Why vacationers will travel cheaper to Croatia in the future

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Croatians are annoyed by the rounding up of prices. As of January 1, the euro replaced the previous national currency, the kuna (7.53 kuna is 1 euro, 1 kuna is 0.13 euro). The transitional phase will last in Croatia until January 15. Then the kuna will be history. But the suspicion is that retailers and service providers are now using the changeover to round up rather than down when adjusting prices. However, the government made it clear that it would not tolerate unjustified price increases, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic warned. He announced via Twitter that introducing the euro “is not a reason to increase prices for goods and services.”

It’s a different story with the toll. That pleases vacationers in particular. The tolls will remain the same, but the changeover will favour motorists, according to the infrastructure company HAC (Hrvatske Autoceste). There it was decided to round off the amount by one decimal place. From Zagreb to Šibenik, car drivers used to pay 152 kuna. According to the current conversion rate, this amounts to 20.17 euros. It rounded down: to 20.10 euros. The difference is more significant for the ENC toolbox. According to the conversion rate, the package would come to 16.19 euros; rounded down, it costs 15 euros, according to HAC.

Talks have been underway since 2019 about abolishing tolls. Instead, an electronic vignette will be introduced for car drivers. Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković announced the new system yesterday in an interview with news channel N1: “The target is January 1, 2024. An earlier start is not possible.” It will cost around 663,000 euros.

The toll box is to remain for trucks and buses, while car drivers can choose between the box and the e-vignette. To do so, the license plate must be registered in the new billing system. Exactly how the system will work is not yet known, according to HAC. The ramps at the toll booths will then be history in the future, with them, the waiting times.

Slovenia: Toll for Karavanke tunnel increased
In Slovenia, there is no price increase for the vignette. Drivers will continue to pay 15 euros for a 7-day toll sticker, while the monthly toll sticker will cost 30 euros. This means that prices have remained the same since the introduction of the monthly and weekly vignettes on July 1, 2009. The toll for the Karawanken Tunnel will be more expensive. The price for a one-way trip for vehicles up to 3.5 tons will increase from 7.60 euros to 7.80 euros. The points card, which allows 14 tunnel passages, has risen by one euro from 34.10 euros to 35.10 euros.

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