Driving in Croatia
Which side to drive on, where to get traffic news and updates, are there any unusual traffic regulations? Find out those and many other answers in this detailed guide.
Right- or left-hand traffic?
In Croatia, cars drive on the right side and overtake on the left. Road signs are placed on the right-hand side of the road.
According to Croatian law, a driver needs one of the following to drive: driving license issued in Croatia, driving license issued in another country or international driving license.
In Croatia, there are some general speed limits that are applied if there are no signposts restricting maximum speed. Obey the limits, since police routinely monitors the traffic and fines are quite high if you drive much quicker than allowed.
These are the general speed limits in Croatia (in km/h):
On highways, speed limit might be lower on some parts of the road. Sometimes those restrictions are displayed on 'regular' signposts on the right side, but you will find them more often on interactive screens above the road.
Although Croatia is by no means Italy when it comes to driving, Croatian drivers are known to be quite tempered. They often drive quicker than allowed and try to overtake the others who are slower. Some of the drivers, if it isn't possible to overtake on some parts of the road, drive on other driver's tail. Do not let them distract you if that happens to you, respect the rules and you are both safe and certain to avoid fines - who knows, police could be monitoring traffic just behind the next curve.
Other drivers might sometimes flash the headlights to communicate with you and it usually means one of these three things:
The general rule is - when someone flashes the headlights towards you, slow down and be even more attentive than usual.
Traffic jams / congestion
In general, traffic jams usually occur in early morning and in the afternoon, i. e. approximately from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00. However, during the summer, traffic jams can occur anytime in coastal destinations, especially during 'big migrations' to and from beaches, i. e. before noon and after 16:00.
Here are some of the rules that you need to respect when driving in Croatia:
Drinking and driving in Croatia
You will still often find the information that Croatia has zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving. Although that was true for few years, now it is only partly true.
Drivers are allowed to have 0,50 g/kg of alcohol when driving, except the following groups:
Also, if you commit any other traffic offense, you will get fined for lower blood alcohol concentration as well. E. g. if you drive with 0,1 g/kg and get stopped by the police without making any other traffic offense, you won't get fined at all. However, if they stop you for speeding and discover that you had been driving with 0,1 g/kg, you will get fined both for speeding and driving with more than 0,0 g/kg alcohol concentration.
Useful phone numbers
Here are some phone numbers that you might find useful when on the road:
When dialling 112 it is possible to communicate in English, German, Italian, Hungarian, Slovakian and Czech language
Traffic news and updates
You can hear traffic news and updates on the Croatian Radio 2 (marked as HR2 on the road signs), which can be found on the following frequencies: 93,3 MHz in Gorski kotar, 96,1 MHz in Split, 98,5 MHz in northwestern Croatia and in Dubrovnik, 98,9 MHz in Makarska Riviera and 105,3 MHz in Istria.
During the summer, HR2 broadcasts traffic information in foreign languages. Emergency information by Croatian Autoclub (HAK) is broadcast in Croatian and English. This year, foreign content will be broadcast from June 28 to September 7, 2014.