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Berthing / mooring fees in Croatia and Greece

How much does it cost to spend the night in a marina in Croatia, Greece, the Med and the Caribbean? We give you the lowdown!

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Last updated: February 2022

One of the things you’ll have to pay for during your charter is mooring or berthing fees – which are fees for staying in a marina or harbour overnight, and connecting to their electricity or using their water supplies, toilet facilities, ropes and pontoons.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to ‘how much will it cost us in berthing fees?’ because it depends upon where you are chartering, what you are chartering, as well as where you choose to stay, and prices vary massively, but what we do know is below.

The first and last nights of your stay will be at your home marina, so you won’t need to pay anything for these. Likewise, you can stay in anchorages for free (but you won’t have access to electricity) – though be aware that they may charge you for a National Park pass if you overnight in one of a national marine parks - particularly in Croatia.

We also include some useful links for pre-booking your berth in the marinas online, which is a growing phenomenon - there is no real market leader at the moment, but things will improve in future years.  Often it is best to search for the marina directly to see if you can book a berth online, or if it explains how or if you can book.

Be aware that marina bookings are often not cancellable or refundable, so it is potentially worth waiting until you know what the weather will be like before you spend the money and make a booking.

Click for more about berthing or mooring fees in Croatia, Greece, Italy, France, Malta, Montenegro, Spain, Turkey, England, Scotland, or the Caribbean

 Berthing fees in Croatia 

Pula Veruda MarinaIn Croatia, yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €55 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €140+ per night for a larger yacht in high season. Catamarans can expect to pay an additional 50-60% on top of that, too, meaning marina fees of €200 per night.

Since sail-tourism is still relatively new in Croatia, marinas are generally privately owned and reasonably modern.  ACI - who, with 22 marinas, operate the largest chain of marinas in the whole of the Mediterranean, and covering much of the Croatian coast – were once owned by the state, but have since been sold to privatise investors.

ACI's relative monopoly (and recent investment or development costs) means that they drive the pricing in the market though, and you’ll find that prices in Croatia are substantially higher than in Greece.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

Mooring fees are charged by the night, and prices change depending on your location, the time of the season, and upon the length of your boat in metres (in the case of Catamarans, they also charge a supplement of up to 50-60% for the additional width of your boat).

The table below gives an idea of daily berthing prices for low and high season across the country.  NB: some figures have been converted to Euros, so these figures aren’t exact.  These are sample prices for 2022:

CROATIA Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
ACI Pomer (Pula) €58 €82 €94 €67 €96 €110
Marina Dalmacija (Zadar) €78 €96 €115 €78 €96 €115
Marina Kornati (Biograd) €70 €97 €120 €70 €97 €120
ACI Piskera €78 €92 €110 €87 €104 €124
ACI Palmezana (Hvar) €66 €92 €114 €83 €114 €141
ACI Dubrovnik €52 €87 €103 €63 €104 €120
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN CROATIA 

The Croatians are ahead of the game when it comes to pre-booking berths, and they better understand how marina-hopping sailing should work. However, most of their marinas are also pretty vast, so pre-booking isn’t essential (particularly outside of high season), and beware of booking too far in advance, as most pre-bookings have no cancellation policy, so you won’t get any refund if you can’t make it to the right marina.

Almost all marinas will allow you to pre-book a berth (to guarantee it is there for you at the end of the day) – many give the option to book online if you google their websites, including the ACI marinas website. Many marinas are also now listed on Marinareservation.com.

You can also use the new ‘My-Sea’ to book yourself a berth at any of the ACI marinas (or plenty of others in Croatia) from your smartphone browser or via their App – the prices seem to be about the same as if you go direct.
 

 Berthing fees in Greece 

Kalimakia marinaIn Greece, yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €20 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €70+ per night for a larger yacht in high season. Catamarans sometimes get charged an additional 50% on top of that, but it varies by marina.

Marina and harbour facilities in Greece are different from Croatia because, with more islands and being further from the mainland, sailing is much more a part of the normal way of life on the Greek islands, and because things have built up over the years.

Whereas the Croats are seeking a return on their investment in developing the marinas over the recent years, the Greek infrastructure has been in place for many, many years, it serves locals as well as tourists, and they place greater value on the benefits to the local economy that a yacht in the marina can bring (with likely spending at the local shops, tavernas and bars) – consequently, the amount you’re charged for a berth with electricity and water is lower, and sometimes even free.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

At the moment, whilst the Greek islands do have internet, there isn’t a great deal of information out there about marinas, what they offer, and how much they cost. Many of them – particularly the ones on the islands - are either free or there is a token charge of €20-30 a night. Of the larger marinas, here's some guide prices for mooring fees in 2022:

GREECE Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Alimos Marina (Athens) €23 €25 €27 €23 €25 €27
Rhodes Marina €43 €52 €67 €43 €52 €67
Marina Kos €32 €45 €60 €32 €45 €60
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN GREECE 

The prevailing wisdom at the moment seems to be that people have been sailing in Greece for centuries and that they never needed to pre-book then, so you don’t need to pre-book now. Consequently, the Greeks don’t go out of their way to make it easy to pre-book a berth. Countering that, though, they will always try to find a space for you in their marina - even if it means tying onto another yacht - so pre-booking isn’t always necessary.

Online booking still isn't very big in Greece, but some marinas do now have websites, or if you can find a number to call, it’s probably best to phone the marina direct to try to pre-book.
 

 Berthing fees in Italy 

Italy MarinaIn Italy, yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €40 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €395+ per night for a larger yacht in high season. Catamarans can expect to be charged an additional 50% on top of that, too.

Italy has been undergoing something of a renaissance over recent years, and many of the marinas here have been evolved into grand coastal developments, boasting all the latest mod cons – including baby-sitting services, courtesy hire-cars, swimming pools and tennis courts – as well as myriad stunning marina-side apartments, with shops and leisure facilities open all year round for their wealthy owners.

As a result of all this investment, whilst the marinas are certainly much nicer places to stay, they’re also on the expensive side of the market. Of course, you would expect key marinas around the Amalfi coast, Capri and Ischia to be expensive, but even the smaller marinas on distant islands seem to charge premium rates.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

Mooring fees below are charged by the night, and catamarans can expect to pay a surcharge for the extra width that they take up on the pontoon. The bigger, renovated marinas have excellent information online, but the table below gives a good sample of 2022 rates:

ITALY Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Sant Angelo (Ischia) €85 €100 €130 €125 €155 €185
Portoferraio (Elba) €35 €60 €65 €80 €100 €130
Capri €110 €190 €280 €160 €275 €395
Marina D'Arechi (Salerno) €48 €68 €84 €68 €96 €136
Portorosa (Sicily) €70 €90 €130 €110 €150 €180
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN ITALY 

The majority of Italian marinas have an online presence and it’s usually possible to book or request a quote online before you arrive, but they are almost all independently operated (so you have to go direct to the marina website), and there isn’t currently one single place to go to get berths booked.
 

 Berthing fees in France 

France MarinaIn France, yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €30 per night for a smaller yacht in low season in a municipal marina, to €220+ per night for a larger yacht in high season in a high-end desirable marina. Catamarans can expect to be charged an additional 50-75% on top of that, too, and don’t even think about berthing in Monaco for the F1 weekend.

The set-up of marinas in France is markedly different to the rest of Europe, as the coastline is controlled by local regional councils, so, whilst there are huge private marina developments with five-star services, in most towns you will also be able to find a municipal marina, probably in not quite as glamourous a location, but for much more reasonable overnight fees.

Obviously the experience is slightly different, but it does make sailing more accessible and means that, for example, you can sail to Cannes and berth there for under €40. There seems to be no upper limit on how much you can expect to pay for the biggest boats in the best and best-located marinas, and F1 week in Monaco will set you back €1,500 a night, but you have to stay there for the full week, so you’re looking at €10,500 for 7 days.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

We’ve gathered prices in the table below as minimum mooring fees per night. If mooring fees are an issue, it is worth shopping around and researching which marina to head to – many of the towns on the French Riviera have as many as five different marinas, all charging their own prices. These are some sample 2022 rates:

FRANCE Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Port de Cannes (Cannes) €29 €39 €45 €35 €49 €57
Fontvieille (Montecarlo) €64 €76 €106 €71 €88 €120
Bonifacio (Corsica) €48 €77 €106 €96 €154 €211
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN FRANCE 

Similar to Italy, you can find most French marinas online, and the majority will allow you to send bookings or enquiries to the harbourmaster. There isn’t an over-arching one-stop-shop for berths in France (yet), so it’s worth contacting the marinas direct by email or telephone once you know where you would like to go.
 

 Berthing fees in Malta 

Malta MarinaIn Malta, yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €40 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €100 per night for a larger yacht in high season in a high-end desirable marina in central Valletta. Catamarans can expect to be charged an additional 60% on top of that.

There aren't a vast number of marinas around the islands of Malta and Gozo (but there are plenty of beautiful anchorages), and whilst they are busier in August, they never get to the same level of 'busy' as the most popular marinas in, say, Greece and Croatia - in fact, most boats boats clamour for the best spots in the anchorages, like the blue lagoon instead of the marinas.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

The prices below give an idea of the mooring fees per night in some of the marinas the area. Marina fees are not generally published online, but you should be able to contact the marina directly to get their latest rates. These are some sample 2022 rates:

MALTA Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Msida (Valletta) €53 €69 €80 €70 €85 €100
Mgarr (Gozo) €40 €55 €70 €40 €55 €70
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN MALTA 

Similar to Italy and France, you can find contact details for many Maltese marinas online, and the majority will allow you to pre-book a berth by contacting them directly (but there is no over-arching app or website which will allow you to do this easily).
 

 Berthing fees in Montenegro 

Lustica Bay MarinaIn Montenegro, yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €20 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €116+ per night for a larger yacht in high season. Catamarans can expect to be charged an additional 50-75% on top of that, too.

Montenegro is the new kid on the block as far as sailing goes. It only really started to take sail-tourism seriously within the last decade – but it really is taking it seriously: there are already four multi-billion-euro marina developments in construction (and more planned) to maximise the outstanding natural beauty of the area, and to build upon the increasing adventurousness of people who have now sailed in Croatia for a few years now.

To entice super-yachts, they have the world’s longest marina berth – capable of taking a yacht over 250m in length – and one of their marinas has a whole brand new village, town centre, six star hotels and even a golf course. At the moment, the marinas are more modern than those in Croatia, but priced cheaper to try and get people to try them out, on the basis that once you’ve sailed in Kotor bay, you won’t want to sail anywhere else.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

The table below shows 2022 overnight rates at some of our favourite marinas in the country, including the mega-marinas of Porto Montenegro and Lustica bay. Catamarans can expect to pay a surcharge of 50-75% on top of this:

MONTENEGRO Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Porto Montenegro (Tivat) €28 €36 €50 €62 €82 €116
Budva €27 €34 €46 €62 €77 €108
Bar €27 €38 €50 €52 €72 €88
Lustica €16 €25 €35 €32 €57 €81
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN MONTENEGRO 

There is no sole owner of all these marinas, so there is no single place to go to book yourself in. For the bigger, newer developments, you can usually book online, but the smaller, older marinas like Herceg Novi, Budva and Bar still largely rely on telephone calls to make a reservation, if you can make reservations at all.
 

 Berthing fees in Spain 

Ibiza MarinaIn Spain (including the Balearic and Canary islands), marina fees are very reasonable, with yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €25 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €130+ per night for a larger yacht in high season.

All boats are charged based on their square meterage (calculated as the length of the boat multiplied by the width or beam, and then all multiplied by a price per square metre) - so catamarans can expect to be charged an additional 80% on top of the prices for a yacht below.

Marinas are usually modern and comfortable, and now almost all have floating pontoons, which means that you don't have to wake during the night to tighten or slacken off ropes attached to the land in line with the latest tides.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

The prices below give an idea of the mooring fees per night in some of the marinas in each area. In addition, there may be surcharges or meters for calculating water or electricity use. These are some sample 2022 rates:

SPAIN Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Puerto Calero (Lanzarote) €24 €34 €53 €24 €34 €53
Cala d'Or (Mallorca) €35 €46 €67 €67 €92 €129
Alcudia (Mallorca) €24 €35 €48 €61 €89 €122
Sitges (Catalonia) €37 €55 €75 €52 €76 €104
Ginesta (Catalonia) €35 €50 €68 €54 €79 €107
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN SPAIN 

Some Spanish marinas are now online, but the vast majority are not, and you will need to telephone or VHF them to ask about availability and to book a space. Most marinas are small independent marinas which are run by local sailing clubs, though some of the larger ones (particularly in the Canary islands) are operated alongside the town harbour (where they deal with ferry and cruise traffic as a priority).
 

 Berthing fees in Turkey 

Marmaris MarinaIn Turkey, mooring a boat works slightly differently - whilst there are a few big marinas (including many which are where your charter is likely to commence), the vast majority of the pontoons, docks and mooring buoys are owned and operated by restaurants, bars or shops in the bay you are in. In the big marinas yacht berthing or mooring fees range from €40 per night for a smaller yacht in low season, to €110+ per night for a larger yacht in high season, but smaller restaurant-owned pontoons will be free or cheap - providing you eat or drink at the owning establishment.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

The prices below give an idea of the mooring fees per night in some of the big marinas in each area. These are some sample 2022 rates:

TURKEY Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Marina Netsel (Marmaris) €46 €67 €109 €46 €67 €109
Adakoy (Marmaris) €40 €40 €40 €40 €40 €40
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN TURKEY 

Most of the bigger marinas are online and will gladly take bookings either online, via email or over the phone. Restaurants will also accept bookings (usually by phone, unless they are particularly tech-savvy) - be sure to ask what time you need to be there by, as they do tend to try to fill up their berths and will only wait so long for you to arrive.
 

 Berthing fees in England 

Solent MarinaIn England, and particularly the Solent or South Coast, you'll be able to find a space in one of the marinas from around £40 per night for a smaller yacht, to £90+ per night for a larger yacht - there doesn't tend to be much seasonal variation to the mooring fees. There are no charter catamarans in England (yet).

 SAMPLE COSTS 

The prices below give an idea of the mooring fees per night in some of the marinas in each area. Most are calculated as a price per foot of length. These are some sample 2022 rates:

ENGLAND Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Port Hamble £43 £71 £87 £43 £71 £87
East Cowes Marina £38 £49 £60 £38 £49 £60
Weymouth £38 £49 £60 £38 £49 £60
Lymington £42 £55 £67 £42 £55 £67
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN ENGLAND 

Most marinas are now bookable online - just google the name of the marina you would like to stay at and book direct (there isn't a one-stop shop to book all the marinas in England, though there are now a number of marina chains which manage or run a number of marinas in the area, which makes things a little simpler).
 

 Berthing fees in Scotland 

Scotland MarinaIn Scotland, similar to England, you'll find that mooring fees are very reasonable, and that they won't charge you extra just because you happen to be sailing when the weather is at its best. Berths range from around £25 per night for a smaller yacht, to £55 per night for a larger yacht. There are not yet any charter catamarans in Scotland.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

The prices below give an idea of the mooring fees per night in some of the marinas in each area. These are some sample 2022 rates:

SCOTLAND Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Portavadie £33 £43 £53 £33 £43 £53
Campbeltown £25 £30 £35 £25 £30 £35
Rhu £33 £42 £52 £33 £42 £52
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN SCOTLAND 

The bigger, more commercial marinas are now bookable online, but smaller and more remote marinas - such as those in the outer Scottish islands - are more likely to accept bookings by telephone or email. Most like to know you are coming, but pre-booking is not usually necessary, as there is usually plenty of space for everyone.
 

 Berthing fees in the Caribbean 

BVI MarinaIn the Caribbean, prices very much depend upon whether you are mooring up at a local or town marina (where prices will range from $30 for a small yacht in low season up to $130 for a bigger yacht in high season) or if you are pulling into a the marina of some custom-built five-star resort (where prices will range from $70 or more for a small yacht in low season up to $220+ or more for a bigger yacht in high season).

There is no set policy on pricing: whilst some remote marinas - such as Carriacou in Grenada - see their remote-ness as a reason to lower their prices (to encourage cruising sailors out to them), others - such as Hope Town in the Abacos - see it as giving them a natural monopoly, and inflate their prices accordingly.

Similarly, the standard of berthing facilities range from fairly basic to luxury, so it is worth doing a little research to check that you are heading to the sort of place and facilities you want to head to, and that they will charge the sort of prices you would like to pay.

In very high-season (December and March / April) it is usually worth pre-booking a space, and even mooring buoys can be pre-booked online.

 SAMPLE COSTS 

We’ve gathered prices in the table below as minimum mooring fees per night. These are some sample 2022 rates in Antigua, the Bahamas, BVIs, and Grenada:

THE CARIBBEAN Low season High Season
Boat Length Boat Length
35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m 35’ / 10m 45’ / 13m 55’ / 16m
Jolly Harbour (Antigua) $32 $41 $50 $39 $50 $61
Falmouth (Antigua) $49 $63 $77 $79 $101 $124
Marsh Harbour (Bahamas) $70 $90 $110 $88 $113 $138
Hope Town (Bahamas) $123 $158 $193 $140 $180 $220
Nanny Cay (BVI) $73 $89 $122 $75 $92 $125
Scrub Island (BVI) $100 $120 $140 $118 $143 $168
Carriacou (Grenada) $35 $45 $55 $35 $45 $55
 

 PRE-BOOKING A BERTH IN THE CARIBBEAN 

As you might expect, Caribbean marinas are a mixed bag and can be difficult to book. Whilst some are bookable online, others are difficult to find even contact numbers for you - including the ones in big resorts, where the marina can often be there mainly as something for the holiday-makers to enjoy having views over or condo's nearby, as opposed to operating as a marina in its own right. In the BVIs, you can pre-book mooring buoys with Boatyball.com.
 

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