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Drive in Croatia. Roads signs, speed limits, basic rules, children, document

Drive in Croatia

The beautiful Croatia is a fascinating and evocative land that invites everyone to be explored. Here are all the practical information to drive in Croatia.

As always, it is recommended to follow some basic and universal rules.
Always respect speed limits. The checks are frequent throughout the road and motorway network. A fundamental principle for safety and, also, for your pockets; avoid heavy fines. If you are fined, you will have 8 days to pay for it at post offices or local banks.

In the event of an accident, YOU MUST ALWAYS STOP and provide assistance; it is important, however, not to hinder circulation. It should also be remembered that it is COMPULSORY to provide their personal details.


In Croatia you drive to the right and overtake on the left. Always respect the safety distance.
It is always necessary to give priority to pedestrians who cross or are about to cross a road; even if there are no pedestrian crossings on the ground.

The country, in the last decade, has undergone a phase of profound renovation of the infrastructures. In particular, of the motorway network. Most of the sections have been completed and only a few are in the final phase. Today, the whole network is quite modern and efficient, far removed from that of fifteen years ago!


Driving license, registration certificate and valid insurance certificate. If you are driving a vehicle that is not your own, we recommend that you take a DELEGATION TO CONDUCT. This is a delegation of the vehicle owner with an authenticated signature. It is not mandatory.

Croatian roads


The seat belts must be fastened on all seats, front and rear.

You must equip your car with a reflective jacket, a triangle, a first aid kit and spare light bulbs. From November to April, you need to have snow chains on board. They must be mounted, when indicated by a special sign.

The helmet is mandatory for all two-wheeled passengers.


Motorways are the main transport network in Croatia. The letter A, followed by one or two digits, on a green background sign, indicates a motorway (Autocesta).

From the 2000, the network has undergone a phase of profound renewal. The A1 linking Zagreb to Dalmatia, and the A3, which proceeds on the border with Serbia, near Lipovac, are the most extensive, almost entirely completed.

The motorway network is subject to charges. You pay at toll booths, in cash (euros and local currency) and with credit cards. Remember that even if you pay in euros, you will always receive the rest in local currency.

The freeways are mostly similar to motorways. They differ because they do not have an emergency lane, they are not always dual carriageways, and they are free. Speed ​​limits are also different.


The state roads, državna cesta, on the other hand, are marked with a letter D followed by one or more digits. Typically, these figures follow a particular pattern. For example, the state roads on the islands are marked with the letter D followed by the digits 100s. The digits from 1 to 19 are used for the larger state roads.


Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limits are as follows:
50 km/h on urban roads.
90 km/h outside population centers.
110 km h on the expressways
130 km/h on the highway.

The limit is decreased by 10 km / h in case the driver has less than 24 years.


Children under the age of 12 must always travel on the rear sofa.

All children under the age of 5 must travel by car only if they are insured for seats suitable for their weight, approved in compliance with the minimum safety requirements, stability by law. Children under 2 years, can travel in the front seat, provided they are secured to an approved child seat, placed in opposite direction, with the airbag deactivated.


It is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED to drive, if you have drunk alcohol. Not even for small quantities. In these parts, they are very strict and intransigent.

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