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Croatian money

The unit of Croatian currency is the Kuna (HRK).

You will see next to prices Kn as an abbreviation of Kuna.

Kuna‘ in Croatian means ‘marten‘. This little animal was chosen as the symbol of the Croatian money in memory of a time when we used the marten pelts as units of value.

 

Change your money to Croatian kunas

If you wish to benefit of a better exchange rate then you should change your money in Croatia instead of in your own country. You can actually check this information by looking at the rate exchange of the Croatian National bank at http://www.hnb.hr/tecajn/ and compare with what your bank offers.

Once in Croatia you can change money at the bank or exchange office at the airport, but if you arrive during the night then you’ll have to get money from an ATM. In this case check with your bank how much money they allow you to get, so that you avoid an awkward situation when the ATM refuses to give you some cash because you passed the limit. As well you should be aware that bigger amount of money you take from the ATM, smaller will be the commission.

If you come by car and take the highway, then you will be able to pay in Euros or by credit card at all the toll gates.

 

Convert Euros to Kunas

To convert Euros (or any other currency) to Kunas please use the currency converter on the right side of this page.

 

Euro in Croatia

Even if Croatia is part of the European Union since 2013, it still does not use Euros but only Kunas.

Actually more and more places give prices both in Kunas and Euros, to book an excursion or an accommodation for example. Other places like restaurants can accept Euros if you do not have Kunas but be aware that the exchange rate will be unfavourable and your change will be in Croatian kuna. So there is no rule about it, it only depends of the good will of the seller.

 

Coins of Croatia

The marten (in Croatian: kuna) is represented on each coin of the Croatian money.

On the other side is represented an animal living in Croatia : nightingale, tuna fish and brown bear.

1kuna-obverse1 kuna – obverse
the marten
1kuna-reverse1 kuna – reverse
the nightingale
2kuna-obverse2 kunas – obverse
the marten
2kuna-reverse2 kunas – reverse
the tuna fish
5kuna-reverse5 kunas – obverse
the marten
5kuna-obverse5 kunas – reverse
the brown bear

Cents are called ‘lipas’, lipa in Croatian means linden (lime) tree.

The linden tree is then represented on one side of each Lipa’s coin, and on the other side is represented plant species of Croatia as: corn, grapevine, oak tree, tobacco, olive and Degenia velebitica endemic plant of the mountain of Velebit .

1 lipa - pile1 lipa – obverse
linden tree
1lipa-reverse1 lipa – reverse
corn
2lipa-obverse2 lipas – obverse
linden tree
2lipa-reverse2 lipas – reverse
grapevine
5lipa-obverse5 lipas – obverse
linden tree
5lipa-reverse5 lipas – reverse
oak tree
10lipa-obverse10 lipas – obverse
linden tree
10lipa-reverse10 lipas – reverse
tobacco
20lipa-obverse20 lipas – obverse
linden tree
20lipa-reverse20 lipas – reverse
olive tree
50lipa-obverse50 lipas – obverse
linden tree
50lipa-reverse50 lipas – reverse
degenia velebitica

Note:

It is rare to get a 1 or 2 lipas coins since it is such a small amount (about 0,001 and 0,002 €) that people use to round up the bill.

So if the price of an article is 0,99 kn do not expect to receive 1 lipa back. As well if the price is let’s say 10,51 kn they will ask you for 10,50 kn.

 

Banknotes in Croatia

Croatian banknotes will tell you more about Croatian history. They represent very important persons and monuments of Croatia.

Billet de 5 kuna
5 kunas – obverse

Petar Zrinski (1621-71) and Fran Krsto Frankopan (1643-71).

5-kuna-banknote-reverse
5 kunas – reverse

The Old Fort and layout of the old Varaždin castle.

10-kuna-banknote-obverse
10 kunas – obverse

Bishop Juraj Dobrila (1812-1882).

10-kuna-banknote-reverse
10 kunas – reverse

The Pula Arena and Motovun town layout.

20-kuna-banknote-obverse
20 kunas – obverse

Ban Josip Jelačić.

20-kuna-banknote-reverse
20 kunas – reverse

The Eltz Manor in Vukovar and the Vučedol Dove.

50-kuna-banknote-obverse
50 kunas – obverse

Ivan Gundulić (1589-1638).

50-kuna-banknote-reverse
50 kunas – reverse

The Old City of Dubrovnik and its Rector’s Palace.

Billet de 100 kuna
100 kunas – obverse

Ivan Mažuranić (1814-1890).

100-kuna-banknote-reverse
100 kunas – reverse

St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka and its layout.

200-kuna-banknote-obverse
200 kunas – obverse

Stjepan Radić (1871-1928).

200-kuna-banknote-reverse
200 kunas – reverse

The old General Command building in Osijek and layout of the City-fortress of Tvrđa.

Billet de 500 kuna
500 kunas – obverse

Marko Marulić (1450-1524).

500 kunas
500 kunas – reverse

Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the motif of Croatian ruler from 11th century.

Billet de 1000 kuna
1000 kunas – obverse

Ante Starčević (1823-1896).

1000 kunas
1000 kunas – reverse

Statue of King Tomislav and the Zagreb Cathedral.

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Post by: Delphine Pavlak

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