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Croatia is a Mediterranean country and borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina and Montenegro. The Adriatic Sea divides Croatia from Italy.

Croatia Border Crossing

If you are arriving to Croatia from Western Europe, you will most likely use border crossing between Croatia and Slovenia. During the summer seasons borders can get busy on weekends when tourists either arrive or are leaving Croatia, so you should factor this in your trip. The bigger border crossings are:


Driving distances between Croatia and major European cities

 543  487  940
 1100 1069
Erfurt  865  851  1291
Berlin 946 1026 1316
Ljubljana 138 113 460
Amsterdam 1315 1285 1725
Milano 616 479 897
Vicenza 430 283 694

Wien 330 478 700
Zürich 772 704 1164
Praha 622 691 987
Warszawa 986 1134 1356
Budapest 337 499 701
København 1325 1387 1816
Paris 1326 1270 1783
London 1560 1505 1987

Driving Documents

To enter Croatia, you need a valid driver’s licence, an automobile registration documents, and international insurance card (green card). A passport is required too.

Croatian roads

Croatia has been building its motorway network over the last decade and major Croatian cities are connected by two lane motorway. Motorway toll is payable and it can be paid in Kunas, Euros or by Credit Card. Two main motorways lead from Zagreb to Rijeka (A6) and from Zagreb to Split (A1). For the best route to your destination please see our Route planner.

Permitted road speeds

  • 50 km/h - within built-up areas
  • 90 km/h - outside built-up area
  • 110 km/h - on major motor routes designed exclusively for motor vehicles and on fast roads  
  • 130 km/h - on motorways
  • 80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer
  • 80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer

Petrol stations

Open from 7 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. every day; in the summer season, until 10 p.m.

Certain petrol stations in the larger cities and on main international routes are open on a 24-hour basis.  

What to do if you had a traffic accident

First inform the police about the traffic accident (Tel: 92), however in the event of a traffic accident which results in minor material damage such notification is not obligatory.

Secure the site of the accident (set up a warning triangle) and undertake measures for elimination of fresh possible dangers.

Wait for the arrival of the police.

In the event of any damage to the vehicle, you must obtain a police report on the damage to the vehicle, without which you cannot re-cross the state border.

Should you require vehicle repair services, or your vehicle needs towing, call Road Assistance, on 987. If calling from abroad, telephone +385 1 987.

How to avoid traffic jams

To avoid unnecessary prolongation of your journey and becoming involved in traffic jams, you are advised to: - plan your trip by using the traffic organiser in which the days and directions of the highest expected densities of traffic are stated, - check on the conditions on the roads and ferries at HAK (HAK Information Centre: +385 1 4640 800) or on the Second Programme of Croatian Radio (at RDS-HRT2) before starting your trip.

Other important driving information

  • To drive a car, you must not have more than 0.05% of alcohol in your blood
  • Use of mobile/cell telephones while driving is forbidden!
  • Use of seat belts is compulsory.
  • Headlights must be turned on during daytime only during summer time (DST – Daylight saving time)

Important telephone numbers

  • International country code for Croatia: 00385 
  • Police: 192
  • Fire Brigade: 193 
  • Ambulance: 194
  • Roadside vehicle assistance: 987; (when calling from abroad or by mobile phone, call +385 1 987)
  • National Search and Rescue Centre: 9155.
  • A single countrywide number for all emergency situations: 112
  • General information: 981
  • Information - local and intercity numbers: 988 
  • Information - international numbers: 902
  • Weather forecast and road conditions: 060 520 520
  • Croatian Automobile Club (HAK): 01 46 40 800;; E-mail:
  • Croatian Camping Union, 052 451 324,

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