Renting A Car In Croatia

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

Travel your way – find the best price on one-way  renting  car in Croatia

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
  • 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

Cheap deals for renting a car in Croatia

I have worked in the tourist business for more than thirty years and I have used a lot of different car rentals company. From my personal experience, a good rental company isn't one that offers only reasonable competitive rates, but it must clearly show what is included in the rental cost. 

When it comes to talking about renting a car in Croatia, a good rental company must have at least two rental points, one at the airport and the second one downtown. Secondly it must dispose of large selection of rental cars from leading brands to satisfy  your mobility needs.

When booking your car in advance, most of you start your search on a travel-booking site, such as Kayak or Expedia. if you have a favorite car-rental agency at home, consider using the same company in Europe.

Best Online Car Rentals in Croatia

There are several major Europe-based agencies such as, Europcar , Sixt  and Rentalcars. With these companies, if you get into car trouble, you can be sure to get a replacement car.  It's important to choose a company that thoroughly covers the areas where you’ll be driving.

Rentalcar UK company offers so called one-way car hire that not all rental car companies apply. This system of car hire is very convenient as your journey doesn't have to start and end in the same place. 

It's very practical when you can just drop your car off when you get to your destination and let the company deal with taking the car back 'home'. Here are some most popular one-way rentals in Croatia with Rentalcars:

Rentalcars covers almost every town in Croatia and all important Croatia airports:  

Dubrovnik airport - Zagreb airport - Split airport - Zadar airport - Pula Airport - Rijeka airport

  • One-way rentals from Dubrovnik to Zagreb (or vice versa).
  • One-way rentals from Split to Dubrovnik (or vice versa).
  • One-way rentals from Zadar to Pula.

Sixt offers premium, affordable renting a car in Croatia. It covers almost the whole Croatia with double points in main cities of Croatia:

  • Zagreb - two locations (Zagreb airport and downtown office in Hotel Panorama )  with wide available vehicle categories: Compact Cars & Sedans, Sports cars & convertibles, 4x4 / SUV, Truck.
  • Split - two locations (Split airport and downtown in Obala Ante Trumbica 16 ) with all available car categories.
  • Dubrovnik - two locations (Dubrovnik airport and downtown office at Dubrovnik/Hotel Rixos ).
  • Zadar - two locations (Zadar airport and city center at Kralja Tvrtka 2 street).
  • Pula - two locations (Pula airport and downtown in Verudela 17 ).
  • Rijeka - two location (Krk airport and city center).

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.

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

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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