Driving in Croatia


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The motorway system in Croatia has greatly improved in recent years thanks to some rather extensive road building. There are (amongst other routes) now motorways linking Zagreb to Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Split along the coast and Varazdin in the interior. The main motorway south – to Dubrovnik – is currently constructed as far as Ploce, which is about 100km north of Dubrovnik (along the coast).

The most picturesque route in Croatia is definitely the Adriatic road (Jadranska magistrala) which connects Rijeka and Dubrovnik. Some people compare this road to the famous Highway 1 between San Francisco and just south of Los Angeles in California.* We would say that ours is prettier!

(*Although the webmaster can personally attest that this is a pretty awesome drive too!)

Driving in Croatia

Otherwise, we would say that roads in Croatia are of a pretty good standard. You are unlikely to encounter any problems when driving in Croatia. Even if you do come into some difficulties, most local people will be more than willing to help you.

You’ll regularly come across petrol stations when driving, which all offer unleaded and diesel as standard.

If you need road assistance, the Croatian Auto Club Emergency Service will help you. Their telephone number is 987.

If you are hiring a car, and intend to do some driving to other parts of the region (or indeed, other parts of Europe!), make sure you check before travelling with your hire company that their car is allowed to go to those countries. If you’ve hired a car in Croatia, you should be allowed to drive into Bosnia & Hercegovina and Montenegro (although do please check); this is unlikely to the case if you’re hired a car from outside of Croatia (such as Italy, for example).

Driving in Croatia – Useful Information

The Croatian Ministry of the Interior have complied a useful brochure (that you may well pick up when driving in the country) on various road rules that also gives assorted tips and advice. You can see the brochure online here.

The Croatian Auto Club (Hrvatski Auto Klub – HAK) have produced an app for smart phones that also seems to be very useful. Available for iOS (iPhone) and Android phones, the app details live traffic conditions, webcam images of important road points, petrol prices, information about nearest points of interest (airports, campsites, ATMs, hospitals, pharmacies, tourist boards) and more. Further info on the app here.

Electric Cars in Croatia

We doubt you’ll be driving to Croatia with your own electric set of wheels, but it might be interesting to note that there are currently nineteen聽electric car charging stations in the country – including in Zagreb, Vukovar, Labin and Lovran.

On a slightly different note, electric car enthusiasts might want to read up about the Rimac Concept One, a high performance electric sports car manufactured in Croatia.

  • If it’s possible, I always recommend flying into once place and out of another so you can do a one-way route in Croatia and cover the most ground. If that is possible to you, I would suggest flying into Zagreb and out of Dubrovnik. If not and you need return flights to/from the same place, I would say Split is the best place to fly to – lots of places are reachable from Split (great transport connections). By and large you should be fine finding accommodation on a day to day basis in May as that’s still early season so it shouldn’t be that busy…as long as you’re relatively flexible in the kind of places you stay in. (Not that I’m saying places will be bad/poor quality, but some travellers might say ‘We have to have a pool, we have to have sea views, the room has to be large with contemporary furnishings’ etc!)

  • Penny Williams

    Hi: my husband, daughter and I will be visiting Croatia in May for 20 days. As we do everything on the fly and at the last minute, I will be booking our flights in the next day or so. Where would you recommend we fly into to be able to cover the most territory? We like to plan as we go, so how difficult would it be to find accomodations on a day to day basis? Or would you recommend we try to book rooms in advance for the entire trip? Thank you

  • First thing I’d point out is that you’d need to find somewhere suitable to park your car outside the (fully pedestrianised) Old Town – I would in fact recommend asking your accommodation about this, as they would be able to advise the best parking spot/garage etc based on where in the Old Town they are located.

    In terms of the motorway and tolls – the motorway works that you get a ticket when you enter the motorway which you present at the toll when you exit the motorway; the amount is calculated based on how far you’ve travelled. (So you wouldn’t be going through many tolls, just the one when you exit the motorway.) I believe you’d take the motorway as far as the Posedarje exit (the closest to the island of Pag) so the total you’d pay would be 112 Kunas. If you headed properly off the motorway (not just at a rest area) for a rest/food/sights, then you’d obviously pay as far as you’d travelled (e.g. to Split the toll should be 50 Kunas), then get another ticket when you rejoin the motorway and pay the remainder (i.e. 62 Kunas) at the Posedarje exit. I think heading off the motorway might add up the hours onto your drive – why not by and large stick to the motorway and then on your return journey to Dubrovnik, drive (at least some of) the coastal road? Then you can really see some sights/try some nice restaurants etc. For actual rest areas on the motorway, the one near Skradin (called ‘Odmorista Krka’ = ‘Rest area Krka’) has some spectacular views.

    There’s no issue with driving with a UK license, but you might like to peruse the advice from the RAC (http://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/country/croatia/ ). However, you’ll see there’s nothing out of the ordinary.

    The one thing I’d point out is that to get to the motorway from Dubrovnik, you pass a small bit of Bosnia & Hercegovina (the ‘Neum corridor’) so keep your passports to hand to show at border control. But the actual border crossing is no issue, and hopefully the actual crossing won’t be too busy. If you have time, why not stop in this bit of Bosnia to take some photos!

  • Craig McFadzean

    Hello, my wife and I are visiting Croatia at the end of June. We are flying into Dubrovnik Airport where we will hire a car before driving into Old Town to stay the night,. We then plan to drive to Gajac using the E65 route. Could you possibly advise on how easy this route is to drive and how many tolls we are likely to pass incl. how much the tolls would be? We are then going to Hideout Festival and then will drive back up to Dubrovnik on the 1st July for our flight. Also if you could offer any advice on driving in Croatia with a UK passport hat would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance

  • You shouldn’t have any issues with taking a hire car from Croatia to Italy, but I would suggest that you mention this to the car hire company at the point of booking just in case. Do note that you’ll have to drop the car off in Croatia (and it sounds like you’ll be doing this anyway) as otherwise you’ll encounter a very hefty one-way fee if dropping it off in another European country. As far as I am aware, your Indian license is fine for Croatia (you would have to check with others that know more for Slovenia and Italy!) – I understand Indian driving licenses are in English, yes? (If not in English, an International Driving Permit is recommended.)

  • If you’re planning on mainly doing day trips to the islands (and sightseeing in Dubrovnik itself) then you obviously won’t need a car, but if you’re thinking on heading further down the coast (e.g. a day trip into Montengro) or up (e.g. visiting the Peljesac Peninsula – home to Ston and wineries) that a car would be helpful/flexible! (Although obviously you could join organised day trips too, but maybe that doesn’t sound like the kind of thing you’d like to do on your honeymoon!) I’d suggest a few hours on the island Lokrum (very easy to visit from Dubrovnik’s Old Town) and the tranquil Elafiti islands. Mljet – part of which is one of Croatia’s eight national parks – would be a great place to visit too (although at this time of year, it would have to be on an organised trip, and the same goes for Korcula. However, if you had your own car, you could potentially head onto these islands by driving up to the Peljesac Peninsula and then getting car ferries across to them…but all of that might be a quite a lot to do in one day (and as you say, you’re also there to relax!). Anyway, hope this has given you some ideas!

  • Do you mean what items are you required to have in your car in case of breakdown etc? Oddly, I can’t find a suitable list from the Croatian Autoclub website, but there’s some info from the RAC: http://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/country/croatia/.

  • Ambika Pratiyush Swain

    Hello! I am in Zadar (Croatia) for two days, from where I plan to hire a car and drive to Trieste (Italy) through Solvenia and then go fromm Trieste (Italy) to Zagreb (Croatia) – CAN I TAKE THE HIRED CAR FROM CROATIA TO ITALY? Also, I have a Driving License from India – WILL THIS WORK in CROATIA, SLOVENIA and ITALY? Thanks in advance for the answer!

  • Susan Kuruc

    Hello,

    My husband and I will be arriving in Dubrovnik May 2 staying through May 7. What are the best day trips and/or islands to visit? This is our honeymoon so we want to see a lot but also want to relax and enjoy. Do you recommend renting a car (we have a parking space at our apartment).

    Thank you in advance!

  • Edward Sims

    I am hiring a car in Pula . What are the compulsory items I need to check .
    Examples: high viz jackets, first aid kits etc.

  • To answer your last question first – it’s every easy to travel by bus between all these places, and because you have quite a short period of time, that might be better. (To avoid hassles with a car such as parking. Also, when *in* these cities, you don’t need a car to get around, really.) This is a little bit of a cramped itinerary, tbh…I would suggest – if you didn’t mind all this travel in one day – to head out of Dubrovnik the same day as you land. (Or, any chance of changing your flight to arrive in Split or Zadar?) I would go as far as Split and then spend a few days there. From Split you can easily visit Krka on a day trip (by public bus). For Zadar, hmmm… It’s 2.5/3 hours from Split to Zadar each-way, so quite far for a day trip. Or if you travelled up to Zadar, stayed there and then returned straight to Dubrovnik, that’s about 6.5-8 hours by bus! I would suggest skipping Zadar for this trip (unless you can change your flights) and only doing Dubrovnik and Split (and easy day trips). You could take a bus up from Dubrovnik to Split, and then maybe do the return by catamaran (maybe stay a night on one of the islands) for the return journey for something a little different?

  • Some of these places can be very easily reached from Sibenik, so I would say that hiring a car would only be better for you if you wanted to be really flexible (in the times you get to places/leave places; how long it would take to get to these places – buses obviously make stops!; and maybe if you wanted to stop off somewhere a bit different along the way etc). For example, Krka is very easy to reach from Sibenik – there are direct buses to its entrances: https://getbybus.com/en/blog/bus-krka/. There are also many, many buses a day from Sibenik to Split, look up timetables on https://getbybus.com/en/. To Hvar you would first need to get a bus to Split and then a catamaran (it takes 1 hour) to Hvar Town – see http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/sailing-schedule/local-lines-2017 for timetables. To Plitvice I would say having your own car *would* be easier as the buses aren’t well timed for a day trip – or you could join an organised excursion, of course. Final comments – are you based right in Sibenik, or is your accommodation on the outskirts? Because it might be a bit more complicated to travel into town to the bus station to then travel out. Secondly, does your accommodation have parking? If so, great, if not then having a car might be a hassle. On balance, I feel you may be happier having a car to do your day trips.

  • Natasha Jelley

    Hi,
    I am booked to go to Croatia for 7 nights, originally i was planning to stay in Dubrovnik for the duration but am now really wanting to do a little bit of travelling round and exploring. I land into Dubrovnik at 11am on 30th
    May and fly out around the same time from Dubrovnik on 6th June. My plan was to spend 30th-1st in Dubrovnik then to see Split on 2nd and try to fit in seeing Zadar morske orgulje and Krka national park before travelling back down to Dubrovnik on 4th or 5th. Firstly does this sound realistic and do-able? Secondly I am stuck on my decision of how to travel renting a car is looking like a good choice price wise but i am a little nervous to drive a car for that distance in another country would i be better off traveling by bus between them all?
    Thanks

  • Steph

    Hello,
    Myself and my husband are staying in Sibenik in June for 9 nights….how would you suggest is best for us to see some of the sights (day trips), would it be best to hire a car? Ideally we would like to go to Hvar, Split, Krka National Park and possibly Plitvice Lakes National Park.

  • Thanks for your kind words! Pula is a bit of a ‘blip’ in your trip (in the sense that it’s not really near anything else/is a bit of a detour) so I would miss it out (if you have only 10 days), as nice as that place is, and spend more time in Dalmatia. Hmmm, when you say missing out, do you mean missing out on places to stop at/visit, or just missing out on the view from the drive? I wouldn’t say you’d be missing out by taking the catamaran route instead as you’d be visiting the gorgeous islands instead! You could perhaps visit another island as well as Hvar on your way to Dubrovnik.

  • Lauren

    Hi, I love all of your tips! I am flying into Zagreb in June and plan to spend a few days there before renting a car to drive around the country. I definitely will stop at Plitvice (and stay the night so I can see it in the morning without crowds, as you suggested to others). I’m undecided if I should drive all the way out to Pula. What do you think? I will make my way down to Split, as well as head out to Hvar. IF I take the catamaran to Dubrovnik, and turn my car in at Split, will I be missing a lot by not continuing to drive down the coast? I haven’t booked a flight out of Dubrovnik yet, but I’m thinking of having 10 days in the country.

  • I’d suggest just staying in the Dubrovnik region, really. A couple of days for enjoying Dubrovnik itself, and then the rest of the time making a few trips to other places nearby. Certainly a few of the islands would be great – Korcula or Mljet, or perhaps the Elafiti islands too. As you’ll have a car, you could hop over the border to Montenegro, or possibly even to Bosnia (Mostar). Heading up the coast to the Peljesac Peninsula, home to Ston (famous for *its* town walls, plus oysters!) and a number of wineries would also be a very suitable day trip.

  • Tariq al nahari

    Hi , we are visiting Croatia next week for five days. Our flight will land in/ leave from Dubrovnik and we are renting a car. How would you recommend we spend these five days?
    Thanks

  • You’re very welcome, thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a wonderful time in Croatia!

  • You’re very welcome, thank you for your very kind words! Hope all goes very well on your trip, and hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Mandreo

    Thanks thanks thanks!
    Not only have we rounded our trip plans in Croatia but were also able to but ferry tickets online thanks to your invaluable help! Superb. We’re all set now!

  • Laurel Bonfiglio

    Thank you for your humble advice! We are visiting Medjugorje as part of a religious pilgrimage. I was also thinking (since we will be in B&H) that we can spend a few hours in Mostar as well – kill two birds with one stone! I feel much better knowing that we won’t be kicking ourselves for not going to Krka (if that indeed does not end up happening). All-in-all, I’m feeling much better about the trip we have planned. I cannot thank you enough for your suggestions, honesty and astuteness! I really think with your suggestions and perhaps a bit of last-minute flexibility it will be a fantastic trip! Thanks again!

  • These four ‘locations’ are just about doable in 9 nights without it feeling like you’re just travelling the whole time, so it should be okay, as long as you do ‘one way’ travel (fly into one place and out of another). If you want to see Zagreb, you really would need (I believe) to fly into there (or out of there, I suppose, if you did the reverse of the following itinerary) as it doesn’t make sense to head there and then backtrack down to the coast to continue your holiday. So an itinerary would look something like this: fly into Zagreb (1 or 2 nights, depends on what time your flight gets in) – Plitvice (2 nights – might be worth it, so you can get to the park early on one day to explore before it gets too crowded) – Split (1 night) – take this catamaran over to an island: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html, perhaps Hvar? (2 night) – continue with same catamaran to Dubrovnik (2 nights) – fly out of Dubrovnik. You can adjust the nights a bit, perhaps take one out of the early part of your trip and allocate it to later on. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  • Andrea Burke

    hi, we’re looking to visit Croatia for 8 days (9 nights) starting May 27th. Our goal is to see Zagreb (just as part of a travel day), Plitvce lakes, Dubrovnik and visit an island. Is this too much? If not, how would you recommend we structure our trip? we don’t have any flights booked yet so we are flexible on where we fly in/out.

  • Truthfully, if you don’t think you’ll be back in Croatia anytime soon then yes, I think you will feel that you’ve missed out by not visiting Dubrovnik. Sure, absolutely, I don’t think it’s a problem at all to forgo Krka – you can’t do it all! But the drive from Plitvice to Dubrovnik is pretty far and will take up quite a lot of that day, so then I’m not sure about having just 2 nights for Dubrovnik (as one of those days will just be travelling). What is your reason for visiting Medjugorje? I don’t think it’s of that much interest to most travellers, really only to religious visitors. (Sorry – maybe that’s why you’re going?) But yes, you could then up to Bosnia after Dubrovnik and then head over to Split. Perhaps you could play it by ear as to whether you’ll have enough time to visit Krka when in Split.

  • Laurel Bonfiglio

    Boy… I am sure suffering some internal conflict about this one… Dubrovnik was high on my list 馃檨 We don’t really mind driving that much (hence why we were happy to rent the car), but do you think that we will feel slighted having missed Dubrovnik. It was a destination that came highly recommended in all travel blogs/ forums/ books that I used. Would it even be substantial (though not ideal) to cut out Krka National Park in exchange for spending time in Dubrovnik? I know it’s far south, but the walls are something I was greatly looking forward to exploring. My thought process is that since we are already seeing one spectacular national park (Plitvice) that maybe we could (?) forego Krka? I’m sorry for my indecisiveness. I’m just not sure if we will be back in Croatia and I don’t want to miss the best of the best!

    OR

    We head out of Dubrovnik and hit Medjugorje/ Mostar and then head out to Split (to avoid having to come back south again after driving back to Split) Then maybe Krka would seem more feasible?

  • Does it come up with an error when you try to buy on the Jadrolinija website? That’s the only place online where you can buy their tickets for local routes. If it doesn’t work, you can buy tickets once in Croatia at any Jadrolinija office (see http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/sales-points/croatia ) – perhaps when in Split or when you reach Brac? It should be fine to do this a few days in advance – and June isn’t absolute peak season yet.

  • Hmm, I’m still thinking this is far too much., not to mention that there’s lots of zig-zagging up and down (well, north to south and back etc) meaning you’re adding on boring hours of travelling by going back and forth. I would suggest skipping Dubrovnik – as great as it is – because it now seems to be a point in your itinerary that’s a lot further south/far away from everywhere else you want to go to. Yes, you’ll just have to come back another time! Also, the reason I suggest two nights in Plitvice is that in summer the park gets very busy. Getting there in the afternoon means you’ll almost certainly be stuck in queues to get in/get around; if you get to the region, stay the night, and then get to the park early (as soon as it opens) the next day, you’ll miss a lot of this. I suppose that same day that you visit Plitivce, you could then move on to the next point on your plan (not Dubrovnik!) if it’s close (e.g. Zadar?), so you wouldn’t need to stay a second night in the area. By missing out Dubrovnik you could add on something else in the north Dalmatia region, perhaps another island, or somewhere like very pretty Zadar.

  • Mandreo

    Thank you! Since our schedule is tight, I’m trying to book and buy car ferry tickets for car + passengers from Sumartin to Makarska on June 13, at 11, but I can’t do it online from Argentina. Is there any chance of doing this online in advance?

  • Laurel Bonfiglio

    Yikes! I had a feeling I had planned too much. We already booked flights into Zagreb (it was cheapest to fly in there from Cairo) and out of Split (to Florence). Perhaps we could amend to this:
    Day 1: fly into Zagreb/ explore city
    Day 2: we pick up the car at noon in Zagreb, explore Zagreb in the AM/ drive to Plitvice lakes in the afternoon
    Day 2/3: Plitvice Lakes (do I need two days for this?)
    Day 4/5: Dubrovnik
    Day 6: Krka National Park (stay in Split)
    Day 7: Medjugorje/ Mostar (we return the car this evening in Split)
    Day 8: Split/ Hvar
    Day 9: Split….
    Does that sound better? I adjusted as much as I could with everything that we already have booked :/
    I guess this just means we’ll have to take another trip back to Croatia sometime soon!

  • Yes, this is far too much for 8 days – you’ll basically be travelling all the time and seeing hardly anything! Also, how come you end in Split (rather then just heading all the way down to Dubrovnik) – do you already have return flights from there? And are your flights to Zagreb already booked? (Perhaps you don’t need to start there?) Also, in what month are you travelling?

    I would amend as follows: Zagreb (1 night) – Plitvice (1 night, but preferably 2 so you can enter the park early the second day) – Krka – Split (2 nights). From here, I would suggest either Bosnia OR Hvar on your way to Dubrovnik – I am struggling to see how you can do both. If you chose Hvar, you could actually give your car back in Split and then take the catamaran from Split to Hvar, then Hvar to Dubrovnik. Then Dubrovnik at the end, I would normally suggest at least 3 nights there but I suppose you could get away with 2. Even just this plan is a lot for 8 days, I have to say!

  • Laurel Bonfiglio

    Hello! We have an action-packed 8 days planned! Let me know if this does not sound feasible (I have a feeling it may not….)
    Day 1: Fly into Zagreb, explore Zagreb
    Day 2: Rent car midday and drive to Istrian Peninsula (perhaps closer – Rijeka – if Rovinj and Pula seem to far?)
    Day 3: Plitivce Lakes
    Day 4: Krka National Park/ Head to Dubrovnik
    Day 4: Dubrovnik
    Day 5: Pelijesac Peninsula (or Dubrovnik)
    Day 6: Medjugorje/ Mostar (in Bosnia & Herzegovina)
    Day 7: Hvar (Island/ Town)
    Day 8: Split
    Let me know what could/should be extended or shortened or if it sounds just right!
    Thanks again for your wealth of knowledge!

  • Yes, there are buses from both Split and Zadar to Plitvice (and back again, of course). There are some accommodation options very close to the park itself, or additionally some accommodation owners (of places further away) can drive you to the park (and pick you up as well).

  • The advice given by the tourist board is that International Driving Permits are required to rent cars in Croatia. However, I would say that as your license is in English, you’ll be fine – I’ve rented cars in Croatia with a UK license and have not been asked for an IDP or even had one, and likewise many travellers also don’t bother with getting one.

  • Carling

    Hi There!
    Is there public transportation from Split and/or Zadar to Plitvice National Park? And then from Plitvice to Zagreb? My main concern is travelling around the National Park to get to our accommodation without a rental car. Any insights would be greatly appreciated 馃檪
    – Car

  • Shelley Wiebe

    HI
    Do I need a International license to rent a car. Or is my Canadian License O.K.
    Shelley

  • I would drive to Sumartin on the east side of the island of Brac, take the car ferry from there to Makarska (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/2017-red-plovidbe/638-enAAB0C2111A087BD8F2391441.pdf?sfvrsn=2 ) and then drive down the coast to Dubrovnik. So no, you wouldn’t have to return to Split.

  • This would be very feasible, many people travel the gorgeous coastal road between Split and Dubrovnik! It’s around a 4-4.5 hour drive, assuming the traffic is not that bad. However, I would not advise trying to drive there and back in one day (not sure if that’s what you were intending?) as that would be quite tiring/not leave much time for Dubrovnik.

  • Mandreo

    I didn’t mention that we’ll be leaving Brac (Bol) on June 8, 2017.

  • Mandreo

    Back again! We will be staying 3 nights in Brac Is. (Bol) and then drive to Dubrovnik. What is the best route to take? Do we need to pass through Split again? We’d like to take the simplest option.

  • SF MakeUp Chick

    Hello –

    I’m planning on being in Split in June and want to know how feasible it will be to drive by myself to Dubrovnik. I want to be able to stop in various towns at my leisure. I am from the US so at least we drive on the same side of the road.

    Thanks in advance!

  • You’re very welcome!

  • Mandreo

    Right you are! Thanks a lot for your reply and reassurance!

  • Okay, I see – thanks for the clarification. This is still quite a lot to cram even in this time, I would say. I would suggest these alterations to your itinerary (I won’t comment on the Slovenia bit – best to ask a Slovenia expert!): a) I would drop Rovinj. It’s a wonderful town, but that’s a lot of travelling to this part of the Croatian coast (and then back inland) just for one day in Rovinj. That doesn’t make sense to me. b) From Ljubljana, I would then go to Zagreb and spend your sightseeing/visiting time then. c) From Zagreb, head to Plitvice – two nights there is great. d) From Plitvice, then head to Zadar; again, two nights is good there. e) Then to Sibenik – 1 night fine. f) Then on to Dubrovnik (return your car – you won’t need it in Dubrovnik). I would use three nights there, two is a little short for this amazing place. g) Then fly back from Dubrovnik to Zagreb with http://www.croatiaairlines.com/ – there is an early morning flight on the 7th – would this get you back to Zagreb in time for your flight out?

    Additionally – as you now have an extra night – why not stop in Split and see the amazing sights there?

  • I don’t think you’ll have any issue with the traffic signs! They are all very easy to understand – I think both your English and Spanish may come in hand (you might notice a few words/phrases similar to Spanish e.g. Centar for the centre of a town), and globally recognised symbols are also in use (e.g. P for parking). If you have GPS with your car, that’s great, but you may like to also use your smartphones…I’ve found that if I look at/download a map when my phone is connected to wifi, it that stores that map even if I don’t have a data connection, and I can still use it.

  • Poonam Kashelkar

    Flying into Zagreb on the 15th but have a week planned in Austria so v will b in Bled on 22nd, 23rd &24th Ljubljana, 25th Rovinj, 26th & 27th Plitvice, 28th Sibenik, 29th, 30th n 1st of May Dubrovnik, 2nd n 3rd Zadar, 4th, 5th 6th Zagreb. On the 4th we would be siteseeing n reaching zagreb only by late evening…we fly out from Zagreb on 7th morning

  • Mandreo

    Hi, here I am again!
    It’s about driving and language! We wonder about traffic signs in Croatia, do you think we’ll manage speaking Spanish and English? We have rented a car through Rentalscars and expect to have it with GPS for a more relaxed driving. But still, we’re concerned about getting into and out from towns like Sivenik or Zadar! Thanks in advance for your comments and/or suggestions!
    Maria
    marosa.andreotti@gmail.com

  • This isn’t really an itinerary I would suggest – it involves a lot of travelling when time could be better spend enjoying! Where are you flying in and out of – Dubrovnik? Are you needing to get back to Dubrovnik after visiting Ljubljana? Are there reasons that you’ve picked these places and the amount of time in each – 3 days in Zagreb is quite a lot given the total amount of time you have.

  • Poonam Kashelkar

    Hi,
    Planning to come to Dubrovnik in early May. We are a family of 5 n are driving around. Can u suggest a good itinerary for 2.5 days in Dubrovnik, 3 days in Zagreb, half a day in Sibnik n 1 n half day in Ljublijana

  • Whether or not Zagreb is a good place to fly in and out of depends on where you’re planning to explore! However, for shortish visit of 8 days, it would be better to fly out of somewhere else e.g. Split or Dubrovnik if possible. If your license is in English, then you should have no issue with using it to rent a car in Croatia.

  • Tapish Agarwal

    I am planning to visit Croatia for 8 days in September end. I have a few questions. Is it ok to fly in and out of Zagreb? Is the Indian driving license valid in Croatia?

  • Whereabouts exactly are you planning to explore? I’m not sure I’d recommend travelling all that far by motorbike or scooter, unless you’ve a lot of experience with these (perhaps you have!), certainly along the main coastal road which will be very busy in July with holiday traffic. My preference would be car, even with parking considerations. But as I said, what is your itinerary? Could you also consider not renting anything and travelling by public transport?

  • Bim

    my girlfriend and i are heading over for the month of july, staying in podstrana. we’re planning on going to ultra festival and travel around the coast.

    would you advise we hire a motorbike, large scooter or car?

    i’ve read that scooters are free parking and easier when in the cities. but obviously cars are quicker. what would you advise?

    cheers.

  • Thanks for your kind words, glad you’ve found the info helpful! Yes, this does look much more manageable. I think you’ll have a great time!

  • Mandreo

    Thanks a lot! You’ve answered all our questions so far and helped us make decisions. Your advice was superb! We will fly Volotea Venice-Split, From Split we’ll drive to Zadar, Sibenik and Plitvice (3 nights) and back to Split to use a catamaran for a 2-night-stay in Brac and then a 3-nights-stay in Dubrovnik. It looks more sensible, doesn’t it?
    Maria,
    marosa.andreotti@gmail.com

  • That sounds like a good plan indeed! You’re very welcome but I think you came up with the appropriate plan more than I did! 馃檪

  • Biswajit Chakraborty

    Thanks for your reply. We have reverse engineered our trip and instead of :
    Zagreb – Plitvice – Split – Dubrovnik – Zagreb, we will do
    Zagreb – Dubrovnik – Split – Plitvice – Zagreb

    We will take the flight to Dubrovnik on our way down south, while we plan to drive back up on our way back for this leg :
    Dubrovnik – Split – Plitvice – Zagreb.

    This drive should be manageable. And fortunately flights are available from Zagreb to Dubrovnik when we start the trip.

    Thanks for your responses. It really helped.

    cheers
    Bisy

  • Aha, I see. And yes, 11pm is a pretty late arrival, so the hotel airport makes sense now!

    Indeed, there’s not many other options for getting back from Dubrovnik to Zagreb – train isn’t an option, and bus wouldn’t be any quicker (actually, it’s slower) or more convenient with kids! So unfortunately you might have to get an early morning flight…

  • Biswajit Chakraborty

    Hi

    Thanks for your reply. To answer your few questions –
    Before we came with option 2 we had the idea to fly to Dubrovnik from Zagreb and back after covering plitvice. But now tickets aren’t available for a large group as ours. So we came up with option 2 to break our journey to Dubrovnik. And splitting that drive seems to be a good option now.
    On our way back yes we do have to take our flights back to U.K. From Zagreb. The drive from Dubrovnik to Zagreb is rather too long to do at a go with children so we do have to think about flying from Dubrovnik to Zagreb. The only problem with that is the flight timings which as you said are early morning or late night!
    Lastly the only reason we are putting up in the airport hotel on our night of landing is because we are reaching quite late in Zagreb around 11pm.

    Thanks for your response. We will try to see how we do our journey back to Zagreb without driving. But option 2 definitely seems a better one.

    Thanks
    Bisy

  • Thank you, I hope to help you too!

    Of the two, I would definitely pick option 2 as this itinerary is broken up a bit more (meaning, there’s not too much driving in any one go) and you get to see more of Croatia. The one thing I would normally suggest would be to look into flying back to Zagreb from Dubrovnik as the drive (IMO) is just too much to do in one go – and the flight is so much quicker (obviously!). However, I don’t think there are any flights (with Croatia Airlines – http://www.croatiaairlines.com/ ) that would suitable for you as they are either very early in the morning or late at night.

    Have you checked out all flights to Croatia for around that time? You can take a look at our page here – http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/getting-to-croatia/flights-croatia-destination-airport/ – to see who flies where and when the routes start. I would check out if you could get flights instead to Split (some of the routes start in early April) if not Dubrovnik. From Split you can still visit Plitvice…and it seems like you’re only flying to Zagreb because that’s where you can get flights to. Or fly into one place and out of another? (You can do one-way car hire in Croatia.)

    Finally, if you still do end up flying to Zagreb, does your flight arrive late? If not, could you not drive to Plitvice the same day? (It’s a 2/3 hours drive.) I think staying in the airport hotel would be…rather boring! You could also make more of the day at Plitvice that day.

  • Really the only public transport route available to you would be to take a bus from Pula Airport to the main bus station in Pula, then a bus from here to Rijeka (many buses per day) and then another from here to Mali Losinj. There are a couple of buses for the latter leg, run by Autotrans: https://www.autotrans.hr/en-us/home.

  • Biswajit Chakraborty

    Hi,

    I am tempted to post my query on this forum after seeing so useful responses from Visit Croatia. We (2 families with 3 kids) are planning for a 10 day trip in Easter and we have the following options –

    Option 1:
    路 Fly from UK to Zagreb on 07/04 night and stay at the airport Hotel
    路 Next day drive to Plitvice for 2 nights
    路 10th morning drive to Dubrovnik(6 hours?). Flights are not available now or are really expensive(拢1200 for 3 peopleL)
    路 Stay in Dubrovnik till 16th morning and make day trips to local islands/places of interest
    路 Drive back to Zagreb by 16th evening for an evening flight to UK

    Option 2:
    路 Fly from UK on 07/04 night and stay at the airport Hotel
    路 Next day drive to Plitvice for 2 nights
    路 10th morning drive to Split(3 hours?) and stay there for 2 nights and make day trips to Hvar etc.
    路 Drive to Dubrovnik on the 12th morning(2-3 hours?)
    路 Stay in Dubrovnik for 4 days and go to Korcula etc.
    路 Drive back to Zagreb by 16th evening for an evening flight back to UK

    We are obviously tempted to go for Option 2 as it covers most of the places we want to visit in this trip. What would be your thoughts on this please and which one would you think is prudent?

    Thanks
    Bisy

  • LL

    Hi, I am traveling to Croatia on the 9th of April. I am flying to and from Pula (PUY) airport. My destination is a hotel in Mali Losinj. I was wondering what were my transfer options? To get a taxi will cost me 400 euros return and to hire a car for the whole ten days of my stay will be 拢150. Is there any means of public transportation to the island? Thanks in advance

  • nidhi

    hi ,
    Can you please name few good car rental companies in croatia

    tia

  • The route isn’t mountainous at all! I don’t know the UP too well, but I think it’s okay for motorways (I mean any motorways, not Croatian ones in particular). About a third of the route is also on a two-lane road once you get off the motorway. Overall, I think it will be fine!

  • Maria

    Hi!
    Here I am again! This is about highways in Croatia. We are renting an UP (WV) car. How suitable is it for driving in Central Croatia highways (from Zadar to Plitvice lakes)? Are these in mountains. Will this car be fine? Thanks

  • You’re welcome! Yes, please feel free to ask me any more questions.

  • Mandreo

    Thank you so much. I needed a knowledgeable opinion to make decisions! I might reframe our trip and consult you again!

  • As you’ve said, this is very ambitious! I would go back over the list of places you mentioned and cut it down by at least half – which places do you really, really want to see? Which can you do without? I would suggest either visiting the northern part of Croatia’s coast (Istria – Rovinj, Pula; Opatija, Krk) plus Plitvice (and you’d need a car to get from Istria to Plitvice) OR the southern part, Dalmatia (Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Brac, Hvar, Dubrovnik), NOT both…it will just be too much. As you’ll be in Trieste, you could hop over to Venice and take a flight down to Split with Volotea (http://www.volotea.com/en/ ). There is unfortunately no flight on the 7th June, but there is one on the 8th. From Split you can visit Zadar, Sibenik and Plitvice (car would definitely give you more more flexibility)…obviously not all in one day! Then from Split you can use catamarans to travel to Brac, then on to Hvar and then Dubrovnik. I’d said Sarajevo would be just too far to include in your plans (it’s not really advisable as a day trip) unless you were able to devote more time to it.

  • Mandreo

    Hi,
    We’re to senior ladies planning a 10-day trip to Croatia from June 7-16, from Trieste (Italy) to Dubrovnik. Hiring a car and dropping it in Split or Dubrovnik is a possibility, as is riding buses. We’ve picked some places like: Rovij, Pula, Opatija, Krk Is., Plivitce Lakes, Zadar, Sibenik, Split Brac or Hvar Islands, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik. We know it’s very ambitious and wonder if you can help us with this. Suggestions would be appreciated as to: Is the car really necessary? What places make the car unnecessary? Which islands are worth picking in such a short lapse? What about including Sarajevo in our tour? Many thanks! Maria

  • Cross-border car hire in Europe (meaning, picking up a car in one country and dropping it off in another) is very, very expensive (or not even allowed by some car hire companies!) so this is the issue that you’re running into. There’s absolutely no issues with hiring in Italy, driving to Croatia and then returning to Italy and this would definitely be a sensible solution for your travel plans. (The alternative would be to take public transport – bus, catamaran – from Italy to Croatia and then hire a car there…but you would have drop it off in Croatia as well if you were planning to return to Italy.) Yes, vignettes are required for driving on motorways in Slovenia (you could obviously drive on smaller roads to avoid paying for a vignette, but it’s not really worth the hassle!) and they can be bought at the border. Here’s some useful info on them: http://www.dars.si/Dokumenti/Toll/Methods_of_payment/Vehicles_up_to_35_t/Vignette/Questions_and_answers_about_vignette_312.aspx. A vignette that is valid for a week costs 鈧15.

  • Pauline Crossen

    Hi,
    I am planning a trip to Lido de Jesolo, Italy at the end of June staying for 5 nights and then would like to drive to Pula and stay a further 5 nights. I am having problems trying to get a quote to hire a car picking up at Treviso airport and dropping at Pula airport. Do you know if there are any restrictions preventing me from being able to hire and drop off at a different airport location. Alternatively I might consider driving back to Treviso but would it be legal to drive into Croatia from Italy and back again to Italy? Also I have seen some discussion about a blue card for the drive through Slovenia on the way to Croatia and possible the return journey.
    Many thanks Pauline

  • Yes, you can definitely hire a car at Zagreb Airport. I would absolutely pre-book a car so you can get the type (make/model/size/transmission etc) of car you want – try one of the price comparison sites to get the best price. Wow, big question! I mean, yes, Dubrovnik is absolutely gorgeous and the ‘jewel of the Adriatic’ but you won’t be able to include it in your time-frame (unless you skip something else – Plitvice?) but in addition to that, it’s not really so convenient if you’re tied to flying in and out of Zagreb. I would also usually recommend at least three days for Dubrovnik. Why not come back to Croatia another time?

  • nidhi

    Thank you so much.
    Returning the hire car in split makes sense. maybe we can see more of zadar.
    can we hire car in zagreb airport and if yes,do we have book in prior
    Are we missing something by skipping dubrovnik
    Tia
    nidhi

  • You should be fine renting a car with any valid license. There are a few sailings to Brac from Split – this catamaran to Milna (so, without your car) goes in the morning and returns in the evening: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html or you can use this car ferry to Supetar: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/2017-red-plovidbe/631-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2. There are no morning sailings to Bol; you could get there by an organised excursion instead. This is quite a rushed itinerary overall – looks like you won’t have much time for visiting Zadar at all! (Why not skip it, in that case?) Also, could you not fly from Split to Zagreb at the end of your trip to save loads of time instead of having to drive back? (Return the hire car at Split Airport.) Not to miss – well, the main sights! Lots of amazing sights in Zadar (if you get the chance to visit!) including the main thoroughfare Kalelarga, the Forum, Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ (latter two best at sunset/night); for Split, the Diocletian’s Palace area!

  • You can check out the route on Google Maps or Via Michelin (https://www.viamichelin.co.uk/) – basically, you’ll be driving down the (tolled) A1 motorway in Croatia practically as far as it goes and then crossing over into Bosnia at that point. It’s only about 40km of driving in Bosnia, you shouldn’t find any issue at all with roads there.

  • nidhi

    hi,
    we are planning 6 days trip to croatia in 25th june 2017 and planning to hire a car from zagreb near airport. Following is what we have plannned

    day 1 and 2- 25th and 26th june-plitvice
    day 3- 26th june – plitvice to split via zadar
    day 4 -27th june- day trip to brac island from split
    day 5-28th june – in and around split
    day 6 29 -back to zagreb

    few questions:
    -how do we hire a car for self driving near to zagreb airport. Are other countries( indian or qatar) licence valid to drive in croatia
    -ferry timings to brac island fron split( morning) to brac and return to split (evening)
    what do you suggest?

    anything specific which shouldnt be missed in zadar and split

    thank you

  • Jack

    Hi,
    Im planning on hiring a car for 3 days in April to drive from split to Mostar. What is the route for this journey like and are Bosnian roads okay? Thank you! Jack

  • Yes, this seems much better. I would suggest as full a day as possible at Plitvice (plus driving back to Zadar) – perhaps I misunderstood your first message, but it sounded like you were going to spend just a morning in Plitvice and then still doing some sightseeing etc in Zadar that same day. Additionally, Trogir would be more easily combined with Split as it’s a very short distance away from that city.

  • Car hire in Croatia isn’t especially cheap (compared to some other popular destinations), no. If you took the inland motorway route (well, as far south as the motorway exists!) it would take about 3-3.5 hours; on the gorgeous coastal route it normally takes about 4.5 hours but with the July holiday traffic it might take upwards of 5. I wouldn’t really recommend a day trip to Dubrovnik from Split (especially in the peak of summer – Dubrovnik will be packed during the day); I’d suggest doing an exciting day trip closer to Split instead e.g. Krka National Park, or one of the islands.

  • Bobby

    Hi, me & 4 friends are coming to Split in July for 4 nights & are thinking about driving to Dubrovnik for the day, couple of questions:

    Is car hire reasonably cheap
    How long would it take us to drive from Split > Dubrovnik

    Thanks
    Bobby

  • Hinesh Mehta

    Thanks a lot for your reply. I think you are right regarding the car being more hassle! We will take the catamaran from Split to Hvar OR Korcula and then onto Dubrovnik which allows more time in each place as well. Plitvice – only planning a day trip but would you recommend more time there? So it would be something like this which is hopefully sensible!

    Day 1 – Zadar
    Day 2 – Plitvice
    Day 3 – Zadar and Trogir
    Day 4 – Split
    Day 5/6 – Hvar/Korcula
    Day 7-9 – Dubrovnik

  • Yes, it will be more hassle having a car and trying to get onto those islands, as there are very few car ferries that go from one island to another – most go from the mainland to an island. You would have to do something like Split to Stari Grad on Hvar, then either return to Split and drive down the coast OR drive across Hvar to Sucuraj to get the car ferry to Drvenik on the mainland, then drive down the coast and up the Peljesac Peninsula to Orebic to get the car ferry to Korcula, then back to Peljesac and drive down to Prapratno to get the ferry to Mljet, then back on the same ferry to drive down to Dubrovnik. Phew! (Here’s a map of car ferries – http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/ostali-dokumenti/spl-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – the blue lines.) If you really wanted to visit all these islands, much better to use this catamaran from Split that calls at Hvar, Korcula and Mljet on the way to Dubrovnik – http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html (2017 schedule should be same as 2016). BTW, this sounds like a very packed holiday – it seems like you’ll be doing a lot of travelling and not much actual enjoying of places! (Only a few hours for Plitvice?)

  • Galina

    Yes, just visiting for a week. Thank you for the reply!

  • Hinesh Mehta

    Hello
    I’m planning to hire a car at Split Airport on a Monday afternoon in early June, drive straight to Zadar and the next day in Plitvice followed by another half day in Zadar before returning to Split (maybe via Trogir). I know the car won’t be much use for Zadar town itself but is preferred for Split-Zadar-Plitvice-Zadar-Split. I then plan to spend a day in Split before heading onto Dubrovnik via 3 days in Hvar/Korcula/Mljet. I want to know how easy and necessary it is to keep the car from Split to Dubrovnik (one-way fee will apply) and travel with it by car ferries to the islands and Dubrovnik. Is it more hassle with the car? Do I need to book these car ferries well in advance? Is it really needed?
    Thanks for your help!
    Hinesh

  • Do you mean just to visit Croatia? (As opposed to moving to Croatia and registering your car in the country?) I don’t believe there are any restrictions on age (and 2001 isn’t that old a car!) for visiting with your own car. Diesel is regularly available at all petrol stations.

  • Galina

    Hi,
    We are coming to Croatia with our own car, Opel Zafira, diesel, model year 2001. Are there any restrictions for the age of the car or the fuel it runs with?
    Thanks!

  • If you took the A1 motorway from near Split (Dugopolje entrance) to as far as it goes (the motorway ends near Ploce! You then need to switch to the coastal road) then the toll costs 49 Kunas for a standard car. If you drove on the coastal road between Split and Dubrovnik, then there are no tolls to pay.

  • Derek

    Derek
    my family is arriving in Dubrovnik and spending a week in Split before returning to Dubrovnik for 7 days (July 2017).

    What is the cost of tolls on the roads to and from Dubrovnik/Spli?

  • Bus links from Split are great! Unless you were planning on visiting somewhere that’s quite off the beaten track (meaning car would be easier), I would stick to buses. (And ferries/catamarans too if you’re visiting the islands?)

  • Mike

    Am staying near Split for 6 days – would I need a car to get around that area or are their good bus links around

  • I think it would be quite difficult for you to find a car to rent – more agencies ask for drivers to be at least 21 and having held a license for at least 2 years. You would need to contact specific agencies to see if they would let you rent a car from them. But it’s quite easy to get around using public transport!

  • Hiu ming Chan

    hello im 20 from hong kong and holding a probitionary driving license for 8 months. can i drive in croatia ? thanks!

  • I would suggest that it would be trickier to rent a car because of your ages – it would still be possible, but you will have to pay a higher fee (as you say) because you are under 21. I wouldn’t imagine that your age would affect you being allowed to take the car to Italy (I mean, you should be fine to take it to Italy) but you would have to double-check the rules with the agency you choose to hire with. An Ecuadorian driving license should be fine to rent a car with. The International Driving Permit for Croatia is a tricky one – some say it is required for car rental in Croatia, but plenty of people (myself included) have a hired a car without ever been asked for one. You may wish to obtain one to be on the safe side as it’s not so expensive. Finally, what are your travel plans – do you definitely need to hire a car?

  • Carlo Banch贸n

    Hello, my friends and I are students from Ecuador studying in UK (our residence permits expire in August 2017) and we would like to rent a car for two weeks in Croatia in April 2017. Currently, we do not own a UK driving license although we have ours from Ecuador. I should mention our ages are between 19-20 years old, and we had had our licenses for more than a year. Will we be able to rent a car? Do we need a International driving permit or to obtain the UK driving license? We are aware of the young driver tax. Also, we would like to go if is possible to Italy with the car and return to Croatia with it. Is it possible? Are there any limitations because of our age?

  • This isn’t something I know much about, but perhaps try the companies http://www.gear.hr/en/, http://www.rent-a-gs.com/index.php/en/ or http://www.brabel.hr/en/. Good luck!

  • Finecitygirl

    Hello there, we are two, experienced, international motorcyclists who will be visiting Croatia next Spring. We are looking to hire two, small, motorcycles maybe 300-600cc ( not scooters, or, big heavy bikes). Please could someone sign post up to a local motorcycle hire place around Dubrovnik, or Split? Many thanks

  • Janet Silcock

    What car company charges 拢100 for the week please ?

  • Well, Split has excellent transportation links to some many places (by bus and ferry/catamaran, and also by train although this isn’t a useful way of getting around) so whilst you might want to spend 2/3 days for Split itself, you could stay longer if you wanted to do lots of day trips by public transport. (Organised day trips to islands/national parks are also of course possible.) Likewise, I’d say about 3 days for Dubrovnik, longer if you wanted day trips. You could then make your way between the two places either doing an island route (likely, via Hvar and Korcula) or just on the mainland. I’d say you have enough time to make a day trip to Plitvice from Split (by organised tour, or with your own car), and you could also visit Krka. From Dubrovnik, you could also visit Mljet (or stay a night along the way). You probably wouldn’t need to hire a car (unless you were keen to visit Plitvice or Krka by driving yourself) – certainly, if travelling via the islands, it’s better not to hire a car as it’s quite hard to get from island to island via the car ferries.

  • Mika

    hi,
    I am thinking to visit Croatia. Priority will be to see Split and surroundingsand then head to Dubrovnik. If we have about 2 weeks and like to take our time to stroll cities, nature and get a taste of life there instead of focusing only the sightseeing-part of it all, what would you recommend? I would be curious for example to hear how long to spend in the city Split, Dubrovnik and if a car or local transportation is the smarter way to go.
    Thanks

  • Well, three weeks is a wonderful amount of time in Croatia! So if you’re starting in Zadar (and I’d certainly spend a few days there at the start – probably car-less, as there’s no need to have one in Zadar) I’d head up to Plitvice first and spend a couple of days there. You may want to consider visiting Zagreb as well, seeing as you have the time (about 2 hours north from Plitvice). Post Plitvice (or Zagreb), I’d then head over to Istria and base myself there for a good portion of the holiday – there are many towns and resorts to choose from (Pula, Porec, Rovinj, Medulin, Vrsar…) and you can then spend a good amount of time exploring this area, including the pretty countryside. (Istria is also well known for its wine and food, so you can certainly visit vineyards.) After Istria, I’d travel down the coast, stopping off to take a look at Rijeka and Opatija, and then continuing further in the direction of Zadar. In this region you also have the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks, both quite mountainous. You could potentially stop off at the island of Pag (if you haven’t visited before) to check out the unusual landscape and also their famous cheese! (There’s a short car ferry over to the island, and then a bridge and the southern end.) In this region (on the mainland). Heading back along the coast, you can then head to Krka National Park, and then on to Split, before heading back to Zadar.

  • Andrea Jepson

    Hi
    We have just had a very enjoyable holiday island hopping from Split and would now like to see more of Croatia, We intend flying into Zadar then picking up a car to drive to the national parks and maybe as far as Split before returning to Zadar. We would appreciate any routes which would take up to 3 weeks.

  • No, it’s a very easy crossing to go through (unless there are queues…depends on the time of year) and there’s nothing in particular to watch out for.

  • David Wood

    Hi,
    Besides paying the rental car agency a fee, are there any other complications to crossing the border(s) on the way from Dubrovnik to Split and back? Thanks.

  • Sorry, I don’t – although I have heard before Sixt don’t charge as much. Hope you are able to find a suitable company.

  • Jon Heyes

    Hi

    Do you know which car hire companies do not charge for cross-border driving? We’re driving through Bosnia and Herzegovina on 3 of our 6 days here and most companies are wanting to charge us anything from 鈧8/day (Sixt) to 鈧75 for the whole trip (Avantcar)!

    Thanks

  • Opatija (close to Rijeka) is a very pretty place to stop for a few hours. Rijeka itself is bit more of an industrial city, but it’s still interesting for a walk around, a place to have lunch etc. I’d probably choose Opatija, howver.

  • Nutwerlal

    Hi…We are planning a trip to Croatia and I am planning to drive from Zagreb Airport to Umag…I know it takes around 3 hours via Rijeka so just wondering where would be a good place to stop/visit on the way to Umag

  • Sounds like a good plan! Thanks for your kind words – glad you’ve found the site helpful! Have a good trip.

  • Zahara

    Thank you so much! I think we will hire one to travel around, but then just walk around Dubrovnik. This is such a useful website and forum. Thank you!

  • Well, it’s easy to get from Zaton to Dubrovnik by local bus; this – http://libertasdubrovnik.com/wp-content/uploads/prigradski-zapad.pdf – shows you the local bus routes (map at the bottom of the page) and bus times. I’d say a car isn’t necessary for visiting Dubrovnik, especially as you’re then left with the hassle/cost etc of parking (and it can be a bit of a hassle in Dubrovnik sometimes!). Taxis from Zaton would most likely have to be called. But for exploring the rest of the region, such as Peljesac, Konavle, and going over the border to Montenegro would undoubtedly be easier with a car. 拢100 for a week doesn’t sound too bad!

  • Zahara

    Hello

    We are going to Dubrovnik for 7 days next week and as well as exploring Dubrovnik, we would like to tour around and perhaps visit Montenegro too. We are staying in Zaton; Would it be worthwhile hiring a car, or are taxis and buses convenient and economical? It would cost us 拢100 to hire a car for the week…

    Thanks

  • It would be a pretty long day but technically do-able. If you use the motorway (or the motorway where it exists! Starts near Ploce above the Neum Corridor from Mlini) rather than the coastal road this will of course be quicker. I would estimate it would be 3-4 hours each way. I’d personally use the day to visit something closer to Dubrovnik/Mlini!

  • Pat

    We are coming to visit Croatia on our Holidays in September and are staying in Mlini in Dubrovnik, if Hiring a car how long would take to drive to split? Could it be done in a day and back?

  • That’s good to hear!

  • You’d really have to ask the hire company as they’re the ones that would (possibly) prevent you (or not) from renting a car because of this!

  • Cheung

    Hi! I have a HK licence and it is written in English. However it only shows expiry date but not when the licence was issued. I am wondering if it works for car rental in Croatia where 2-year driving licence is required? Or this 2-year rqeuirement is not strict at all?

  • I drove around 1000km/620mi on croatian roads this summer.

    Never found a single pothole.

  • I drove around 1000km on croatian roads this summer.

    Never found a single pothole.

  • I would suggest Dubrovnik to Split along the coastal road – take your time and enjoy the scenery! – then up to Zadar. Then from Zadar cut inland towards Plitvice Lakes National Park, and then finally to Zagreb. Does your 6 days *include* the time spent visiting both Dubrovnik and Zagreb, or do you have additional days for these places? If it’s the former (that’s a little crowded!), I might leave out Zadar and then just go Split to Plitvice direct.

  • Jitu

    Hi
    I plan to visit Croatia in September and travel by car from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for about 6 days.
    Can you suggest a road route?
    Thanks.
    Jitu

  • Ronak Doshi

    Hi Nitish,

    Couldnt reply earlier .. Just got back. The car rental company asked only for my Indian driving license however I had carried my IDP along. The license wasnt checked otherwise at any point, so Im unsure if thats sufficient.
    I would recommend taking the IDP – its quite easy to obtain one, at least in Mumbai.

    Cheers,
    Ronak

  • The IDP is one of those grey areas – it is suggested that one obtain one for Croatia, but many people are able to rent cars without ever being asked for one. I have rented a car on an UK license (obviously in English) and was never asked to show an IDP. I don’t believe it is possible to obtain one in Croatia; I would ask your hire company about renting with just your Indian license.

  • Anuj Mittal

    Hello!!

    I am travelling to Croatia from 26th July to 3rd August.
    I have a valid Indian Driving License in English.

    Unfortunately, i will not have enough time to get the IDP.
    Is it possible to get the IDP in Croatia or rent a Car with the Indian Driving License?
    Is International Driving Permit required for Indian Driving License?

    Thanks.

  • Tim

    Thanks for you reply 馃檪

  • You should be absolutely fine, especially as your (home) driver’s license is in English. Feedback is that many drivers never get asked to produce the IDP when renting a car; I’ve rented a car in Croatia (on a UK license) and wasn’t asked for one. (Just as well as I didn’t have one!)

  • Tim

    Hi, is an international driving permit required for New Zealand driver’s licenses? I can’t find this information anywhere. I actually don’t have time order one before we come 馃檨

  • I think you’ve got lots to see! Struggling to add anything to your plan, really…! (I thought about potentially visiting an island in the Zadar region, but the car ferry will take too long for a day trip.) Anyway, enjoy!

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • DariusK

    Thank you for the suggestion, looks great! Yes we are not set on the route just planed out the general direction. That is why we thought to write here and get some suggestions what to visit. So any other suggestions would be appreciated ;]
    Thank you again for the input! We really want to make the most of the trip.

  • Okay…well, sounds like you’ve got quite a detailed route and have the flexibility of a car so can go wherever you like; I would just not be *too* attached to the plan just in case! (e.g. as mentioned, summer traffic causes delays) As for day 5 – seeing as you’ll be in the area, why not consider Biokovo? http://www.pp-biokovo.hr/en/20/home

  • Nitish

    Hi Ronak, is it possible to rent a car on Indian Driving License in Croatia? Or does one need an International Driving Permit?

  • Nitish

    Hi Ronak, is it possible to rent a car on Indian Driving License in Croatia? Or does one need an International Driving Permit?

  • Nitish

    Hi Ronak, is it possible to rent a car on Indian Driving License in Croatia? Or does one need an International Driving Permit?

  • DariusK

    Thank you for your input. Well we like to drive and just get off on random beautiful spots look around and just drive to the next point. So that is why we are looking for more scenes routes, we don’t mind drive all day if we see beautiful nature ;] As for Ploce we just thought route 8 by the coast could be interesting, but basically we are not sure what to do on Day5 馃榾

  • This is a very detailed plan! I wouldn’t worry too much about trying to always make your route as scenic as possible, as you’ll end up spending a lot of time in your car at the expense of actually enjoying Croatia. Certainly on day 3 I’d just head the most direct route to Zadar; perhaps you could sightsee a little in the Plitvice area (I mean outside the park) if you wanted to do something else that day. (Although, really, I’d just drive straight to Zadar.) Also not sure what you’re planning on day 5 – why are you heading to Ploce? Overall, this seems like a lot of driving around, although it depends on what you’re planning for the rest of your stay (you mention visiting the islands). Don’t forget that July is peak season – the coastal road (as scenic and lovely as it is to drive on) can get very busy, so expect delays because of traffic…

  • DariusK

    Hello,
    We are planing a trip next week through Croatia by car. And would be interested in advise on routes, maybe there a re more scenic routes to take? This is what we have planed so far:
    Day1 – Pula to Samobor (E751 and then to E65)
    Day2 – Samobor(Slani Dol) to Plitvicka (Taking route through Mali Lipovec, Route1, day in the park)
    Day3 – Plitvicka to Zadar (Zemunik Donji) (Route53 to Senji, Route E65 to Trajektna luka Prizna ferry, Route106 and then through Krneza, Brisevo, Smokovic)
    Day4 – Zadar to Podstrana (Costal road Jadranska magistrala to Lozovac(day in the park) then to route33 toward the coast to route8)
    Day5 – Podstrana to Makarska (Route8 to Omis, then route on the right side of the river towards Kucice and to Zadvarje, Route39, Route60 to Imotska (short stop), Route60 to Route76 to Zagvozd, Route62 to Ploce, Route8 by the coast)
    Day6 – Makarska to Split (Route8 to Split airport to drop off the car before going on to islands (Brac, Jelsa, Starigrad, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Pomane, Dubrovnik)
    Would be very thankful for the advice on this trip. We are also interested in visiting some vineyards along a way and other interesting places. We like nature over Cities so our trip is more nature based I guess ;]
    Thank you.

  • Hmm, I would take estimates from Via Michelin and then perhaps add on a bit too…! For Pula – Plitvice, I would suggest A9 motorway towards Rijeka, then A6 in the direction of Zagreb, then A1 in direction of Split, then take exit 7 to get on the D42 towards Plitvice. For Plitvice – Zadar: D1/D522 until you get to A1 motorway; take this south until exit 17 for Zadar.

  • Ronak Doshi

    Thanks a lot for the prompt reply.
    We took travel time estimates from viamichelin and google and thought that this will be a bit of a stretch but doable.
    Let me see what I can re-work.

    Any suggestions on what route is recommended for Pula to Plitvice and Plitvice to Zadar.

    Ronak

  • I’m afraid this seems far, far too crowded a plan – you basically want to do Opatija – Pula – Plitvice – Zadar – Split in 48 hours? Pula is the ‘opposite’ direction from Plitvice if setting off from Opatija; I also don’t think you’ll have any time (or much time) to visit Zadar after spending the day at Plitvice and then driving down. July is peak season so places such Plitvice will be very busy; likewise you might find some issues with traffic on smaller coastal (but very scenic) roads. They are wonderful places but I would skip both Pula and Zadar and drive Opatija – Plitvice; then after Plitvice I would drive to Split. Quite a bit of this driving involves motorways, so traffic should be fine. http://www.viamichelin.com is a good site for planning driving routes; I think you’ll be fine with a left hand drive car, just take it easy and you’ll get used to it in no time. Finally, can you not arrange to drop the car off in downtown Split rather than having to drive to the airport? (As it doesn’t sound like you’re ending your Croatia trip here…)

  • Ronak Doshi

    Hi Team VisitCroatia,

    I will be visiting Croatia and driving a bit in July second week.

    1) will be taking the car from Opatija around 8am.
    2) head to pula to see the amphitheatre
    3) then from pula to plitvice and rest at the apartment for the rest of the day
    4) will visit plitvice national park the next day
    5) after visiting the park, head to zadar
    6) do local sightseeing in zadar and rest for the day
    7) next day, head to split, offload luggage at our apartment and return the car at split Airport

    Need advise on this plan and the routes – opatija to pula, pula to plitvice, plitvice to zadar and zadar to split.

    Also, I’m coming from a right hand drive country and it will be my first time with left hand drive! A bit anxious about that too!

    Regards from India,
    Ronak

  • Ronak Doshi

    Hi Team VisitCroatia,

    I will be visiting Croatia and driving a bit in July second week.

    1) will be taking the car from Opatija around 8am.
    2) head to pula to see the amphitheatre
    3) then from pula to plitvice and rest at the apartment for the rest of the day
    4) will visit plitvice national park the next day
    5) after visiting the park, head to zadar
    6) do local sightseeing in zadar and rest for the day
    7) next day, head to split, offload luggage at our apartment and return the car at split Airport

    Need advise on this plan and the routes – opatija to pula, pula to plitvice, plitvice to zadar and zadar to split.

    Also, I’m coming from a right hand drive country and it will be my first time with left hand drive! A bit anxious about that too!

    Regards from India,
    Ronak

  • What sort of special permit? As long as you have insurance for driving in Europe, you should be fine.

  • John Roberts

    we are planning a driving trip next year to Croatia do we need a special driving permit to drive from England?

  • Lou Scott-Attrill

    Hi we are driving from the UK to Croatia this weekend, is there any advice? Also we are staying in the Vrsar area and I wondered if there is anything you could advise that would be suitable for a 10 year old to do. (apart from the beach). Thank you in advance 馃檪

    • No particular advice apart from general stuff such as having your route planned well and not driving for too long a stretch…and getting vignettes for the countries that require them! (Austria, Slovenia) Here’s a good round-up of kid-friendly things to do in Istria from their tourist board: http://www.istra.hr/en/attractions-and-activities/children-and-family/entertainment. There’s an aeropark in Vrsar and you’re pretty close to both of the waterparks, although unfortunately Istralandia is only open on the 10th June. Perhaps the submarine (in Rovinj) might be fun too? I’d also recommend a boat trip excursion (just ask locally, or you should see them advertised) which should be fun for the whole family!

  • Traveller

    Hi! We are driving from Split (airport) to Brela during night time (leaving the airport around 9pm). Taking this time of the day into consideration, do you recommend taking the coastline road (Ivana Pavla II, according to Google maps) or the highway E65? We are not in a hurry (and would like to see some beautiful scenery) but do not wish to take a difficult route as a first driving experience there, either.

    • If you have the time, I’d always go the coastal route – definitely more enjoyable, even if you’re travelling at night (and can’t see the scenery as much)! It’s not a difficult driving experience, don’t worry (and your route isn’t a particularly long one in any case).

  • Jack Herron

    Hi Visit Croatia team,
    We are touring Croatia by car in August and one of our trips will be driving from Dubrovnik to Rijeka in one day on our way to Venice. Are there many places where we can stop to rest and eat on the motorway along the way and how long do you estimate this drive will take?
    Jack Herron

    • Yes, there are plenty of rest stops ranging from basic toilet/picnic area to a stop with a full restaurant, shop and perhaps even a little playground! You can actually see details of these stops on this map – http://hac-onc.hr/interaktivna-karta-autocesta- – not sure why there’s no English version! But click on the road you want under ‘Autoceste’ (Motorways), then where it says ‘Odmorista’ (Rest areas) click to expand that and then select ‘Prikazi sva odmorista’ (Show all rest areas) – or just click on the symbol for the rest area type you want. It’s not a route I’ve driven myself, but I’d estimate it to be 7-8 hours. It’s largely motorway, which shouldn’t be too busy even though it’s August…although the road from Dubrovnik to Ploce (and the border controls for Bosnia) will likely suffer from the usual holiday traffic.

  • Terence Lai

    Hi visit Croatia team,

    I am Hong Kong residence, and have International driving license. I will have a trip to Italy and Croatia for 2 weeks in May. My plan is to rent a car from Florence, and then take a cruise trip (together with the rental car) to Croatia, and then go back Italy at the end. Is there any problem? When I apply my IDP, I saw that Croatia is Not party to 1949 convention, International Driving Permit honored. Thanks for the reply in advance!

    • If you hold an international driving permit, then I would definitely bring it along when visiting Croatia! It is not normally asked for, but it wouldn’t hurt to have it with you. (IDPs are most commonly asked for if you’re home license is not in English/Latin script…sorry, I don’t know about the Hong Kong license?) I would let the Italian car hire company know that you’re taking the car to Croatia – they will let you do this, but it won’t hurt to tell them.

  • Jeffrey

    Hi visit Croatia team,

    I will be visiting Croatia for two weeks in early May. I applied for an international driving permit (with photo) but then not sure if Croatia is on the list of countries (it does not seem to be in the documents that I looked at). I do have a Hong Kong driving licence (with no photo), could you please advise if I am eligible for car rental?

    Are you aware of any issues with insurance?

    Thanks in advance.

    • An international driving permit would normally be required if your home driving license does not use the Roman alphabet. But if you have already applied for the international permit, why not bring that along too! Not aware of issues with insurance – what did you mean?

  • Syman

    Hi visit croatia,

    I will be traveling with a few friends soon to dubrovnik and we will end our stay in zadar. I am to understand that the travel is 8 hours by bus, so we were thinking about a car hire. However, my friend has a US driving license. I was wondering if it was possible to drive with this or if there is something we could apply for. We will travel in a ten days.

    • It’s no problem to hire a car in Croatia with a U.S. driving license.

  • Serg Alif

    I usually used this company http://naniko.com.am/en/car-hire-sarajevo-airport/
    They have low rates and new cars

  • Carmel Cuyler

    We will be spending a few days in Venice and then (maybe via Trieste) 4-5 days on the Istrian peninsula. We wonder about the benefit of having a car to do some exploring there, and also the possibility of driving to Plitvice Lakes for a day or overnight. We would then drop the car at the same place and ferry to Losinj to visit family after that. Does it make sense to have a car for a few days to explore? If so, how to we find and arrange a car beforehand? (Don’t want to reserve a car if it doesn’t make sense) Thank you.

    • Renting a car to explore Istria is a wonderful idea! There’s plenty to see in the area – as well as the famous coastal towns, the Istrian countryside is also very pretty and definitely worth exploring…and that’s really best/easiest done so by hire car. Additionally, it’s quite tricky to visit the Plitvice Lakes from Istria by public transport (although you could join an organised excursion), so driving there yourself would undoubtedly be much easier.

      In terms of arranging a car beforehand – see our page at http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/travelling-around-croatia/driving-in-croatia/renting-a-car-in-croatia/ for a list of agencies. Or many major car hire agencies (Hertz, Avis etc) have offices in Croatia; alternatively, check out a price comparison site such as Kayak, Auto Europe and so on.

  • Moez Abdu

    A few friends and I are looking to rent a car for the day in Zagreb, but all of us have held a licence for less than a year despite being 18. Would this be a problem?

    • I think you will have a problem, yes – as far as I’m aware, agencies require drivers to be over 21 and having held a license for at least 2 years. Where are you trying to get to from Zagreb? You should be okay with public transport (bus).

  • Jack Hewison

    I have 5 points for a CD10 (careless driving) offence from this year. Would I be allowed to hire a car in Croatia? I cannot find any information online and I travel in 3 weeks to Croatia.

    • That’s probably a question for your car hire company as they would be able to say whether or not they would rent a car to you; I am not aware of any general restriction in Croatia that wouldn’t allow you to rent a car. Drop the comapny a line and see what they say.

  • wali

    Hey,

    Is it possible for a 19 year old to rent a car, who had his full UK license for 8 months?

    • Most companies require the driver to be at least 21 years old, and have held a license for at least 2 years. I am sure that you could pay an additional fee for being under 21, but I would imagine they’d still want you to have held a license for that amount of time. (Or, at the very least, one full year.) I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to contact a company or two direct to see what they say.

  • Dipak Khule

    Hi, I am planning to visit Croatia in 1st week of July. I have a valid driving license of India, but dont麓t have international driving license. Will I be able to drive the car in Croatia ?

    • This is an odd one – as per the advice from the Croatian National Tourist Office, you do need an International Driving License to rent a car in Croatia. (See http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Journey-through-Croatia/Arrival?cFwyOTk%3d )

      In practice, you are very unlikely to be asked for it when picking up your car (obviously you will be asked for your normal driving license!), or – e.g. – if you happened to be stopped by police when driving. Many travellers to Croatia don’t obtain one before going and don’t have any problems.

      However, you may prefer to get one just to be on the safe side.

  • julie

    I’ve just booked a car from sixt car rental at pula in Croatia for September. We planning to drive into Slovenia for the day. was told we need a permission letter to do so and a surcharge of upto 15 euros. We also through Bosnia Herzegovina from split to dubrovnik, I’ve informed them about this but they haven’t mentioned anything about this. Do we need anything to drive through Bosnia Herzegovina or not, of course besides our passports. We have UK ppassports and UK drivers licence

    • The route through Bosnia & Hercegovina for those travelling down to Dubrovnik is via what’s called the ‘Neum Corridor’ – basically the little sliver of that country that gives it a bit of access to the coast.

      This corridor is essentially a transit route so you’ll be absolutely fine just driving through. (i.e. As long as you stick to this route and don’t travel off into other parts of B&H!)

  • Yukichi Ogata

    My friends and I are planning to visit Croatia and Slovenia next month for a week, I have a UK driving license and I’m 23 (I understand some companies charge differently for younger drivers). We’re on a budget and the cheapest option we found so far is a company called avantcar (拢80 for the week) where we can pick it up from Croatia and return it in Slovenia. Was just wondering if you have any suggestions and recommendations for other companies worth considering? And anything worth noting when driving in these 2 countries? GPS rental also costs quite a bit….are there any SIM cards that can work in these countries and provide unlimited, reliable internet for gps instead? Thanks!

    • 拢80 for a week sounds like an amazing price, actually – I would have expected it to be much more expensive because of the one-way, cross-border car hire that you’re doing! (And, I suppose, because you’re a ‘young driver’). I had always found that one-way car hire across a border from Croatia (and some other places in Europe) was so prohibitively expensive as to not to bother with it!

      I guess a way to lower it further would be to rent a car (one-way) in Croatia, but drop it off there and then cross over into Slovenia using bus (or train)鈥ut this all depends on what your plans are for the week.

      We have a list of some agencies here: http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/travelling-around-croatia/driving-in-croatia/renting-a-car-in-croatia/ – although I’m sorry, I don’t know personally know if they’d let you do one-way car hire.

      Do you mean a sim card for your own GPS that you’d bring? (Or a sim card for a phone?) Sure – you could pop into any mobile phone store and ask them for a pay-as-you-go data sim (e.g. http://www.vipnet.hr/mobilni-internet/tarife-na-bonove; this one is one for phones that includes calls – http://www.tele2.hr/privatni-korisnici/welcome-to-croatia/?docid=224). They’ll speak English and be able to help you okay.

      However, you’ll be in two different countries (of course!) so you’ll have to do this twice鈥

      You’re UK-based, right? I think it would be far easier to sort out some kind of roaming sim in the UK that would work in Slovenia & Croatia – should be easy, as they’re both in the EU. Or, alternatively, you could just use your phone as a GPS – depending on what network you’re on, it can be pretty cheap (although you might have to call your network and set that up). I’m on O2 and last September in Croatia, I was only charged 拢2 a day (on the days I used it) for data on my phone, and I had unlimited usage (within reason, I’m sure!). Worked out great!

      The roads are of good standard in Croatia, particularly motorways which are all pretty new. They do operate a toll system (in most places – pick up a ticket when you enter, and then pay depending on how much of the road you’ve driven down). For the most part, signs are all pretty clear – it might just be once you get near a particular location that you’ll need GPS to actually find your destination. As you’re there in May, you shouldn’t have any bother from ‘holiday’ traffic which can be pretty bad during peak season (July/August).

  • Rachel

    We want to hire a car in porec/pula, but want to drive to Slovenia and Venice. But return the car to Croatia.
    Would this be possible?

    • It should absolutely be possible! Just do make sure your car hire company do let you drive the car into Slovenia & Italy – there’s absolutely no reason why not, but it’s always best to check that you have permission. Also, do drop the car back in Croatia (which you’ve said you’ll do anyway) as cross-border one-way rental, when allowed, is ridiculously expensive.

  • JC – US

    We are planning to fly into Austria, pick up a car rental and cross into Croatia to fly home from Split. Will it be difficult to cross countries with a rental car? We plan to get an IDP.

    • There shouldn’t be an issue with renting a car and driving it into (Slovenia first! And then) Croatia, but ultimately you would need to check with the car hire company to make sure they do allow the car to be taken into these two countries.

      What you’ll definitely have trouble with is one way car hire – they definitely won’t let you pick up a car in Austria and drop it off in Split/Croatia. You would need to return back to Austria to drop off the car.

      You can obviously use buses/trains to travel from Austria down to Croatia. You could do this to travel to Zagreb, for example, and then pick up a car here. (One-way car hire *within* Croatia is allowed.)

  • teoh

    we are coming from Singapore and both of us have Singapore driving license and Malaysia driving license. can we just use either of the driving license or we would need an international driving license?

    • This is one of those questions for which there seems to be so much conflicting advice – for both Croatia and other countries! I believe both of these licenses would be photocard ones and in English, and they would be fine to rent a car in Croatia. (You may wish to seek advice from the car hire company you are intending to rent from – I would imagine they would say your ordinary licenses would be fine.) I know some travellers get an IDP just for peace of mind, especially because it doesn’t cost too much.

  • Walt

    With a rental car, is an international drivers license required? I am from the US.

    • As far as I am aware, you do not need an International Drivers License to rent a car in Croatia if you have an U.S. license, and you won’t be asked to present one when renting/picking up your car. I have heard advice, though, that these come in handy should you – in the unlikely event – be involved in any kind of incident. (As in, having one means the paperwork etc will be processed quicker.)

      But many people come to Croatia and rent cars without having an international drivers license, so it is up to you!

  • Stephen

    Hi, looking for a bit of advice! Travelling from Split to Dubrovnik in August so considering wether to hire a car or go by bus? Would it be a lot more expensive for two people to hire a car? Also, if going by car is it better to book in advance (online as I’m in the Uk) or just waiting until we arrive in split? Any advice would be much appreciated!

    • It would be a bit more expensive, yes, and if you look up prices online, you might find that some agencies will charge you more if you’re picking up a car from a “downtown” location (instead of the airport) – I’m not sure if you’re literally flying into Split and then going on to Dubrovnik or not. Adriagate (http://www.adriagate.com/Croatia-en/Rent-a-car-Croatia ) is one company that seems to be priced the same regardless of airport/downtown pickup. Compare the prices on that site versus a bus ticket – it’s around 130 Kunas per person, one-way.

      If you’re literally just planning to go from point A to point B (Split and Dubrovnik!) then I’d say going by bus is easier and less hassle. Sit back and relax, take in the surrounding scenery and let the sounds of the Croatian radio station the bus driver has chosen to play wash over you. 馃檪

      If you were planning on doing a bit of exploring and making some stops along the way, then of course renting a car is a better solution.

      If you do decide to go for a car, I’d suggest pre-booking as the summer months can get quite busy and you don’t want to turn up and find there’s no cars available! (Or only some really expensive people carrier!)

      • Stephen

        That’s great, really helpful! Thanks!