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Car travel

The motorway system in Croatia has greatly improved in recent years thanks to some rather extensive road building. There are (amongst other routes) now motorways linking Zagreb to Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Split along the coast and Varazdin in the interior. Further works have commenced to eventually allow for a full coastal motorway all the way down to Dubrovnik. Croatia's 11 motorways are designated with the numbers A1 to A11. The A1 is the main artery between Zagreb and Split.

The most picturesque route in Croatia is definitely the Adriatic road (Jadranska magistrala) which connects Rijeka and Dubrovnik.

Many visitors each year travel to Croatia by car. Usually people drive from Italy, Slovenia, Hungary or Austria to the Croatian coast but there is an increasing number of visitors from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro as well.


The minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (62mph) on highways, 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas and 90kph (50mph) outside built-up areas. Heavy fines are imposed for speeding. The legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.05%. It is compulsory for front and rear passengers to wear seat belts. It is illegal to use a handheld mobile telephone while driving. Headlights should be turned on at all times. Driving is on the right.


National or International Driving Permit. All motorists should also carry a valid passport or national identity card as proof of identity at all times. A Green Card should be carried by visitors (except EU nationals) taking their own car into Croatia. National registration in country of origin is required for all foreign vehicles. Third party insurance is mandatory when hiring a car and a valid credit card is also needed.

Breakdown service

Hrvatski Autoklub (HAK) - Croatian Automobile Club - operates an emergency service (tel: 987 or +385 1 987 if calling from a mobile phone;

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