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Driving in Croatia

General Info

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Population:  4.4m

Area: 56,450 sq. Km

Currency: Kuna (100 Lipa) - HRK

Top 10 popular attractions:  

  • Gornji Grad
  • Euphrasian Basilica
  • Mljet
  • Diocletian's Palace 
  • Pula Arena 
  • Korcula 
  • Rovinj 
  • Hvar 
  • Plitvice Lakes 
  • Dubrovnik 

Essentials

Driving licence:

Visitors riding or driving in Croatia must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private vehicle in Croatia.

All valid national driving licences are recognised

Important documents:

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Croatia for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Croatia the following documents should be carried:

  • Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart)
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)

While driving in Croatia you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  • Reflective jackets (to be used in the case of a breakdown or accident outside built-up areas, on expressways and on motorways)
  • Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)
  • First aid kits are compulsory when travelling in Croatia
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)
  • Lights - Vehicles must have their passing lights (dipped headlights) on at night and in case of bad visibility. These lights must also be switched on during the day in winter, from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March (fine 300 HRK). It is compulsory to carry spare bulbs for the vehicle; this does not apply if the vehicle is fitted with xenon, neon, LED or similar lights

 

Rules of the road & regulations

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    Drive on the right, overtake on the left. The rules are in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic 1968.
  • Priority

    The rules are in accordance with the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic.
  • Warning of approach

    The horn should be used in moderation, when necessary to avoid an accident.

Towing:

It is no longer compulsory to have an inventory list for the caravan. However, visitors are advised to have proof of purchase of expensive items.

A caravan may be left in Croatia if a contract is signed between the campsite owner and the caravan owner.

Maximum length of car + caravan: 15 metres

Snow chains:

There is no specific period in which winter equipment must be used. Announcements are made according to the weather conditions. It is generally prudent to have winter equipment ready between the beginning of November and the end of April.

It is compulsory to have snow chains aboard the vehicle. Snow chains must be used if required by the weather conditions (at least 5cm of snow or in case of black ice).The compulsory winter equipment consists of a set of snow chains on the driving axle and a shovel.

Seat belts:

It is compulsory for the occupants of all vehicles equipped with seat belts to wear them at all times, on front and rear seats, irrespective of the country of registration of the vehicle.

Travelling with children:

Children under 12 are not allowed to travel in the front seats.

An exception is made for children less than 2 years of age who can travel in the front if they are placed in a restraint system adapted to their size, and if it is a rear facing seat, the airbag must be de-activated.

A child up to 5 years must be placed in a seat adapted to his/her size on the rear seat. A child aged between 5 and 12 must travel on the back seat using a 3 point seat belt with booster seat if necessary for his/her height.

Speed limits:

In built-up areas: 50 km/h unless otherwise indicated by road signs. On some urban expressways speed limits may be up to 80 km/h, provided that certain technical and safety standards are met.

Outside built-up areas: 


Vehicle Roads Expressways Motorways
Motorcycles 90 110 130
         with trailer 80 80 80
Vehicle up to 3.5 t 90 110 130
         with trailer or caravan 80 80 90

Penalties:

  • On-the-spot fines

    The police may impose and collect fines on-the-spot. It is not required to pay immediately. Police will instead issue a ticket and the fine will have to be paid within eight days (in post offices or banks). As a precaution, the police can confiscate the passport of a motorist until the fine is paid.

Parking:

  • Parking regulations

    The regulations follow the international conventions.

    There are 3 parking zones in Zagreb: red, yellow and green. The red zone is closest to the city centre, the yellow and green zones extending further away. Tariffs in the red zone are the highest.

    There are a number of covered car parks, open 24 hours a day where rates are reasonable.
  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    Traffic wardens control parked vehicles and impose fines for illegal parking.

    Illegally parked vehicles may be immobilised by wheel clamps, even if the vehicles are registered abroad. A penalty fine of between 100HRK and 300HRK is payable in order to have the vehicle released.
  • Disabled parking access

    There are about 1000 parking spaces reserved for disabled persons in Zagreb, unfortunately improper use of these spaces continues to be a serious problem.

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights 

    The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Croatia.

Drink/drug driving:

  • Legal limit

    Alcohol, general limit:  0.05% in the blood
    However, for these categories of drivers, the alcohol limit is 0%:
                      - Drivers of vehicles over 3.5t
                      - Professional drivers while on duty (emergency vehicle drivers, taxi drivers, driving school instructors, etc.)
                      - Young drivers (up to 24 years of age)
  • Alcohol

    The Croatian police can carry out tests at random. The level of alcohol can be determined by breath tests, medical examination and blood or urine samples. In the case of a car accident, alcohol and/or drug testing are compulsory.

    The presence of drugs (narcotics) can be detected by tests based on saliva/blood/urine samples.
    The police can perform tests at random.

    It is prohibited to drive after having taken any medicine whose side-effects may affect the ability to drive a motor vehicle.

Roads & fuel

There are tolls levied on 7 stretches of motorway, Tolls are also levied on some other roads.

Tolls can be paid in cash, by credit card (American Express, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro, Visa), with a cheque or by means of subscription.  Payment can also be made in foreign currencies.

Availability of fuel

Most stations are open from 0700 hours to 1900 or 2000 hours.  In summer petrol stations remain open until 2200 hours.  Those situated along major stretches of road or in larger cities stay open 24 hours a day.

  • Price of fuel
    (April 2014)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 10.35 HRK per litre
Diesel 9.65 HRK per litre

  • Means of payment
    All petrol stations accept payment by credit card.


Download  a copy of our Travelling in Croatia guide.

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.


Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

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Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).


For more information about road closures during severe weather and flooding visit the Croatian Automobile Club (HAC) website.

Carry your passport with you at all times. You must be able to show some form of identification if required, including when checking into hotels. See Local laws and customs

Land mines are still a danger in some isolated areas. See Local travel

Around 400,000 British nationals visit Croatia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. See Health

You should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel

Office: British Embassy Zagreb
Street Address: Ivana Lucica 4
ZIP Code: 10000
City: Zagreb
Country: Croatia

Telephone: (+385-1) 6009100, 6009122
Fax: (+385-1) 6009111, 6009298, 6009297

Email: british.embassyzagreb@fco.gov.uk commercial.section@zg.htnet.hr

Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/croatia/


Office: British Consulate Dubrovnik
Street Address: Buniceva Poljana 3/I
ZIP Code: 20000
City: Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia

Telephone: (+385-20) 324597
Fax: (+385-20) 324597

Email: honcons.dubrovnik@inet.hr


Office: British Consulate Split
Street Address: Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda 10/III
ZIP Code: 21000
City: Split
Country: Croatia

Telephone: (+385-21) 341464, 346007
Fax: (+385-21) 362905

Email: british-consulat-st@st.tel.hr


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