Renting A Car In Croatia Tips

Renting a car in Croatia has many advantages to explore this beautiful country at your own pace.

Croatia has something for every traveler! With your rental car in Croatia, you'll see it all! Rental companies offer several pick-up locations and a large rental car fleet, so finding a car rental in Croatia is both easy and economical.

There are many car rental companies in Croatia, the local one or well known international brands. I recommend to make booking online if you want to take advantage of special offers and discount.

If you are planning to visit Croatia in July and August, you should start booking a car, a month or two ahead. In the summer months demand is very high and it can happen that demand exceeds the car supply.

When choosing a type of car to rent differences between your typical American rental car and what you’ll likely get in Croatia is that they have less passenger space and the most have a manual transmissions. Automatics are more expensive and may only be available if you rent a bigger cars.

Renting a car in Croatia - useful tips

  • Book your car online in advance
  • Opt for manual gear as it's cheaper
  • Opt for budget rentals car type like Opel, Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Skoda or Seat
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  • If you don’t need a car immediately after your flight, try to hire one from a downtown rental office. (Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik)
  • Plan carefully your pickup and drop-off times as cars in Croatia are rented in 24 hours period. (avoid be charged a whole day’s rental for just one or two hours more)
  • Opt for for European rentals companies like Auto Europe discount car rentals (my favorite).
  • Take advantage of one way car rental fees - not all rental companies have this offer

Croatiawise offers for renting a car in Croatia

Best Online Car Rentals in Croatia

For a great start of your trip renting a car in Croatia, my choice falls only on a name (considering not only my personal experience) - Auto Europe. Auto Europe has a long-standing partnerships with many of the leading domestic and international car rental companies with names you know and trust (Hertz, Avis and Europcar to name just a few).

Finding the best car hire deal, doesn't mean just to get the cheapest cat rental. You should pay attention on so called extras that sometimes significantly increase the rental price.

If you are not familiar with these extras here are some usual ones that aren't all included so don't forget to ask:

  •  Value Added Tax (Vat)
  •  Fire Insurance
  •  Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Theft Protection
  • Unlimited Miles

Below you can see Auto Europe offer for 7 days rental of Renault Clio economy class car type with all inclusive extras.

Rental extras you should know!

Take advantage of one way car rentals that Auto Europe applies in Croatia. There are two major types of one way rentals, international and domestic.

With international one way you can have a problem, like in case you intend to rent a car in Italy and drop it off in Croatia. Only few companies will allow this option. Just consider other ways of getting to Croatia from Italy.

Domestic one ways are often allowed at no additional cost and they are convenient if you plan to pick up your car (for example) at Zagreb Auto Europe downtown office and to drop it off in Split or Dubrovnik (downtown offices or airports). 

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