Good to know

Currency

Croatia has been a member of European Union since July 2013, but still uses its own currency Croatian Kuna (read: koo-nah), abbreviated HRK or KN. 100 Kuna makes cca 7,5 EUR. Current exchange rate can be found at Croatian Central Bank web page (http://www.hnb.hr/tecajn/)

Exchange offices

Exchanging money in a foreign land has always been quite a concern. But Croatian exchange offices and banks have pretty balanced exchange rates, especially when it comes to smaller amounts of money.

Free WiFi

Not only do most of the bars and hostels all over the wide city center ensure free wireless internet for their costumers, but even the city authorities enabled free public internet hotspots throughout the city center.

Zagreb Card

Zagreb Card is a great way to explore Zagreb because it offers huge amount of discounts and even free public transportation. It costs 60 HRK (cca 8 EUR) for 24 hours and 90 HRK (cca 12 EUR) for 72 hours.

Zagreb Tourist Info

The city tourist board has installed its info centers at the city airport, main railway station, main bus station, and on the main square. Feel free to enter and ask any information you'd like to know. They're pretty informed of all sorts of events in Zagreb. You can get many free brochures about Zagreb, upcoming events, and you can get your free city map there.

The cannon strikes at noon

If you're walking around the city center at noon, don't be surprised to hear a sudden blast. That's a perfectly normal occurrence - a cannon traditionally strikes each day at noon from a medieval tower above the city.

Prices aren't negotiable

You can't really bargain the prices, especially in stores. When on an open-air market, there is a chance you can lower a price for clothes or souvenirs. But if you've come for food, don't try to bargain the price. Instead, try to get more for the same price.

Tips for services

Tips are not obligatory, but are more then welcome. In restaurants, the tradition of leaving about 10% of total price has pretty much been lost. People usually leave up to 30 HRK to the waiter.

Barmens and waiters in coffe bars often get to keep the coins.

Taxi drivers and tour guides aren't getting much extra for their services from the locals. But they are well-acquainted with customs of other nations, so they expect to get a tip according to a stereotype of your own country's generosity.

Language

In Zagreb, everyone speaks Croatian. You won't find as many English signs and translations as you might expect from a growing tourist destination.
Good news is that many people speak English, too. If you need help with anything, don't hesitate to ask around in English. There's a great chance the first person you bump into will be able to help you out and point you in the right direction.

Public toilets

There are quite a few big public toilets in the city center - in the passage near the main railway station, on the open air market Dolac, to name just a few. Price for using the public toilet is usually 2 HRK.
They don't even charge their services in the one in Cesarceva Street near the main city square.

Toilets in bars are also pretty clean because of strict sanitary regulations.

Orientation in Zagreb

Here's one piece of advice that can come quite handy here in Zagreb. You can easily orientate if you know that mountain Medvednica is in the North of the city.

When in Zagreb, have coffee like a Zagreber

Cafe bars (and every other bar or pastry shop) in Zagreb mostly serve wonderful coffee. Most people order "coffee with warm milk" which is similar to Italian caffee latte and than enjoy it for at least half an hour. It's a perfect social drink used for everything from business meetings to get-togethers with old friends. Average prices are from 10-16 HRK.
Interesting fact is that you cannot find international coffee chains in Croatia like Starbucks, Costa etc. Croats like their coffee more genuine mixed with milk or whipped cream only, no sirups, liquors or other additives.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in restaurants and patisseries only, all other places, no matter the Law and its regulations, allow smoking in their premises.
The rules is: if you see other people smoking, you can smoke as well or simply ask if it is allowed.

Parking

If you arrive to Zagreb with a car and care to find parking in the center, I recommend parking garages to public parking, easier to find and prices are same or less. Public parking is divided into 3 zones:
1.zone - 6 kn/hour - maximum stay 2 hours
2.zone - 3 kn/hour - maximum stay 2 hours
3.zone - 1,50 kn/hour - maximum stay 3 hours

Parking in all zones is free on Sundays and public holidays.
Parking is charged from 7:00-15:00 on Saturdays.
Work days parking is charged
1. zone 7:00-15:00
2. and 3. zone 7:00-20:00

Parking can be paid with SMS as well:

ZONE I ZONE II ZONE III ZONE
SMS NO. 700101 700102 700103

Parking in garages costs between 4-5kn 8:00-18:00 and 1,5-2kn 18:00-8:00.
These are prices for public garages.
There are private garages around the city as well whose prices are around the same range or a bit higher.