Car rental in Dubrovnik and Croatia

Be sure to check travel tips and advice on how to make the most of your car rental in Croatia.

Driver's license

In Croatia all driving licenses are accepted. If your license is printed using a non-Latin alphabet, for instance in Russian, Arabic or Chinese, you will need to get an International Driver's Permit (IDP). An IDP can only be obtained before you leave the United States from either the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA). Generally countries that speak English will not require an IDP.

Accidents

In the event of an accident, please inform the police immediately. It does not matter whether the vehicle is only slightly damaged, the accident was self-inflicted or if no other vehicles were involved. Please fill out the accident report that is usually provided upon car rental. For general emergencies in Croatia call 112, for police 192 and for roadside help 1987.

Here are some of the most important driving rules to respect:

  • No drinking and driving. Having more than 0,5% in your blood is punishable by a hefty fine and can result in a ban and suspension of driving license.
  • Speed limits vary but as a general rule, 50 km/h in residential areas, 90 km/h in non-residential areas and 130 km/h on motorways. Be aware that speeding fines are hefty as well.
  • Do not use your mobile phone when driving and keep your seatbelt on at all times.
  • In the winter headlights must be turned on also in the daytime.

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