Mobile phones in Croatia are very common and popular – you’ll often see locals with a mobile glued to their ear – their beloved “mobitel” (as they’re called in Croatian).
Read on for more details of mobile phone usage in Croatia, what you can do to save money when using your phone in the country, and details of telephone usage.
Mobile Phones in Croatia
Mobile Phone Charges in Croatia
On the 15th June 2017, EU mobile roaming charges were scrapped meaning any calls you make, texts you send and data you use comes out of your normal monthly allowance – just as if you were at home. (Assuming ‘home’ is another EU country!)
Some travel advice websites have said that mobile phone operators may still enforce some kind of fair use policy on data for heavy users – so just keep this in mind before you start downloading movies on your smartphone by the seaside! Instagramming your holiday should be fine, however…
For travellers arriving from outside the EU, you would need to check with your home mobile provider as to what charges in the EU will be. They may be able to provide you with a temporary ‘travel’ package for your plan.
If you think you’ll be using your mobile phone a reasonable amount to either make phone calls within Croatia, or text and call home, as well as using data, you should consider purchasing a pre-paid SIM card. The three mobile network operators mentioned above all have details of these on the websites and you can buy SIMs at some newspaper kiosks and other stores.
Do also make sure that, if necessary, you call your home mobile phone operator before travelling to make sure that roaming is enabled. Alternatively, you may want to switch off data roaming if you have a smartphone (if your home country is outside of the EU), so you don’t rack up crazy data charges.
Do also take a look at some additional advice on mobile phone data usage (and how to save on using it) on our Internet in Croatia page.
Telephones in Croatia
Should you wish to go ‘old school’, public telephones or payphones appear pretty much everywhere. Buy a telephone card from a newspaper kiosk for easy use – these come in various denominations.
The country access code for calling Croatia is 385.