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Croatia Facts

  • The population is about 4.5 million people.
  • Croatia has more than 1000 islands in the Adriatic Sea
  • The currency is the Croatian kuna (HRK).
  • Croatia has 29,000 km of roads.
  • The capital city is Zagreb.

Driving Guide for Croatia

It is important that you read this guide before you drive in Croatia. The urban road conditions are generally good, but some of the rural areas can be treacherous. You need to be alert while driving anywhere in Croatia as there might be unexpected obstacles in your path. Always be careful when you are driving in the mountains because snow can quickly accumulate on the roads. To learn more about the traffic signs, you can click here to see an overview for European countries.

Driver’s License

Type of License

Requirements

EU license

They are acceptable for use in Croatia

Non EU license

Most are acceptable for use in Croatia

All drivers

Must be over the age of 18

Must have a valid driver’s license

Are recommended to travel with an international driving permit

Croatia recognizes most foreign driving licenses in their current form. However, it is always a good idea to obtain an international driving permit (IDP). If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, click here to get more information on the subject. All other foreign citizens can follow this link to learn more about IDPs.

 Speed Limits

Type of Road

Speed Limit (km/h)

Urban roads (built up areas)

50

Rural roads (outside of cities)

80

Minor highways

110

Major highways

130

The speed rules are enforced very strictly in Croatia. It is important to understand you might be caught by police or by a speed camera. If you are captured by the camera, the rental supplier will charge you credit card for the price of the ticket and their administration fees. If you are pulled over by the police, they are authorized to levy fines on the spot. You will have to pay the ticket within 8 days. In some cases, they will take your passport until the fine is settled.

Rules of the Road

Category

Description

Flow of traffic

Drive on the RIGHT side of the road

Overtake vehicles on the left hand ride

The driver

Cannot exceed a blood alcohol content (BAC) or .05%

BAC must be 0% if the driver is under 24 years of age

May not use a handheld mobile phone

Must use headlights at all times

May not drive on the tracks for the public trams

Passengers

Must wear seatbelts at all times

Must sit in the back if less than 12 years old

Must be in the proper safety device if less than 5 years old

Other rules

Must give priority to all public transportation

Must give priority to cars ascending a mountain road

Need to use snow chains in the mountains (when necessary)

Croatia is very serious about their drunk driving laws. They recently switched from an absolute sobriety policy to the current law. If you refuse to take the breathalyzer test, it is accepted as an admission of guilt. You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if you driver under the influence of alcohol. It is in your best interest to abstain from drinking if you will be operating a motor vehicle.

Parking in Croatia

Day and Hours

Price

Monday - Friday
7:00 – 19:00
Saturday
7:00 – 14:00

14.00 HRK/hour (red zone)
7.00 HRK/hour (yellow zone)
3.00 HRK/hour (green zone)

(10.00 HRK = 1.35 EUR, 1.20 GBP, 1.90 USD)
It is usually free to park on Sundays. The street parking situation in Zagreb is separated into three zones. The red zone parking area is closest to the city center while the yellow and green and respectively farther away. The red zone has a maximum time of 1 hour, the yellow zone has 2 hours and the green zone has 3 hours. Purchase tickets from the automatic dispenser. You need to clearly display the parking voucher on your dashboard. It is important that you do not over stay your limit because the authorities will put a clamp on your wheel. The price for removing clamps are between 100 and 300 HRK depending on the parking infraction.
*Information on this page is accurate as of May 29, 2009