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 ..........?
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):
In case you need the technical road assistance, unique phone number is disposed to drivers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day - 987.
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.
During the last decade Croatia has built some new motorways throughout the country. The most important are:
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!
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.