Cost of living in Croatia

Summary of cost of living in Croatia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 18,243 kn
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 8,242 kn
  • Croatia is the 4th most expensive country in Eastern Europe (4 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Croatia is cheaper than in 51% of countries in the World (38 out of 74)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 54 kn
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 39 kn
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 31 kn
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 7 kn
12 eggs, large 16 kn
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 11 kn
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 43 kn
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10 kn
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 6 kn
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9 kn
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 50 kn
2 liters of coca-cola 13 kn
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 5.49 kn
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 5,476 kn
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 4,202 kn
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,206 kn
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,652 kn
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,396 kn
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 855 kn
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 111 kn
40” flat screen tv 2,096 kn
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 645 kn
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 42 kn
Hourly rate for cleaning help 45 kn
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 525 kn
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 224 kn
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 530 kn
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 629 kn
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 155,327 kn
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 10 kn
Monthly ticket public transport 348 kn
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 42 kn
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 49 kn
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 283 kn
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 27 kn
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 25 kn
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 23 kn
4 rolls of toilet paper 8 kn
Tube of toothpaste 16 kn
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 52 kn
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 147 kn
2 tickets to the movies 70 kn
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 238 kn
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 363 kn
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 52 kn
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 15 kn
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17 kn
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,890 kn
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.17 kn
1 month of gym membership in business district 278 kn
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 29 kn

Map of Cost of Living in Croatia

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This map shows only the top cities in Croatia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Croatia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Zagreb 106
2nd Zadar 102
3rd Dubrovnik 98
4th Pula 89
5th Osijek 85

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Dubrovnik Osijek Pula
Rijeka Slavonski Brod Split
Zadar Zagreb

Prices recently added

  • 1 kg of rice in Pula costs 19 kn (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Pula costs 10 kn (9 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Pula costs 18 kn (9 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Pula costs 7 kn (9 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Pula costs 34 kn (9 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Pula costs 65 kn (9 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Pula costs 4,000 kn (9 days ago)
  • Public transport in Zagreb costs 360 kn (10 days ago)