Reach Croatia by car
If you are coming from central Europe, car is far better choice than train because you can reach some of the destinations faster. Although, during the summer months traffic at the borders is a bit heavier, and that can cause short hold ups. For entry and driving through Croatia you need a valid driving licence, automobile registration card and your green card.
At this point we can say that Croatia is rapidly improving its road infrastructure, the highway from Zagreb to Split, with connections to Zadar and Sibenik, is expected to be completed in 2005. Some parts of it are already finished and in use. Toll is charged on the highways and bridges. (Highway Tolls by Croatian Automobile Club). Also, you can regurarly hear road information translated in several laguages on the Croatian Radio. You can drive along “Jadranska magistrala” (no toll) – a road between Rijeka and Dubrovnik that goes along the coast with memorable views. Ferries that travel from Rijeka to south part of coast are also a good solution for drivers because they can avoid that nice but hard ride along the Adriatic. English-language webpage of Croatian Auto Club offers details on traffic and road conditions. Also good source of service information is dialing information center at +385 1 464 08 00 for condition on the roads and ferry schedules, toll prices, fuel prices, travel directions...
Gas stations are opened from 7 - 20 h (in the summer till 22 h), some of them work non-stop (0 - 24). Petrol available in all gas stations: Eurosuper plus 98, Eurosuper 95, Normal Lead-free 91, Super 98, Eurodiesel, Diesel (Fuel prices by Croatian Automobile Club).
Speed limits are usuall: 130 km/h on highways and semi-highways, 50 km/h in populated places and 80 km/h outside populated areas. The use of seat belts is mandatory. Allowed alchocol limit in blood is 0,5 ppm. Accidents must be reported to the police (phone No 92) immediately. In case of need of technical road assistance, unique phone number available is 987.
Distance from Zagreb (North Croatia) to European capitals is:
Budapest 362 km, Vienna 399 km, Rome 957 km, Berlin 1,111 km, Amsterdam 1,402 km, Paris 1,458 km, London 1,593 km, Athens 1,600 km, Madrid 2,324 km, Munich 436 km, Zurich 604 km.
Distance from Zagreb (North Croatia) to larger Croatian cities:
Dubrovnik 572 km, Karlovac 56 km, Osijek 280 km, Pula 292 km, Rijeka 182 km, Šibenik 338 km, Slavonski Brod 190 km, Split 365 km, Varaždin 98 km, Zadar 288 km.
Rent-a-car: The driver must be 21 years old and licensed. Other conditions depend on rent-a-car company. Most international rental agencies have offices in Croatia's larger cities.