A 7-day road trip in Croatia is a great way to explore the country. Get a sample itinerary, a budget overview and great insider tips. Croatia awaits, let’s go!
Traveling in Croatia
Croatia is the land of folk legends, the world’s longest strüdl, an impressive Roman arena and of course, King’s landing. Traveling in Croatia will allow you to witness a highly unique cultural mish-mash of Venetian, Roman, Greek, Slavic and Habsburg; remnants of bygone rulers.
Set along the Adriatic Coast in Europe lies mystical Croatia where verdant landscapes in the northern & central part of the country slowly merge into a decidedly more Mediterranean topography; long swathes of beaches and 1246 islands are what make up the southern part of Croatia.
Some of the most beautiful places to visit in Croatia include Plitvice Lakes National Park, the first century AD Roman Arena in Pula, the little village of Rastoke surrounded by waterfalls, Visovac Monastery located on it’s own island, the medieval hilltop village of Moltovun and so much more.
Croatia is the scene for many an epic battle in the Game of Thrones series, the success of which catapulted the country into the International tourist limelight. In practice it means that traveling to Croatia in high season can sometimes be a bit arduous, wading through seas of tourists is perhaps not the most relaxing way to spend a holiday.
My number one tip would be to go in shoulder season (Mid May – Mid June; Mid September – October)
Transportation in Croatia
Buses in Croatia cover the whole country through a vast network of express and regular busses. In fact, unlike other European countries getting around Croatia is easier with the bus than through Croatia Rail. Purchase tickets online or at the busstation (autobusni kolodvor).
If you are considering island hopping, there is a good chance you will be taking the ferry in Croatia. The main ferry company in Croatia is Jadrolinija. Use a ferry map to plot out your route before booking your ferry.
Renting a car in Croatia is an additional option for getting around the country. To rent a car you will need a valid driver’s license (international driver’s license not needed).
A Croatia road trip is a great idea, roads are very well maintained and signposted, the only thing to keep an eye out for is the erratic driving style, especially in cities and the southern part of Croatia. Brush up on the Croatian driving rules before you head out. If you need road assistance call 987 for the Croatian Auto Club (HAK).
Tips for traveling in Croatia
Here are a few additional useful tips to keep in mind when planning a trip to Croatia:
- Is tap water in Croatia drinkable? Yes
- Do they speak English in Croatia? Yes, most places will speak at least a bit of English
- Legal drinking age in Croatia: 18
- Store opening hours are from 08.00 AM to 07.00 PM (weekdays) and 02.00 PM (Saturday). Sunday is the weekly closing day.
- Vegetarian Food in Croatia: Vegetarian options are widely available
Places to visit in Croatia
COMING SOON: HIDDEN GEMS IN CROATIA
Key facts about Croatia
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Practical information for visiting Croatia
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly: Zagreb (ZAG), Pula (PUY), Zadar (ZAD), Split (SPU), Dubrovnik (DBV) and Rijeka (RJK) are the international airports in Croatia
Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.
Average Daily Budget: $85
Meals $30 a person; hotel accomodations $45; transportation $11; activitites $10
WHEN TO GO
Shoulder season to avoid tourists.
Mid May – Mid June; Mid September – October
Depending on the country of origin visitors can stay for up to 90 days; costs depending on the country of origin
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Island tours, food tours with locals in Dubrovnik, wine tours in Istria, E-tuk tuk tours and a whole lot more!