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 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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 🙁

  • 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 😀

  • 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 🙂

    • 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´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 (£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!

    • £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)…but 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…

      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 £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. 🙂

      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!