Few can resist the charm of Croatia. The most popular resorts include the Dubrovnik Riviera, Istrian Riviera and the Dalmatian Coast. With views and landscapes reminiscent of Tuscany, gorgeous sunny weather throughout the year (save for the short winters) and a vast array of hard to resist restaurants, Croatia the holiday destination where you can have it all. Although Croatia is popular amongst those wanting a traditional sunshine and beach holiday, there’s also plenty for those with an interest in history in the old towns away from Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik that are lined with cobbled streets and historic buildings.
Driving in Croatia
Road Driving Side
Urban Speed Limit
Rural Speed Limit
Motorway Speed Limit
Important things to note
It is strongly recommended not to go off-road when driving through rural areas, as some landmines and other unexploded devices are known to exist in certain areas of Croatia, left from the war with Serbia.
Drivers must use dipped headlights on their vehicle at all times between the end of October and the end of March.
Take care when overtaking and be wary of other drivers unexpectedly overtaking in slow-moving traffic.
Police can fine you on-the-spot if you are caught speeding.
Driving culture in Croatia
What are the roads like Croatia?
On the whole, the roads in Croatia a fairly well maintained, however, in places they can be very narrow. Smaller roads in places like Istria have deteriorated and become smooth surface which can be extremely slippery when wet, as well as being more prone to wear and tear. Some motorways are likely to have tolls.
What are Croatian drivers like?
Typically Croatian drivers are patient and courteous. That said, most tend to break the speed limit out on the highways though this is not recommended for tourists – particularly late at night. Watch out for animals crossing the road in some areas. Minor roads tend to be unlit at night.
What are the best times to drive?
It’s best to avoid cities during rush-hour which in the morning is between 7am and 8am and in an evening between 3pm and 4pm. The cities of Split and Zagreb are particularly prone to high volumes of traffic building up at rush hour.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to travel in the front seat of the vehicle.
Children between the ages of 2 and 5 must wear an appropriate child restraint for their age and, if necessary, a booster seat.
The consumption of alcohol, no matter how small the amount, is strictly forbidden before driving.
It is compulsory to travel with spare bulbs for headlamps in the vehicle, unless the headlamps are xenon, LED or neon.
It is compulsory to travel with a reflective safety jacket in the vehicle in case of breakdown. The jacket must be worn by the driver as soon as they leave the vehicle.
It is also compulsory to travel with a warning triangle, First-Aid kit, snow chains and a shovel (during winter months).