Renting a Car in Croatia

Renting a car in Croatia is easy, if perhaps a bit more on the pricey side compared to other European countries. Major car hire chains exist in Croatia, as do local companies.

Renting a Car in Croatia

Most have offices in the larger Croatian towns and at airports. Below is a list of some of the car hire agencies in Croatia.

Booking car hire in Croatia

To try and get the best deal on your car hire, consider using a price comparison website to compare car hire prices from different agencies. Search for car hire in Croatia via Holiday Autos, for example, to see what deals are on offer!

Renting a car in Croatia – regulations

You need to be at least 21 and have held a driving license for at least 2 years to rent a car in Croatia.

Renting a car in Croatia – the islands

Almost all the larger Croatian islands have local agencies that offer car hire. However, car hire on the islands is different to renting a car from an agency on the mainland. By this, we mean that car hire is offered on the basis that you’ll be taking a car out for a few hours, an afternoon or perhaps a day – not for a full week! (Well, you could try but it’d be rather expensive!)

Likewise, the types of cars on offer are limited – they’re usually pretty small cars suitable for zipping around an island for a while. Sometimes you may come across old-style VW Beetle cars which are certainly stylish for driving around a Dalmatian island for a few hours.

Should I rent a car in Croatia if I’m visiting the islands?

If you’re considering hiring a car (on the mainland) but also plan to visit the islands, do consider a few things. You’ll of course be limited to using the car ferries to get onto (and off) the islands – see the Jadrolinija’s maps on their website as to which routes exist. You’ll also need to pay the cost of sailing with a car on the ferry (plus the cost of any passengers too).

On the flip side, you can explore the island(s) to your heart’s content with a car! So if you’re planning on seeing and doing a considerable amount of island sightseeing, a car is definitely worth it. But if you’re more likely to be lazing on a beach most days…perhaps renting a car might not be worth it!

Driving in Croatia

If you’re renting a car, be sure to check out our advice on driving in Croatia and motorways in Croatia!