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By Car

Posted in Travel to Croatia

Coming from central Europe, you can reach some of the coast destinations faster by car than by train.

During the summer months traffic at the borders is a bit heavier, and that can cause some delay.

To enter Croatia, a driver’s licence, an automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents are required. An international driving licence is required for the use of rent-a-car services.
The permit is issued by the parent motor-club.

The driver of a motor vehicle registered abroad entering the territory of the Republic of Croatia must have a valid International Motor Third Party Liability Insurance document valid on the territory of the European Union, or some other evidence of the existence of such insurance. International insurance documents and evidences are considered to be either an official licence plate of a vehicle normally stationed on the territory of a country whose national insurance bureau is a signatory of the Multilateral agreement or a valid Green Card issued for a vehicle which originates from a country whose national insurance bureau is not a signatory of the Multilateral agreement and other documents and evidences whose validity is recognised by the Croatian insurance Bureau.

Speed Limits:

50 km/h - within settled areas
90 km/h - outside settled areas
110 km/h - on major roadways designed exclusively for motor vehicles, and on highways
130 km/h - on motorways
80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer without brakes
80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer; on motorways, buses are allowed to drive up to 100 km/h, except for those buses carrying children

Please reduce and adjust your speed in wet road conditions.

 Driving with dipped headlights is obligatory during winter time.

The use of mobile telephones while driving is forbidden.

The use of seat belts is obligatory.

A reflective sleeveless jacket is an obligatory part of every vehicle’s emergency equipment. The driver is obliged to wear it when he or she is on the road, outside the car (changing a tyre, doing repair works on the car, filling up with petrol, stopping other cars in an attempt to seek help, etc.)

Petrol stations:

In larger cities and on the motorways, petrol stations are open 24 hours a day.

Petrol stations sell Eurosuper 95, Super 95, Super 98, Super plus 98, Euro Diesel and Diesel.

Gas (LPG) is available in major cities and at petrol stations on motorways.

For information on fuel prices and a list of centres selling LPG gas go to:,,, and

Main Roads in Croatia:
A1 Zagreb - Bosiljevo - Zadar - Šibenik - Split - Šestanovac - Ravča
A2 Zagreb - Zaprešić - Krapina - Macelj
A3 Bregana - Zagreb - Slavonski Brod - Županja - Lipovac
A4 Zagreb - Varaždin - Goričan
A5 Osijek - Đakovo - Sredanci
A6 Za-greb - Karlovac - Bosiljevo - Vrbovsko - Rijeka
A7 Rijeka - Rupa
The Istrian Y (motorway on the Istrian Peninsula) with toll booths at the “Tunnel Učka” and the “Mirna” viaduct.

The toll is charged according to the length of motorway traveled and vehicle category.

It can be paid in cash, by credit cards AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS, MASTER CARD, MAESTRO and VISA, by checks and by prepaid cards, as well as in foreign currencies according to the exchange rates on the day of payment.

Electronic toll collection (ETC) is a contactless toll collection method without mediation of a toll attendant in which the toll collection process is conducted by means of an ETC-device mounted on the windshield of the driver's car and the antenna in the toll lane.

ETC-device can be used as electronic media for toll collection on the following motorways: Zagreb-Split-Ploče Motorway, Zagreb-Rijeka Motorway, Bregana-Zagreb-Lipovac Motorway, B.Manastir-Osijek- Svilaj Motorway, Zagreb-Varaždin-Goričan Motorway, Krk Bridge toll plaza and Rupa-Rijeka Motorway on Istrian "Y" Motorway that is operated by Bina Istra.

Who is exempt from toll charges?
The right for the free use of motorways is obtained based on positive regulations of the Republic of Croatia and the decisions brought by the Management Board of Hrvatske Autoceste d.o.o.

- Vehicles in the possession of disabled persons
- Vehicles with the right of passage
- Company cars of HAC

For further information visit

Information on Road Conditions and Roadside Assistance:

HAK - Croatian Automobile Club:
Tel. (+385 1) 66 11 999 / 1987 (Road assistance)
E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Road information : 24 hours a day, call telephone number +385 1 464 08 00 ; via radio (in italian, english, and german languages during the summer),
TV and press.

Useful telephone numbers:

- Roadside Assistance: +385 1 1987 if calling from a mobile phone or 987 form landline phone.

- HAK Information Centre: + 385 62 777 777, 0-24 (English, German, Italian)

- Emergency services: 112

- Police: + 385 1 92

- Fire Brigade: + 385 1 93

- Ambulance: + 385 1 94

- Taxi: + 385 1 970

Important Road Border Crossings in Croatia

From the direction of Venice - Trieste - Izola: Rupa - Jelsane, Plovanija - Secovje, Kastel - Dragonja, Pasjak - Starod

From the direction of Munich - Salzburg - Ljubljana: Bregana - Obrezje, Rupa - Jelsane, Pasjak - Starod

From the direction of Prague - Vienna - Graz: Macelj - Gruskovlje, Lupinjak - Dobovec, Dubrava Krizovljanska - Zavrc

From the direction of Bratislava - Budapest: Gorican - Letenye, Mursko Sredisce - Petisovci

Other directions from Hungary: Terezino Polje - Barcs, Beli Manastir - Magjarbolye, Donji Miholjac - Dravaszabolsz, Koprivnica - Gyekenyes, Gola - Berzence

From the direction of (Sofia), (Athens) - Belgrade: Bajakovo - Batrovci

From Bosnia and Herzegovina: Zupanja - Orasje, Slavonski Samac - Bosanski Samac, Slavonski Brod - Bosanski Brod, Stara Gradiska  -Bosanska  Gradiska, Licko Petrovo Selo - Izacic, Maljevac - Velika Kladusa, Vinjani Donji - Gorica, Metkovic - Doljani

From Montenegro: Karasovici - Sutorina


update: 24.01.2014.


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