Driving in Croatia

Whether you are taking your own car or hiring a vehicle here is some helpful information to make your driving experience as pleasurable as possible. Many people decide to rent a car in Croatia as it is the fastest way to get from point A to point B .
Suggested routes:
Zagreb to Split – D1/ E71 – 324 km (4 hours/15 mins)
Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes – E65/E71/D1 – 137 km (2 hours/10 mins)
Zagreb to Poreč – E65 – 248 km (3  hours/10 mins)
Dubrovnik  to Split  –  E65/D8 – 229 km (3 hours)
Dubrovnik to Šibenik – D8/E65 278 – km (3 hours/20 mins)
Zadar to Split – E65/E71- 158km (1hour/50mins)
Speed Limits
50 kilometres per hour in built up areas
90 kilometres per hour on open roads
110 km/h on dual carriageways (freeways)
130 kilometres per hour on motorways
Caravans and cars towing a trailer must not go faster than 80 kph.
Permitted alcohol levels for drivers in Croatia is 0.05%.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
Safety camera warning devices are not illegal in Croatia. Given Croatia’s terrible road death numbers you’d be advised to stick to them.
Within Croatia, emergency road help and information can be reached by dialing 1987, a service of the Croatian Automobile Association (HAK). Police can be reached by dialing 112 or 192, and the ambulance can be reached by dialing 112 or 194. Additional road condition and safety information may be obtained from HAK at (+385) 1987 on their website (available in English, Italian, and German).
Must Have Documents
You will need to have your driving licence, both the photo and the paper parts and have your car insurance certificate. It also helps if you have a copy of your passport with you when driving. The RAC also recommend you have a green card as extra proof of your insurance.
There are many parking lots that are found in Zagreb and Dubrovnik. There are metered parking areas in many cities.
Petrol stations
Petrol stations in Croatia open from 6am to 8pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.
Avoid rush hours in the cities of Zagreb and Split, as between 7– 8am and 3– 4pm traffic can get quite congested.
Primary roads are generally adequate, but many have only one lane in each direction, including some roads to and from the coast. Coastal roads are narrow and congested, and tend to be very slippery when wet.
Toll collection
The toll charged on the motorways in Croatia depends on the category of vehicle and distance travelled and can be paid in cash, credit card (American Express, Diners, Master Card, Maestro, Visa) and in foreign currencies.

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