Since most Croatian large towns have a good road connection with foreign countries arrival by car is one of the easiest and quickest ways of traveling to Croatia. Although quality of roads in Croatia is not yet as extensive as in West European countries rapid construction of new motorways during last few years has significantly improved overall standard of domestic road system.
In general, quality of roads and available services is acceptable offering a comfortable travel but it is worth to point out that during the summer time there is a possibility of traffic jams, especially in large towns on weekends since many tourists are traveling to and from their holiday destinations.
However, driving along Adriatic Coast and Croatian countryside offers some spectacular moments so you will certainly not regret if you decide to go on holiday by car.
Information and traffic rules
In order to drive a car in Croatia you are obligated to have a valid driving license and automobile registration card (green card). In Croatia, traffic drives on the right and speed limits are the following: In built-up areas (40- 50 km/h), outside built-up areas (80 km/h) and on fast tracks and motorways (90-130 km/h). Speed limit for cars towing caravans or trailers is 80 km/h.
Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers and all vehicles must have headlights on while in the drive during the whole day. While in the drive, the driver is not permitted to use a mobile phone, unless he has a hands-free equipment.
The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the blood is 0,0 ppm.
Croatian Auto Club (Hrvatski Autoklub - HAK) is responsible for the road service, which is available round the clock on the telephone number 987. Services are paid for in cash or, if available, by auto club of the driver's country of origin.
Most petrol stations are open from 6 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m with some stations in larger towns open 24 hours a day.
Road tolls are charged on all Croatian highways and in Učka tunnel and on bridge to island Krk (Krčki most).
Information about road tolls, road maps and all other information about road conditions, petrol prices and road traffic in Croatia is available on the HAK and Croatian Motorways official web site or by info telephone +385 (1) 464 08 00.
Rent-a-car agencies and taxi service
Taxi service is available round the clock in all larger Croatian towns. Also, most domestic and international rent-a-car agencies have offices in Croatia's larger towns. To rent a car, person must be at least 21 years old and must have held a driving license for minimum of one year. List of agencies working in Croatia with addresses and telephone numbers can be found on web site rent-a-car agencies.