Many travellers like the flexibility and freedom of self-drive holidays. The following information is useful for those who are planning self-drive tours in eastern Europe or continuing their Adriatic coastal trips after driving through Italy.
The basic conditions for a foreigner to rent and drive a car in Croatia are: aged 21 or above, with a valid driver's license issued by his/her own country plus at least two years' driving experience. A valid passport and credit card are also needed for car rental.
Documents required for driving into Croatia
- A valid driving license of the driver
- Vehicle registration card
- Vehicle insurance documents
Vehicles rented outside Croatia must comply with the third party liability insurance requirements set by the Croatian Insurance Bureau: vehicles with non-Croatia registration plates, when entering the territory of Croatia, must be supplied with an international motor insurance certificate valid for the entire territory of the member countries of the European Economic Area or with any other evidence of the existence of such insurance cover. Vehicles with valid third party liability insurance cover should meet one of the following conditions:
- Vehicles registered in the countries listed below may enter and leave Croatia freely since their national registration plates signify to the authorities that the respective cars are properly insured for third party liability.
Austria Andorra Belgium Bulgaria Switzerland (and Liechtenstein) Cyprus Czech Republic Germany Denmark Spain Estonia France (and Monaco) Finland United Kingdom Greece Hungary Italy (also San Marino and Vatican) Ireland Iceland Luxembourg Lithuania Latvia Malta Norway Netherlands Portugal Poland Romania Sweden Slovak Republic Slovenia Serbia
- Vehicles registered in the countries listed below are under the “Green Card System”. These vehicles need to have a Green Card valid for the entire territory of the European Economic Area for entering and leaving Croatia and other EU countries. Otherwise, purchasing frontier motor third party liability insurance is a must.
Albania Bosnia-Herzegovina Belarus Islamic Republic of Iran Israel Morocco F.Y.R.O.M. Moldova Montenegro Russia Tunisia Turkey Ukraine
- For vehicles registered in countries other than the lists of (I) and (II), getting frontier motor third party liability insurance is also a must.
The above information is sourced from Croatian Insurance Bureau. For updated details, please refer to their latest information release. Travellers may consider adding Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection (TP) Insurance for extra protection. In case of an accident, travellers must call the police at once (police hotline: 92) in order to indemnify possible damages or losses.
Useful Mobile App for tourists driving in Croatia
The HrvatskiAutoklub provides useful Mobile App for visiting drivers. Functions include Traffic Conditions Prediction, Locations of Gasoline Stations and Gasoline Prices, Tolls, Information of Closure/ Diversion/ Maintenance of Roads, Phone No. for Assistance, locations of Parking Lots, Webcams to watch live conditions of Roads/Bridges/Tunnels and etc….
Rental cars in Croatia are more often equipped with manual transmission. Advanced booking for cars with automatic transmission is almost essential. In the peak tourist season in summer, pre-departure booking for rent-a-car service is also highly recommended.
Travellers, who rent cars in Croatia and visit other countries outside Croatia, must check with the car rental companies if their services cover the requested countries. The service coverage is not related to the requirements for third party liability insurance. Therefore, the lists of countries may differ for different car rental companies.
Some Basic Rules when Driving in Croatia
- Use the dipped headlights in winter;
- Don’t use any mobile phone when driving;
- Passengers in both the front and rear seats must fasten their seat belts;
- Reflective vests are mandatory emergency supplies in the cars. Anyone getting off the car and standing on the road must wear a reflective vest.
Last Minute is a Croatian car rental company. Their rental cars can freely enter neighbouring countries like Bosnia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Austria and etc. at no additional charge. Pick up and drop off locations also cover major cities and airports in Croatia. Offering flexible services, Last Minute lets clients pick up or drop off rental cars at their requested locations as well.