Croatia – information for drivers: road regulations, highway charges, fines

Car documents

Croatia recognizes the Polish driving license. A tourist must have a vehicle registration certificate with a valid technical inspection and a valid liability insurance. The so-called green card, but in case of going to Dubrovnik, when crossing the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina twice, it is necessary.


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The most important traffic rules in Croatia

The Croatian traffic code contains many strictly enforced laws.

  • It is forbidden to drive after drinking alcohol (for drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 and professional drivers who work – 0.0 per thousandfor the others – 0.5 per thousand). Failure to comply with the above provision may result in a fine (see below), withdrawal of driving license for a year or two or imprisonment for up to 6 months.
  • Driving with dipped headlights on is mandatory it is valid in winter, but it is recommended to use dipped headlights all year round. Motorcycles and mopeds must be driven with lights all year round.
  • It is forbidden to use a mobile phone while drivingexcept for the hands-free system.
  • The obligation to have a helmet for road users using single-track vehicles (motorcycles, mopeds, scooters) and tricycles.
  • Children and adolescents under the age of 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Severe penalties for drivers parking in prohibited places (this regulation is strictly observed by the Croatian traffic police; vehicles parked in prohibited places are usually towed to police parking lots in a short time, and drivers incur heavy fines).
  • Obligation to wear the seat belt to all seats occupied by the driver and passengers.
  • Obligation to have in the vehicle reflective vests for the driver and passengers, Warning triangle, first aid kits and spare bulbs (except for cars with xenon, neon or LED lights).
  • Children under 12 are not permitted to ride in the front seatat 5 years must be fixed in the car seat.


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Speed ​​limits

Permitted speeds on public roads in Croatia for passenger cars (up to 3.5 t) and motorcycles:

  • on the highway up to 130 km/h
  • on the highway up to 110 km/h
  • on other roads up to 90 km/h
  • in urban areas up to 50 km/h
  • for vehicles towing a second vehicle up to 40 km/h.

Bold drivingthat endangers life or health is treated as a crime and threat of imprisonment for up to 3 years. These include driving:

  • under the effect of a greater quantity of alcohol in the blood (from 1.50 g/kg), narcotics or psychotropic substances,
  • in a prohibited direction,
  • at 50 km/h or more faster than the authorized speed in a built-up area or a zone with a speed limit
  • pass a column of cars with limited visibility.

How much are the fines in Croatia?

It should be remembered that a possible mandate in Croatia may turn out to be much harsher than in Poland.

Speeding in urban areas:

  • up to 10 km/h: HRK 200 (about PLN 120)
  • 10-20 km/h: 500 HRK (about 300 PLN)
  • more than 50km/h: 5,000 to 15,000 HRK (about 3000-9000 PLN)

Speeding in undeveloped terrain it can cost from 500 to 7000 kn (about 300-4200 thousand PLN).

Driving under the influence of alcohol

  • 0.5-1 per thousand: 1-2,000 kuna (about 600-1200 zlotys)
  • 1-1.5 per thousand: 5,000 kuna (about 3,000 zlotys)
  • more than 1.5 per thousand: 15 thousand kuna (about PLN 9,000)

If the authorized level of 0.5 per thousand is not exceeded, but the police find our maneuvers dangerous, we can pay a fine of 700 HRK (about 420 PLN).

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Other offenses subject to a fine

  • Using the phone while driving: 1.5 thousand kuna (about 900 PLN)
  • Unfastened seat belts (applies to driver and passengers): 1 mile. kuna (about 600 zlotys)
  • Transport of a child under 5 without a seat: 1 mile. kuna (about 600 zlotys)


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What to pay attention to when driving in Croatia?

It is recommended – where possible – to use the motorwaysalthough they are paid, but much safer. Fees are accepted in kuna and euro, in the latter case the rest is most often spent in kuna.

Although you pay for the highways, you travel quickly and efficiently, although you must be careful to obey the speed limit. On the highways he meets lots of unmarked police cars, the so-called speeders. At the same time, one should not be influenced by the frequent speeding of Croatian drivers. It is very difficult for foreigners to “negotiate” with the police patrol.


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On the way to Dalmatia and the Istrian peninsula watch out for strong winds, which happens quite often, not just in fall/spring. We recommend special attention to travel in the mountains on viaducts and bridges (similar signage at airports). In very strong winds, for passenger safety some sections of motorways are often closed.

Particular attention should be paid to road users rented scooters – in the absence of experience in driving such vehicles, it is extremely easy to cause an accident.

Parking in city centers in addition to the fact that it is not free, it is extremely expensive, especially in the case of historical monuments. It is recommended to leave cars in large car parks outside city centers.

They are threatened with heavy financial penalties, withdrawal of driving licenses and imprisonment. offenses committed under the influence of alcohol.

Monetary penalties are executed at the place where the offense was committed or by payment to the nearest post office. If the fine is not paid, the police officer may retain the passport and vehicle documents until payment is made.


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The driver participating in the road accident the police can refer you to a small fault court (the hearing takes place the same day or the day after the incident). If there is any doubt as to the fair examination of the case by the policesubmission to legal proceedings (Criminal CourtPrekrsajni south) remains an effective way to present arguments and evidence in its favor. It is recommended that efforts be made to ensure the presence witnesses of the event at a court hearing. Do not give in to suggestions about waiving the right to grant public defense counsel or the right to appeal the verdict.

Behind offense it is recognized – in addition to the aforementioned “reckless driving” – having caused a road accident with serious consequences (property damage of considerable value, serious bodily harm) and provides for a prison sentence of the dimension of from 6 months to 5 years (down 12 years for causing a fatal accident).

Insurance recommended

Choosing a car abroad, it is good to have purchased an optional support package. Holders of such insurance in the event of a breakdown or theft of a vehicle abroad can count (depending on the variant taken out) to organize and cover the costs of towing the car to the nearest garage. close or indicated, but also to spend the night in a hotel, continue the journey with a replacement car, and the assistance of an interpreter who, by telephone, will help you communicate with the medical services, the authorities, the police or people referred to help you.

Information and assistance on the road

Information on road conditions in Croatian, English, German and Italian is available on the Croatian Roads website, which is constantly updated.

Emergency telephone for the breakdown service of the Croatian Automobile Club (HAK): +385 1987. For calls from abroad or from mobile phones +385 1 1987; +385 1 4640 800; HAK Information Center: +385 62 777 777.


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Prices for highways in Croatia

Motorways in Croatia are tolled and there is no system of unique vignettes valid for a certain period of time. Tolls are collected at the exit gates depending on the length of the distance travelled. It is difficult to list all possible variants of such a solution – for this there are suitable calculators for highways in Croatia.

We have given below several variants of the most popular among Polish drivers entering Croatia from Slovenia or Hungary, heading towards Istria or southern Dalmatia.

Transfer from the Slovenian border (Macelj) to Zagreb

Highway fare: HRK 48 (approx. PLN 29) passenger car and HRK 29 (approx. PLN 17.5) motorcycle.

Transfer from the Hungarian border (Goričan) to Zagreb

Highway fare: Passenger car at 44 kuna (about 26.5 PLN) and motorbike at 26 HRK (about 15.5 PLN).

Transfer from Zagreb to Rijeka

Highway fare: 70 kuna (about PLN 42) for a passenger car and 42 kuna (about PLN 25) for a motorbike.

Transfer from Zagreb to Zadar

Highway fare: 125 HRK (about 75 PLN) for a passenger car and 76 HRK (about 45.5 PLN) for a motorbike.

Transfer from Zagreb to Šibenik

Highway fare: 152 kuna (about 91.5 PLN) for a passenger car and 92 kuna (about 55 PLN) for a motorbike.

Transfer from Zagreb to Split

Highway fare: 181 kuna (about 109 zlotys) for a passenger car and 109 kuna (about 65.5 zlotys) for a motorbike.

Transfer from Zagreb to Makarska

Highway fare: 204 kuna (about PLN 123) for a passenger car and 123 kuna (about PLN 74) for a motorbike.

Transfer from Zagreb to Dubrovnik (border with BiH)

Highway fare: 232 kuna (about 139.5 PLN) for a passenger car and 139 kuna (about 83.5 PLN) for a motorbike.

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