Driving in Croatia

Public Transportation

Bus

The bus service is one of the many alternatives to driving in Croatia. It’s relatively inexpensive, however, as there are often different bus companies on the same route, note that prices can vary, and you usually have to pay extra for luggage placed under the bus. If you plan a return, you may find it best to buy a single ticket so that you are not obliged to use the same company and their schedule for the return. For longer journeys book ahead to ensure you get a seat, and it is worth taking ear plugs, to avoid the music. There are trams in Zagreb, but you will find that many of the medieval cities are closed to traffic.

Ferries

Ferries can be a lot more comfortable than buses and operate along the coastal area. You can visit the islands of Hvar, Korčula and Mljet.

Trains

There are no trains along the coast, but traveling by train is around 15% cheaper and more comfortable than by bus, but slower. You may need to reserve a ticket for the express trains, and note that there are executive trains, 40% more expensive and only 1st class seats. Local trains usually have unreserved 2nd class seats.

Driving in Croatia

Driving can be a bit scary in Croatia, as overtaking on blind bends seems to be commonplace. Headlights are required by law 24 hours a day. There is also zero tolerance on drink driving. However, the toll roads are a pleasure with a speed limit of 130Km/hour – often ignored. Some of the tunnels can be up to 15 Km (9 miles) long. Be aware that mot car insurances do not cover damage to the under-parts or wheels of your vehicle – and be wary of driving through a puddle or you may find out why. Also, note that red lights only mean STOP if it is unsafe to go on.

The Croatian authorities tend to retain British driver’s license when you apply for a Croatian driver’s license, but the license is returned to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK.

What you MUST carry in your car

  • Original registration document
  • Insurance
  • Vignette
  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective jacket
  • First aid kit
  • Headlight adjuster

Radar detectors are forbidden.

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