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Currency and payment in Croatia


Oficial currency of Croatia is kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa)
Coins are of values 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Lipa, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna
Banknotes are of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Kuna

Banks and exchange offices

Largest banks in Croatia are:
Zagrebacka banka, Privredna banka Zagreb, Splitska banka, Croatia banka, Varazdinska banka, Karlovacka banka and Istarska banka.

Usual working hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8 to 19 h
  • Saturday from 8 to 13 h
  • Closed on Sundays

ATM machines can be found in most cities and touristic places.

Exchange offices

Exchange offices are located in all cities and most smaller towns. Almost every hotel has it’s own exchange office, but these might be charging a bigger commision than the exchange offices in the cities.
Exchange rates are published in daily newspaper and stated visibly in exchange offices, post offices and local bank branches.

Shopping and payment methods


Traditional handmade objects, clothes and other ornament made from silver filigree jewelery or sea shells and corals, interesting handmade objects of wood and ceramics, that can be found along the coast make the best souvenirs. Also, a broad range of domestic delicacies can be found in many supermarkets or delicacy shops.
If you are interested in shopping, in every major city there are shopping malls, and lot of shops can be found in the city centers. If you aren’t interested in designer clothes we recommend searching for malls or small boutiques in city centers. Prices might be higher during summer season, but the selection is rather wide.

Credit Cards and other methods of payment

Standard Credit Cards: Eurocard/Mastercard, Diners, American Express and Visa are among the usual methods of payment in Croatia. Stores, restaurants, agencies, hotels and other service providers accept credit cards which is usually indicated with a visibly placed label with the logo of the credit card accepted.
You can use ATM machines to withdraw cash from your credit cards, or you can withdraw money at regular post offices.
Travelers checks and personal checks issued by foreign banks can be cashed in most banks and exchange offices with a commission of around 2% of the amount.

Customs regulations

Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in accordance with the standards of the European Union.
Foreign currency and cheques are freely brought in and taken out of the country; only higher quantities of money should be reported to the authorities.

Professional and technical equipment should be registered at the border.

Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian station that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their last vaccination against rabies.

Value added tax (PDV) in Croatia is 25%.

Foreign citizens have right on tax refund for goods purchased in Croatia over 500 kuna in value with a valid “Tax cheque” or “Tax Free” form at departure from the country.

Information: Republic of Croatia Customs Administration tel. +385 (0)1 6102 333.