Driving Tips in Croatia - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Croatia can vary from other countries so it’s important to know some road rules before you start driving there. Sixt has provided a guide for our customers to read through with some useful driving tips included.

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Rules & Regulations

Please read through our guide before you start your road trip in Croatia.

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road and over take on the left.
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all occupants of the vehicle.
  • Children under 12 must not sit in the front seat.
  • Children from the age of 2 up to 5 years of age must be seated in a suitable child seat.
  • Other children must be seated using a suitable child restraint, using a booster seat where necessary.
  • Don’t drink and drive, the law has a zero tolerance policy for drivers under 25 which means that the blood alcohol level (BAC) limit is 0%. The BAC limit for drivers over 25 years old is 0.5%.
  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless you have a hands free device. School buses have the right of way when leaving a stop
  • Between the end of October and the end of March dipped headlights should be used during daylight hours. Headlights should also be used at night and times when visibility is less than 100 metres.
  • Winter tyres are required from November to March.
  • Vehicles entering a roundabout have right of way as do all forms of public transport and school buses.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start driving in Croatia.

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Speed Limits

Standard legal limits when driving in Croatia, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are:

  • 50 kilometres per hour in built up areas
  • 80 kilometres per hour on open roads
  • 130 kilometres per hour on motorways
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Things to Bring Along

  • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.
  • You must carry your passport on you at all times as a form of identification.
  • A reflective jacket is to be kept in the car and worn and if you are in an accident.
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Additional Information

Do not stop to help people at the side of the road as incidences of crime in these situations have been reported.

In case of emergency call 112 or Emergency road help with advice in English is on 987.

Motorway signs have the letter A followed by two digits. They have a green background with a picture of motorway in white. State roads have the letter D and country roads have the letter Z followed by four digits.

There are tolls on various motorways, bridges and tunnels including route E59 and the E70 out of Zagreb. There is also a toll on the E71 between Zagreb to Split.

The open toll system, where you pay immediately on entering, is used on bridges and tunnels and on shorter motorway sections. The closed toll system, where you get a toll card on entering and pay on exiting, operates on larger motorways.

If you are parking in Croatia they have a colour coded system of red, yellow and green. Red zones have a maximum time of one hour and are nearest to the city centres. It is two hours for Yellow zones and three hours for Green zones which are the furthest from city centres.

Sixt has a number of branches in the cities of Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik and the capital city of Zagreb.
With so much to do and see, you will be glad to have a car rental when travelling around Croatia. Sixt wishes you a pleasant a safe trip when using our car rental service in Croatia.


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* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.