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Discover affordable dental care in Croatia’s capital city with Dental Departures. Visiting a dentist in Zagreb can save you a significant amount of money on all sorts of dental treatments, from the most complex of procedures, like an All-on-4®, to something as simple (and quick) as laser teeth whitening.
Zagreb offers the opportunity to enjoy a holiday in a country that is rapidly becoming a favourite destination for European visitors—and with flight times averaging around two-and-a-half hours from the British Isles, it is even quicker to reach than other in-demand locations like Turkey.
A city rich in history dating back to Roman times, Zagreb is one of the most important transport hubs in Croatia where Central and Southeast Europe meet the Mediterranean. Zagreb’s Upper Town is distinguished by the Gothic twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral, the tiled roof of St Marks Church and medieval, narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets lined with bars and cafes. The Lower Town is home to the city’s main square, as well as museums, shops, parks and great restaurants.
Zagreb, particularly the Old City, is charming and artsy with a small-town feel about it, even though it is considerably larger than both Paris and Amsterdam. Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb) is a different kettle of fish, expanding to the southern bank of the Sava River and characterised by socialist-era-style blocks. It is mainly residential, and unless you are a fan of Brutalist architecture (where the scale of the Mamutica building complex may tempt you over for a quick peek), you’d probably be best sticking to the City Centre and the Old Town.
Between appointments, dental tourists should have more than enough to keep them occupied in Zagreb. The Upper and Lower Towns are both ideally suited for meandering aimlessly and seeing where the winding roads lead—a pleasant way of distracting yourself before or after any dental work.
Zagreb is in the northwest part of Croatia, close to the borders of Slovenia and Hungary. It is located on the southern slopes of Mount Medvednica along the Sava River.
While traditional dental tourism is often thought to be exclusively for major, expensive procedures, it is becoming increasingly common for people to incorporate their everyday dental care with a holiday. The chance to save even a nominal amount of money can prove too good to refuse.
The table below shows the savings you can make in Zagreb on your dental care:
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Note: the prices above are approximate. Please check our current prices for your selected clinic for estimated costs of treatment.
You will have a great choice of places to stay in Zagreb. Everything from chain and boutique hotels to self-service apartments are available in both the Upper and Lower parts of town. Some of our dentists also have their own apartments for patients to stay in for free, depending on what dental procedures you are having.
Zagreb is generally a safe city for visiting tourists. Violent crime is rare; the most common offenses against tourists involve opportunistic pick-pockets. As with any city, it’s best to take care in busy areas; make sure your valuables are secure (ideally stored in your hotel’s in-room safe) and keep your wits about you where pick-pockets are likely to operate, i.e. busy, touristy areas.
As Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb has an excellent infrastructure for tourists with the services and amenities you need for a good holiday all readily available. Croatia is continually growing as a holiday destination, and affordable healthcare is tipped to be another big draw for international visitors in the near future. The government is actively promoting its dental, medical, health and wellness facilities to overseas visitors, underlining its excellent treatment centres and state-of-the-art facilities.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your own due diligence; it’s simply not worth cutting corners when it comes to managing your health under any circumstances. Booking in for your dental care with a reliable clinic is what you should always be aiming for, which we know is easier said than done in a foreign country.
This is why you should make Dental Departures your first port-of-call. All of the clinics listed on our website have already been pre-screened, and wouldn’t be listed on our site if we had any misgivings about the services they provide.
Our checks include onsite visits and reviews of legal/criminal records. Dentist qualifications and professional memberships are verified, and we publish real patient reviews for all to see on our site (good or bad). Our listings also include other helpful information, including clinic photos, location maps and prices to give you everything you need to make your own informed decision.
Clinics in Zagreb to take a look at for your dental care include:
● B. Dent
No medical or dental procedure can ever be 100% guaranteed. We are all individuals, which means we all react to things differently. However, things are far less likely to go wrong if you choose a trustworthy dentist, which is why very few of our patients have ever experienced any problems with their dental care.
All our clinics have warranties or guarantees so you can return to have a problem fixed with no quibbles in the unlikely event that something is wrong. Most that do arise problems are minor, such as a filling needing to be filed down a little more, and are usually detected soon after the procedure. So, provided you have stayed around after your treatment, there shouldn’t be an issue in popping back to the dentist to get it fixed.
However, if you are undergoing a major, expensive procedure, you may want to consider taking out medical complications insurance. This gives you complete peace-of-mind because if you have already returned home and a problem subsequently develops, then your travel and accommodation expenses will be covered in the unlikely event that you need to return to your dentist in Zagreb to have it fixed.
The main language in Zagreb is, of course, Croatian. English is also widely spoken by almost everyone in the medical and hospitality business, so you shouldn’t have any communication difficulties, either with your dentist or when getting around the city.
Cash is accepted by dental clinics in Zagreb (the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro), as are debit/credit cards, bank transfers and travellers cheques. A complete list of each clinic’s accepted payment methods is included on their respective listing pages on our website.
Peak holiday season in Zagreb is in the summer during July and August (which coincides with the European school holidays). If you still want warm weather without the crowds, May, June and September are good times to go. You can go any time throughout the year, although it does get busy between Christmas and New Year. Be prepared for some snowfall in winter.
Zagreb holds a lineup of events throughout the year, including music festivals, contemporary dance shows and food and wine events. So it’s worth checking out what’s on before you go if there’s something that interests you—or something you want to avoid!
Zagreb is full of museums —some of them rather intriguing. The Muzej Mimara has works by Van Dyck and Renoir; the Moderna Galerija showcases Croatian art of the 19th and 20th centuries; the Atelijer Meštrović hosts sculptures from the “Croatian Rodin”, Mestrovich and the Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits work from Croatians Milivoj Uzelac and Josip Seissel. The Museum of Broken Relationships is, perhaps, the most curious. Seemingly mundane items from broken romances develop a poignancy, underlining what has been lost. Among the letters and cuddly toys are more unsettling objects—a small bottle filled with a woman’s tears, a basketball subtitled “he was a player”…and a prosthetic leg.
If quirky is your thing, Zagreb has it in bucketloads, particularly when it comes to shopping. The Hrelic flea market is a cornucopia of retro clothes, comic books, LPs and old electronics. Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, it’s still worth going just for the experience.
Souvenir options can be found at the Natura Croatica, a mini-chain of shops stocking pates, liqueurs, olive oils and brandies. The Arena Centar is where to head for brand shopping at fashion retailers like Zara and H&M and there are plenty of malls, like Kaptol, where you can find outlets for Max & Co and Lacoste.
For a dose of greenery, head to Maksimir Park with its shady trails, lakes, wildlife and a zoo. For more adventurous hikes, Mount Medvednica is largely a forested nature park, featuring a winter sports center with 4 km of ski runs and 3 ski lifts.
Zagreb may not have the gorgeous Dalmatian coastline that other popular Croatian destinations have, but for a city location, it certainly rivals other well-known European cities, like Budapest and Prague.
If you’re travelling for dental care, Zagreb can be trusted when it comes to quality and affordable prices, making it one to definitely consider if you are looking for a unique city destination with a style of its own.
Flights from around the British Isles land daily in Zagreb from main carriers, like British Airways, and low-cost carriers. Zagreb’s airport is 12 miles south-east of the city; from there, it’s a 30-minute bus ride into town or 20 minutes in a taxi.
Getting around Zagreb is easy on the system of trams and buses. Taxis are plentiful and cheap, and a low-cost tourist train runs during the weekends through the Lower Town.
UK, EU, US, Canadian, Aussie and Kiwis do not require a visa for tourist stays up to 90 days.
● Rijeka, 103 miles (166 km)
● Rovinj, 162 miles (262 km)
● Pula, 166 miles (268 km)
● Split, 255 miles (411 km)
● Dubrovnik, 37s miles (600 km)
Members of Dental Departures’ Customer Care Team are available 24/7 if you’d like to talk things over, book an appointment or find out more about our dentists in Zagreb. We can help with insurance, finance, hotel bookings and get you a free, no-obligation quote for your dental care.
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