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What to know about driving in Croatia

To really make the most of your stay in Croatia we recommend hiring a car, not simply as a means of getting from A to B, but so you can explore the wonderful scenery at your own pace. From the rugged beauty of the hilly interior of Istria to the stunning coastal drives along the Dalmatian coast, the picture-postcard fishing villages and the hidden coves, there are many distractions as you make your journey – so give yourself plenty of time!

Croatian road maps can be bought at most petrol stations and are an essential acquisition. The roads are safe but be warned that speed limits are strictly enforced.

A UK driving license is valid for up to six months from entry into Croatia. If you are staying longer, you need to apply for a Croatian licence. International Driving Licences are not valid in Croatia.

Road conditions in and around Zagreb and the larger towns are of a generally good standard. However, you should take care when overtaking and use caution around other road users who may unexpectedly overtake repeatedly in slower traffic. Minor roads are usually unlit at night.

Croatia has laws stating that it is illegal to drive with any alcohol in the system, to drive without dipped headlights on at all times; and to use a mobile phone whilst driving.

For the latest information on travelling by road in Croatia visit www.hac.hr