Croatia is not as expensive as other tourist destinations along the European Union Mediterranean area such as Italy, France or Spain. The capital city, Zagreb, is equally expensive for lodging and parking as any other EU capital. Food is still cheaper than elsewhere and better than most. Gas prices are regulated and cheaper than in the EU. Internal travel is still cheap (ferry, bus and rail). Permanent residence in Zagreb would be as expensive as in other EU capitals. Residence elsewhere in the country would be less. Residence along the coast -- where significant development has taken place -- can be as expensive as Italy, France or Spain.