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Is Montenegro Cheaper than Croatia? Which is More Expensive?

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor July 28th, 2021 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Montenegro, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 2 Comments

This article will tell you which is more expensive and cheaper, Croatia or Montenegro? These two countries sit next to each other.

Is Montenegro Cheaper than Croatia Which is More Expensive
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If you plan to spend your next vacation in a Mediterranean country, Montenegro and Croatia are definitely on your list. Both countries abound in natural wonders, beautiful beaches, Mediterranean specialties, and people of cheerful spirit. It is certainly not easy to decide whether to visit one of the beautiful Croatian islands or the Bay of Kotor first. Dubrovnik or Sveti Stefan? Unfortunately, our budget usually dictates the directions of movement more than desires. Therefore, the topic of our story today is Which is cheaper, Croatia or Montenegro. To answer this question precisely enough, we will analyze the prices of the things tourists are most interested in. 

Transport Price

Depending on the way you travel, the budget you have to set aside also varies. Both countries we are talking about today are focused on tourism and try to make it easier for travelers to access. The fact is that Croatia has a better road network and a more accessible geographical position. However, the toll on the Croatian highway is higher than the average in Western Europe. This is because the use of the roads finances their construction in almost the entire Balkans. According to public companies, the toll on ten kilometers of highway in Croatia is 0.64 euro cents. The Montenegrin highway is still under construction. Therefore, you will spend more time driving and more fuel. The price of intercity transport in Montenegro is undoubtedly lower than in Croatia. Parking service and car rental as well. Remember that every visit to any Croatian island requires a pretty high amount for ferry transport, especially if you travel by car. 

Accommodation Prices in Croatia and Montenegro

Given that both countries are well-known tourist destinations, accommodation prices in both cases have a wide range. It all depends on the wishes and budget of the guests and the period of the year. When we speak about this issue, it is not easy to say which is more expensive or cheaper, Croatia or Montenegro. Besides hotels, there are several types of tourist accommodation in Croatia, most of which are apartments, but you can also find whole houses and rooms. Prices range from around 20 euros to as much as 500 euros per day of rental. The most significant offer of private tourist accommodation is in Northern Dalmatia, Kvarner, and Primorje. According to the data at their disposal, in Croatia, the average price of renting a tourist apartment out of season is 46 euros, which is 31 percent cheaper than in season. When looking at the regions, the highest prices for renting a tourist apartment are in Central Dalmatia, where the average cost is 79 euros per day. On an annual basis, rental prices grew in all coastal regions, from 2 to 8 percent.

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You can spend ten days in private accommodation on the Montenegrin coast for 120 to 150 euros at the end of May. This is how the prices are in Herceg Novi, Sutomore, Ulcinj when it comes to lower category accommodation. In Budva, Tivat or Bar, you can find accommodation in a house of 180 euros for ten days and up, while apartments in Budva in June cost 36 euros per night, although the average is around 45 euros. A night in hotels in this city costs 65 euros, but the most extensive offer is around 100 euros. Prices in July are about 10 to 20 euros higher. In Herceg Novi, a night in a hotel in July costs 55 euros, while apartments can be found for 40 euros per night. 

There is an offer of extra luxury accommodation in both countries whose prices drastically deviate from the above.

Restaurants, Bars, Markets

Is Montenegro Cheaper than Croatia Which is More Expensive
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In addition to accommodation, an essential item in the cost calculation is the price of food, beverages – both in shops and market, in restaurants and cafes. We will try to give you a general overview that will relate to average prices in tourist destinations in Croatia and Montenegro. Of course, if you visit some of the most attractive destinations or sit in a restaurant with an above-average offer and service, feel free to add a few euros to our estimate.


Is Montenegro Cheaper than Croatia Which is More Expensive
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The most popular and cheapest drinks in Montenegro and Croatia are domestic beers, and the prices are similar. The usual price for a half-liter of local beer, which is slightly less than a pint, is between 2 to 3 euros at the bar. For cheaper foreign beer in the same amount, you will usually pay from about 3 euros and up.

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2 thoughts on “Is Montenegro Cheaper than Croatia? Which is More Expensive?

  1. I’ve scrolled through your whole article and still can’t find the answer to the question in the title: which one is cheaper? 😀

  2. I’m on holiday at the moment staying in Dobrota. All this Montenegrins are cheerful and helpful is a myth. Avoid going in late June to mid August if you can as temperatures can be blistering. The Serbians who have moved to Montenegro are ok, but a lot of Montenegrins are a surly unhelpful bunch. Dont believe what you dead online about it being cheap, because its not. The food here is terrible, what’s authentic about seabass, spag bol, pizza and cheese sandwiches with chips. The local bus stations Autobus Stanica especially the one in Kotor is a shambles and buses are always missing or get delayed and you’re packed on them with little room as they are so small. Think I’ll settle for Zadar next year on the Croatian coast. Croatia has better roads infrastructure and no dog poo on the pavement. Spending wise I’d say its 5-8% cheaper than the UK avoid the airport taxis as they charge a bomb from Tivat airport to Dobrota costing me €35. I didnt tip him.

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