2019 Car Rental Croatia & Driving In Croatia Tips

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2019 Car Rental Croatia & Driving In Croatia Tips

Croatia is a country in southeastern Europe, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. It shares its borders with Slovenia to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia to the east and Montenegro to the southeast. This ideal location in the western Balkans makes it perfect to drive between these European countries, which is why a car rental Croatia is highly recommended.

Croatia has plenty of fascinating historic sites to explore, as well as some beautiful stretches of coastline, the famous Dalmatian coast in particular. Being one of the most picturesque countries in Europe, driving in Croatia is an essential part of any trip to Croatia, especially on the roads hugging the dramatic Adriatic coast.

Driving in Croatia is nothing to be frightened of, at all. The roads are excellent. Okay admittedly, we do have many narrow small goat tracks in rural areas, but we also have a superb freeway, the A1, which is super-easy to navigate.

There are numerous options when it comes to getting around Croatia and car rentals in Croatia may just be one of the best ones. There are several luxury car rental options for you to choose from. Although car hire in Croatia is easy, it is important to remember that the traffic laws in Croatia may slightly differ from those in your own home country. If you’re looking to rent a car in Croatia, here is our Croatia car rental guide to help you make an informed decision.

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Things You Should Know When Renting A Car In Croatia

Renting a car in Croatia, in fact in any foreign country, can be a little nerve-wrecking until you get your bearings.

Here are just a few tips to get you started when looking at Croatia car hire. We hope they will take some of that fear or those worries away. As these tips are in no way intended to be a complete list and are subject to change, be sure to ask your car rental company for the latest information to make sure you stay on top of any new regulation or policy changes.

FIRST THINGS FIRST, IF YOU PLAN TO RENT A CAR IN CROATIA IN THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER, BOOK YOUR CAR RENTAL NOW.

With so many tourists, you’ll want to secure the size and model just right for you and get a reasonable rate. Prices tend to keep rising the closer it gets to July and August. This is due to the increasing number of rental car bookings and fewer available options.

2019 Rental Car Companies That Service Croatia

Wondering what is Croatia’s best car rental company? When it comes to the best car rental companies in Croatia, there are two that we absolutely love.

      • Rental Cars – we love their easy-to-use search system (as seen above) and excellent customer service
      • Auto Europe – we have also used Auto Europe many times and really like the way the search features work.

Car Rental Dubrovnik – Car Rental Opatija – Car Rental Pula – Car Rental Rijeka – Car Rental Rovinj – Car Rental Split – Car Rental Zagreb – Luxury Croatia Car Rentals – Croatia Car Rental Specials

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  • Economy Car Rentals
  • Cheap-O-Air Car Rentals
  • Hertz Croatia
  • E-Sixt
  • Budget Car Rental Croatia
  • Avis
  • Oryx Car Rental
  • Holiday Autos
  • Adriagate
  • Best Rent Dubrovnik
  • EasyRent
  • Kompas Rent A Car
  • Kompas No. 1
  • Uni-Rent
  • Last Minute Rental Car
  • Dollar – Thrifty

If you do not want to rent a car in Croatia, you can pre-book a private transfer or taxi. We suggest you use our company, Octopus Transfers.

Car Rental Croatia Tips For 2019

Just Show Up Without Booking Ahead

Um, NO! Please ignore any advice that says to just show up and book your Croatia car rental when you arrive. Maybe that works in the low season, but in summer you can forget driving away in any rental car if you wing it. You’ll be left to catch the bus. This is the first and foremost car rental Croatia tip we can offer you. Keep this in mind!

One-Way Rental Fees

When renting a car in Croatia, be aware of one-way rental fees. For example, if you plan to pick your vehicle up at Dubrovnik airport and then return it to Split, or you want a car rental Zagreb to Dubrovnik, be prepared to pay an extra fee. If you want to avoid this cost, think about your route and how you can circle back to the place of pick up and drop the car back there.

Long-Term Car Hire In Croatia

Long term car hire in Croatia is an attractive idea for anyone who is planning on staying more than five days in the country. Though it may seem like an expensive way to get around, rates for long-term hire are actually very reasonable and are much cheaper than short-term hire. This, of course, also means that you can see much more of Croatia than you would if you relied on public transport.

YOU CAN FIND LONG-TERM CAR HIRE IN CROATIA SPECIALS HERE.

Costs, Rules, And Extra Charges

  • As mentioned above, you’ll get slugged an extra fee to pick up and drop off your car at two different locations. You need to prearrange different pickup and drop-off locations. I would try to rent a car in Zagreb and drive all the way to Dubrovnik (or vice versa) to make the extra fees worth it. But, if you just want to go from Split to Zadar or Split to Dubrovnik, think about a private transfer or the bus to avoid hefty one-way fees. The same goes for picking up or dropping off the car out of office hours. It’s possible to arrange it, but you’ll pay extra. Just keep that in mind.
  • Before you leave with your rental car, be sure to inspect your vehicle for any damage and, in case there is any, make sure it is recorded. This is one tricky way companies like to make extra money each summer!
  • A credit card is compulsory when renting a car in Croatia. The company will pre-authorize your credit card for a security deposit, so remember that if you plan to use your credit card on vacation in Croatia. Before you make a car rental booking, be sure to check that you have adequate funds on your card, that you won’t need for the duration of your car hire and then some days afterward while you wait for the refund to be processed. The specific amount ranges from €500 up to €3,000 from what I found through research.
  • You need to be 25 years old to get a rental car in Croatia unless you pay a young driver surcharge for your car rental.
  • Don’t forget to refill your car rental before returning it. If not the fee will be HUGE.
  • There are extra charges to travel across to Bosnia-Herzegovina – wrong, wrong, wrong… see below.

Toll Roads

Croatia has some toll road systems, and you are required to pay a fee when using roads that fall under this category.

The costs are well worth the expense if you need to travel long distances. However, if you are in no hurry when driving on your Croatia holidays, I would suggest you use scenic routes along the coast whenever possible to get maximum visual pleasure. If you are worried about unknown costs, use this calculator to determine fuel and toll road charges, or this price list for Croatian toll charges.

You can also find useful info on Croatian Roads –  Motorway Zagreb-Rijeka – BINA Istra.

Motorway Signs

Croatia rental car companies will inform you of some of the unique road signs in Croatia. Motorway signs in Croatia have the letter A followed by two digits. They also have a green background and a motorway picture in white. Country roads, on the other hand, have a letter Z and four numbers, while state roads are denoted by the letter D followed by two digits.

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Headlights

Another good car rental Croatia tip is that, as a rule, headlights should be used at night and at instances when the visibility on the road is less than 100 meters. From October to March, the law requires that dipped headlights are used during daylight hours.

And trust me, you will get pulled over. I have been three times for this! It took me a long time to adjust to this rule – whoopsie. So, don’t make my mistake and turn on your headlights in winter.

Seatbelts

As is the case across all of Europe, wearing a seatbelt at all times is compulsory. At the date of publication, the fine for not doing so was 500 HRK / 65 EUR /84 USD.

Wind

Be warned about the wind. Wind gusts on the A1 from Zadar north to Zagreb reach hellish speeds of 90 and 100 km/h, and they don’t close the roads unless the wind exceeds 140 km/h! Drive slowly when it’s windy.

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Croatia Travel Guide: Help on the road. Photo Credit MUP

Minimum Age

The minimum age for renting a hire car in Croatia is 22.  It is also worth noting that drivers 70 years of age or older will need to pay an extra insurance premium to rent a car in Croatia.

Reasons Not To Get A Car Rental In Croatia

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to renting a car in Croatia. The driving in Croatia can be overwhelming for first-time drivers on the right-hand side of the road. Additionally, drivers here are not as careful or considerate as in Australia or the United States. Some drivers don’t signal. They love to pass even when it’s not allowed and many places don’t have accurate road signs.

However, don’t let you put that off you renting a car in Croatia. After all, driving is a way that allows you to really discover the small towns and secret spots that you can’t get to by bus. These are the only reasons we suggest you don’t get a car rental in Croatia:

  • If you plan to get a tan at the beach and don’t want to do many day trips, why waste money on car rental and parking fees?
  • If you plan on only staying within the old towns of cities like Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, or Zadar, you’ll probably be better off without a car because finding parking can be nearly impossible (especially in Dubrovnik and Split). The local bus network in those areas is reliable and inexpensive.

Taking The Car On The Ferry

Your rental car in Croatia is permitted on the local ferries, i.e., those going from the mainland to the islands and back. However, you cannot take your rental car across to Italy by ferry. Valid registration papers are required to be in the driver’s name for international ferries.

Local Tip: Book your car ferry tickets as soon as you arrive in Croatia. They fill up so fast, and you could be left waiting behind.

Avoid Unexpected Charges

The costs of hiring a car across the globe can be expensive, including Croatia. Do your research to avoid getting caught by extra or unknown charges, especially with cheap car rental Croatia companies. Be sure to ask upfront about the following things.

  • One-way hire fees
  • Out-of-hours pick up and return
  • Extra driver charges
  • Exclusions for taking the car off-road
  • Last minute cancellation fees
  • Additional costs for GPS and car seats

Compare car hire companies. When we first hired our car in Croatia, I was shocked to see the price ranges for the same car. Now I always tell everyone to be sure to spend the time comparing costs between rental car suppliers. Even the cheapest car rental companies here in Croatia offer very well-maintained vehicles, so do not be worried about that.

By considering the above car rental Croatia tips, you are assured of a much better experience when driving in Croatia.

Download this FREE app from iTunes from Hrvatski Auto Klub (Croatian Auto Club). It provides detailed traffic and travel information, as well as roadside assistance services and is available in English, German, Italian and Croatian.

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Croatia Car Rental Tips – Free app in Itunes

Most Popular Car Rental Companies In Croatia

Oryx Rent A Car Croatia: Headquartered in Zagreb, Oryx Rent A Car has locations in all major areas of the country. | t: +385 21 895 164 | e: [email protected]

Sixt Croatia: This global company has an office in just about every town and is who we often used before we lived in Croatia. | t: +385 1 6219 900 | e: [email protected]

Ask Your Car Rental Company In Croatia About…

  • If the car requires diesel or petrol. Trust me; it’s an expensive mistake to make. I did it here… ouch!
  • Local tips and suggestions when it comes to the scenic routes for your journey.
  • Additional expenses (if any) for driving across the border to Italy, Hungary, etc.
  • Ask about road signs that you need to be aware of.
  • Young-driver surcharges.
  • Discount car rental companies often have offices at each airport. Ask about the one-way drive fee if you don’t plan to return the car to the place of hire.

Car Rental Croatia FAQ

What Kind Of Car Should You Rent?

Go for the smallest car possible. Parking spaces are tight here, so that’ll give you an advantage.

For families, you’ll need to go slightly bigger and rent a car with adequate space for your luggage. Look for the display that shows you just how many bags and people can fit inside.

Vans are available for groups. They do have the most room but remember they are much harder to park in the cities. So, maybe book a private transfer with Octopus Transfers Croatia instead.

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Car Rental Croatia – What Car to Rent

What Is The Alcohol Limit On Croatian Roads?

The Blood Alcohol Limit is 0.05% percent for those over 24 (0.00% for those under 24). Be safe and smart and try not to drink anything while driving in Croatia.

Which Documents Do You Need When Driving In Croatia?

You will need to keep the vehicle registration and insurance paperwork in the car at all times. Leave them in the glove box for easy access in case you’re asked for them.

Which Driving License Will You Need?

American visitors might wonder “can you drive in Croatia with a US license?” The answer is pretty straight-forward and applies to all foreign visitors.

International licenses are valid within Croatia when used in conjunction with an international driver’s permit. In my experience (and many others I know) rental car companies in Croatia don’t ask for the international driver’s license, but I would not take a risk and obtain one before you start your vacation.

Also, these licenses are valid for the first six months only. If you plan to stay longer, both are required to obtain a Croatian driving license after this grace period has lapsed.

Do You Need A Special Border-Crossing Card To Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina?

Short answer. No. Both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro are included in the green card that your car rental insurance company supplies for travel within Croatia. Some rental car companies do try to charge you extra, but it is not required. You can read more about it on the website of the National Green Card Bureau to avoid being scammed into paying extra.

Automatic Or Manual?

The majority of rental cars in Croatia have a manual transmission. If you prefer (or need) an automatic vehicle, you’ll need to ensure you book well in advance and be prepared to pay a lot extra.

And, even then… you may get here to discover that they do not have a manual transmission rental car available. I have heard that story several times now, so you’ve been warned.

Which Lane Is Used When Driving?

In Croatia, drivers are required to keep right when driving and overtake on the left. The general road conditions in Croatia are safe. The A1 Motorway provides premium access for long-distance driving between the major cities.

What Are The Speed Limits In Croatia?

Speed limits in Croatia exist and are clearly marked:

  • In built-up areas is 50 km/h
  • Open roads up to 80 km/h
  • 130 km/h on motorways

At the time of publication, the fines for speeding ranged between 500-15,000 HRK / 65-2,000 EUR /84-2,500 USD. Now that would sting your holiday budget. Don’t speed!

Driving In Croatia In 2019 – What It’s Like

Croatia is a large country, but it’s also one that is packed with things to see and do. Driving is the best way to see it all at your own pace.

Of course, driving in a foreign country can be difficult, simply because you don’t know the landscapes and terrain. Let’s see what to know when renting a car in Croatia, in every direction.

Heading South

Most of you will start in Istria or Zagreb and want to join the A1 motorway. This rather busy road handily connects Zagreb with Ploce. This is a major plus point because it means you can get from A to B so much easier than the old coastal road. Moreover, driving is easy, thanks to the multiple well-maintained lanes.

When you reach Ploce, if you’re venturing further south to Dubrovnik, you still have another 100 kilometers to go, but you are on a rather scenic coastal road (D8), which takes the boredom out of driving. This road provides beautiful panoramic views. You may, however, get stuck behind a slow-moving truck, but there are overtaking opportunities, which speeds the whole thing up. The road is somewhat slow going, so please do have patience. Having said that, any coastal road the world over has bends and turns, as well as high cliff passes, but this adds to the scenery and drama. You’ll pass through several villages along the way, and you are highly advised to stick to speed limits.

Alternatively, you can reach your southern destination from the north by a couple of other ways, including the D1 road which heads inland and skirts past Plitvice Lakes and Knin, before heading down the coast to join the aforementioned D8 road.

The Adriatic Coastal Road (D8) heads from Rijeka to Dubrovnik, and it is probably the most scenic road in the entire country. Be aware that the section between Rijeka to Zadar is harder to pass, but there are fewer cars on this stretch, so it’s not particularly slow.

There are toll roads at certain parts of these journeys. The A1 motorway is one of these roads, with the Zagreb to Split road having a toll that amounts to around 175kn (soon to go up in price) for each direction.

Heading West

From Zagreb, you can reach Rijeka on the A6 motorway, with a distance of around 150 kilometers between the two cities. In Rijeka, the multi-lanes end and as you head further west to Istria, you are met with two-lane roads. To get to Istria, you will go through the Ucka Tunnel and then you venture onto the Istarski Y road, a two-lane stretch.

There are tolls on this particular stretch of road, and it costs 54kn (soon to be more) to go from the tunnel into Porec. If you want to avoid toll roads, you can get to Rijeka and Istria from Zagreb using the two-lane state roads that pass through Gorski Kotar, Jelenje and then onto Rijeka.

Urban Driving

As you can imagine, the peak times and summer months are hectic, so driving will probably prove to be a stressful situation. If you’re venturing through coastal towns during a rare rainy summer day, be aware that there will be a crazy number of cars on the road.

Obviously, the big cities are always busy, especially during the rush hours (7.30-9.30am, and 4.30-6.30pm). No matter what time of day, the cities are bustling, but don’t let this put you off because places like Zagreb are fantastic to drive around. Most of the big towns and cities in Croatia have public transport, so you could go down this route, too, if you don’t want to brave the traffic.

Countryside Driving

The countryside in and around Croatia is undoubtedly rewarding and is definitely worth checking out. During the summer months, there will likely be more traffic around, but these roads are never too busy.

Bear in mind that country roads can be twisting and winding, and sometimes the night lighting isn’t the best. Many also don’t have the central white line, but care and attention is all that is needed. Do be careful of wildlife on the roads in these parts of the country, as well as farm vehicles, which could slow you down.

As you can see, Croatia isn’t a difficult country to explore via road and provided you take your time and use updated maps; you’ll have an enjoyable road trip experience!

Electric Cars In Croatia

Where to Charge Your Electric Car in Croatia + Other Handy Tips. 

Electric cars are the vehicles of the future. Driving one of these beauties can at times be a little challenging because charging stations are still hard to come by. Fortunately, though, the Croatian network of charging stations will allow you to have a trouble-free holiday.

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When entering Croatia from the East, you’ll find the nearest charging station after the main border crossing, Balakovo in Vukovar.  If you’re continuing your trip towards Zagreb along the highway, you’ll find a charging station at Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiška or the Stari hrastovi rest stop. If, on the other hand, you decide to stay in the area and explore the beauties of the region of Baranja, such as vineyards, wineries and the nature park Kopački rit, pick one of four stations in Osijek to charge your car before continuing with your adventures. Probably the easiest one to access is the station at the Portanova shopping center.

If you decide to pick one of the stations in the city center, make sure to set aside some time to walk around and feel the charm of Osijek, the largest city of Eastern Croatia. You can get the comprehensive guide to electric cars in Croatia here. 

Driving In Croatia Essentials

I am often asked about factors related to driving in Croatia. Ultimately, I tell everyone that you can drive in Croatia. You just need to be aware of a few factors:

  • Lots of roads in villages are often narrow, unpaved, and have room for one-way traffic. Take your time and be prepared to reverse.
  • There are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. Croatia has some of the best gas stations we’ve encountered on our adventures across Europe. Including some with kids activity centers and healthy food.
  • Driving in the country is always on the right-hand side of the road. So those from Australia or United Kingdom might find it a little tricky.
  • Drivers in Croatia go fast, far too often ignoring speed signs and overtaking on corners and across double lines. Stay focused and be extra alert.
  • Turning right on a red light is strictly prohibited unless there is an additional green arrow.
  • If you violate the rules, you may be asked to pay a fine, which can be done on the spot. Be sure to ask for a receipt.

 

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Driving in Croatia – Croatia Travel Blog

HELP Is At Hand!

  • Contact the Croatian Auto Club Emergency Service on 987 if you have an accident or require emergency support on the road.
  • Police: 192
  • Fire Brigade: 193
  • Ambulance: 194
  • While you are driving in Croatia, stay up-to-date on driving conditions that are broadcast on the radio in English and German via HRT 2 (98,5 MHz).

What has been your experience with car rental Croatia? What was your experience like driving in Croatia? Let us know in the comments!

 
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Comments (191)

  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing. A lot of useful info in comments as well.
    How about using a mobile while driving?
    Is it allowed or you might be fined?
    I’m mean mostly for navigation, not for talking, that obviously dangerous.

  2. I have found this article very useful. Thanks for providing us such nice informative post.

  3. Thanks so much this was very helpful for us, can you tell me do car rental companies offer automatic cars?

  4. I have two questions. I want to take my rental car on the local ferry from Split to Vela Luka but they said you cannot make advanced reservations. Is 3 hours ahead to line up adequate? Also, I am driving from Dubrovnik to Kotor staying in Kotor 3days and then returning to Dubrovnik. Does Sixt charge a fee for the Green Card that is required?

  5. Hi, I’m planning a driving trip in June from Split to Dubrovnik hoping to have a few days in split, a few in Dubrovnik and a week driving on islands. We are traveling with another family and have a total of three children (11months – 3 years old) between us. Which islands would be the best for kids? Hoping to get some advice! Thank you so much.
    Alison

  6. I have held the driving license for one year but for some rent car websites, they request for two year is this allow?

  7. I was facing a lot of problems during my last visit to Croatia. I hope after going through this content I will not face such problems again. Thanks a lot for this informative piece of content.

  8. Hi, looking to rent a car in Croatia but i am reading some very poor reviews from customers of all the companies it seems. around ‘ damage’ scams mostly, rude service staff and excess charges on credit cards. please recommend a company with a good reputation IN Croatia? the big world wide companies maybe don’t realise what is being done by their fanchises in Croatia?

  9. Thank you so much for this post! It’s incredibly informative, and answers many of the biggest Croatian rental car questions that I’ve been wondering.

    I was hoping you could provide some insight into one thing that I’ve been going back and forth on. We’re planning to fly into Split this summer, then spend a few nights in Vis, then drive up to Zadar and ultimately make our way to Rovinj. We know we’d like to have a car in Vis, so we’re debating between these two options:

    1. Renting a car as soon as we land in Split and keeping it with us for the duration of the trip. If we go with this option, we’d take the car with us on a ferry to Vis and back.

    2. Not renting a car immediately upon arrival (since our time in Split will be mostly spent walking), renting a car during our time in Vis, and then renting a separate car once we finish up in Vis to drive to Zadar and then Rovinj. It seems like parking in Split can be pretty difficult, so I’m wondering if this might alleviate some of the headaches that could come with that.

    Any suggestions you could offer would be greatly appreciated! Having this all as a resource is remarkably helpful as we plan our trip.

  10. I have held the driving license for one year but for some rent car websites, they request for two year; some of them request for one year only. Is it really okay for one year only?

  11. Hello,
    I am wondering is US baby carseats/booster seats will work in the rental cars in Croatia. Do you have any tips/ideas related to this? Thanks for your help!
    Thanks,
    Dave

  12. I am traveling by rental car between Montenegro and Dubrovnik via an Airbnb in Bosnia. I need to be on the 7:30am ferry in Dubrovnick and Google maps suggests the drive from my Airbnb in Bosnia takes 45min. Would this take into account how long a border crossing might take and potential peak time in July

  13. In will be visiting your country Croatia in June of 2019. I wish to rent a car and I am 71 years old .Can you tell me what the additional charges will be for the surcharge for my age ? I m in good health, valid drivers license,I can provide paper work to prove I am accident free for years.

  14. I intend to pick up the car in Zagreb n drive to Slovenia for a few days n continue my journey thru Croatia again going to Bosnia before heading back to Zagreb.
    Will it incur high fees to cross the border betw Croatia n Slovenia though I’m dropping the car at the same pick up point?

  15. Hi! These are great tips. We’ll be in Croatia late September this year. One question: does the Waze app work in Croatia?

  16. We are scheduled to drop off our rental at the Split airport. Is there a designated rental car drop off area, and if so where exactly is it? From what I have read on another forum, there is no designated rental car drop off area. You have to just park the car somewhere that you hope is a safe spot and then go into the airport to track down someone from your rental car company to come out and look the car over. Is this true?

  17. Hi we are driving from Hungary and need to know about the Toll Roads. Are they all payable in cash at a Toll Booth, or do we need an electronic “e-tag” in the car?

  18. I’m very excited about my trip to Croatia. This was a plan of 2 years, and finally, it is happening. I must say you have covered really nice points for the Croatia driving. Thanks again. 🙂

  19. I will be renting my car in Dubrovnik and driving up the coast. Since I’m traveling alone and (excuse my nievete if this is nothing to worry about) my family is somewhat concerned that I have to cross the Bosnian border to go from Dubrovnik up the coast. Is there a legitimate concern? Is there anything to know about crossing that border?

    Any advise would be so appreciated!
    -An unaware American

  20. I’m thinking of hiring a car in Zagreb and driving to Split and spending a week in Split and another week in Dubrovnik, then driving back to Zagreb.
    Are there places to park the car for free (or inexpensive), in Split and Dubrovnik?
    Do the hotels offer free parking?

  21. We are renting a car in Zagreb but wish to drive through Slovenia. Any problems with rental companies or border crossings?

  22. Hi ! I was planning to rent a car in Zagreb and drive it to Split over 7 days. Would it be wise to drop off the car in Split before embarking on a tour of the islands? (Kvar, Brac, Korkula) Would be flying back to Zagreb from Split after the islands

    1. It depends on your plans while on the islands. If you plan to stay in one spot and swim, sure you do not need the car. But, if you want to explore the islands, a car is handy. Just be sure to look at car ferries and not the catamarans 😀

  23. Hi ! I am travelling with my daughters and would not have opted for renting a car except it seems to be the only sensible thing to do from split to Zagreb via plitvice( to avoid long bus journey ) I am not comfortable with left hand drive and was wondering if the roads are ok? Is there a lot of traffic ? Mid June is when I will do this bit

    1. Why not get a driver? Our company does this https://www.octopustransferscroatia.com/
      The roads are fine, and yes, there will be traffic – there is already traffic now. But, if you come from a big city like Sydney the traffic will be a breeze.

  24. We are planning to pickup a car in Zagreb and drive to split and then on to Dubravnik and then back to split ( our flight leaves from there). We are travelling with 1 adult, 1 senior and 2 teenagers. We are also planning to take a go to Hvar for a couple of days. Do you recommend taking our car on the car ferry or should we just pick up a car in Hvar? Will we find a place to leave the car in Split?

    1. 100% take the car with you 😀 Parking in Split sucks ass, and you’ll need it from the ferry port.

  25. We booked a car through a smaller company but had to cancel since their policy doesn’t allow taking the car to Montenegro?!
    Also, they charged 50euro for the Neum passage…
    When reading your excellent information I get the impression that taking the car to both Montenegro and the Neum passage should be fine.
    I’ll try to book directly with your suggestion.

  26. Hi, I will be spending 10 days in Croatia in late May-early June, it’s a dream trip that I have been planning for over 10 years—as you can imagine, I am super excited! I found your blog a couple months ago—love it—and have been using it to learn about all things Croatian.

    I have a question, regarding car hire. We have booked a car, but typically I don’t go for the extra insurance coverage because my credit card company offers additional coverage. But, was wondering what your take on this would be. Should we buy the additional coverage? We booked through RentalCars.com btw, using your link. Thanks!

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Enjoy the trip!! I would ask your insurance company, provided they cover you for everything needed – why spend the cash. Sretan put.

  27. One subject I don’t see mentioned – what about the extra insurance car companies try to sell you? What do you recommend as “enough” insurance.
    Thanks!!

  28. Lots of great info here! Thanks! We are traveling mid June for 10 days from Dub to Drvenik (taking ferry to HVAR) then ending in Split. We have 5 adults and luggage – what’s the smallest car we could get away with? Is mid June crazy there or not too bad?

  29. I will never forget the Croatian nature, its golden beaches, beautiful women, magnificent waterfalls. I was there only once in transit, but the country stayed for a long time in my heart.

  30. Hey guys, thanks for the great info. We’re planning on flying to Dubrovnik, renting a car and visiting Montenegro and then Theth in Albania. I know you said going to Mont is fine, but any issues crossing the border from Mont to Alb?
    Thanks a lot,
    Niel

  31. Great information! Just a quick question, we are a family of 4 travelling around the Makarska region for a week in July. My husband is wanting to bring his road bike along. What car would you recommend us renting? And is there any way to rent a bike rack through any of the agencies? Thank you!

    1. I have never heard of any offering that, I would say leave your bike at home and just stick to the beach. Traffic is hectic in July, why risk riding it.

  32. I was wondering if it is better to rent a car in Zagreb rather than at the Zagreb airport? It is generally less pricy in the U.S. to rent a car in the City rather than at the airport.
    Any advice you can give me on this question is most appreciated.
    Kind regards.

  33. We are going to Korcula for 2 nights from Split then Dubrovnik for 2 nights. We then fly home from Dubrovnik. We would like a car in Korcula and debating whether to keep the car for Dubrovnik. I was thinking of staying in Dub old town so parking I assume is costly. Other option is private transfer to Dub fir my family of 5. What do you think?

    1. Def do not get a car for Dubrovnik, that is a huge mistake. No parking (and expensive when you find it), plus you just do not need a car there. Happy Travels.

  34. Hi, we are thinking of renting a car from Zagreb to Dubrovnik and also drive up to Postojna Cave and back Plitvice Lakes and keep the journey. Wondering if the car can drive in Slovenia or need any special documents to cross the border?
    Thanks

  35. Lots of great info here. We are thinking of renting a car and driving from Zagreb to Split. About how much longer should it be to take the coastal road vs the A1? Thanks.

  36. Hi, just wondering if we hire a car in Croatia is it ok to drive to Budapest and back? Will we need any special paperwork?

  37. Hi SJ, Very nice blog, Well done keep it up. It is really very helpful information. I’m pleased to read you blog. Amazing tips simply awesome. Hope to get more spectacular stuff from you in future as well.

  38. Thanks for the info, just have a question? Do all the car rental companies charge the large damage deposit to your credit card? Can it be avoided with our own rental car insurance?

  39. I’m visiting Croatia for the first time in July – flying to Split and heading up to near Sibernik for a week. As a UK driver it will obviously take some getting used to driving on the right – and as such I’m a little worried about the initial drive from Split airport, probably in the dark, while I get used to everything. Just wondering what it is like when leaving the airport – how busy are the roads/ how well signposted is the route to Sibernik etc? Also, how useful is sat nav in Croatia? I did wonder about getting a taxi and then hiring a car from Sibernik if the airport drive is likely to be too manic?

    1. You will be fine, lots of signs, and GPS works a treat – so def bring that with you (don’t rely on the company to have it, as they always run out in my experience).

  40. Hi

    We are staying in Tucepi. We are thinking of going to the Krka National Park and places like Dubrovnik. Would you suggest hiring a car? The cost of the car I am looking at is £92 for 6 days, so with petrol etc, on top, is it going to cost us a lot extra?

    Thanks for your help!
    Debbie

  41. Wow, it seems like you described everything for car rental and driving in Croatia. Who loves traveling and driving will must appreciate this post.

  42. Hi,
    Great tips.
    I always rent a car with rentalcars.com. I agree, It’s very simple and with their full insurance, I never had a problem.

    1. But did you know its insurance appears to exclude any carelessness or negligence or in breach of a traffic law (even unintentionally?) which appears to exclude any accident when you are at fault

  43. last year, my husband and i were in Belgrade, Serbia.. we were in city centered hotel.. but we have decided to rent a car so we can see all the city.. we rente4d it in i recommend all of them… this year, for New year, we are going in CRO

  44. Hi. Thanks for the information that the standard issue Croatia green card issued with cars rented in Croatia covers Bosnia and Montenegro. I have rented a car and the conditions state: “Vehicles are allowed to go to EU countries, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, and Norway. It is NOT ALLOWED to go to Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine. Cross Border charges: EUR 45 per rental.” I have looked at the website you linked to but can’t find a clear statement that confirms your advice that such extra charges are not necessary/allowed. Could you provide more detailed info I can take with me in case this comes up when I collect the car? Thanks

  45. Hi, great and informative blog – thanks.
    I was trying to book a rental car through the aggregator on your website. As we have a few weeks available, I thought of driving from Dubrovnik to Prague or Budapest in May 2018. There were no cars available on searching. Do you think this is because I’m taking the car through several borders or could be related to my age (75)?

  46. Can’t believe we need a minivan, always used my dad’s car in the past, but there are 6 of us coming this year and we need a minivan. We will be in Split and then travel to Slavonski Brod and fly out of Zagreb (so yes pick up and drop off are not the same) for 2 weeks in August. Any suggestions on our best option for an affordable minivan rental?

    1. Did you click the link and get the quotes from Rental car? They aggregate all the best deals. But you better hurry, things for August could already be all booked (and you won’t find any great deals now sadly).

  47. Hi,

    I plan to rent a car from Zadar and drive down to Dubronvik in the span of 4 days in mid-July and i plan to drive along the coastline to enjoy as much as possible the scenic view. How much should i be ready to pay for tolls? Is there anything extra that i should be aware of? Also, any suggestion for city or town to stay for these days, of course Split is a good choice, but are there any other places?

    Thank you 🙂

    Peter

    1. Check the link in the article and you can calculate your tolls ahead of time. After Split, you could stop in Gradac, great little place. http://s27412.p99.sites.pressdns.com/tiny-croatia-villages-and-towns-you-gotta-see/#Gradac

  48. Hi, greetings for your blog, ver informative and very fresh.
    I have a question: is it lawful to drive in Croatia with a colombian driver´s license?
    Thanks, Marco

  49. Great blog, so many helpful tips! I read above that Bosnia is included in the green card system. Does the rental car company provide you with an actual “green card” or some type of paperwork that we must show when crossing through Bosnia to Dubrovnik?

  50. Hi there, I have a specific question.
    I have a german driving license for 8 months. Had an indian driving license for 8 years before. I got it exchanged.
    Am I allowed to rent a car in croatia ??

    1. I was their last year family all over Croatia people know people if you want to rent a car so easy .. and if your not confident driving their the trains work well as do the buses and EKOTAXI

    2. If you have connections in Croatia you can get anything 😛 But, the average tourist arriving in the middle of July won’t be able to click their fingers and get what they need at such short notice, companies regularly OVERBOOK knowing people cancel. Trains you say, wow, can’t say I’d want to be on a train here in Croatia – which train/s lines do you recommend? None I have found are any good.

    3. Yes they need upgrading .. the trains. The busses are great 👍 as in for rental cars .. getting to know locals etc works best

  51. Hi, I’m visiting Croatia with my 2 kids(5,8 yrs).
    Do I need to bring my booster seats, or the triangle shaped seat belt holders(without booster seats) meet Legal requirement?
    Many thanks!

  52. Amazingly informative blog! Family and I are planning our first trip to Croatia. Quick question: How difficult and long does the border crossing through Bosnia take when driving from Split to Dubrovnik? We are planning to be there beginning of September. Thanks!

    1. It varies – quickest time for me was 5 mins, and once my friend was there for hours. You really need to plan the worst case scenarios.

  53. Hey Sarah. Love the blog! Has been a gold mine of info for our trip to Croatia in September. Just wondering if you can direct me to info about car seat laws/requirements in Croatia? We’re travelling with our 4 and 6 year olds and I can’t find any specific info other than kids need to be in “appropriate car restraints”. Thanks!

    1. Under EU law, seat belts must be used in all vehicles. Children over 1.35 m can use an adult seat belt. Those under 1.35 m must use equipment appropriate to their size and weight when traveling in cars or lorries. It is now against the law to use a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat – unless the airbag has been deactivated. Sadly, no one checks this. I see kids jumping about in cars all of the time and not in seats, so just use seats that are appropriate for them as determined by the manufacturer. Car rental seats are notoriously old and many people tell me don’t look clean and unsafe. So if you have them, bring them.

  54. Hi there,

    I was hoping to get your opinion on rental car versus public transportation debate I’m having with myself. We have just a few days and want to spend most of our time on the coast. I was thinking about renting a car from Zagreb to Split, with stops at the lakes and Zadar on the road. We only have 2 days to do this at the beginning of September. Based on my research it seems like there is plenty of transportation to get us there. But my concerns are this 1) that it will take too much time and 2) that there isn’t a great way to get around within the cities between the sites, hotel, etc. How is the local transportation in Split, Zadar and the Lakes?

    Thanks, this site has been a tremendous resources!

    Best,
    Allie

    1. My advice… if you can drive, do it. Buses really slow you down and the connected are not so great in September. Enjoy!

  55. We are planning to pick up rental at Zagreb airport, drive north to Slovenia Bledlakes, down through Croatia, many stops then Montenegro and return to Croacia. Spending last days in Dubrovnik and dropping off the car at airport.
    ? About green cards insurance, cross borders rules, one way car hire fees, any other problems you can think of. Australian LHSide of the road senior resident, but I have driven on the right in USA a few times, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland many times. Usually in automatic manual on the right is the hard one to change. Regards Paul should keep you awake

    1. No no, no other problems. Be sure to keep emergency numbers handy, and book through a reputable company (so you don’t get stung with silly fees later). Best wishes and enjoy the ride guys.

  56. Hi,

    Thanks for the information. I am looking to hire a car from Dubrovnik to drive into Montenegro for the day.
    know that it is covered by the green card but are there any extra costs when crossing the border?

    Many thanks

    1. Hello, you need to tell the company where you are going, but no there should not be – but please do ask them first to be sure.

  57. Wow! So much to read! Thank you for all this info! My husband and I are planning on 2 weeks in Croatia this August-September. We were thinking of flying into Zagreb, renting a car and flying out of Dubrovnik, but flights are a lot cheaper in and out of Zagreb. If we meander from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, what is the fastest/easiest drive back to Zagreb like at the end of our trip? Also, if we head to some of the islands. is it most common to take the rental car with you?

    Thanks,
    Heidi

    1. There is a freeway which takes you most of the way from DBK to ZG. Yes you can take your car with you to the islands, you just have pay for a ticket for the car on the car ferries. Safe travels.

  58. We are travelling to croatia in about a week and we dont want to spent too much money on hostels or hotels so we were thinking of camping in our rental car… Do you have any tips where we could stay and park without it being illegal or unsafe ?
    Thanks

    1. I really can’t. I don’t think that’s either safe or legal. You can find bargain hostels here: http://s27412.p99.sites.pressdns.com/croatia-travel-blog/accommodation-in-croatia/hostels-in-croatia/

  59. Hello! On the Jadrolinija ferry site, there are two passenger car options available that one can reserve for the car ferry. One option is for a shorter length than the other. Would an Opel Astra (4-door) be considered a compact car on the ferry?

  60. Driving around Croatia would be a dream come true for me! Im pretty sure many of us would love to wander around this beautiful country because what is the better way to discover this beautiful place other than roam around!

  61. Love this post, down and dirty driving in Croatia! Only two tips I might add, both learned from experience of living here, would be:

    1) If you are in any kind of accident, look in the glove compartment of the rental car for the accident report form. Two copies of the form are required to be in every car at all times to assist with exchanging information between drivers, etc. Also in that glove compartment, or somewhere else in the car, should be a sexy orange safety vest which must be worn when you are outside the car fixing a tire, and so forth. AND,
    2) If you plan to drive to Croatia from Slovenia or Austria, or the reverse, make sure you stop at a petrol station or kiosk for a toll “vignette” sticker. You can buy them by week, month or year. But fines are steep if you don’t have one. Not every road requires them but larger highways do, so best to check…
    http://www.dars.si/Dokumenti/Toll/Toll_system_and_roads/Vignette_system_299.aspx

    1. Thanks Melissa, that is very helpful information I should include. I will copy this and add it to the post if that’s okay? VERY HELPFUL xx

  62. Is it possible to rent a motorcycle in Croatia? I would love to travel through their coast with a motorcycle, like cruising you know?

  63. Hi

    I am travelling to Croatia for 3 day and would like to know about car rental.

    I work in Munich Germany since one year. I have an Indian driving license. I got information that I cannot rent a car after stay of 6 month in Germany until I get a german license.

    Will this rule apply to me in Croatia also as I will be a visitor there? Or I can drive over there with my Indian license?

    Thanks for your help

    1. I really can’t say 100% for an Indian licence – BUT no for so many others, so I do not see what you’d be any different. Happy travels.

  64. Love the blog. Hubs and I rented a car at Split airport. A friend had recommended we download europe maps on our gps. We were trying to get from the airport to the hotel in kaštela. GPS did us wrong. Ended up on a non-street and scraped the whole side of our car on a 4 ft high stone wall. ?? Took buses the rest of the time even though they were at times mildly incomprehensible.

    Loved (almost) every minute of it and miss it so.

  65. We had a bad experience recently renting with Budget in Croatia, so I would urge caution. I had made the reservation through Budget USA, and had read the terms and conditions carefully and even called Budget USA in advance to make sure there would be no hidden fees. I specifically had them confirm that there would be no fee for adding the spouse as an extra driver. When my husband returned the car, he asked the counter agent to confirm that the amount we were being billed in kuna was the same as the amount on the reservation in USD. He was told yes, but when we got our credit card statement we found out we had been charged more than twice that, thanks to not just the “extra driver fee” but also a border crossing fee because we (honestly) acknowledged that we had crossed into Slovenia. These fees were not previewed with us, and when I called Budget USA to complain, they were totally unhelpful and unsympathetic. So even a “reputable” international company may rip you off. Never again.

  66. Greetings. Great tips. We arrived at Dubrovnik airport only to be told we had to pay 75 euros for the green card to travel to Montenegro & Bosnia. (and another 30 euros because our plane was late!) Our contract said nothing of either of these costs. What recourse do we have? Is there anywhere that definitively says “Both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro are included in the green card system that your car rental insurance company supply for travel within Croatia”? I couldn’t find it on the site.

    1. You can take it up with the HQ of the car rental company. There is no reason I know of that BiH needs to be charged as extra. I try to keep up with changes these policies and can’t see that it changed. Sadly some places charge it when they do not need to. You can also reach out to the insurance ombudsmen http://www.huo.hr/eng/insurance-ombudsman/112/ Hope you work it out.

  67. Hi Sarah-Jane,

    Thank you so much for all of this helpful information!
    I will be renting a car with Oryx in Dubrovnik and will be driving north towards Zadar (crossing Bosnia to get there). However on my insurance papers with Oryx it says that driving through Bosnia will cost 38.75.

    I’m afraid we will have to pay this? I dont get much wiser from the information on the website of the National Green Card Bureau. So my question remains, is this fee obligatory? What if we refuse to pay it?!

    Im hoping you can help me!

    Kind regards,

    Gina

  68. Hi! I am going in september with my parents to Croatia, Bosnia and Montengro. The car pick up through Sixt or Avis will be in Zagreb and drop off in Dubrovnik. I see that you already specify not to pay for the border crossing but here is what the conditions of these car rental companies say:

    “”Cross Border Rentals are allowed to the following countries:

    Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegowina, Czech Republic, Denamrk, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

    For entering above mentioned countries a Cross Border Fee applies (4.- EUR/day, max. 12.- EUR/rental).

    BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW and Audi vehicles may not be taken into:

    Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia & Montenegro, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

    A written permission issued by the Sixt branch is mandatory to cross the border with cars from the group SDMR and higher.”””

    Any opinions? I am a bit scared of having a problem when crossing to the other countries. It will be just day trips but still 🙂

    thanks for all the tips and help!

  69. Very nice and informative blog. Thanks a ton. I have booked a rental car at Zagreb. airport I will be traveling to Hvar and Dubrovnik, which means:

    1. I will take a local ferry boat to go to Hvar from Split
    2. While driving to Dubrovnik, I will pass through Bosnia and Herzegovina

    I understand from the different websites that I need not pay any additional fees to the car rental company as Local Ferries are allowed with the rental car and also crossing border of Bosnia and Herzegovina is allowed/included without any additional fees.

    Could you validate if my understanding is correct?

  70. Do you have any recommendation for a free Navigation/GPS App that would work without internet connection (offline) in Croatia? I don’t want to pay 125 Euros for a Navigation system to a car rental company.

    1. You could use google maps – although your data roaming charges could add up quickly depending on your carrier.

  71. If anyone plans to drive between Croatia & Bosnia in their own car (as we did last year) – don’t panic if your car insurance people won’t cover Bosnia. We couldn’t find a single company in the UK who would cover us for Bosnia and we’re just told vaguely we could “buy it at the border”. Turns out we could! Despite a fairly small border crossing (near the Bosnian town of Bihac) on a Sunday afternoon, a nice chap sold us a month’s policy for about 40euro. It was checked by other officials later in the trip & was completely legal & valid 🙂

    And by the way – LOVE your blog & LOVE Croatia xx

    1. Thanks for the tip to our readers – glad to know that!! And of course, thanks for the kind words 😀

  72. Hi, your blog is awesome.
    Next October, my husband, my son, Salman (he would be 13 months by then) and I are planning to go to Croatia. This would be our first overseas trip with Salman. Been to more than 40 countries as a couple.
    I was not sure about going to Croatia as our first trip as a parents, but your blog convinced us that we could do it.
    I have lots of questions. But for now, my question is what types of rental cars are available in Croatia. Do they have AT or mostly manual? Is the AT car more expensive? Thanks

    1. Great choice – I am sure he will love it. They have both types, but very few automatics, they are more expensive and rent out very fast. If you need help booking accommodation, we can also help you book a car and get a good package deal. Just ask us here: http://s27412.p99.sites.pressdns.com/booking-holidays-in-croatia-guide/

      1. Thanks for your reply. I have not yet worked on the travel details, but will do it soon. I will contact you if need further assistance. Do you still live in Croatia?

  73. Another tip:
    Parking close to the old city of Dubrovnik a nightmare – cost and finding it. If you have a car find accommodation outside the walls of the old city and ask about parking space.

  74. Have been visiting Croatia for 12 yrs and own a house on Hvar island.
    Car rental prices much more expensive than most other European countries. Why???
    Pleasure to drive along the coast and inland.

    1. Croatia car rental prices are very high. Slovenia is much cheaper. So for a long trip, rent a car in Slovenia. And be prepared to argue with the rental people about ‘damage’ when you return the car. I am British-Croatian, and rent cars several times a year in Croatia.

  75. hi, just stumbled on your blog and have a question about cost! Do you think that in June, it would be more budget friendly to have a rental car or to rely on public transport? Great blog, thanks!

    1. In June public transport is operating at max, meaning there are lots of services. The buses and ferries are a great, way to see the sights and fairly reliable. The only downside is if you have a short amount of time and or want to see things a distance away from one other it can be limiting. In short, give it ago!

  76. I am DEFINITELY bookmarking this post for a future trip – it is jam packed full of very useful information! I am glad to see I don’t have to get special insurance like Italy or Ireland, I just went through that this year!

    1. Glad to be able to help. We found getting all of the info tricky, so we knew others would benefit. Have a fab trip when you come.

  77. Interesting. So if I rent a car in Croatia I can safely take it across the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina? That’s really good to know. I would love to do a road trip through the Balkans one day.

    1. The rule applies to cross the boarder to get to Dubrovnik (don’t forget your passport), but how long you can stay in Bosnia you’d have to double check.

  78. I’ve only recently started considering renting a car when I travel – it can make things a lot more convenient and mean I’m not planning my schedule around an iffy, all-day bus. But I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try it in a foreign country!

    1. Ohhhh we love hiring cars. I dislike waiting for buses and trains – although paying for parking can sometimes be a pain too.

  79. Pleased to share this very I believe helpful information that’s aimed at lending a helping hand to all those about to depart on some travel activity get greater value and save right now considerable of effort in tracking things down!

  80. Great tips! The only ‘right side of the road’ driving we’ve done ourselves was in the US. And I found it very nerve-racking!

    1. Yes it is a little at first I agree. Just remember FRIGHT RIGHT. When you give yourself a fright about which side you should be on think ‘fright right’. Hope that helps.

    1. Do not rent cars BUDGET / AVIS
      A reservation which was not honored ! …
      Refusal to reimburse the taxi bills ( accompanied flow blue card 200 euros)
      I commit on their advice ….
      Unprofessional and dishonest ……
      I go to court, a consumer association , and I share my experience with you

      Por favor, no alquilar coches BUDGET / AVIS :
      Una reserva que no fue honrado ! …
      La negativa a devolver las facturas de taxi ( 200 euros )
      Me comprometo sus consejos ….
      Poco profesional y deshonesto ……
      Voy a la corte , una asociación de consumidores , y comparto mi experiencia con ustedes
      Ne surtout pas louer les voitures BUDGET/ AVIS:
      Une réservation qui n’a pas été honorée!…
      Refus de rembourser les factures de taxi(accompagnées des débits carte bleu 200 euros)
      que j’ai engager sur leur conseil….
      Pas professionnel et malhonnête……
      Je vais en justice , association de consommateur et je partage mon expérience avec vous

      1. My gosh, that is terrible. I am sorry that they did that to you! Did you book directly or through a third-party?

  81. We never drove in Europe until this last trip when we rented a car in Germany. Is Croatia a more sane place to drive compared to Italy? After witnessing the seemingly haphazard manner of drivers there, I don’t think we will ever drive in Italy, at least not in the southern portion of the country.

    As always your posts make me want to go to Croatia. We’ve narrowed our 2015 Europe trip down to three choices now (Dubrovnik is one!), and it’ll be up to flight prices to make our final decision next month!

    1. Croatia IS better to drive than most of Italy in my experience. Way less traffic and better roads. But the same crazy over taking and parking takes place. If you are in Dubrovnik, you can go without a car. The buses are good to get you from A-B. But if you plan to go beyond, like Split or Zadar, hire a car, and the coast road or the freeway are both very easy to navigate. Here is hoping that the flight prices bring you to my Croatia 🙂

  82. SJ – Great article. We rented a car and drove all the way up and down the coast while we were in Croatia. It is a great way to get around, and we found it extremely easy. I recommend it to all!

  83. Some good tips here SJ. I’ve driven in Croatia – stunning drives! – but we had our own car that we’d driven from home in the south of France. I’m sure this will be very helpful for people wanting to rent and drive.

  84. I’ve rented cars over the past 12 years going in and out of Croatia. Recently I’ve settled on Last Minute Rental Car as my favourite. you can’t beat excellent customer service and late model cars. Pink and black branding.

  85. Great tips about renting a car in Croatia! Traveling around Croatia by car seems to be the best way see the country, you can stop whenever and where you want. I do prefer sailboat, but car is probably the second best option, and probably a lot cheaper :). The rules when it comes to driving are exactly the same as back home in Norway, so seems like an easy country to drive in for us Europeans.

    1. Yes, for any Europeans the transition is easy – not so for us Aussies. And totally agree #1 way is by boat – the water is unbeatable. BUT it still can’t get you to the little old towns 🙂

  86. I had no idea there were so many car rental agencies in Croatia. Wow! Thanks also for the list of do/don’t – always helpful to know the ways of the local area as opposed to taking something for granted.

    1. You are welcome. I was surprised at how many people did not drive while on holidays here as they were so intimidated, so I figured a little info would help encourage them 🙂

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