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Croatia - Road Rules

Croatia's toll motorway network is still under construction, although the north-south route should be completed soon, removing a lot of traffic from the scenic coast road and cutting travel time massively.  The ring roads around Zagreb have heavy traffic, especially at the weekends when visitors from Hungary and Austria pass through.  Regular ferries connect the islands with the mainland and there are a few toll bridges connecting the closest islands.

Speed limits

  • Built up areas: 50km/h
  • Normal roads: 90km/h
  • Expressways: 110km/h
  • Motorways: 130km/h

Emergency numbers




  • Spare Bulbs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Warning Triangle - two if towing
  • Reflective jacket
  • Shovel and Snow Chains are required during winter months in mountainous areas.


UK licence valid for over 18s.


3rd Party compulsory. Croatia is included in the EU reciprocal insurance agreement - however to UK drivers the 5km Bosnia-Hercegovina corridor is not (other countries include this without issue).

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05% for drivers over 24 year - drivers under this age and professional drivers face a limit of zero.


On the spot fines can be issued, payable within 8 days at banks and post offices. Licences can be suspended for short period for drink driving and some other infringements.

Seat Belts

Compulsory if fitted for all passengers

Other Rules

Dipped headlights are compulsory in bad weather and at all times from end October to end March.

Road conditions and drivers

The coast highway from Rijeka to Dubrovnik is one of the most spectacular journeys in the region. However this can be a very long journey, single carriageway throughout and passing through many small towns and villages. The new toll motorway removes much of the traffic and will be a much quicker way of reaching the far south once completed. The final stretch will run via the Peljesac peninsular and bridges, avoiding the small section of Bosnia-Hercegovina completely. Inland roads can be fairly traffic free, although the motorways around Zagreb can become very congested at times.