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Croatia country information

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Republic of Croatia
Area: 56,542 sq km
Population: 4,453,500
Population density: 81 per sq km
Capital: Zagreb
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU No/1
Visa Required?
British No
Australian No
Canadian No
USA No
Other EU No

Passports

Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay is required for those nationals that need visa. Those not requiring a visa need a valid passport and must leave the country before the passport expired:
1. nationals of EU countries with valid national photo ID cards.

Visas

Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa Note

(a) Nationals must produce evidence of return/onward travel and evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of stay (50 per day for nationals staying in a private residence; 100 per day for nationals staying in a hotel); nationals not staying in a hotel are required to register a place of residence with the local police within 24 hours of arrival.
(b) Journalists need to seek accreditation from the ministry of foreign affairs before travelling to Croatia.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Croatia Airlines ( www.croatiaairlines.hr ).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Zagreb is 2 hours 15 minutes. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Main Airports

Zagreb (ZAG) (Pleso International) ( www.zagreb-airport.hr ) is 17km (10 miles) southeast of the city. To/from the airport: An airport bus runs to the city centre (journey time - 25 minutes); taxis are also available (journey time - 20 minutes). Facilities: Left luggage, banks/bureaux de change, restaurants, snack bars, bars, business lounge, duty-free shops, post office, tourist information and car hire.

Dubrovnik (DBV) ( www.airport-dubrovnik.hr ) is 18km (11 miles) southeast of the city. To/from the airport: An airport bus runs to the city (journey time - 20 minutes). Facilities: Banks/bureaux de change, post office, bars, duty-free shop, shops and car hire.

Split (SPU) ( www.split-airport.hr ) is 25km (16 miles) northwest of the city. To/from the airport: An airport bus runs to the city (journey time - 40 minutes). Facilities: Banks/bureau de change, post office, car hire, duty-free shops and bar/restaurant.

Pula (PUY) ( www.airport-pula.com ) is 8km (5 miles) northwest of the city. To/from the airport: A  local bus service runs to the city (journey time - 15 minutes). Facilities: Bureau de change, car hire, duty-free shop and snack bar/restaurant.

Rijeka
(RJK) ( www.rijeka-airport.hr ) is 27km (17 miles) from the city on the island of Krk. To/from the airport: Buses runs to the city (journey time - 45 minutes). Facilities: Car hire, duty-free shop, ATM, left luggage and snack bar/restaurant.
Departure Tax
None.

Getting There by Water

Main ports: Split ( www.portsplit.com ), Dubrovnik ( www.portdubrovnik.hr ), Rijeka ( www.lukarijeka.hr ) and Zadar ( www.port-authority-zadar.hr ).

Passenger and car ferry services run to Italy. The main routes are: Split-Ancona, Zadar-Ancona and Dubrovnik-Bari. Throughout the summer, fast hydrofoil services also operate on some routes. Jadrolinija (tel: (051) 666 111; www.jadrolinija.hr ) is the main service provider.

Dubrovnik is an established cruise destination and the city is visited by hundreds of vessels and thousands of passengers each year.  An increasing number of cruise ships also stop at Split.

Getting There by Rail

Croatian Railways (tel: 060 333 444, within Croatia only; www.hznet.hr ) operates trains in Croatia. Direct trains run from Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Express services run from Zagreb to major cities including Berlin, Budapest, Munich, Venice and Vienna.
Rail Passes
InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children's tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Inter Rail ( www.interrailnet.com ).

Eurorail:
the global Eurail pass offers unlimited train travel in 20 European countries including Croatia. Select (valid in 3, 4 or 5 countries bordering Croatia), regional (Croatia is grouped with Slovenia plus either Austria or Hungary) and one-country Eurail passes are also available. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months or three months. The passes cannot be sold to residents of Europe (including Turkey and the Russian Federation). Available from The Eurail Group ( www.eurail.com ).

Getting There by Road

There are routes from all neighbouring countries. Hrvatski Autoklub (the Croatian Automobile Club) ( www.hak.hr ) can provide information.

Bus: There are regular international buses connecting Croatia with Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the Slovak Republic. Eurolines (tel: 0870 514 3219, in the UK; www.eurolines.com ) runs regular coach services from the UK to Croatia.
Cycling & Maps
Cost of living
Croatia: all prices in Croatia Kuna (HRK)
drinks and snacks

food: local markets; restaurants; and stores

water (mineral)
juice
soft drink (can)
soft drink (bottle)

1 litre
1 litre
300ml
1 litre
2.60
8.00
tba
9.50

bread loaf-white
bread loaf-whole grain

700g
850g
6.00
8.00
local market food


pizza-takeaway
one serving
one serving
one serving
med
tba
tba
tba
tba
beer - local
wine
330ml
litre
5.80
24.00
tea
coffee (cafe / bar)
Nescafe instant
coffee - ground
25 bags
per cup
100g
500g
10.00
8.00
20.00
25.00
rice (white)
pasta
eggs
tinned tomatoes

kg
500g
per dozen
250g

9.00
10.00
14.00
3.50
milk
yoghurt / curd
cheese
Magnum icecream
1 litre
150g
kg
each

5.70
2.50
40.00
tba

potatoes
onions
tomatoes
green beans
kg
kg
kg
kg
5.00
1.90
10.00
20.00
chips
salted peanuts
dried apricots
200g pack
kg
kg
tba
tba
tba
apples
oranges
bananas
kg
kg
kg
6.00
9.00
10.00

cornflakes
chocolate

biscuits - plain
biscuits- chocolate

375g pack
80g block

200g pack
250g pack
16.00
5.00

8.00
13.00
pineapple (can)
oil (corn)
500g can
500ml
14.00
5.00
peanut paste
honey
500g jar
400g jar
tba
30.00
 
accommodation personal
budget city hostel
in a family home
budget guesthouse
65 per dorm bed
150 double with ensuite
250+ double with ensuite
deodorant - roll-on
soap
shampoo
toothbrush
toothpaste
disposable razor
toilet paper
50ml
150g bar
200ml
each
75ml
5 pack
each
18.00
3.00 16.00
tba
16.00 20.00
tba
camping 2 star 9.50-11.00 for a tent + 2 persons depending on the season
internet 10-15.00 per hour

* tba = price to be announced
* January 2009: at time of writing 1.00 USD = 5.78 HRK
all prices have been taken from internet resources such as wikitravel, hostel world, leading supermarket chains, travel blogs, forums and of course our own travel experiences and purchases of everyday products in food markets, bazaars and local shopping facilities. They are only an indication and designed to give you a general impression of the cost of living in Croatia. Items are geared towards the budget conscious traveller with an occasional craving for a bit of luxury.
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