Having found it difficult to find detailed information on how much it costs to travel to different destinations, I have decided to begin a travel money series, detailing the cost of travel, accommodation, food, drink and activities while on holiday. Here I launch the series with a breakdown of how much money I spent during a one-week holiday in Croatia.
Due to the increasing popularity of the country, I was expecting it to be a relatively expensive destination. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that most places were very reasonably priced. Hvar was the most touched by tourism and, as a result, the most expensive island we visited but everywhere else was welcomingly cheap. Additonally, please note that the money in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro.
Flights to Croatia: £160 per person
We travelled with Easyjet, flying from London Luton to Split on the way out and Split to London Gatwick on the return. We opted not to take check-in luggage as you don’t need much stuff for a one-week beach holiday and it’s cheaper to buy the toiletries you do need at the airport.
Accommodation in Croatia: £238 each
We found that the best way to find reasonably priced but nice accommodation was to stay at guesthouses, with one hotel visit during our time on Hvar. All prices below are for one double room/apartment.
Rooms Stella, Split: £53 for one night
Guesthouse Kseniji, Vis: £71 for two nights
Riva Hvar Harbour Yacht Hotel, Hvar: £218 for two nights
Fabio Residence, Split: £134 for three nights
Spending money for Croatia: Around £350 each
Here with some price guides on travel, food and drink:
Ferries between the islands: £4 to £8 for a single journey
Meals: £15 to £60 for two
Beers: Around £2 for a large beer
Wine: Around £3 for a glass of nice wine – don’t order the house wine, it’s diluted and not very pleasant.
The total cost of a one week holiday in Croatia: £748 per person
If you’re staying near the ferry port in Split or plan on hopping on a ferry straight to the islands, travel from the airport on the shuttle bus. This costs £2.50 per person compared to £35 for a taxi.
Stay in guesthouses rather than hotels, which are cheaper and also come with self-catering facilities, enabling you to purchase groceries and have breakfast and lunch in your apartment.
Utilise TripAdvisor to seek out good restaurants and bars that are within your budget.
See here for the rest of my travel money series see here, where you’ll find the cost of holidays to destinations such as Montenegro, Prague and Vietnam.