ADAC Price Comparsion of European Camps
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German auto club ADAC compared prices of camping across Europe. For comparison they took prices for camping of two adults, child of 10 years, pitch, car, electricity, warm showers, tourist tax and all other expenses for stay in the camp (registration fee, ecological fee, etc).German auto club ADAC compared prices of camping across Europe. For comparison they took prices for camping of two adults, child of 10 years, pitch, car, electricity, warm showers, tourist tax and all other expenses for stay in the camp (registration fee, ecological fee, etc).
Average camping price for sample family would be 34,03€ per night. It is 3% higher comparing to year 2011. The most expensive is camping in Italy and Switzerland.
Affordable Croatian camps
Prices have risen for 5% for season 2012, but Croatia have anyways dropped for a place on the European scale, to 6th place. Average camping price is 36,38€, though prices range from 20 to even 60€.
Camping in Croatia is even 22,6% cheaper when comparing to the most expensive Italy, even though Italians on average did not raise their prices. Croatia remains the most affordable on the Mediterranean (in 2006 it was in similar comparison 4th place, right after Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands). It needs to be noted that Croatian camps are improving their services year by year.
Camping is playing an important role in Croatian tourism, as it sums up to 25,2% of all nights in a year (15,2 million). The largest group are Germans who contribute to 32% of all nights.
Where camping is still cheap?
German camps are among the best ones – offering great services for great prices – one night stay of a sample family sums up to 26,60€. For season 2012 prices have risen for 2%.
Camping is cheaper only in Poland (20,00€) and in Hungary (23,30€). It has to be emphasized that Slovenian camps were not included in comparison. Though camps in Slovenia cannot compare by its facilities to the larger ones in Istra or to the tradition in Germany, they are still very interesting for campers. Many camping owners are ‘waking up’ and investing in facilities that are the most important for campers – modernized sanitary, tidy pitches, rich additional services, etc.
Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France, Sweden,…
Italian camps have been the most expensive ones in Europe for some time, not far behind them are Swiss camps. These are allegedly expensive due to strong Frank. Prices have risen pretty much – 8% - also in France, where average camping night will cost you 37,20€. Contrary, prices in Sweden have gone up only by 4% which makes, by the opinion of ADAC, Sweden for the first time a more affordable camping destination.
How to camp for less?
Most of the camps offer discounts for members of Camping Card International. They cover around 1500 camps around Europe. Similar discounts are available also with ADAC Camp Card that you receive if you buy ADAC Camping Guide.
In low season it also recommended to use camping cheques, even though ADAC is reminding that in low season most of the camps do not offer their full services and facilities.
If you prefer a special region or part of a specific country, we recommend you to check if any company, that runs more camps in a region, offer any loyalty cards or discounts (such as Arena Camps Card and Istratursit Camping Plus Card in Croatia).