Travel to Croatia
Arrival to Croatia by car
Interactive map of Croatian roads
To enter Croatia a driver's licence, an automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents (including Green Card) are required.
In case of rain please adjust speed to conditions on wet roads.
Driving with headlights is obligatory during both day and night.
Mobile phones: Use of mobile phones while driving is not permitted
Maximum permitted amount of alcohol in blood: 0.0 per mill!
Use of seat belts is obligatory.
For 24 hour technical road assistance or provision of information regarding travel on Croatia's roads and traffic conditions dial 987
Petrol stations are open from 7 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. every day; in the summer season, until 10 p.m. On-duty petrol stations in the larger cities and on main international routes are open 24 hours a day. All petrol stations sell Eurosuper 95, Super 95, Super 98, Super plus 98, Normal and Euro Diesel fuel. click here for actual fuel prices in Croatia - prices are in Kuna`s
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Arrival to Croatia by plane
They are 9 city airports in Croatia - Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Zadar, Pula, Brac, Losinj and Rijeka and many companies flying to Croatia.
Croatian National airport company is Croatia Airlines with web address www.croatiaairlines.hr which flies to Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tel Aviv, Vienna and Zurich and with domestic flights to Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Brac, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Zadar.
You can find also 12 sport airfields in Croatia.
Holiday in Croatia
When to visit Croatia
The best time to visit Croatia is between April and September. In April, accommodation prices are low but book well in advance as many places along the coast may be closed. May and June are the best months for all outdoor activities as the days are long and sunny, accommodation prices are still quite reasonable and German and Italian tourists have not yet arrived. July and August are the most expensive months to visit Croatia. The most popular places can become overcrowded and accommodation prices are at their highest. September is the overall best month to visit Croatia as it is not quite as hot as mid-summer yet the sea temperatures are still quite high. School children will have returned to school and accommodation prices begin to drop. October may be too cool for camping but hotels will have vacancies at very reasonable prices.
The beaches in Croatia are superb. There are many tiny coves with crystal clear water. Many beaches are flanked by unspoilt pine forests and some beaches are packed with naturists. Some of the best beaches include Baska on Krk Island and Lopar on Rab Island. Many of the beaches are popular with nudists.
Croatia’s wonderful coastline combined with a diverse topography make it the ideal location for activity holidays of every description. Hiking, Rock climbing, Scuba diving and Mountain biking are all popular.
Visa and document requirements
In order to attract visitors to Croatia once again, entry requirements have been relaxed somewhat. Citizens of Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, the UK and Ireland no longer require a visa for stays up to 90 days. South Africans must apply for a special visa in Pretoria. This lasts 90 days and you must produce a return ticket. If you are unsure about your requirements, visit any Croatian Embassy. If you wish to stay more than 90 days the easiest thing to do is cross the border into Italy or Austria then return. All foreigners must register with the local police when they arrive in a new area of the country but this is normally a simple matter handled by the hotel or your accommodation agent. They will normally hold your passport overnight when you arrive.
A valid passport is always required for entry into Croatia and you must ensure that it is valid for your entire stay in the country. Always make a photocopy and keep it in a separate place. In the event of your passport becoming lost or stolen, a photocopy will assist the Embassy in issuing a replacement.
Electricity is 220V, 50Hz. Croatia uses the standard European 2 point plugs so if you are visiting from the UK, obtain an adaptor.
Croatia is on Central European Time (GMT + 1 hour). Daylight saving comes into effect at the end of March when clocks are put forward one hour. At the end of September clocks are put back an hour.
In addition to the Croatian language, most Croats speak at least one other language. Inland the second language is most likely to be German or Italian. Most people in hotels, tourist offices and restaurants are proficient in English.
HPT Hrvatska shows a red, white and blue sign and offers a wide range of services from selling stamps and telephone cards to sending faxes and offering call facilities. To avoid a trip to the Post Office, you can buy stamps ‘pismo’ from newsstands ‘tisak’ and drop your letters into a yellow post box on any street. In larger cities and towns Post Offices are open from 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am – 1pm on Saturday. In small towns Post Offices may be open from 7am – 2pm, and sometimes on Saturday mornings.
The international dialling code to call Croatia is 385. You also drop the initial ‘0’ on the area code. To make a call within Croatia, start with the area code (including the initial 0), then the local number. Phone numbers beginning with ‘060’ are free and calls beginning with ‘09’ are mobile phone numbers. To make an international call from Croatia, go to a Post Office as a hotel will charge a much higher rate. Most street telephones are card operated only. Most Post offices, tobacconists and newsstands sell telephone cards. Most public telephones are equipped with several languages. Calls within Croatia are cheaper after 4pm.
Mobile telephones in Croatia
Croatia uses GSM 900/1800 which is compatible with the rest of Europe but not the USA GSM 1900. If you have a GSM phone, check with your service provider for compatibility. Be careful with international calls as they are expensive. You can purchase a SIM card for about 200KN which includes a Croatian number and an amount of call time.
Internet access and computers in Croatia
The use of the internet is growing rapidly in Croatia and telephone lines are being modernised. However, it may still be difficult to obtain internet connection at your hotel. The older hotels may still have an antiquated telephone system. The dial tone in Croatia is also different which may cause computer problems. Internet cafes are springing up all over Croatia and they are cheap and efficient. Most have English speaking staff. Some tourist offices allow free collection of emails on their computers. If you are staying in Croatia for any length of time you can sign up with the Post Office who will provide you with internet access. This cannot however be done on line. You have to sign a contract at the Post Office. They will then post a disk to you.
Crime and safety
It is quite safe to travel all over Croatia and mugging and thefts are not a major problem. However, as with any foreign country, use your common sense and do not put yourself in a vulnerable position. Young girls on their own at night may be pestered but it is not usually a great risk situation. If you are concerned, approach a policeman.