MARKET INSIGHTS - CROATIA

Market insights can help you assess the market conditions

before purchasing property in Croatia

MARKET INSIGHTS - CROATIA

Market insights can help you
assess the market conditions
before purchasing property in Croatia

A Proven Concept

At the current moment there are no existing valet car parks with a concept similar to CarParkFly in Croatia. The concept is however present in numerous European countries and especially in the vicinity of airports at popular tourist destinations. In many of the popular tourist destinations in Southern Europe, valet parking is an indispensable part of the airport services used by a large number of passengers. The users include vacation home owners, car rental agencies, airport and airline employees, business travelers and certain segments of the local population.

At the current moment there are no existing valet car parks with a concept similar to CarParkFly in Croatia. The concept is however present in numerous European countries and especially in the vicinity of airports at popular tourist destinations. In many of the popular tourist destinations in Southern Europe, valet parking is an indispensable part of the airport services used by a large number of passengers. The users include vacation home owners, car rental agencies, airport and airline employees, business travelers and certain segments of the local population.

Valet parking

Even though the valet parking model is not present in any Croatian airports yet, many European airports, and parking operators near airports, are using this model. It is primarily offered in large and busy airports. Our research has shown that valet parking generally is only present in airports with +2 million passengers per year.

For the customers there are two main advantages of the valet parking model compared to regular parking: 1) time saving and 2) comfort. Valet parking gives the customer the possibility of driving to the departure terminal and handing over the car to the staff who will park it. This frees the customer from walking or catching a shuttle bus to the airport. It is a convenient service that increases the customers’ overall comfort and travel experience. The main disadvantage is that valet parking costs more than regular parking.

For the parking operator the primary advantage of valet parking is the possibility of optimizing the occupancy of the parking area, by packing more vehicles into the facility. A valet operator can double the number of parked cars compared to a traditional parking operator.

Valet parking

Even though the valet parking model is not present in any Croatian airports yet, many European airports, and parking operators near airports, are using this model. It is primarily offered in large and busy airports. Our research has shown that valet parking generally is only present in airports with +2 million passengers per year.

For the customers there are two main advantages of the valet parking model compared to regular parking: 1) time saving and 2) comfort. Valet parking gives the customer the possibility of driving driving to the departure terminal and handing over the car to the staff who will park it. This frees the customer from walking or catching a shuttle bus to the airport. It is a convenient service that increases the customers’ overall comfort and travel experience. The main disadvantage is that valet parking costs more than regular parking.

For the parking operator the primary advantage of valet parking is the possibility of optimizing the occupancy of the parking area, by packing more vehicles into the facility. A valet operator can double the number of parked cars compared to a traditional parking operator.

Airport parking rates in Croatia

As Split Airport has not yet started charging parking fees on the new southern parking lot, we have analyzed the parking rates in other airports in Croatia. We have focused on the airports in Zagreb, Zadar and Dubrovnik, as these are, beside Split Airport, the largest and busiest airports in Croatia. The traffic in Zadar and Dubrovnik Airport is, in similarity with Split, more seasonal compared to the traffic in Zagreb Airport.

Since the passenger statistics from 2020 and 2021 in our opinion do not reflect the market situation correctly (due to the influence of Covid-19), we have chosen to use data from 2019 in the comparison of the passenger numbers of the airports below.

Airport parking rates in Croatia

As Split Airport has not yet started charging parking fees on the new southern parking lot, we have analysed the parking rates in other airports in Croatia. We have focused on the airports in Zagreb, Zadar and Dubrovnik, as these are, beside Split Airport, the largest and busiest airports in Croatia. The traffic in Zadar and Dubrovnik Airport is, in similarity with Split, more seasonal compared to the traffic in Zagreb Airport.

Since the passenger statistics from 2020 and 2021 in our opinion does not reflect the market situation correctly (due to the influence of Covid-19), we have chosen to use data from 2019 in the comparison of the passenger numbers of the airports below.

Zagreb Airport

Zagreb Airport has until recently been the largest and busiest airport in Croatia, with 3.45 million passengers in 2019. The airport’s parking capacity is over 800 parking spaces. The parking rate for 1 hour is €2.9 (excl. VAT). When parking for more than 6 days the rate is €7.2 (excl. VAT) per day.

CategoryRate HRK (incl. VAT)Rate EUR (excl. VAT)
1 hour 27.00 €2.90
2 hours47.00€5.00
3 hours70.00€7.40
3 - 6 hours78.00€8.30
6 - 12 hours110.00€11.70
24 - 48 hours150.00€15.90
24 - 48 hours210.00€22.30
3 - 5 days72.00€7.60
+6 days68.00€7.20

Zagreb Airport

Zagreb Airport has until recently been the largest and busiest airport in Croatia, with 3.45 million passengers in 2019. The airport’s parking capacity is over 800 parking spaces. The parking rate for 1 hour is €2.9 (excl. VAT). When parking for more than 6 days the rate is €7.2 (excl. VAT) per day.

CategoryRate HRK (incl. VAT)Rate EUR (excl. VAT)
1 hour 27.00 €2.90
2 hours47.00€5.00
3 hours70.00€7.40
3 - 6 hours78.00€8.30
6 - 12 hours110.00€11.70
24 - 48 hours150.00€15.90
24 - 48 hours210.00€22.30
3 - 5 days72.00€7.60
+6 days68.00€7.20

Zadar Airport

Zadar Airport is an international airport in the northern Dalmatian region. It handled over 800,000 passengers in 2019. The airport has 591 parking spaces in total of which 216 are available for personal vehicles. The parking rate for 1 hour is €2.1 (excl. VAT).

CategoryRate HRK (incl. VAT)Rate EUR (excl. VAT)
1 hour 20.00 €2.10
2 hours€2.10€1.10
3 hours10.00€0.50
Every next hour€1.10€0.20
Monthly subscription5.00€106
Yearly subscription€0.50€848

Zadar Airport

Zadar Airport is an international airport in the northern Dalmatian region. It handled over 800,000 passengers in 2019. The airport has 591 parking spaces in total of which 216 are available for personal vehicles. The parking rate for 1 hour is €2.1 (excl. VAT).

CategoryRate HRK (incl. VAT)Rate EUR (excl. VAT)
1 hour 20.00 €2.10
2 hours€2.10€1.10
3 hours10.00€0.50
Every next hour€1.10€0.20
Monthly subscription5.00€106
Yearly subscription€0.50€848

Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik Airport was the third-busiest airport in Croatia in 2019, with nearly 2.9 million passengers. Dubrovnik Airport’s parking lot has 200 parking spaces. The parking rate for 1 hour is €1.1 (excl. VAT).

CategoryRate HRK (incl. VAT)Rate EUR (excl. VAT)
1 hour 10.00 €1.10
2 hours20.00€2.10
Every next hour2.00€0.20
Daily35.00€3.70

Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik Airport was the third-busiest airport in Croatia in 2019, with nearly 2.9 million passengers. Dubrovnik Airport’s parking lot has 200 parking spaces. The parking rate for 1 hour is €1.1 (excl. VAT).

CategoryRate HRK (incl. VAT)Rate EUR (excl. VAT)
1 hour 10.00 €1.10
2 hours20.00€2.10
Every next hour2.00€0.20
Daily35.00€3.70

Parking prices in Split

The price for daily street parking in the city of Split is €6 – 10 in the winter period and €8 – 12 in the summer period

In public parking garages the monthly prices vary from €25 – 60 for individuals and €46 – 80 for companies

Parking prices in Split

The price for daily street parking in the city of Split is €6 – 10 in the winter period and €8 – 12 in the summer period

In public parking garages the monthly prices vary from €25 – 60 for individuals and €46 – 80 for companies

Hotel, Tourism & Leisure in Split-Dalmatia

The Split-Dalmatia region has been gaining popularity as a tourist destination for several years and is continuing its positive trend. Split-Dalmatia is the second most visited region in Croatia, only surpassed by Istria.

The Split-Dalmatia region has been gaining popularity as a tourist destination for several years and is continuing its positive trend. Split-Dalmatia is the second most visited region in Croatia, only surpassed by Istria.

Split-Dalmatia County

The Split-Dalmatia County is the central-southern Dalmatian county in Croatia. The main tourism destinations are Split, Makarska, Baška Voda, Podgora and Hvar, while destinations such as Trogir, Kaštela, Supetar, Brela, Gradac, Tučepi among others are also popular.

In the period from 2010 to 2019 the Split-Dalmatia County recorded constant increase in tourist arrivals and overnights. In that period the arrivals increased by 123%, while overnights increased by 92%.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, brought the tourist activity to a standstill. However, the summer season turned out to be better than expected at the beginning of the pandemic. In 2020 the tourist arrivals decreased by 66.5%, while overnights dropped by 56.1% compared to 2019, respectively. Although a strong drop in arrivals was recorded, the average length of stay increased from 4.9 days in 2019 to 6.4 days in 2020.

In 2021 Croatia’s tourism statistics as a whole was better than many expected, considering the effects of the coronavirus. In the peak month of July most tourist overnight stays have been in Istria (6.7 million), Split-Dalmatia (4.7 million) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (4.7 million).

Most tourist activity in Split-Dalmatia County is recorded in summer months with peaks in July and August.

Split-Dalmatia County

The Split-Dalmatia County is the central-southern Dalmatian county in Croatia. The main tourism destinations are Split, Makarska, Baška Voda, Podgora and Hvar, while destinations such as Trogir, Kaštela, Supetar, Brela, Gradac, Tučepi among others are also popular.

In the period from 2010 to 2019 the Split-Dalmatia County recorded constant increase in tourist arrivals and overnights. In that period the arrivals increased by 123%, while overnights increased by 92%.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, brought the tourist activity to a standstill. However, the summer season turned out to be better than expected at the beginning of the pandemic. In 2020 the tourist arrivals decreased by 66.5%, while overnights dropped by 56.1% compared to 2019, respectively. Although a strong drop in arrivals was recorded, the average length of stay increased from 4.9 days in 2019 to 6.4 days in 2020.

In 2021 Croatia’s tourism statistics as a whole was better than many expected, considering the effects of the coronavirus. In the peak month of July most tourist overnight stays have been in Istria (6.7 million), Split-Dalmatia (4.7 million) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (4.7 million).

Most tourist activity in Split-Dalmatia County is recorded in summer months with peaks in July and August.

Tourism in Split-Dalmatia

City of Split

Until a few years ago, Split used to be a “transit” tourist destination for tourists visiting the islands in the vicinity. However, in the last few years it has evolved into an extremely popular tourist destination.

Split is a seasonal destination characterized by high seasonality with peaks in July and August and very low activity between November and March. In a year July and August generally accounts for around 40% of all arrivals and 50% of all overnights. On the other hand, the season is longer in Split compared to other smaller Dalmatian destinations due to its stronger supply of events, touristic facilities and its position as a transit location. The city is in vicinity to other popular destinations such as National Parks and islands, and offers well developed traffic infrastructure.

Up to 2020, Split has seen a strong positive trend in the number of tourist arrivals and overnights. In 2019 there were 5.5 times more overnights than in 2010. Following a great start in 2020, COVID-19 lockdowns drastically reduced touristic activities from March. The summer brought slight recovery while overall, in 2020, arrivals decreased by 78.6% and overnights by 70.3% in comparison with 2019.

In 2021, the statistics for the year showed an increase of approximately 136% in tourist arrivals and 107% in tourist overnight stays in the Split compared to 2020. Especially the faithful Czech, German, and Polish tourists were predominant.

City of Split

Until a few years ago, Split used to be a “transit” tourist destination for tourists visiting the islands in the vicinity. However, in the last few years it has evolved into an extremely popular tourist destination.

Split is a seasonal destination characterized by high seasonality with peaks in July and August and very low activity between November and March. In a year July and August generally accounts for around 40% of all arrivals and 50% of all overnights. On the other hand, the season is longer in Split compared to other smaller Dalmatian destinations due to its stronger supply of events, touristic facilities and its position as a transit location. The city is in vicinity to other popular destinations such as National Parks and islands, and offers well developed traffic infrastructure.

Up to 2020, Split has seen a strong positive trend in the number of tourist arrivals and overnights. In 2019 there were 5.5 times more overnights than in 2010. Following a great start in 2020, COVID-19 lockdowns drastically reduced touristic activities from March. The summer brought slight recovery while overall, in 2020, arrivals decreased by 78.6% and overnights by 70.3% in comparison with 2019.

In 2021, the statistics for the year showed an increase of approximately 136% in tourist arrivals and 107% in tourist overnight stays in the Split compared to 2020. Especially the faithful Czech, German, and Polish tourists were predominant.

Tourism in Split

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