Gorgeous sunny beaches, fascinating ancient ruins, breathtaking scenery and some serious old-world charm are just some of the highlights that await you in this historically rich Eastern European nation. With kilometres of seafront and more than a thousand islands blanketed in lush vegetation, Croatia's coastline is often referred to as Eastern Europe's Riviera. Even during the busy season, there are still enough off-the-beaten-track islands, secluded coves, and stone fishing villages to make nature lovers feel uninhibited. Those seeking modern luxury will be equally well catered for by the wide range of upmarket venues, yacht-filled harbours, glitzy cocktail bars, and world-class restaurants serving mouth-watering cuisine. With its gorgeous historic walled cities full of fairytale castles and its rural areas blessed with impressive national parks, it is no surprise that Croatia is emerging as one of Europe’s premier seaside destinations.

Banking and Currency


The official currency of Croatia is the Euro (EUR), as of 1 January 2023. The monetary unit was previously the Croatian Kuna, and prices in shops and restaurants will be shown in both currencies until 31 December 2023 to help people adjust to the change.

Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 cents.

Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, by authorised dealers and post offices.


Banking hours: Mon-Fri 0700-1900, Sat 0700-1300.

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are widely accepted andATMs are widespread.

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Zagreb (ZAG),Rijeka (RJK), Split (SPU), Pula (PUY) and Dubrovnik (DBV) international airportsall receive domestic flights  Domestic services also run to Zadar ( and Osijek (, which both handle some international traffic, and the smaller airports on the islands of Brac ( and Los¡inj ( The main domestic routes operated by Croatia Airlines ( are Zagreb-Dubrovnik and Zagreb-Split.

Note: Buying domestic tickets whilst in Croatia can sometimes be cheaper than online.

International and local car hire facilities are available in Croatia's airports, cities, bigger towns and leading resorts. There is a good motorway network (though it doesn’t yet extend down the coast to Dubrovnik). In some areas the road quality decreases somewhat, and the main coastal highway gets extremely congested during peak season. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (62mph) on highways, 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas and 90kph (50mph) outside built-up areas. Heavy fines are imposed for speeding. The legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.05%. It is compulsory for front and rear passengers to wear seat belts. It is illegal to use a handheld mobile telephone while driving. Headlights should be turned on at all times. Vehicles are driven on the right side of the road.

National or International Driving Permit. All motorists should also carry a valid passport or national identity card as proof of identity at all times. A Green Card should be carried by visitors (except EU nationals) taking their own car into Croatia. National registration in country of origin is required for all foreign vehicles. Third party insurance is mandatory when hiring a car and a valid credit card is also needed.Registered taxis are easy to find, safe and since fares were regulated recently, they are reasonably priced.

Local tourist agencies in many main centres hire bikes, and some local tourist boards (eg Zagreb County, have cycle routes and maps online.

Regular coaches operate between most towns (see Zagreb bus station website,

Most towns and cities have a comprehensive local bus network; trams operate in many cities (Zagreb, Split, Osijek, etc). The historic centre of some towns (Split, Dubrovnik) are pedestrianised and pleasantly car-free.

Croatian Railways ( operates trains in Croatia. The main rail routes are Zagreb-Split, Zagreb-Rijeka and Zagreb-Osijek. There are no trains to Dubrovnik. It is generally quicker to travel by bus. An upgrading of the track between Zagreb and Split now means that this journey can be done in 5 hours 25 minutes.

Jadrolinija (tel: (051) 666 111; is the main provider of car and passenger ferries and catamarans in Croatia. There are regular connections between the main ports and the offshore islands. A coastal service runs all the way from Rijeka in the north to Dubrovnik in the south, via Split, Stari Grad and Korcula.

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Food is almost universally safe, and tap water is fine to drink.

The Adriatic coast is renowned for its variety of seafood dishes, and Italian influences are found here as well as in Istria. Inland areas feature steaks and hearty stews, with freshwater fish prominent on menus in Slavonia. You’ll find exquisite cakes and deserts all over the country. Croatia produces plenty of wine, with the best reds generally coming from the Pelješac peninsula on the coast, and the best whites usually produced in eastern Slavonia and in Istria.

5% - 10%tip is sufficient (and is expected in the more upmarket restaurants), otherwise just round up the bill by a few kuna.

Climate and Weather

Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions inland and Mediterranean influence on the Adriatic coast. Peak season is July - August, with temperatures in the high 20s or in the 30s in places like Split, but you can expect plenty of sunshine from roughly May to October on the coast, and the shoulder seasons (May-June and September) are among the best times to visit Croatia. Inland is also hot in the summer but can be bitterly cold in the winter with sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall. Winter on the coast is milder but can be quite rainy.

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Lightweights and beachwear (including sun protection) are recommended for summer. Medium weights for winter with heavy, warm clothing for inland areas. It is a good idea to pack waterproofs at any time of year.

Internet Availability

Internet cafes can be found in Zagreb and other main towns. They are easy to find (start by looking in one of the tourist agencies), though the connection speed varies.

Electricity and Plug Standards

The power plugs and sockets used are of type F, which is the same type used in many European countries.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Croatia usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. If your appliances are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical output, a voltage converter will be necessary.

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