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21/02/2024

Euro in Croatia: everything you need to know!

euro in croatia

Since January 2023, Croatia has officially adopted the euro as its currency, becoming a full member of the euro area. The transitional period, allowing payments in two currencies – kuna and euro, ended on 14 January 2023. Now, the euro is the only accepted payment currency in the whole country!

Over the past holiday season, we have seen some misunderstandings about the introduction of the euro, which has led to the dissemination of misinformation. In shops and services there were often double prices – in kuna and euro, but payments were accepted only in euro. This practice was intended to help Croatians and tourists adapt to the new currency and to help with the conversion of quotas.

When planning a trip to Croatia, make sure you have the euro with you. You will need cash to pay for:

• Accommodation (determine the preferred form of payment with the host),

• Shopping at bakeries and local fairs where card payment may not be available,

• Ice cream on the beach or other small expenses.

Although card payment is possible in many places, especially at major tourist attractions, and tickets can often be bought online (which is recommended to avoid long lines), it is always worth having some cash with you. The differences in fees for withdrawing cash from ATMs in Croatia can be significant, so we advise you to read the information carefully during the transaction.

Finally, if you still own Croatian kuna, remember that banknotes can be exchanged without time limits and coins until the end of 2025 at the Croatian National Bank. Do not miss these dates to avoid the situation when the kuna will become just a souvenir with no monetary value.

Exchange rates can be found e.g. HERE.

Category: Croatia, guides, Others
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