check “Kupovni za ef. i ček.” or “Kupovni za devize”. I’m going to have mony in cash with me. Thank you!

  • Yes, there’s definitely an ATM at the post office in Okrug Gornji and definitely several in Trogir – you won’t have any problems withdrawing money. There is only one ferry (actually, it’s a catamaran) option from Split to Dubrovnik – this one: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html. There are buses between Okrug Gornji and Trogir and there should also be a boat line to Trogir as well. (And then from Trogir you can easily reach Split, from Split you can reach…anywhere!)

  • Anne Marie Wood

    Hi,

    My family and I are travelling to Okrug Gornji this month and i wouldlike not to carry too many Kunas with me. Is there an ATM close by in Okrug or Trogir? Also can you advise if there are ferries run from Trogir or Split to Dubrovnik as I would really like to visit Dubrovnik when we re in Croatia. What would be our best mode of travel while stying in Okrug Gornji?

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  • Kevin Millar

    Flying into Dubrovnik in a couple of weeks. My intention is to stay there for five nights and we were wondering if it is better to book trips prior to departure or is it easy enough to arrange on arrival – Montenegro day excursion and Game of Thrones walking tour. I’m then intending to drive to Drvenik to catch the ferry to Hvar and following 3 nights ferry to Split – do i need to book either ferry, or, just turn up? Similarly visiting Pitlvic = book tour prior to arrival or on arrival. Many Thanks, Kevin

    • I think you’d be fine just booking on arrival – pop into any agency (or look out for signs advertising the trips) to enquire about them. The ferries – both run frequently throughout the day (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/2016/431a-vansezona-e-16B7C619849B461DF1AF5AC039.pdf?sfvrsn=2 & http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/2016/435-vansezona-16-en5A1A95FFB1A4654002011427.pdf?sfvrsn=2), so you should be fine to just turn up as well. A few weeks’ time won’t be full high season yet, but even still, the worst that might happen is you have to wait for the next ferry if the first one you turn up for is full. Do you mean visiting Plitvice on an organised tour from Split? Again, should be fine to just book then and there.

      • Kevin Millar

        Many thanks. We intend to drive to Plitvice having disembarked the ferry from Hvar to Split, spending 3 days in Grabovac to enjoy the waterfalls, parks etc. Then return to Split for the remainder of our holiday. Knowing that the local currency is the Kuna do most areas use Euros? Thanks again, Kevin

        • Oh, I see – if you’re reaching Plitvice yourself then there’s no tours (aside from large group ones) to book when visiting the park, but it’s easy enough to get round and enjoy by yourselves! (Ask when buying tickets for a map or advice about where to go.) No, the currency is the Kuna so all areas use the Kuna, not the Euro! (Some private accommodation places *might* accept Euros, but really – stick to using Kunas as it’s much easier.)

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  • Musi

    What would be the ferry to take travelling first from Dubrovnik to Hvar then Hvar to Split?

    • The one run by Kapetan Luka – http://www.krilo.hr/ – unfortunately their website is temporarily unavailable! Off the top off my head, it’s a catamaran that sails daily (from June to end of September…I think) in the mid-afternoon from Dubrovnik to Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Brac and then Split.

  • Norm

    Hi

    I’m arriving in Split in June and wanting to go directly to Hvar to meet friends. Im arriving late at night, is it possible to get a fast catamaran that night or how early do they start in the morning. Costs as well?

    • There are no catamarans at night – the last one of the day in June is at 5pm. The earliest catamaran of the day departs Split at 7.40am – here’s the full timetable with prices: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html. You can book online on that site via their homepage.

  • Jacquie

    Hi

    we are travelling by bus from Zagreb to Zadar – but would like to stop off at the Plitvice Lakes for a few hours. Is that possible and do some buses’ schedules include that? Also is there a place to store luggage while one explores the Park?

    Thanks
    Jacquie

  • David

    Hi
    We’re going to Korcula in August for 2 weeks and have also booked an apartment in Dubrovnik for a couple of days whilst there. What are the best ways to get to Dubrovnic and return to Korcula?

  • daniel

    Hi

    My girlfriend and I have rented an apartment for a week in Dubrovnik in June, it’s our first time in Croatia so I don’t really know what to expect. I’ve got a couple of questions:

    1. How much money would you recommend we take between us? We’ll probably eat out most nights, I’ll cook a couple though – those that I cook we would probably get a lunch out. We’re not big drinkers out so we’d probably buy alcohol from the shop.

    2. What excursions would you recommend? We plan on going to Lokrum and up the cable cars, are there any other trips out you would recommend?

    Thank you in advance for all your answers, Dan

    • Hi there, you can get an idea on prices of things at http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/croatia-travel-checklist-are-you-ready/. Buying food in supermarkets is relatively inexpensive, and you can also get really good produce at markets. As for excursions – yes, definitely those two (well, the cable car isn’t really an excursion!) and you easily take public buses/ferries to the small town of Cavtat or the Elafiti islands for a change of pace. You could also get a local bus to Ston (at the base of the Peljesac Peninsula) – famous for its wall and its oysters! Mljet can be visited using this catamaran: http://www.gv-line.hr/raspored1.php?linija=3. Organised excursions are also possible of course – ask locally for prices/details – best for visiting Korcula, or if you fancied visiting Bosnia or Montenegro. Enjoy your trip!

  • Keith Alexander

    I am told I will get a better exchange rate for my British pounds in Croatia than I will in England, is that true?

    • Yes, that is true! Money exchange places (and banks) can easily be found too.

  • Tammy

    Hello 🙂 i am staying in orebic for 4 nights starting this saturday and i looks like the weather is going to be bad 🙁 have you any ideas for things to do while rainy weather nearby? do you know whether the boats will still run to Hvar or any other islands?

  • Mike A

    We’ll be flying to Dubrovnik next week. Can I pre-book a taxi from the airport to the hotel?

    • Of course you can – you can find plenty of Dubrovnik taxi firms online, or check out transfer options on something like Viator.

  • cotton

    hi again
    i cant seem to find the catamaran that goes to split to vis and then return from vis to split?
    i have never done this before so a bit scared and confused
    thankyou for your time and help

  • cotton

    thank you so much for your help,i will prob be back with more questions ha ha xx

  • cotton

    Thank you so very much 🙂
    do we need to pre book ferry tickets or get on the day?

    • Hmmm, if you were aiming to get the catamaran, I’d probably suggest pre booking – although it *should* be okay to get on the day, you wouldn’t want to find it’s sold out (especially as the season really starts picking up in June). If it was the ferry you were thinking of getting, then it’d be fine to just buy on the day – it’s a large ship and there’s no designated seating, so you can ‘sit’ wherever you want…whether that’s in one of the lounges, by the ‘cafe’, up on the deck looking out to sea, or even on the floor somewhere if you particularly want!

  • cotton

    hi
    how do we get from split airport to the ferry to travel over to vis island? how much and often are the ferrys in the start of june? also how much money would we need for a week to include ferry tickets and eating out and self catering
    Thnk you in advance 🙂

  • Jude

    We’re travelling from uk and staying In Cavtat in May. From my research it seems best to use cash machines. Are there any in Dubrovnik airport so we can get cash to pay for taxi? What about in Cavtat – are there many ATMs there?

    • There are ATMs both at Dubrovnik Airport and in Cavtat – you’ll be absolutely fine.

  • Sharon Dropuljic

    hello, we are travelling to croatia in the summer from canada. last summer when we travelled we purchased pounds from our bank here in canada and then exchanged them for kune while there. i am wondering now, since we lose so much buying pounds from canadian dollars, would it be better to purchase euros. i know since the pound is strong once purchasing kune we made a lot back in kune. but is it better to purchase euros to exchange or pounds, which gets the most kuna?

    • Hi there, I think it would be better to simply bring Canadian Dollars – I’m sure you’ll have no problem exchanging them. I don’t think there’s a ‘better’ currency to exchange from with regards to Pounds or Euros – you’re losing out by exchanging twice. Additionally, it’s also very easy to withdraw money from ATMs and the exchange rate is normally very good. (However, this is probably not so suitable if your home bank charges quite a bit for withdrawing abroad.

      Here’s the exchange rate list of an exchange place in Zagreb: http://www.mjenjacnica-bozo.com.hr/.

  • Emma Murray

    Hi, we’re going to Medulin later this year and wondered if there is a lot of use of ‘cash passports’ or would we be better taking cash or just using our bank cards?

    • I’m not 100% sure on the usage of a ‘cash passport’ – is it not just a prepaid card with a limited amount of money (for security reasons) that works exactly as a bank card? You won’t have a problem using your bank cards to withdraw money/pay in some places (some bars/restaurants etc will only take cash), or taking cash (whether your home currency to exchange there, or Kunas bought in advance – better exchange rate for the former). Personally, I like taking my bank card and withdrawing money there so I can play it by ear in terms of spending.

  • Gillian Armour

    Hi there, we are flying to Split and then travelling by bus to Zadar to go to Paklenica national park in May, can’t wait, excited to be going to a new country 🙂 I have euros from my last trip to use for spending, should I take these to exchange there?

    • You won’t have a problem exchanging Euros in Croatia – and equally exchanging most (major) currencies, so you could also take some of your home one too! ATMs are also readily available and you can also obtain Kunas in this way. Very happy to hear you’re excited, hope you enjoy your trip!

  • me again, sorry!

    I am travelling to Dubrovnik late May and have day trips booked to Mostar and Kotor. Will I need to exchange some Kuna to the local currencies for these trips? I will only need a little, for lunch and perhaps entry to some sites.

    • You’ll almost certainly be able to use Kunas, although perhaps not at a great exchange rate – meaning it would be cheaper to pay in the local currency in both these countries. (Note – Montenegro’s currency is the Euro, perhaps you might have some anyway?) However, if you’re not paying for much (as you say) you might just want to stick to the Kuna rather than, for example, withdrawing money.

  • irene mcqueenie

    hi,we are staying on sipan island for 2 weeks ,can you tell us if there is an atm machine near the sipan hotel.

  • Alex From Philly

    Hello, i am planning trip to Dubrovnik in august, we have 2 days there. What a must see /do there? Also, if i want to rent a boat for few hours. what are the prices there.

  • Jude Armstrong

    Hiya, I am wondering if you can help me. We will be travelling to Croatia next year and I am a little bit confused with the currency. I am looking at the price of the ferry from Split to Hvar and it says that it is 47,00 KN. It is the comma that is confusing me when I try to convert it into euros. I’m not sure if the price is 47 or 4700. Please can you explain. Thank you so much

    • This price would definitely be 47 Kuna. A comma is used as a decimal mark in Croatia (as in other parts of Europe too).

  • Marcie

    Hi. I will be cruising with a stops in Pula & Dubrovnik. I would really like to see the Skradinski Buk Falls. Could you tell me from which port stop I could do this & how to book it, if so?

    • The falls are in Krka National Park which is close to the town of Sibenik in Dalmatia. I’m afraid the park is several hundred kilometres away (in different directions) from both Pula and Dubrovnik – it would be very hard to visit as a day trip from either, especially if on a cruise! Are you making a stop of a few days in either place or is it just one day?

  • lauren

    hi,
    me and my boyfriend are staying just outside Dubrovnik in plat for a week in mid October. would 6000 kuna be suitable for our spending money? we are self catering!
    also is there any island day trips or tours from Dubrovnik which we could go to during our time there and how much would these cost and websites to book etc?
    thank you so much!

  • geoffrey

    Hi there. Ok, what would you suggest is the best way to proceed with this. I’ve contacted an apartment owner direct & have been quoted a cheaper price than booking through one of the big comparison sites. The cost is 45 euros per night, & once converted to sterling works out at £315. I’m good with this, but as the quote is in euros, how do I pay by card, how will the conversion happen? I realise this sounds silly, but I’ve previously only ever booked our hols through a travel agent. Very informative site btw, thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for your kind words, glad you found the site helpful! 🙂

      It is very unlikely that the apartment owner would be able to accept payment by card, they would be expecting payment in cash. Also, do note that you may have been quoted in Euros, but you don’t have to pay in that currency (the Kuna is the currency, after all!). In many cases, apartment owners quote in Euros because they assume travellers ‘understand’ this currency/its value better – and because they don’t mind accepting Euros either.

      So assuming that you will be acquiring Kunas to pay for things for the rest of your trip, you may want to ask the apartment owner again the price in Kunas – it should be the same/very, very similar Sterling equivalent as the Euro price. That will also save you having to obtain both Kunas and Euros.

  • Jane

    Hi – we’re a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 teenagers) coming to Bale next week. Just trying to work out a budget – what are average prices for the following please: beer, ice cream, cheap meal for 5, more expensive meal for 5. Also do you know anything about Slovenia – we’ll be driving hrough Slovenia as we’re spending a few days in Venice – do we need to purchase a ‘blue badge’ – we’ll only be in the country on the day we arrive and the day we leave. Thanks!

    • We have a recent blogpost called ‘Travel Checklist for Croatia’ which lists prices of stuff – including the things you mention – which will hopefully be helpful to you: http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/croatia-travel-checklist-are-you-ready/ (It mentions meals for 2, but you can obviously just scale up!)

      You need a vignette to drive on all motorways in Slovenia, and you absolutely must buy one (if you’re going to drive on the motorways) as you’ll otherwise be quite heavily fined. (And I think they’re pretty good at catching people…!) However, if you stick to non-motorway roads in Slovenia – and I don’t think this shouldn’t add too much time to your journey – then you don’t need a vignette. I would definitely recommend asking elsewhere e.g. TripAdvisor for more concrete tips/best route options on doing this.

      ViaMichelin – http://www.viamichelin.com/ – lets you plan driving routes based on certain criteria e.g. ‘Avoid Vignettes’; this might also help.

  • Bergen

    How Can I travel from Mali Losinj TO Split? Is There a Ferry?

  • lisa burfield

    hi..my friend and I are coming to Croatia in September. we fly into split airport and our hotel is on brac island. we have been quoted 335 euros for return transfers from airport to ferry and hotel and back. can you give us an idea of taxis or buses we could get cheaper?

    • Where (what town) are you staying in on Brac, and what time will you be landing at Split Airport?

      You can certainly get a bus from the airport to main bus terminal in Split. As the bus terminal is next to the port, it’s just as good as getting a taxi (and an amazing amount cheaper!) and takes roughly the same amount of time. (Unless a taxi driver puts his foot down!) This costs 30 Kunas per person, one-way.

      Then ferries…well…this really depends on where on Brac you’re trying to reach. There are regular ferries throughout the day to Supetar on Brac (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/2015/631-2015-ljeto-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – price 33 Kunas one-way) and one cataraman per day to Bol (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/2015/9603-ljeto-2015-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – 55 Kunas). (There’s also an option to Milna, but this leaves pretty early in the morning.)

      So, so far that’s 63/85 Kunas one-way per person – about €8/€11.

      If you then need to transfer somewhere else on Brac I wouldn’t know the price (contact a local taxi firm for an exact quote) but it should be relatively inexpensive.

      All in all, it’ll be definitely much cheaper than €335 for the two of you!

  • Sue Keedy

    hi, im travelling with 5 teenagers 🙂 in august and would like to travel from Dubrovnik to Hvar (Jelsa) – is there a boat – how do I get to harbour – many thanks – you are a great website…

    • Thanks for your kind words! 🙂

      Well, you have two options:

      1) Get this daily catamaran – http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html – from Dubrovnik to Hvar Town on Hvar, and then transfer by bus (or taxi – a large one!) to Jelsa. Bus schedule can be seen at http://www.tzhvar.hr/UserFiles/file/pdf/info/AUTOBUS-17-06-2015.pdf

      2) Take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split and then a catamaran from Split to Jelsa. There are plenty of buses per day (best to look at schedules on the Split Bus Terminal website at http://www.ak-split.hr/ ) which normally take around 4.5 hours. However, in peak season (August!) the coastal road can be busy with all the extra traffic, so delays might occur…normally it is nothing *too* bad.

      The timetable for the catamaran from Split to Jelsa (the bus station and the port are adjacent to each other in Split) is here: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/2015/9603-ljeto-2015-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2.

      In terms of the harbour – the harbour in Dubrovnik? Where will you be coming from? If by any chance it’s the airport, there are buses from the airport that go to the main bus station in Dubrovnik, which is next to the port. Otherwise, there are also local buses to the bus station/port – ask locally for which bus you should take (depending on where you’re starting from)!

  • Johnny GJ

    Hi, we are due to visit Croatia next week (near Porec). My wife needs a gluten-free diet due to being a coeliac. how easy is it to access gluten-free basics such as pasta, rice flour etc ?

    • I know that pharmacies/drugstores in Croatia (by that I mean the equivalent of UK’s Boots or Walgreens in the U.S.) normally do stock a special dietary section that contains gluten free items. I’m afraid I don’t know specifically what gluten-free items they stock, but would imagine pasta would be there. Look for DM (German-owned, so they tend to have a lot of German brand footstuffs) or Kozmo which are pretty big drugstore chains.

      This page from the Croatian Society for Coeliac Disease – http://www.celijakija.hr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=90&Itemid=62 – has a few ‘letters’/guides to print out which might be helpful to you when eating out.

  • Son of Wilt

    Hi. We’re stopping on Kolocep Island for a fortnight this summer. As the hotel is all inclusive we wont be carrying too much cash, so are there any ATMs on the island in case we need to top up?

    • Yes, there are ATMs on the island. Depending on where you’re staying, your hotel might actually have an ATM!

      • Son of Wilt

        There’s only 1 hotel apparently, so even I could find an ATM! Cheers, see you in a couple of weeks, can’t wait 🙂

        • Yes, exactly – just head to there (if you’re not staying there) and you’ll be fine. 🙂

  • Sunset

    do you know if it is cheaper to pay for our accommodation in Kuna or Euro, our apartment will accept either. We are from the UK

    • Hmm, it’s not how it works in some other countries (where there might be a much cheaper ‘black market’ rate for a non-official currency) – all the apartment owner will do is calculate what the Euro price of your stay is (based on the official exchange rate), compared to the Kuna price. I mean, technically one might work out ever so slightly cheaper than the other…but you’d be talking about pence or a pound or two, no massive saving.

      I’d really just stick to paying in Kuna (assuming you’re acquiring Kuna obviously to pay for other things!) – no point in getting Euros just for this.

  • Europe adventure

    Hello I’m solo travelling to Dubrovnik in October, can you suggest excursions to go onto, also is there a day trip to Split & return, and costs for these if possible. Also other than accommodation (which is already paid for), how much of a budget should I allow per day for food, excursions etc?

  • Lovetotravel

    I will be in Dubrovnik this fall. While I am there, I need to pay the balance on our vacation apartment in kuna or euros. My US debit card without a chip has always worked in ATM machines in European and other counties until now. Will it work in Croatia? The alternative would be to carry dollars and exchange them at a bank, which I prefer not to do. Will I get a better rate for kuna or euros if I need to exchange dollars?

    • If your debit card has worked abroad in Europe before, I see absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t this time in Croatia. Here in the UK we’re sometimes advised to let our bank know if we’re going abroad (wherever it may be that we’re going) just to make sure that they (our own bank) doesn’t block the card. I don’t know if that’s the case in the U.S.

      The currency in Croatia is the Kuna, so you’ll undoubtedly get a better rate for exchanging Dollars into Kunas (if you do need to exchange cash).

  • Maureen

    I am interested in visiting Rabac and will be on my own. Is is quite safe and is there plenty to see and do.

    • Croatia is a very safe country, and you won’t have problems as a solo female traveller. (Obviously, common sense prevails!)

      Rabac is pretty much a tourist resort so that’s not all that much to see and do in town beyond, well, ‘holidaying’! However, you can certainly make day trips to other places in the nearby area – there’s lots of lovely things to do in Istria. Opatija, up the coast, is also a lovely town.

  • Jen Sinclair

    How much would a taxi be from Split airport to Znjan?

    • I would estimate it to be about 250 Kunas. If you wanted to lower the cost of getting to Znjan, you could always get one of the airport transport buses (30 Kunas, one-way) which wait outside the terminal building and take you direct to the main bus station in Split. There are then taxis waiting at the bus station (which is next to the train station and the port) – as it’s only a 10 minute journey to the area of Znjan, it really shouldn’t be very expensive.

  • maria

    please. I ‘ll arrive in Zagreb about 9 pm. How I do for go to the dowtow?

    • Your plane is landing at Zagreb Airport at 9pm? According to the bus shuttle timetable (http://www.plesoprijevoz.hr/en/page/timetable ), the last bus is at 8.30pm. However, I would double-check once you are there to see if there is still a bus transporting passengers to the main bus station (in the downtown area).

      If not, then taxi is pretty much your only option. It’ll probably cost around 120-150 Kunas which isn’t too bad. (It used to cost upwards of 200 Kunas!)

  • Paula

    Hi, I’ll be staying in Brela for a week at the end of June. Can you suggest some things to do please? We won’t have a car so will have use local transport, our feet or organised excursions. TIA

    • It would certainly be worth the (very short) hop to Makarska by public bus…when there (or perhaps if there on another day) you could also consider getting the ferry to Sumartin on the island of Brac (timetable: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/2015/638-ljeto-2015-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2).

      Likewise, take a bus to Split as well and spend the day there, taking in the sights. Easily done by public transport, it’s about an hour each way.

      Trips to other islands such as Hvar (or to somewhere more famous on Brac, such as Bol) would be a little tricky because you’d have to travel to Split first and then take a catamaran…so it would be worth enquiring locally for organised day trips for this sort of to make easier for you. There would most likely also be ‘sailing’ excursions whereby you’re taken out on the Adriatic to enjoy the coast and perhaps take in an island or two – these are also lovely, so do also ask about these.

      Finally, Krka National Park (one of the Croatia’s eight) would be lovely to visit – again, easiest done by organised excursion from Brela, so do ask locally for details/prices.

      Hope this helps, and hope you enjoy your holiday!

  • James Layton

    I’ll be flying into Split Airport with the wife and 2 kids on 15th July and heading over to Brac on the 16th for 13 nights. We are staying beside the airport in Kaštel Stafilić, but our flight arrives about 20.30 and I’m wondering would there be any restaurants around to get some dinner?

    Could you possibly point me towards any websites around Trogir/Split that show an exchange rate online?

    Thank you.

    • I’m afraid I don’t know Kastel Stafilic personally to absolutely say for sure, but I understand that there’s at least one cafe/restaurant that you can have dinner at – I’m sure you’ll be fine. (It sounds like you don’t have a car? If you did, you could of course hop over to any of the other little villages in the Kastela region – or even Trogir – for dinner.)

      I’m struggling to find any money exchange place (= mjenjačnica in Croatian) in Split/Trogir that has a website that shows exchange rates (=tečajna lista in Croatia) online. The best I can find is exchange rates offered by banks – here’s Splitska Banka (one of the largest bank chains in Croatia): http://www.splitskabanka.hr/exchange-rates.

      There are of course cash machines readily available everywhere in Croatia (including at Split Airport – and there’s a bank there too, but I believe it closes at 9pm).

      • James Layton

        That bank website is brilliant cheers.

        Decided not to get a car, she’s funny abut driving on the wrong side of the road. Just going to use public transport when we’re back on the mainland, thinking of Brela and Trogir (1hr journey at most).

        Would there be any restaurants open in the airport after say 9pm where we could get some dinner, as I don’t really want to drag the kids about all night try to find some food.

        Cheers again.

        • That fine – if you’re basically going to be based in one place on an island for most of the time, doesn’t really make sense to rent a car for two weeks!

          Unfortunately, Split Airport is notoriously bad for eating options, even in the departure lounge for people waiting for flights. The best I think you’ll get there is for one of the newspaper shops to be open where you can pick up some snacks/bottles of water/soft drinks… :-s So better to just stick to Kastel Stafilic. (I assume you’re staying in private accommodation there? Could you ask the owner/contact for advice?)

          If you read some of the other comments on this page, I’ve mentioned some costs for eating out and so on which you might find useful. I never really like to budget for other people – because everyone’s tastes/interests/wants differ – but does sound absolutely plenty (almost too much!) for spending money!

          • James Layton

            Yeah staying in Kastel Stafilic for one night then over to Brac…
            Never thought to ask the apartment owners..good call.

            Thanks again.

          • You’re very welcome – hope you all enjoy your holiday in Croatia!

  • Marika

    Hello! I’m visiting Porec with my partner for 7 nights and we’d like to make the most of sight seeing in Croatia as well as join excursion to Venice if that’s possible. I was wondering whether you could help me with finding places worth visiting around Porec (by bus preferably) as well as share any knowledge of the availability of an excursion to Venice. If you can tell me anything of prices for such activities I’d be very grateful! Thank you!

    • Hi Marika, you can certainly make plenty of day trips from Porec using buses. Certainly top of the list I would suggest Rovinj and Pula – there are plenty of buses to both from Porec. I would suggest stopping by the bus station (once there) there to check out timetables – you can also certainly just turn up and buy a ticket and go!

      You could look into visiting the Brijuni Islands – one of Croatia’s eight national parks, and once the location of Tito’s holiday home. There are boats that go from Fazana (north of Pula) to Brijuni, but unfortunately I don’t believe there are buses from Porec to Fazana. (So you would probably have to join an organised excursion.)

      The Baredine cave might be of interest to you – http://www.baredine.com/ – you can reach it by taking a bus from Porec to Nova Vas, and it’s then a 1km walk from there.

      Istria’s pretty inland area is also worth visiting – towns such as Visnjan and Motovun – although unfortunately I don’t believe they’re that easy to reach by bus. However, I would definitely ask at the bus station to see if there’s suitable buses to visit these places for a day trip.

      A popular organised excursion in Istria is what’s called a ‘fish picnic’. You’ll sail on a boat alongside Istria’s coastline – a great, alternative way of seeing it – and also be provided with lunch (hence the name of the trip). You might also be given some time in a town (usually Rovinj).

      As for Venice – these excursions can be quite pricey because of what they entail i.e. almost three hours each way on a catamaran! I found this excursion – http://www.croatia-excursions.hr/en/excursion/time-travel-venice-36#5 (note: I have no connection with this company) and you can see the price there. It does also seem to include guided sightseeing. An alternative would be to simply make use of the Venezia Lines catamarans – http://www.venezialines.com/ – you can then go about Venice as you please. You should be fine to simply book an excursion once there – but this gives you an idea of prices.

      Hope this helps. Do let me know if you have any further questions!

  • Ralph Owens

    Hi, my wife and I are visiting Veli Losinj for ten days in early June and would like to know what taxis, buses, boats, etc., are available from the Vitality hotel Punta to allow us to visit other places?

    • There is a local bus the runs from a few hotels (including the Punta) to Mali Losinj (takes 20-30 minutes) and back – http://visitlosinj.hr/resources/brochures/hotelbus.pdf.

      There are proper coaches that go from Veli Losinj to Mali Losinj and then on to Nerezine on the north part of the island, and then over to locations on the island of Cres (Osor, Cres Town). Some of these buses even go on to Rijeka and Opatija on the mainland (that’s a bit far, however). You can look up schedules at https://www.autotrans.hr/.

      Boats run from Mali Losinj, not Veli Losinj (but you can easily transfer using the above buses) – this page has a good round-up of all the routes. Otherwise, there will be local boat excursions, but you would need to ask locally for details of these.

      I am sure that your hotel wouldn’t have a problem calling a taxi for you if you need one.

      Hope this helps.

  • Jack Catterall

    Hi, I’m going to croatia at the end of june.
    for the HIDEOUT festival.

    please can you give me some help?

    1. can i take just my english debit card and use it as normal in the cash machines over there? and the cash machine will automatically convert the sterling to kuna?
    2. roughly what are some prices? IE food, vodka, beer etc? in both kuna and the sterling equivalent
    3. is it not safer to just get my money changed to kuna in the UK to reduce any problems like my bank card not working out there etc.
    what are the rough exchange rates for £100 in both the UK and Croatia

    TIA

    • 1. Yes and yes. I assume you must have a debit card that’s Visa or Mastercard if it’s issued by a UK bank, and these definitely work in cash machines in Croatia. The one thing that could *possibly* prevent your card working is your home bank putting a block on it because you’re abroad. (But, then again, you’ll be in Europe – in the EU, no less!) You might just want to give the bank a call before you go to let them know you’re going to be away in Croatia for that week (or however long).

      2. A proper sit down meal people of something relatively simple (meat and veg, pasta, pizza) plus a drink (beer) could be around 150 Kunas (£15) for two people. (Not each.) Obviously you can get fancier stuff that’s more expensive, or fast food (slice of pizza, savoury pastry) that’s much cheaper. A (local) beer is about 18-20 Kunas (£1.80-£2) at a cafe, a spirit drink about the same. (And, oddly, a soft drink is probably not much cheaper.) You can obviously pick up cheaper stuff at local shops/supermarkets.

      I’m afraid I don’t know how much clubs would charge for drinks, sorry!

      3. Hmmm… I really don’t see any issues with your card not working out there. (But see advice to call your bank in 1.) It really depends how you prefer travelling – I like the ease of just taking my UK debit card and withdrawing money as and when I need it (for Croatia or other countries). That avoids having to travel with lots of cash and also not knowing how my spending will pan out. (And exchange rates are good!) But, of course, I appreciate others might not prefer that!

      Obviously, your home bank will (normally) charge fees for withdrawing money abroad/each time you use a cash machine. You could look into getting a debit card/cash card that lowers these fees – take a look at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money#prepaid.

      You’d get a better rate changing your Pounds for Kuna when in Croatia. Today, Travelex (other exchange places are available!) are quoting £100 at 978 Kunas; an exchange place in Croatia (couldn’t find online rates for one on Pag, but anyway) is £100 = 1,028 Kunas.

      Do always exchange your money in a bureau de change or bank in Croatia, don’t do it at any accommodation place that offers it – their exchange rates are normally quite bad.

      HTH

  • Melodie

    hi im visiting sibenik for 7 nights from the 22nd of may on half board, i am wondering how much spending money you would suggest to take. we would be paying for lunch, drinks, souvenirs and excursions.

    • A relatively basic lunch (I mean, a nice lunch – e.g. pizza, pasta, a fish dish – but not at a fancy restaurant) would probably be around 150 Kunas for two for a main dish and a drink. A draft (local) beer is about 15-20 Kunas (imported would be a bit more expensive), a soft drink might be about the same, a bottle of water (at the restaurant) about 10-12 Kunas a coffee perhaps around 10-15 Kunas.

      Excursions – organised or are you planning on taking local buses? The latter are pretty cheap in Croatia. For example, if you took a local bus to Krka National Park, that is 25 Kunas and entry to the park is 90 Kunas.

      Organised excursions are obviously much more expensive but you’re obviously being ‘ferried’ around for the full day and often to places hard to reach otherwise. For example, a day’s excursion to the Kornati islands might be around 300 Kunas.

      Souvenirs – hard to say! Anything from a few tens of Kunas to the hundreds!

      All in all, I normally recommend people simply take their debit card and withdraw money from cash machines. These are everywhere, the exchange rate is good, and you’re very often not actually charged that much by your home bank. (And you can decrease this further, depending on your bank/card provider.) Then you can simply withdraw money as per your spending during your holiday…and you don’t have to take wads of cash with you abroad.

  • chelsea

    Hi just wondering we are travelling from the uk to Croatia (split) and wondering which currency is better to bring euro or Croatia kuna ?

    • Definitely the Croatian Kuna – that’s the (only) currency! 🙂

      You may find it easier to simply withdraw money from cash machines once you arrive – these are everywhere. You can then see how you go in terms of how much you spend and withdraw money accordingly. (So you don’t need to bring wads of cash along.) There’s cash machines at airports too, so you can withdraw money as soon as you land.

  • Gemma Boyle

    Hi there, could you advise me on how much kuna i would need for 1 week in dubrovnik. Myself and my partner are staying for 7 nights in June, we were thinking of exchanged £300/350 each which gives us around 10,000 kuna. We want to do a few excursions to different islands, the zip line and the walls of kuna. I’m just not sure if this is too much, as I would rather take too little then withdraw more money there if we run out.

    • £700 is actually around 6,700 Kuna (based on today’s M&S exchange rate!) which is very good – the Pound has strengthened his year, so this is a fair bit more than you would get this time last year.

      So, I assume your accommodation is paid for/will be paid for separately to your budget? You didn’t mention meals – will this spending money also go towards that?

      To give you an idea on prices:

      The cable car (I think that’s what you mean rather than zip line?) costs 108 Kuna per person for a return ticket. The city walls cost 100 Kuna per person to enter. You can visit local islands by public ferries or organised excurions – the latter would be more expensive, but there’s obviously more ‘included’. As an example, by local ferries to the very nearby island of Lokrum it’s 70 Kuna; to the Elafiti islands it’s 23 Kuna; to Mljet it’s 35 Kuna. An organised excursion to the Elafiti islands (with time on all three) in a ‘fancy’ boat and with lunch/wine and entertainment included might be around 360 Kuna.

      A basic meal for two (e.g. pizza/bowl of pasta each, plus a drink) might be around 150 Kuna. Something more fancy – well, the sky’s the limit! 🙂 A draft beer is about 15-20 Kuna, and soft drink or coffee (strangely) can be about the same.

      So, in conclusion, £700 for one week for two (assuming accommodation isn’t included in this) is quite high.

      However, I would always recommend that travellers not bother with taking large amounts of cash with them – ATMs are readily available everywhere (and definitely so in Dubrovnik). You can even withdraw money when you land at the airport. The exchange rate is good and fees from your home bank don’t even tend to be that high. And then you can see how it goes and withdraw money accordingly as the week progresses.

  • Ailandas Sulcas

    Is there a limit of Kune that you can take into the country from UK?

  • kevin page

    How far and what are the buses like from the cruise berths to the old town?

    • You must mean in Dubrovnik, right? Buses 1A and 3 will take you from the port (Gruz) to Pile Gate, one of the two main entrances to the Old Town – the journey is around 15 minutes. You can buy a ticket from the driver on board (in cash) although it’s a little cheaper (but not staggeringly so) to get a ticket from a newspaper kiosk beforehand if you have time. (And then validate your ticket once on board.)

      The buses are pretty much like standard public transport buses found anywhere – you can see photos on the bus station website at http://www.libertasdubrovnik.com//gallery/nove/index.html if you like.

  • rani maharani

    I have soma amount Kuna, but when I read the articel, the money I have not avaible, can the nasional bank accept to change it the money? the money just like this : http://www.banknotes.com/HR20.JPG can you give some advice?

    • rani maharani

      some*

    • Hi there, the money that you have is actually the Croatian *Dinar*, not the Kuna, which was the currency in the country only between December 1991 to May 1994. Because the Croatian Dinar existed for such a short period of time, it could only be exchanged for Kuna up until May 1995. I’m afraid you can no longer exchange the Croatian Dinar anywhere today. If you’re looking to get rid of it, I suppose you could eBay it/sell it to a currency collector? (But I don’t think there’s much demand for it, so it won’t command a high price.)

  • Aaron

    I was just curious because I have heard rumors as of late that Croatia is in the works of changing over to the euro. I was just curious as I usually spend one weekend a month in Zagreb. As I have a lot of kuna that I would need to exchange thank you.

    • There is no need to worry, Croatia is a *long* way off joining the Euro (because of assorted EU financial obligations) – it might happen perhaps at the end of this decade!

  • Craig

    How much spending money would you recommend for two people who are staying half board in Dubrovnik? Would 2000 Kuna each be enough for seven days? By spending money I mean lunches, drinks, small souvenirs, and possibly attractions. Hoping to go in June! Thanks

    • Hmm, I don’t think that’ll be enough – that works out to 142 Kunas per person per day. I mean it *technically* might be do-able, but you’d probably place yourself in a situation where you’re constantly having to budget and watch what you do each day! Also, Dubrovnik (as a popular tourist destination) is amongst the priciest places in Croatia, and in summer…things get pricier still…

      A cheap lunch would be something like a pizza and a drink which would work out to at least 60 Kunas per person. A (pint of beer) would be around 20 Kunas. Coffee can be randomly rather expensive (avoid cafes on Stradun, the main street, and find something cheaper!) Entry to the Dubrovnik Walls this year was 100 Kunas per person. The Cable Car is also 100 Kunas (or 60 Kunas one-way – suppose you could walk down…). A return ticket & entry to the gardens on Lokrum cost 70 Kunas this year. The bus from the airport to Dubrovnik costs 35 Kunas one-way. You could save money and take a local ferry to one of the other islands (Elafiti islands) instead of joining an excursion – 23 Kunas one-way.

      These are all examples of the kind of thing you might be spending your money on whilst there. Of course, it’s not like you’re going to go view the Dubrovnik walls *every day* but I do feel like 2000 Kunas would limit you somewhat. Upping it to 3000 Kunas might make things more comfortable.

      (BTW, I assume that you’re trying to budget how much to set aside – you obviously don’t need to bring all this money with you, and can easily withdraw money from ATMs or exchange money whilst in Dubrovnik.)

      Hope this helps.

  • Jane

    Hi, I am hoping to travel to Croatia this weekend for three weeks, could you please what fee the Croatian National Bank charges for currency exchanges. I will be exchanging Sterling. Thank you

    • The Croatian National Bank is the equivalent of the Bank of England, so that’s not where you’d go to change money – pop into any ‘high street’ bank or a bureau de change that are very common. Most places in fact don’t charge commission fees. You can also easily withdraw money from cash machines, although obviously your home bank will charge a fee – although these can be quite low. (Depends on what kind of account/card you have!)

  • Tess

    Hi what is the exchange rate in the bureus in Dubrovnik today kuna to the pound or is there a sight where I can find this out please?

    • I’m afraid I can’t see that any bureau de change in Dubrovnik has a website that offers this information, but you can see exchange rates on the Splitska Banka (one of the largest banks in Croatia) website at http://www.splitskabanka.hr/exchange-rates. You’ll see it’s £1 = 9.3 Kunas.

  • robert

    Hello We are travelling to Croatia in our motor home. We are planning to take the ferry as foot passengers from Split to Dubrovnik stay for a few days and then return to Split. Is there anywhere secure in Split to leave our motor home while we are away.

  • jess

    Hi there
    could someone tell me the best mode of transport to travel from jakisnica (luna island hotel) to novalja, pag town and zcre beach please? are taxis quite a regular thing? thanks in advance

    • Hello – it’s more likely that you’ll have to call for a taxi, although I understand that there’s also a limited bus service. I am sure that your accommodation can advise on the best way of getting to and from Zrce Beach!

  • janie

    Can someone tell me what is the best way travel to Old Town from the airport after we land Dubrovnik? is there bus or taking a taxi is the only way? how much should we expect to pay for the taxi from airport to Old Town of Dubrovnik?

    • There is indeed a bus that will take you from the airport to the Old Town – I personally think that’s better because it’s quite a bit cheaper! You’ll find the bus waiting outside the terminal building when you exit or, if it’s not there, one will be along soon. (Just join the queue.) You buy tickets from the driver – it’s 35 Kunas per person.

      A taxi would be around 200 Kunas.