Solo Travel in Croatia: Why I Love and Recommend it

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Thinking about solo travel in Croatia?

I’ll be the first to tell you- go for it. 

Croatia was somewhere that I daydreamed about for years. Not surprising, given I live in Canada and our winters last, well, forever. So when I finally got to Croatia, it was perfection.

I spent about three weeks playing in the sea and lounging on sunny beaches, exploring ancient cities and swimming in waterfalls. I visited four cities; Zadar, Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik and would highly recommend Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast as a perfect destination for any solo traveller. Here’s why.

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Solo Travel in Croatia is Safe

If you were to ask me where I felt the safest travelling alone, one of my top answers would be Croatia, specifically the town of Zadar. This is mainly because it’s mostly locals and not as busy and hyped up as Split and Dubrovnik). However, I never had an issue, or even thought I may have an issue, at any point of my time exploring the country.

As a solo female traveller I am used to standing out and being harassed by the men; whether they mean to be threatening or not. But it didn’t happen once in Croatia. Sure a few said ‘hi’ to me or came over to talk, but they were always respectful (even at the clubs). Maybe I was just incredibly lucky, but I’m not going to complain because it was pretty awesome and a huge perk as a solo female traveller. 

My feeling of safety wasn’t just in terms of not being harassed. I never felt like I needed to be overly alert. Either in terms of protecting myself or my belongings. I walked around by myself at night and even went swimming in the sea alone at 1am on my last night- just because I could and I wanted to. It didn’t occur to me til after the fact that it was a dumb thing to because I was alone. It’s definitely not something I would have considered doing anywhere else.

Never felt unsafe alone

Croatia is Easy to Get Around

One of the biggest reasons what I recommend solo travel in Croatia is because getting around the country on your own is a breeze . Renting a car is obviously an option but there’s no need to with the train and bus system. There are generally two types of buses: the fast buses and the slow ones. If you are in a rush, the fast ones are the best option. However if you have some time I highly recommend the slow ones. The drive is significantly more scenic (especially along the coast!). Buses do not have toilets but still stop for a break at a large station (just make sure you have coins as you do need to pay!)

To get to the islands you take the ferry. Again there are multiple choices, some a little faster than others but the main perk about there being so many options is that you don’t have to wait forever to get where you are going.

There are also plenty of public buses to the main attractions as well. For example to Krka or Plitvice National Park. You can also join tours to these sites as well but should there not be enough numbers you can always hop on a bus and go on your own. Your plans needn’t depend on anyone but you. 

Krka National Park

Plenty of Accommodation Options to Fit Your Travel Style

Hostels are generally a solo traveller’s best friend: they are budget friendly and allow you to meet people. But plenty of hostels are also party palaces and can end up leaving you exhausted and frustrated. While Croatia’s cities definitely have party hostels, there are plenty of low-key options as well. One of my favourites was Helvetia Hostel in Hvar. It’s run by a family who, while encouraging you to go out and enjoy Hvar’s famous night life, are quick to enforce silence for those staying in at night. Hostels like these are a great option and allow those who don’t like the party atmosphere (or need a break from it). 

Of course, if hostels really aren’t your thing there are plenty of guesthouses, hotels, and resorts to choose from. If you are looking to book, try I use them regularly for my own travel as many properties are refundable if your plans change.

Hostel with a pool? check.

There are Lots of Opportunities to Meet Other Travellers

One of the biggest concerns about solo travel in Croatia (and everywhere else) is how to meet people. Obviously, hostels are an obvious choice but, even if you choose not to stay in a hostel, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet other travellers throughout Croatia. As well as the group tour options to some of the country’s attractions, there are plenty of city walking tours and pub crawls for those looking for a night out.

Croatia’s coast is also popular for sailing tourism and plenty of solo travellers climb aboard for a multi-day sailing and island hopping adventure. If you are looking to join a sailing tour in Croatia, check out the options from Intrepid Travel. I sailed with them in Greece and it was one of the best experiences ever. 

Of everywhere I’ve been, I found Croatia to be one of the easiest places to make friends.

Hvar Pub Crawl

Solo Travel in Croatia can be Budget Friendly

Croatia isn’t nearly as cheap is it used to be post Game of Thrones hype and, of course, now that is uses the Euro. That being said, there are still a things you can do to help lower costs, especially as a solo traveller in Croatia. 

Here’s some simple tips for keeping on a budget travelling through Croatia’s coastal cities.
– Consider staying outside of the old city itself (I stayed in a hostel in a local neighbourhood outside of Zadar- a 25 minute walk to Old Town but right by the beach, bus station, grocery store, and beach bar!)
-Eat local; there’s lots of delicious and fresh food in Croatia but stay away from ocean-side restaurants or restaurants flaunting the view- they up the price, but not the quality!
-Check out multiple companies before signing up for an activity or tour
-Visit during the shoulder season (May/June/September) before tourist season starts, but before things start to close off for the winter. It’s cheaper and less crowded. You’ll also be thankful for the (slightly) cooler temperatures during these months.
-Plan on staying in Split and Dubrovnik during the week. There’s a major influx in tourists on weekends mainly because of sailing trips. It’s not only cheaper during the week, but it’s also less crowded.

Final Thoughts on Solo Travel in Croatia

As you can no doubt tell, I loved my time in Croatia and would absolutely recommend it to any traveller. Travelling alone isn’t always easy, but if you are considering solo travel in Croatia I definitely think you should give it a shot. I hope you like it as much as I did. 



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Not sure what to pack?

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  1. […] accommodation, and tours, is incredibly traveller friendly. I loved my time exploring Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and I don’t think I’ve ever felt safer as a solo female traveller than I did in […]

    • Jesus Castro on July 15, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Question what’s the estimated cost??

      • Hannah Logan on July 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

        Depends totally on your budget but I found Croatia pretty affordable compared to, say, somewhere in Western Europe like France or even Greece. I wrote a guest post for a fellow blogger breaking down cost. It’s geared towards mid-range travellers rather than budget travellers but I share some money saving tips and it will give you an idea. You can find it here:

  2. Karlie on December 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Did you pre-plan what hostels you would stay at when you visited Croatia or did you fly by the seat of your pants? I’ve wanted to get an idea of how much a hostel might be for island hopping, but unfortunately I can’t find any on any hostel booking site (they maybe have 1 or 2 hostels per island).

    • Hannah Logan on December 25, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Hi Karlie, I pre-planned because I was there during the busy season. If you will be too I definitely recommend booking in advance!

      • George on January 30, 2017 at 9:12 pm

        Hi Hannah, I’ll be solo for a couple weeks at the end of June, is it actually necessary to pre book the hostels as I don’t really know where in Croatia I will be at any certain time.. any help is appreciated 🙂

        • Hannah Logan on January 31, 2017 at 12:35 am

          Hi George, if you aren’t too picky or on too much of a budget you should be ok to book a couple days before. That being said June is high season, so things may book up quickly. It’s kinda a toss up but if you are willing to be flexible you should be ok! (PS don’t skip Zadar, its great!)

  3. Haley on March 10, 2017 at 1:55 am

    My girlfriend and I are planning to go during high season (only time we BOTH could get off work) would you pre-book your ferry trips to the islands? Or would you recommend booking them when you arrive….Im just worried with it being high seasons that ferries may fill up quickly and we may not be able to get to some islands that we want to!

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hannah Logan on March 10, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Depends on where you are going. Ie there are many ferries that go out to Hvar from Split, so thats fine. But If doing Hvar to Dubrovnik like I did, book in advance. I left it till I got there and grabbed the last ticket- and that was mid Sept. Croatia is AMAZING though- enjoy!

  4. Anna on July 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Hannah
    I am thinking of going to Croatia in September alone.
    I am thinking of flying to split then doing 10 days – which places would you recommend in that time ? And is it possible to get some recommendations for hostels to meet other people ?

    Thank you 🙂


    • Hannah Logan on July 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Hey Anna! I went to Croatia early September and it was gorgeous- great weather, but not quite as crowded. You can easily do Split, some islands (Hvar is great) and Dubrovnik in your 10 days. If you feel like venturing out a bit more I highly recommend Zadar- its my fav (north from split but still on the coast). For Zadar I loved the Drunken Monkey Hostel, in Hvar I used Hostel Helvetia which was great for meeting others. I think in Split I stayed in Diocletian Palace hostel which was ok and I can’t remember where in Dubrovnik but it wasn’t great so no loss there. If you can, do a day trip to Krka (from Split or Zadar) you can swim in the falls- its beautiful!

      • Anna on July 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Thanks Hannah! Very helpful advice . I am now thinking of missing out Dubrovnik do you have any other places you would recommend going ? So I am flying to and from split. Plan to visit split, zadar, hvar at the moment and I have 10 days. Thanks!! Really appreciate it

        • Hannah Logan on July 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

          I haven’t been, but I have heard great things about Makaraska as well. That being said I think you will have lots to see and do in those 10 days even if you don’t add anywhere else. There are some great boat trips you can take from Hvar Island for the day, and Krka and Plitvice are both close to Zadar.

  5. Niamh Ryan on March 29, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Croatia is just amazing I did it last summer and I fell in love. And yes if someone is wondering it is really safe – I never felt in danger for one week there.

    • Hannah Logan on March 29, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      glad you loved it as much as I did 🙂

  6. zs on June 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

    is it safe for brown faces though? is it racist?

    • Hannah Logan on June 25, 2018 at 12:11 am

      I didn’t notice any racism. The locals are mainly caucausian but I came across a number of travellers of different races during my visit and it never came up in our discussions.

  7. […] of beaches, nature, and historical towns makes it a popular choice for all kinds of travellers, and Croatia is great for solo travel.  That all being said, it is a popular destination so if you plan on coming during high season […]

  8. Cara on March 12, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Hannah! I’m doing a small solo stop-over in Croatia at the end of my family Europe trip in middle-May. I was wondering if you had any recommendations of MUST-SEES since I’m there for such a short time?

    I definitely want to do hostels but wanted a mix of both party/quiet time but still want to be able to meet new people.

    Do you suggest booking tours in advance, or just wandering around the city and seeing what I run into due to my time frame? I’m so excited and am happy to hear it’s a safe place to be solo-wise. Thanks for any advice!!

    • Hannah Logan on March 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      If you are short on time I suggest just doing your own thing and exploring a bit. Zadar and Hvar were by far my favourite spots. I found Split and Dubrovnik more expensive, touristy, and not as friendly.

  9. Michelle Dean on April 1, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Hi Hannah! I am looking to do a Croatia trip in 2020. I’m debating on May, June, or September. I have decided to do something for my 50th birthday to treat myself. Would you recommend a hostel for someone in that age range, or would a hotel be better? Lodging recommendations would be appreciated! I definitely need a quiet atmosphere to sleep because I think I’m the world’s lightest sleeper, LOL. From what I’ve read, it seems that flying into Italy, and catching a connecting flight to Croatia may be a more economical option. Any advice for a first-time solo International traveler is appreciated!

    • Hannah Logan on April 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      I can’t comment for May or June but I went in early September and it was still really hot! End of the month some more seasonal things did start to shut down though (beach clubs etc). If you need quiet I definitely don’t recommend hostels-they can normally be quite loud. I’d do a hotel or maybe an airbnb instead. Look for somewhere central in the old town areas and you’ll be close to all the attractions and good stuff. Flights to Italy might be cheaper for sure, but then consider how you will get from Italy to Croatia. Another flight? Public transit? Keep that in mind!

  10. […] felt more local than touristic and had more than enough to keep me busy for a few days. Plus, as asolo traveller in Croatia, I loved how safe I felt in Zadar. In fact, I ended up returning to Zadar for my final days in […]

  11. Frankie on June 6, 2023 at 8:52 am

    Hi! What hostel did you stay in in Zadar? It sounds great 😊

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