No matter how much people complain about prices of hospitality services that jumped literally overnight in the most popular tourist centres along the Croatian coast during the summer season, they are unaware that these prices are still quite far from prices tourists pay in other famous tourist metropolises across Europe.
The prices for a service or consumption in Split and Dubrovnik are two times lower than those in Barcelona, Nice, Venice, Lisbon or Ljubljana. However, drinks, meals in restaurants or cocktails are far more expensive in Split and Dubrovnik than in Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava and Budva.
This price comparison can be found on the international web portal Expatistan which offers its users the opportunity to compare prices all over the world for a whole range of services, purchases or consumption, and which millions of visitors are happy to consult before setting off on their journeys.
Cheaper coffee than Barcelona and Venice
This portal covers prices for 516 different products, services, local cost of living, local transportation etc. for as many as 2,189 cities in 215 world countries, which can all be compared to each other.
The most popular and most visited tourist cities on the Adriatic this season are Dubrovnik and Split. The comparison of these two cities with the most famous European tourist destinations reveals what information potential visitors to Croatia get about the country before they decide to come here.
According to Expatistan, Split and Dubrovnik are at least 20 percent cheaper than several dozen European cities best known as city-break destinations. Typical tourist services such as a quick lunch, fast food, a beer in a grocery store and a beer in a cafe bar, cocktail prices, dinner prices etc. in Barcelona are 23 percent more expensive than in Split and 26 percent more expensive than in Dubrovnik. By the same categories, the two Croatian cities are also much cheaper than Venice (-26%), Lisbon (-13%), Nice (-29%), Berlin (-26%) and Budva (-10%).
Furthermore, a quick lunch in Barcelona and Ljubljana guests will pay 13 Euros, as much as they would pay in Split, whilst in Dubrovnik the lunch price is 9 Euros and in Lisbon 12 Euros. However, cocktail prices in Barcelona or even Budva (9 Euros) are almost 30 percent more expensive than in Split (6 Euros).
As far as Venice is concerned, all hospitality services are 26 percent more expensive than in Split, however, a cappuccino in Dubrovnik (1,85 Euros) is more expensive in comparison to the one in Venice (1,5 Euros), according to Expatistan. It should be noted that coffee prices in Venice depend on whether you drink coffee out of a plastic or porcelain cup, standing in the bar or sitting at the table.
Furthermore, hospitality prices in Nice on Cote d'Azur are much higher than in Croatia; they are 32 percent higher than in Dubrovnik and 29 percent higher than in Split.
If compared to Lisbon, Split and Dubrovnik are 13 percent cheaper in hospitality services than the Portuguese capital. They are 46 percent cheaper than Dublin and 57 percent cheaper than Geneva in Switzerland.
However, Croatia is not good news for tourists coming from Prague, with 11 percent cheaper hospitality services than in Split and Dubrovnik. The price of a lunch in Split is 23 percent more expensive than in Prague, whilst cocktail prices are 20 percent higher in Split. The worst thing for the Czechs is the price of a beer, which is 70 percent more expensive in Dalmatia than in their country. Warsaw prices are 18 percent lower than Croatian, whilst prices in Bratislava are 10 percent lower.
All and all, tourists coming from Western and Northern Europe can still carelessly enjoy cheaper services on the Adriatic coast unlike the Czechs, Slovaks and the Poles who will pay for hospitality services on the Adriatic significantly more than in their homelands.