Cost of living in Croatia

Summary of cost of living in Croatia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 18,059 kn
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 7,811 kn
  • Cost of living in Croatia is more expensive than in 75% of countries in Eastern Europe (4 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Croatia is cheaper than in 51% of countries in the World (39 out of 77)
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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) 38 kn
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 30 kn
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 7 kn
12 eggs, large 16 kn
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 12 kn
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 45 kn
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10 kn
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.96 kn
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9 kn
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 55 kn
2 liters of coca-cola 13 kn
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 6 kn
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,275 kn
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 4,235 kn
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,114 kn
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,107 kn
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,352 kn
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,083 kn
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 119 kn
40” flat screen tv 2,879 kn
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,062 kn
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 49 kn
Hourly rate for cleaning help 47 kn
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 562 kn
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 382 kn
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 508 kn
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 615 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 341 kn
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 38 kn
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50 kn
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 248 kn
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 25 kn
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 29 kn
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 27 kn
4 rolls of toilet paper 9 kn
Tube of toothpaste 15 kn
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 75 kn
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 136 kn
2 tickets to the movies 71 kn
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 336 kn
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 301 kn
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 49 kn
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 15 kn
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16 kn
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,054 kn
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.17 kn
1 month of gym membership in business district 289 kn
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 30 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 103
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
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