What is the Currency in Croatia?
As of January 2023, the currency used in Croatia is the Euro. Prior to this change, Croatia’s official currency was the Croatian Kuna (HRK) between 1994 and 2023. Below we’ll provide you with all the information you need to know about navigating the currency in Croatia.Table of contents
The currency in Croatia is the Euro (sign: €; code: EUR), which has been in use since 2023.
The Euro is divided into cents (sign: c) and uses a combination of notes and coins.
The Euro comes in note form in multiple denominations, including 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.
In the form of a coin, denominations of 1, 2 and 5, 1 and 20 cents, and 1 and 2 Euros can also be found.
Between 1994 and 2023 Croatia used the Kuna. The word ‘Kuna’ directly translates to ‘Marten’; a weasel-like Croatian native animal whose fur was once used as a form of currency many centuries ago!
What is the Value of the Euro?
Whilst exchange rates fluctuate regularly, we’ve listed some rough estimates below to show you how the Euro compares to other currencies, such as the Australian Dollar, Great British Pound, and US Dollar, on everyday items. We would recommend using an exchange rate website such as XE.com to get the most up to date exchange rate information.
Whilst Croatia no longer operates with the Kuna, see the value it used to hold in the video below.
Croatian Kuna or Euros?
With Euro now the official currency of Croatia, this is the most commonly used currency in the country. Prior to 2023 you would be able to pay using a combination of Euros and Kunas for certain items such as accommodation, transportation and some restaurants.
As a currency used throughout many European countries, you have the choice of converting money before arriving in Croatia or converting your local money in Croatia. Where possible try and exchange your money in a bank or retrieve money from an ATM and try to avoid exchanging money at hotels or in a Bureau de Change as the rates are typically quite poor.
What about ATMs?
Glad you asked! Most major towns and islands in Croatia such as Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split and Hvar will have ATMs that are linked to international networks. The smaller towns, however, may not have ATM facilities available. Credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely recognised and are accepted in most tourist areas; however, it’s always a good idea to have a small amount of cash if you’re travelling off the beaten track.
Please note that once onboard your Sail Croatia Cruise, any extra expenses such as bar tabs, additional food and tips should be paid for in Euros.
Croatia Currency Frequently Asked Questions
As of 2023, Euro is the official currency of Croatia, and is used throughout the country.
We offer a rough guide to the prices you can expect to pay whilst visiting Croatia here.
As the official currency of Croatia, Euro (€) is the best currency to use whilst in the country.
Every traveller has different expectations whilst travelling which can make it tricky to suggest how much money one should take with them. A good rule of thumb is to average around €50 per day. On average, a €50 daily budget could potentially allow you to enjoy two mid-range meals, catch a local bus to the beach, take part in an excursion, enjoy a refreshing beverage or two, and top up on a bottle of water. And that’s if you decide you want to explore! Some days you may not spend as much as others, and it heavily depends on how much you’re planning to do with your days and how frugal or lavish your Croatian adventure will be!
If you’ve booked a Croatia Cruise with us, your breakfast, lunch, accommodation and transport are already covered, giving you more bang for your buck! All you’ll have to budget for are additional meals and snacks, drinks, and excursions, making it a cost effective way to explore Croatia.
Compared to its Balkan neighbours, Croatia’s prices are slightly higher, however still very manageable when compared to much of Western Europe. Just like many other countries, Croatia’s prices are relative to average income, which is why, if you’re travelling from countries like the USA, Australia and UK, generally the cost of travelling in Croatia is quite low compared to your home country. Of course this is also dependent on where you will be travelling within the country as well. Popular tourist destinations including the likes of Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar and Korcula will naturally have elevated prices as there’s higher demand. For the most part, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable Croatia is for travellers!