Yacht charter costs: how much can you expect to pay?

Yacht charter costs: how much can you expect to pay?

Are you planning to set sail but not sure what budget to plan for? We've compiled a complete list of fees and costs when renting a boat in two of the most popular sailing destinations — Croatia and Greece

What are the total costs involved in chartering a yacht for a week? What are all the things I need to take into account when budgeting for a sailing holiday? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to all costs, including a typical budget for a crew renting a sailing boat for one week.

Although our cost breakdown is primarily focused on the more popular sailing destinations (Croatia and Greece), it is will also give you a basic idea in the whole of Europe. Simply use the individual budget costs to work out your own budget for any voyage and destination.

What fees will you pay on top of the boat charter price?

  • Marina/mooring fees 
  • Transit log
  • Deposit insurance
  • Tourist tax 
  • Food in shops and restaurants 
  • Fuel and water
  • Transport
  • Skipper (if you don't have a license)
A sailboat on a sunny day on a turquoise sea with rocks in the background.

Marina fees

Mooring fees vary greatly and can range anywhere from € 20 per buoy to € 300 per day in an attractive location. In each country the charges are different and the amount depends on the length of the boat, the period, plus the attractiveness and facilities of each marina.

In a marina, it’s most expensive to moor at a pier, with the cheapest being at a buoy. City ports and piers or mooring at villages is cheaper and sometimes even free. You can also anchor in the wild and use marinas just to refuel or get water. You don’t have to pay at your home marina. In Greece or Italy you can also find mooring for free, especially off-season

Example of mooring fees in Croatia 

Berth type
11-metre boat
Marina60–⁠100 EUR
Town harbour
44–66 EUR
20–40 EUR

Rates are increasing each year. When booking a place at a marina itself, you usually pay 10 to 25 % more than the pricelist. In Croatia, due to the market environment and grey economy, it’s possible to pay a lot less (50 to 100 HRK), albeit unofficially.

Biograd boat show - a parade of boats moored in the marina.

Boat fuel

Total consumption depends on the weather, wind strength and how much you want to sail over longer distances. The average consumption for a typical yacht usually ranges between 5 and 12 litres per hour.

Water for the tank

Consumption depends on the crew and the lifestyle on board. For most crews, refilling the tank once is enough for a week and for a typical boat in Croatia it costs around 100 to 150 HRK (€14–€20).

YACHTING.COM TIP: If you are going on a sailing holiday for the first time, don't miss our article: First time on a sailboat: 10 things you need to know before you depart. As well as learning how to manage water supplies, you'll find out what to pack, how to conduct yourself on board, how to deal with seasickness, and everything you'll need to know about safety.

Travel to your sailing destination and back

Getting yourself to the boat itself is often the most expensive item to budget for. For a crew of 6, this would mean 2 cars or the price of flight tickets. And don't forget about motorway tolls or marina parking.

Eating out and groceries

The budget depends on the willingness of the crew to cook and the desire to discover the local delicacies in restaurants. If you’re planning on mooring away from civilisation, count on buying food, water and beer in the store. In Croatia, restaurant prices tend to ne comparatively higher than in other countries. Our article Eat, drink, sail — What to eat on a boat is a great place to start for planning a menu for the whole crew, shopping for food at your destination and budgeting.

Mandatory charter fees

Compulsory fees are mostly paid along with the boat. They can come under various different names. For example, Transit Log,  Permit, Starter Pack or simply Cleaning. Mostly, we encounter a general "Transit Log", under which there are specific services. For example, in Croatia there may be bedding, fuel and various handling charges — these may include things such as scuba diving, check-in and check-out procedures, etc. The "Starter Pack" may include outboard engine or insurance, but each charter company is different (info is available when booking the boat). Sometimes final cleaning is included in the charges, but sometimes it is charged separately. On average, charges vary from €35–€180, and separate cleaning from €50–€150.

YACHTING.COM TIP: To give you a better idea of the specific mandatory fees in Croatia and Greece, for reference purposes we have chosen our clients' most popular boat, the Bavaria 46 Cruiser.  In Croatia the Transit log for this sailboat is €175, and in Greece €170.

Tourist tax

In many countries there is a mandatory tourist tax. Currently in Croatia it is around 10 HRK or 1.35 EUR. 

Deposit insurance

Deposit insurance can seem like just an extra expense, but it can really pay off to take it out. It allows you to spend a vacation at sea without having to worry about losing your deposit, which can be thousands of Euros. When budgeting, you also have to take into account a refundable deposit of about €1,500-3500, which will ideally be refunded at the end of your voyage.


If you don't have a skipper’s license, you can order the services of a captain. This is usually around €150–⁠170 per day, plus you need to account for travel and meals.

Other fees and expenses

  • Individual travel insurance
  • Admission to national parks
  • Renting an outboard motor, spinnaker or gennaker (some charter companies include the outboard motor in the price)
  • Paddleboard rental (€100–⁠€120 per week)
  • Charges for other activities, such as diving
Plachetnice v zátoce blízko pevniny při regattě.

Total yacht charter costs for a single crew

For reference purposes our example includes a recreational cruise budget for a single crew of 6 sailing in Dubrovnik in June with a captain was part of the crew (not paid separately). The crew ate mainly on board and didn’t often berth at a marina. Of course, your total costs may vary.

Boat rental including charges for a single crew
Boat rental (11 m for 6 persons and 2 years old)2,700 EUR
Mandatory fees (Starter pack / handling fees including cleaning and others)240 EUR
Deposit insurance covering 1,500 EUR (discounted from yachting°com)130 EUR
Journey to Croatia and back from the Czech Republic –⁠ 2,500 km
Fuel for 2 vehicles850 EUR
Motorway charges for 2 vehicles200 EUR
Parking at the marina93 EUR
Boat operation
Diesel used in boat140 EUR
Filling of the water tank once24 EUR
Mooring fees (2x city pier)52 EUR
Tourist tax57 EUR
Food, water, restaurant
Food and bottled water260 EUR
Dinner (2x in Croatia) — dinner per person = € 20240 EUR
Total:4,986 EUR
Cost per crew member:831 EUR

As you can see, the expenses are comparable to staying at a hotel, but with an unforgettable adventure. 

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