Coming from Vienna, Croatia was a welcome return to budget travel. Here is what you can expect to pay in shoulder season (late April/early May).
City: Zagreb, Pula and Rovinj
Travel Style: Budget
Currency: Croatian Kuna (Kn): 1€ = 7.5Kn
Daily Spend: 43.5€ / 320Kn
11 nights = 145€
12€ per night for one nights a 8 bed dorm at World Wide Hostel. This place is amazing if you’re in your early 20s and still love to play beer pong every night. If not then head to Swanky Mint or similar.
15€ per night for three nights a 8 bed dorm at the Swanky Mint in Zagreb. This hostel is touted as the best in Croatia and while the bar, common areas and bedroom facilities definitely lived up to that, I had the worst night sleep during my stay because of noise out the courtyard window and squeaky wooden beds.
11€ per night for six nights a 6 bed dorm room at Riva Hostel in Pula. This hostel is in a great location, a little run down but good value for money and run by a local with a big heart. Romano has recently bought the place and plans to renovate it soon.
22€ for one night in a 4 bed dorm at Roubdabout Hostel in Rovinji. This was the cheapest option I could find but also highly recommended.
11 days = 63.5€
-Flexibus from Vienna to Zagreb: 15€
-Tram to the centre: a ticket is cheap but in Zagreb tourists can often get away with not having one- unlike Budapest!!
-Walking around Zagreb- it’s small and manageable by foot
-Flixbus from Zagreb to Pula: 21€
-Pula is also small and you can walk. To get to the beach is around an hour walk from the old town, bikes can be rented for around 13€ a day. A local bus in the region costs around 2€.
-Flixbus from Pula to Rovinj: 4.5€
-Again walking around Rovinj is the way to go.
-Flixbus from Rovinj to Venice: 23€
Food & Drink:
11 days = 260€ / 23.6 day
Breakfast: 15kn (2€) for a cappuccino and large savory pastry at a local bakery
Lunch: 10Kn (1.3€) for a huge salad roll
Ice cream: 8kn (1€)
Dinner: 130Kn (18€) for whole grilled fish with vegetables, glass of white wine, amazing tiramisu and espresso at a restaurant near the Forum.
Aperitif: 10kn (1.3€) for the local Istra Bitters at the outdoor bar overlooking the Amphitheater
7€ (50kn) entrance to the amphitheater
4€ ticket to the local cinema
497.5€ / 11 nights = 43.5€ per day