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The rental car market in Croatia is largely made up of well-known local brands and globally recognized car hire companies. The popular rental car suppliers in Croatia include - Active Car Rental, Alamo, Avant Car, Carwiz, Dollar Thrifty, Drive Rentals, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Keddy by Europcar, National, Oryx, Sixt, and SurPrice.
Hiring a car in Croatia is convenient. However, you need to have a clear understanding of a few things beforehand. We have collated the most useful tips that come handy while planning to rent a car in Croatia. Nevertheless, these tips in no way are the final ones as information related to rental cars and their suppliers change without prior intimation. It is strongly recommended to always check with your car hire supplier for any recent updates on policy changes.
Having said that Croatia is a beautiful vacation destination, thousands of people visit the country every year. More importantly, if you’re planning a trip during the summer season, book your rental car as soon as possible. With so many travelers looking forward to hiring a car during that time, rental car fleet options in terms of size and budget shrink considerably. Moreover, the onset of July triggers a steep rise in rental cars’ demand, far exceeding the supply.
Not being able to rent a car in Croatia is the last thing you would want. But this is perfectly normal in summer when the rental car companies are busy in serving the customers who come with a booking. As a consequence, you’ll be forced to adjust with the laggardly public transport, spoiling all the fun of your self-drive holiday in Croatia. You may consider on-the-spot car rental during the low season but not in summers.
A few rental car companies may charge a one-way car rental fee in Croatia. For instance, if you pick up a rental car at Dubrovnik Airport and return it at Split or from Zadar to Zagreb, you may be charged an extra fee. Please confirm with your supplier before booking a one-way way car rental in Croatia.
This may sound surprising but long-term car hire in Croatia is cheaper than the short-term ones. With most of the companies offering long-term Croatia car rental at affordable rates, you can explore more by paying less. Lower cost for car rentals also let you ignore the idea of using public transport for road trips in Croatia.
There are majorly two ways to cross an international border in a rental car from Croatia. The first option is to book a rental car for Croatia and choose a drop-off location in some other country. The second way is to plan a cross border road trip from Croatia after picking up your rental car in Croatia. However, you need advance permission from your supplier before going for the second option. As some rental car companies do not permit cross-border travel to countries, which are not part of the European Union (EU), your uninformed international border crossing can lead to penalties.
The minimum age to rent a car in Croatia is 18 years. However, it solely depends on the state laws and the supplier that you choose. A few rental car categories need you to be at least 25-year-old with a young driver surcharge. Enter your correct age at the time of booking to see the most relevant results.
Any violation in the agreed-upon fuel policy will attract hefty charges. For instance, if your rental car comes with full-to-full fuel policy and you return the car with an empty fuel tank, be prepared to pay additional charges. Rental car companies charge heavily for refueling the car at their end.
A majority of suppliers allow taking a rental car on a local ferry from mainland Croatia to an island. However, the usage of a ferry for inter-island travel is not allowed. Also, you cannot take a rental car to some other country over a ferry. Always check with your car hire company before planning to transport your rental car on a ferry.
Besides the one-way car rental fee, which has been mentioned before, there are some other extra charges that you need to be aware of. While rental car companies allow out of office hours rental car pick-up and return, it carries an extra fee. Other most common reasons for additional charges are - extras such as GPS and baby seats, additional drivers, unapproved off-roading, and last-minute cancellations.
An extensive network of state roads, which acts as a motorway of feeder roads, connects all major areas in Croatia. Several EuroTest and EuroTAP programs have confirmed the high quality and safety standards of the country’s motorway network. The traffic signs in Croatia are as per the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.
|Road Type||Road Signs||Popular Roads||Tolls|
|Motorways||White letter with green background||A1, A2, A3,A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, A10, A11||Yes|
|Expressways||White letter with blue background||D1, D2, D8, D10, D33, D76, D220, D404, D424, D425, D522||No, except tunnels|
|State Roads||White letter with blue background||D1, D2, D8||Yes|
|Minor Roads||Signs with a yellow background||No|
Motorists are charged on the seven stretches of motorways in Croatia. The country employs two systems for collecting tolls - open system and closed system. The open system of toll collection is used on tunnels, bridges, and short stretches of a highway. In this system, you’ll see only one toll plaza where you’re required to pay immediately upon your arrival. Whereas in the closed system, you’ll pay the toll at the exit, with toll charges depending upon the distance traveled.
The widespread proliferation of gas stations throughout Croatia has paved the way for hassle-free road trips over scenic routes. Most of the petrol stations operate from the crack of dawn until 10 PM. You may also find some 24-hour operational gas stations on the motorways. INA, which is one of the largest gas station chains in Croatia, operates gas stations even on the islands. Besides cash, debit and credit cards are widely accepted at the fuel stations.
Have a look at the following important rules of the road in Croatia. Violation of traffic rules attracts fine, which can be paid on the spot.
|Croatian Auto Club Emergency Service||987|
|Traffic Information on Radio||98.5 FM|
Go for a small car if you’re just two people. Mini and economy cars are the cheapest ones and offer great ease of driving. Book a full-size car rental in Croatia if you’re traveling with a family and need adequate space for luggage. Rent 7-8 seater van if you’re with a group. Vans offer plenty of space for occupants and their luggage.
Yes, renting a car in Croatia is like any other EU country. With all the leading car hire brands - Alamo Rent a Car, Sixt Car Hire, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dollar Rent A Car, and Centauro Rent a Car - offering trusted and best quality rental services in Croatia, it is perfectly safe to rent and drive a car here.
You will need a valid credit card in your name, vehicle insurance papers, driving license, your ID, and any other documents that your supplier gives you at the time of rental car pick-up.
You need your home country’s driver’s license, which must be one-year-old with no major endorsements. Please check with your supplier for more information on driving license requirements in Croatia.
Yes, a vast network of roads with well-placed signboards makes driving a fuss-free affair in Croatia. Rent a GPS-enabled car for ease of navigation.
Yes, rental cars can be easily driven into other countries, provided you have all the necessary documents. Almost all car hire suppliers allow travel to the EU member states. However, it is advisable to check with your supplier before crossing an international border.
You can use your credit/debit card, euros, and the Croatian Kuna to pay the toll taxes.
No, you don’t need a vignette in Croatia as there are toll gates for collection of toll charges.
Yes, automatic rental cars are easily available in Croatia. Please book early for more options in automatic cars belonging to compact, economy, full-size, and SUV segments.
The right lane is used for driving in Croatia, similar to most of the European countries.