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Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Croatia

By October 17, 2017July 10th, 2018One Comment

As per the usual in Europe, Croatia wasn’t on the original plan. So as with everything replacing Nepal, I’d hoped that (maybe) it could come around $50/day. As I researched it more, I realized that wasn’t going to be realistic, so moved my hopes to around $65/day. Online, you find lots of blog posts all talking about what a budget destination Croatia is. That might have been true once upon a time (maybe before Game of Thrones), but it’s not any more. Croatia was every bit as expensive as anywhere else in Europe. You could easily spend the same amount there as in Milan, Rome, or Provence (for example).

Amanda Plewes and Holly Schiavo at a fountain in Dubrovnik

In all, in 13 days in Croatia, I spent $845.35.

Amanda Plewes outside the cathedral in Zagreb

How did that work out?

Airfare to Croatia: $0

I took a bus in from Budapest. I honestly have only a few flights left in the trip – most of the rest of the transport will be trains or busses!

Flowers at the Trsteno Arboretum

Croatian Visa: $0.00

Croatia has a free visa on arrival for US citizens.

Amanda Plewes and Holly Schiavo at the Trsteno Arboretum outside Dubrovnik

Accommodations in Zagreb, Korcula, Cavtat, and Dubrovnik: $497.97

My accommodation was slightly more expensive than it could have been because Croatia was basically the tipping point in my trip where I’ve decided I’m done with hostels. I’m sick of being woken up, or hearing people snore, or all the other crap you have to put up with! (Have I mentioned I realized I’m old?) So I started staying in AirBnBs so that I could be by myself! It meant I met fewer people, but I’m find with the trade off. I’m much happier with a good night’s sleep under me!

Sunset over the water in Cavtat, Croatia

Activities in Croatia: $37.78

I didn’t do a lot of “activities” in Croatia. I went to the Technical Museum in Zagreb, I enjoyed the walls and gardens in Dubrovnik, and other than that, I spent a lot of time enjoying relaxing and beaches!

Amanda Plewes in front of the sunset in Cavtat, Croatia

Transportation Through Croatia: $119.77

This includes the bus from Budapest, the bus to Split, the ferry from Split to Korcula and then Korcula to Dubrovnik, and assorted local busses.

Amanda Plewes and Holly Schiavo in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Food in Croatia: $188.42

I bought a lot of groceries in Croatia and made a lot of my own food – this was the benefit to having gone the AirBnB route!

Sunset over the water in Korcula, Croatia

Total Costs to Visit Croatia for 13 Days

Ultimately, it came out to an average of about $64.47 per day. I will say, that’s a VERY budget trip to Croatia. If you’re wanting to go and do the national parks, or boat rides, or anything more than lazing on beaches taking pictures and reading books, I’d budget a bit more! But for me, the break was exactly what I needed – it was so wonderful to take in the sights and move a bit slower.

A beautiful town nestled next to the water on the island of Korcula, in Croatia.

Still curious? Get the full breakdown for how much I spent on my 4-month trip around the world.

Costs for 13 Days Vacationing in Croatia

Costs to visiting Croatia for 13 days

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