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How expensive is Dubrovnik?

Wiltshire
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How expensive is Dubrovnik?

We've got a self-catering apartment in Dubrovnik but have no idea how much spending money to take for a week out there. For example, how much can we expect to pay for a meal? And beer?

I have figured on around £300 for the week - is this too much? Not enough? About right? Both of us want to keep costs as low as possible.

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1. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

Beer is cheap, food depends on what you have - pizza and pasta are excellent and cheap but fish can hike the price up. Dubrovnik is more expensive than the rest of the Adriatic coast in my opinion. You could probably spend £25-£30 on an evening meal. Water in restaurants can be pricey but the water is all drinkable from the tap so you can ask for a carafe (generally unpopular it has to be said). Buses are cheap. Boat rides are cheap.

Wiltshire
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2. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

Thanks Jude, does that price include wine or not? I think I'll be sticking to pizza and pasta. Any recommendations of cheap restaurants are very welcome btw. As are good bars.

Do you have to pay to get into nightclubs? Generally speaking how much are buses?

Just trying to do my sums to work out the least I would need in spending money.

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3. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

Hi Guinness_maiden

In my opinion,if you mean £300 for a week between two people,i think you'll have a very frugal week.I'd be more inclined to suggest an absolute minimum of £500 if you want to eat out,have snacks,coffees etc,go out at night for drinks,buses,taxis & other unforeseen expenses.Maybe when you get there you'll decide to take a daytrip to Cavtat or Mostar or Montenegro.

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4. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

You can "do" a week in Dubrovnik on £300 but you really wouldn't want to!

Double that figure and you'll have a good time.

Croatia and in particular Dubrovnik are not cheap destinations any more.

Start saving now!

Wiltshire
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5. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

Hmm, I was thinking of £300 each but that is really our maximum budget. I only have £18 in my savings account! Any budget tips would be really appreciated - such as where to go and where to avoid.

And here's me thinking that Dubrovnik might be a cheap holiday location!

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6. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

I think one thing you could do would be to shop at a supermarket ( Konzum) for some of your meals to keep the budget in line. Going out to eat for every meal can be very expensive and by going to the market you could cut down some of your costs.

Manchester, United...
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7. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

HI there

I think it would be the same in any towns they seem to charge what they want, but normally if you stay in a village and eat where the locals eat you can eat a lot cheaper and the food is probably nicer.

This is what I find when we go to Greece anyway. We make up pack lunches for lunch when out on walks. The highlite of our hols is the evening meals we always eat out at different places.

Think we might save money in Croatia as we travel about a bit on buses

and as stated by OTA members buses are dirt cheap.

We don't like going on tours as you are tied to what time you have to leave,

we take an overnight bag and if it is somewhere we like the look of we stay

the night.

Regards Dawn

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8. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

I have been to Dubrovnik twice and Split/Bol once. of the two times I've been to Dub, I do see the price of goods in Dubrovnik climb steadily and can support others by saying that Dubrovnik is the priciest city along the Adriatic coast.

I am planning to re-visit Dub this Summer for 5 days 4 nights, a solo trip, and has a strategy drawn out.

Living 200 euro: found a Studio for 50 euro per night just outside the Pile gate.

Transportation 50 euro: arriving by plane but will take the bus to and from the airport max 20 euro round trip. The rest will be spent on ferry ride to Lokrum and Cavtat

Food 250 euro: All breakfasts,Lunches and snacks will be made so Kozum is my first stop when I arrive. For sure I will be buying lots of aqua, bread, cheese, fruit, cured meats, paper plates and serviettes. I will however enjoy my dinners at some of the local restaurants and partake in their famous Adriatic seafood dishes.

Entertainment and excursion 100: Not looking to do much this time around as I have been to other places surrounding Dub in my previous trips. Just looking to take the cable car up and enjoy the view and most likely hang out at cafe Buza nightly and enjoy a beer or two.

.... and my flight cost is cover from all accumulated points.

can't wait!

My suggestion for those budgeted mind travelers are:

-plan for the worst case scenario (learn from the Iceland volcano where people were stranded and have no cash to spend)

-compromise (can't live/travel on a real budget if where ever you turn your mind is saying I want this and want that) and be disciplined with your budget (cliche I know but you don't know how much emotion play into things)

-try and live like a local and you will find how much you will save and still enjoy your time

Have fun.

Edited: 21 April 2010, 19:29
Wiltshire
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9. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

Thank you for all your replies. I'm a Northerner so know how to live frugally! I certainly don't care for eating in expensive restaurants, which is why self-catering is so good, but obv whilst on holiday you don't want to spend your whole time penny pinching.

Will budget for £300 spending money, once it's gone it's gone

Will now attempt to raise funds on ebay!

Manchester, United...
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10. Re: How expensive is Dubrovnik?

HI there

We are the same, Dont like expensive restaurants. We love eating in tavernas with lovely gardens we have never eaten inside unless the weather is bad. And if there is a wide screen we definately avoid it .

We found a couple of excellent eating places in Montenegro so I am sure we won't have a problem I think a lot of people on this forum stick to the commercialised places we will walk miles to get off the beaten track.

Dawn

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