Getting Around Driving In

Driving in Croatia can be wonderfully convenient or totally stressing. Whether you are driving your own car or renting one you have a freedom to discover the whole country at your own pace.

Many visitors ask me questions like - Should I rent a car in Croatia? What is the traffic in Croatia? Where I can find roads conditions info? How much are toll and fuel prices in Croatia? What is the distance between ..........?

Driving in Croatia - The rules

It's rather simple to drive a car in Croatia as long as you respect driving rules. Here are some basic driving rules (generally the same rules valid in most of European countries):

  1. Drive on the right side of the road.
  2. Right turn on the red traffic light is not allowed.
  3. Seat belts are compulsory for all persons on the vehicle.
  4. Driving with headlights is obligatory during both day and night.
  5. Use of mobile phones while driving is not permitted. 
  6. Maximum permitted amount of alcohol in blood is 0.05.
  7. Speed limits - 50 km/h in the city zone, outside city areas 90 km/h, major roads 110 km/h, on highways 130 km/h. For motor vehicles with a caravan trailer, buses and buses with a light trailer 80 km/h.
  8. Fines in Croatia - exceeding speed limits fine is from 300 to 3000 Kuna, driving in Croatia without seat-belts 500 Kuna, fines for illegal parking go from 300 to 400 Kuna, driving with mobile phone 500 Kuna (not applied for hands-free systems).
Zagreb to Dubrovnik highway

In case of an accident and road assistance

In case you need the technical road assistance, unique phone number is disposed to drivers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day - 987.

Emergency - For emergency services call 112. Emergency road help with advice in English call (from Croatia: (+385 1 987). Traffic information in English is available at 98.5FM during the tourist season. Otherwise road traffic info is provided 24 hours a day by HAK Hrvatski Auto-Klub on 041 415 800.

If you are renting a car or driving your own, make sure you have adequate car insurance coverage in Croatia. I suggest to read my esteemed friend Jeanne Oliver's article about all insurance coverage in Croatia.

Croatia car motorway network

During the last decade Croatia has built some new motorways throughout the country. The most important are:

  • A1 Zagreb – Split - Dubrovnik - Once you drive on this highway you will fully understand why it's called Europe’s most beautiful highway. It's still missing last 135 km from Ploce to Dubrovnik. Currently it's 483 km long between Zagreb and Ploce and you have to cross the Nuem corridor and more 110 km to Dubrovnik.
  • The Zagreb - Rijeka motorway - completed in 2008 this 140 km highway is the fastest way to reach Istria and Northern Adriatic coast.
  • A3 Zagreb - Slavonski Brod - Lipovac (border with Serbia 307 km)

Petrol stations

Most of petrol stations are open from 7 AM  to 8 PM  every day. In the summer season they work until 10 PM. Some big petrol stations in the larger cities and on the main international highways are open 24 hours a day.

All petrol stations sell Euro-super 95, Euro-super 98, Euro-super 100, Super plus 98, Normal and Euro Diesel premium. The prices go from 08,81 to 09,39 Kuna per liter for super and from 07,96 to 08,08 Kuna for euro-diesel.  Above you can find the cheapest petrol stations!

Parking in Croatia

Most safe parking in Croatia is paid parking. There are not many covered parking lots in the country but the open ones are generally safe.

If you are tired of driving in Croatia, parking is quite simple in Croatia. You can park where you find white lines and a big 'P' sign on the roadside. You'll have to pay for parking and can receive SMS messages when your parking is about to expire.

During the high season driving in Croatia can be tiresome as in some cities like Split and Dubrovnik is hard to find the parking place. I advice to find hotels or private accommodation that guarantee, parking place.

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