If you want to get around Croatia by car you must have driver's license, automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents. In case you're reaching Croatia with some other type of transport and plan to rent-a-car here you should have on your IDL – international driving license – and your credit card for deposit purposes.
Main routes towards Croatian coast:
- Motorway A1 Zagreb-Split-Dubrovnik
– the final section – 70 km towards Dubrovnik – is currently under construction so the highway ends in Vrgorac from where the traffic is transferred to the Adriatic Highway
– tolls apply and the entire route (Zagreb – Dubrovnik) is 30 €; most credit cards and currencies are accepted, however any return will be in kuna
- Adriatic Highway
– very picturesque and popular route along the coast
– mainly two-lane road with a lot of blind curves so caution is advised, or for less experienced drivers choice of Motorway A1 instead
– toll free
- Istrian Y
– motorway (at some parts semi-motorway) on the Istrian Peninsula shaped in the form of letter Y
– mostly toll free – except sections in full motorway profile and tunnel Učka
During the summer main roads are quite busy, especially on weekends and holidays. You might find useful the traffic report Croatian radio (98,5 Mhz) broadcasts every few hours in several world languages.
– Road assistance number is: (+385 1) 1987
– In Croatia the rule is to drive at the right side of the road
– Most petrol stations are open from 7am to 7 or 8 pm, and in larger cities and on the motorways 24/7
– Permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%
– The use of mobile telephones while driving is forbidden
Intercity bus service in Croatia is relatively cheap; the longest routes will amount to around 40 €. Buses are frequent and cover distance between both big cities and small villages as well.
Bus service in cities is quite developed in bigger towns. One-way ticket will cost you a little over 1 €, and in most cases buses are available from early morning till around midnight.
Unfortunately, online service for bus tickets is still not common in Croatia, but you can buy them at every bus terminal. In most cases return ticket is discounted. However, keep in mind that if you buy a return ticket that means you have to travel on that company's bus in both direction.
– Zagreb Bus Terminal
– Split Bus Terminal
– Dubrovnik Bus Terminal