Traffic Connections in Croatia

To enter Croatia and to drive through it, a valid driver's license is required, and, in case you are a citizen of a non-EU country, a Green card is also necessary. Tolls are charged on highways, semi-highways and bridges according to the section (road) length and vehicle type.

Travelling by ...

Car

Road/motorway connections between Central Europe and the destinations on the Croatian coast have become excellent over the past years. Although Croatia is a EU member, during the summer months, the traffic can be quite heavy at border crossings, occasionally causing minor congestions. Motorway tolls can be paid at toll gates in cash and with credit cards (AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS, MASTER CARD, MAESTRO, VISA)

Basic Information:

  • In Croatia, people drive on the right side of the road
  • Driving with headlights during the day is obligatory between the last Sunday in October and the last Sunday in March
  • Use of mobile phones while driving is not permitted
  • Use of seat belts is obligatory
  • Maximum permitted amount of alcohol in blood: 0.5‰
  • Unless the traffic signs indicate differently, the permitted speed limits are the following:
    • 50 km/h - within built-up areas
    • 90 km/h - outside built-up areas
    • 110 km/h - on major motor routes
    • 130 km/h - on motorways
    • 80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer
    • 80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer

Gas Stations:

  • Open from 7am until 7pm or 8pm every day; in the summer season, until 10 pm
  • Petrol stations on duty in bigger towns and on main international routes are open 24 hours a day
  • All petrol stations sell:
    • Lead-free petrol - Eurosuper 95
    • Lead-free petrol - Super 95
    • Lead-free petrol - Super plus 98
    • Diesel fuel - Eurodiesel
    • Diesel fuel - Diesel
  • In bigger towns it is possible to fill the tank with gas.

Information about tolls, bridge tolls, fuel prices and a list of gas stations can be found at: www.hak.hr and www.ina.hr.

Taxi service:

In all cities and tourist centres.
Rent-a-Car
This service is available in all bigger towns, tourist centres and at airports.

Bus

Regular international bus lines connect Croatia with Austria, Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc. This type of transport is the least expensive one if arriving to Croatia from Central Europe. Croatia also has a very well developed national bus network that reaches even the smallest towns and places on the coast.

Plane

There are regular flights from almost every international airport towards Zagreb, Croatia, from where you can further continue the journey towards the coast. Croatia Airlines and several foreign companies have flights towards Zagreb on a daily basis. In high season, the number of flights increases, and numerous charter airlines, such as Easyjet, Germanwings and Ryanair, operate directly towards the biggest tourist destinations in Croatia: Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, the island of Brač and Dubrovnik.

As to the international air traffic, Croatia Airlines has flights towards numerous European cities.

Train

The railway network connects all major Croatian cities except Dubrovnik. There are direct lines to Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia and Montenegro. There are indirect lines to all other European countries. Train types operating in Croatia are the following: EuroCity (EC), InterCity (IC), Express (Ex), fast (B), and local trains: Croatian Railways

Ship

Jadrolinija is the leading Croatian shipping and ferry company, which takes part in both international and national traffic with its shipping and ferry lines.