Motorways in Croatia

The length of Croatia’s public road network is 26,958 km, of which 26,958 km are paved. The length of the motorways is 1,318 km.

Toll roads

There is a road toll in Croatia. The highway toll system in Croatia is operated by four companies that are located in different regions. Some bridges and tunnels are also chargeable.

Vehicle categories

The level of the tariffs depends on the type of vehicle. Vehicles are classified based on their height and number of axles.

categoryTCdescription
IAMotorcycles, tricycles and ATVs
IVehicles with 2 axles under 1.90 m in height
II a) Vehicles with 2 axles with a height of more than 1.90 m and a maximum permissible mass of no more than 3.5 t
b) Vehicles with 2 axles with a height of less than 1.90 m with a trailer, regardless of the number the axles and the height of the trailer
III a) vehicles with 2 or 3 axles with a maximum permissible mass of more than 3.5 t
b) vehicles with 2 axles with a maximum permissible mass of more than 3.5 t and a trailer with one axle
c) vehicles of category IIa with a trailer regardless of the number of axles on the trailer

Highway prices

The approximate cost of a passenger car without a trailer on Croatian toll roads from the Hungarian border (Gorichan) to the west coast of the Istrian peninsula is HRK 126 (EUR 17). A trip to Dubrovnik costs 276 HRK (37 €). Tariffs for 2020 (  HRK  ):

 HighwayIAIIIIII
A1Zagreb – Split – Dubrovnik (591 km)139 (19 €)232 (31 €)360 (€ 48)530 (71 €)
A2Zagreb – Macelj (61 km)29 (€ 3.90)48 (€ 6.40)72 (€ 9.60)110 (15 €)
A3Zagreb – Lipovac (279 km)77 (10 €)128 (17 €)193 (€ 26)289 (38 €)
A3Zagreb – Bregana (28 km)4 (€ 0.50)7 (€ 0.90)9 (€ 1.20)13 (€ 1.70)
A4Zagreb – Gorican (97 km)26 (€ 3.50)44 (€ 5.90)65 (€ 8.70)98 (€ 13)
A5Sl.Brod – Osijek (89 km)24 (€ 3.20)40 (€ 5.30)62 (€ 8.30)90 (€ 12)
A6Bosiljevo – Rijeka (82 km)42 (€ 5.60)70 (€ 9.30)127 (17 €)170 (23 €)
A7Rupa – Rijeka (27 km)5 (€ 0.70)8 (€ 1.10)15 (€ 2.00)20 (€ 2.70)
A8Vranja – Kanfanar (64 km)8 (€ 1.10)13 (€ 1.70)22 (€ 2.90)34 (€ 4.50)
A9Pula – Umag (77 km)31 (€ 4.10)51 (€ 6.80)76 (10 €)147 (€ 20)
A11Zagreb – Sisak (48 km)6 (€ 0.80)10 (€ 1.30)15 (€ 2.00)22 (€ 2.90)

The payment amount you can visit the website of the Croatian Motorways –  www.hac.hr  –  precisely calculate 

Payment options

At the entrance to the motorway, you will receive a ticket indicating the place of entry. When you leave the motorway, send the voucher back to the operator (if paid manually). The fee is calculated based on the distance traveled.

In Croatia, motorways can be paid as follows:

  • Cash  – HRK, EUR (change in local currency)
  • Credit cards  – VISA, Master Card, Maestro, Diners Card, American Express, INA card
  • Electronic Payment System (ETC)  – HAZ, ARZ, Bina Istra

Land with special payment

Krk bridge

The Krk Bridge connects the island of Krk with the mainland. The Krk Bridge is 1,430 m long and 67 m high.

Krk Bridge in Croatia

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . From June 15, 2020, crossing the bridge will be free for all vehicles.

Učka tunnel

The Učka tunnel is located on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia on the  A8 motorway  . The Uchka tunnel has a length of 5,062 m.

Učka tunnel in Croatia

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020 (HRK):

 IAIIIIII
valuation20 (€ 2.70)33 (€ 4.40)51 (€ 6.80)99 (13 €)

The maximum speed in the tunnel is 80 km / h, overtaking is strictly prohibited.

Sveti Iliya tunnel

The Sveti Ilija Tunnel connects the coastal and continental parts of the Split-Dalmatia region. It has a length of 4,248 m and has been open to traffic since July 8, 2013.

The tunnel is part of the regional road  D532  and lies between the mountain settlements of Bast and Rastovac.

Sveti Ilije tunnel in Croatia

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . From January 1, 2018, the tunnel was free for all vehicles.

The maximum speed in the tunnel is 80 km / h, stops and overtaking maneuvers are strictly prohibited.

Parking in Croatia

Parking is free in most locations on Sundays. Street parking in Zagreb is divided into three zones: red, yellow and green.

The red zone is near the city center, and the yellow and green zones are some distance from it. The maximum parking time in the red zone is 1 hour, in the yellow zone 2 hours and in the green zone 3 hours.

Payment vouchers are purchased from vending machines and placed on the dashboard under the windshield so that they are clearly visible from the outside.

Make sure you don’t stay in the parking lot beyond the paid time. If the parking rules are violated, the wheels will be blocked. The price for removing the blocker is between 100 and 300 HRK (13-40 €).

Croatia road map

Croatia road map

Main traffic rules in Croatia

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Croatia

Standard speed limits in Croatia (unless otherwise stated on the signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 110 km / h
  • on the highway – 130 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the way – 90 km / h
  • on the highway – 90 km / h

The speed limit for young drivers (up to 24 years of age) is 10 km / h lower than for other drivers (outside the village – 80 km / h, on the road – 100 km / h, on the motorway – 120 km / h).

It is recommended that the vehicle speed be reduced on wet roads.

It is forbidden to drive on motorway vehicles at a speed not exceeding 60 km / h according to their technical specifications.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.5 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is more than 0.5 ‰ and less than 1.0 ‰, the fine will be between 1,000 and 3,000 HRK (€ 133-399).

If the blood alcohol level is more than 1.0 ‰ and less than 1.5 ‰, the fine will be between 3,000 and 5,000 HRK (399-666 €).

If the blood alcohol level exceeds 1.5 ‰, the fine is HRK 5,000 to 15,000 (€ 666-1,997) or a prison sentence of up to 2 months.

The maximum permitted blood alcohol level for young drivers (under 24 years of age) is  0.0 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level of such drivers is up to 0.5 ‰, the fine is HRK 700 (€ 93).

Penalty for driving under the influence of drugs from HRK 5,000 to 15,000 (€ 666-1,997) or imprisonment of up to 2 months.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The use of dipped headlights is mandatory around the clock from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March.

The use of dipped headlights on motorcycles and mopeds is compulsory all year round.

Fine – HRK 300 (€ 40).

The use of dipped headlights during the day is mandatory when visibility is poor and when driving through tunnels.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under 3 years of age must be transported on special seats in the front seats with their backs facing the direction of travel. In this case, the airbag must be deactivated.

Children between the ages of 3 and 5 must be transported in special child restraint systems in the back seat.

Children aged 5 and over must use a child seat or booster that is appropriate for their weight and use normal seat belts.

In case of violation of the rules for transporting children – HRK 500 (€ 67).

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

Fine – HRK 500 (€ 67).

The driver of a motorcycle or moped, as well as an ATV without a cab, must drive on the road with a properly secured safety helmet.

The fine is HRK 1,000 (€ 133).

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

Fine – HRK 500 (€ 67).

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

tint

The windshield must have a light transmittance of at least 75% and the glass on the front doors must be at least 70%.

Fine – HRK 700 (€ 93).

Punish

Police officers have the right to impose fines for traffic violations on the spot. In this case, an official receipt must be issued. Fines must be paid to the post office or bank within eight days.

Foreign drivers’ licenses can be revoked for up to 8 days if they drive under the influence of alcohol, drive without prescribed medical aids such as glasses, drive under exhaustion or feel unwell.

Vehicles parked in violation of the regulations can be removed by the police at the owner’s expense. Fines for traffic violations in Croatia:

violationPenalties (HRK)
Driving at half the speed limit for no good reason300 (40 €)
Turn left / right from your lane300 (40 €)
Failure to meet the requirements of a police officer300 (40 €)
Failure to comply with the requirement of traffic regulations to give a signal before starting a movement, changing lanes, turning, turning or stopping300 (40 €)
Failure to comply with traffic rules to allow all vehicles and pedestrians to pass when leaving a back road500 (67 €)
Driving on the motorway at a speed below the minimum speed (60 km / h)500 (67 €)
Failure to comply with the requirement of the traffic rules to only move in the direction indicated by the green traffic light in the form of an arrow500 (67 €)
Failure to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front500 (67 €)
Failure to comply with traffic law requirements to give way to pedestrians500 (67 €)
Drive in the left lane with a vacant right500 (67 €)
Driving in a tunnel with no low beam500 (67 €)
Overtaking a vehicle from the right (except when the vehicle in front turns left)700 (93 €)
Exit an intersection or intersection in the event of an overload that forced the driver to stop, creating an obstacle to the vehicle’s transverse direction1,000 (€ 133)
Make a U-turn or drive backwards on a motorway2,000 (€ 266)
Overtaking a vehicle while driving on a single lane road for movement in any direction with limited visibility (in a tunnel, on a bridge)3,000 (€ 399)
Overtaking a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing3,000 (€ 399)
Passage at a red light2,000-5,000 (€ 266-666)
Violation of the driving rules by level crossings2,000-5,000 (€ 266-666)
Leaving the location of a traffic accident by the driver that resulted in property damage2,000-5,000 (€ 266-666)
Leaving the location of a traffic accident by the driver resulting in injury to other people3,000-7,000 (€ 399-932)

Traffic rules of Croatia  (656 Kb).

In order to ensure the enforcement of the sentence of non-residents of the Republic of Croatia, travel or other documents required to cross the border can be withdrawn for a period of more than eight days.

In the event that the offense is committed for the first time and the penalty for this offense does not exceed HRK 1,000 (€ 133), the police officer can limit himself to a warning instead of a fine. Fines in Croatia (HRK):

About speed
up to 10 km / h300 (40 €)300 (40 €)
from 10 to 20 km / h500 (67 €)500 (67 €)
from 20 to 30 km / h1,000 (€ 133)500 (67 €)
from 30 to 50 km / h2,000 (€ 266)1,000 (€ 133)
over 50 km / h5,000-15,000 (€ 666-1,997)3,000-7,000 (€ 399-932)

The following errors occur when measuring the speed of a vehicle:

  • up to 100 km / h – the error is 10 km / h
  • over 100 km / h – 10% of the measured speed

In practice, a fine is seldom imposed for speeds below 10 km / h.

Useful information

petrol

Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel (  Dizel  ) are available in Croatia. There is no such thing as leaded gasoline.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 192
  • Fire Brigade – 193
  • Ambulance – 194
  • Road Service – 987

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle  – except for motorcycles. Two signs are required when driving with a trailer.
  • A reflective vest  is required if you leave a car that has been left standing on the road or on your shoulder at night or in poor visibility.
  • First aid kit for motor vehicles
  • Spare wheel  or repair kit
  • Replacement  lamp set – Not required for xenon, neon and similar lamps.

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter equipment is compulsory from November 15 to April 15 for vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons only if there is a continuous layer of snow or ice on the roads.

Winter equipment means winter tires (M + S) that are equipped with all wheels, or summer tires with a tread depth of at least 4 mm and chains on the drive wheels.

Despite the provisions of the previous paragraph, the Minister of Transport may, for a certain period and on certain roads, make it compulsory to use winter equipment for certain categories of vehicles, regardless of whether there is snow or ice on those roads. In case of violation – a fine of HRK 700 (€ 93).

spikes

The use of studded tires is  prohibited  .

Anti-slip chains

Snow chains may only be used if the weather conditions require it (snow depth of at least 5 cm or ice on the road).

In the Gorski Kotar and Lika regions, snow chains are mandatory regardless of the type of tire used.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

Using Radar detector and Anti-radar forbidden  . If this is discovered, a fine of HRK 2,000 (€ 266) will be imposed and the device will be confiscated.