Picking up and dropping off
You meet the rental representative at a place of your choice. When booking, you simply choose your preferred place and time, and a rental agent will meet you.
The right way to pick up a car:
- Inspect the car from all sides, mark any scratches and dents on a dedicated sheet of your agreement.
- Read the agreement before you sign it.
- Pay the manager the remaining amount for the order and the deposit, if the car requires a deposit.
Be sure to take detailed photos or videos of the car. Just in case.
That's all. The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes.
The drop-off takes even less.
- You arrive at the meeting point without delay, in a clean car. The tank is filled with fuel according to the agreement.
- The rental agent accepts the car and signs your drop-off form.
If you made a deposit by card, be sure to keep all documents until the money is returned to your account.
Traffic regulations and fines
In general, it is fairly easy to drive in Croatia as long as you follow the traffic regulations and know about the national driving habits.
The country has pan-European traffic regulations but there are many mountain roads and old towns with narrow streets, plus locals often break the rules. In such situations, be careful and take your time. If a local reckless driver wants to overtake you where it is prohibited, you had better give way to them.
Parking in Dubrovnik
Free parking can be found in the residential areas of the city, while parking is paid in the centre of Dubrovnik.
Information on parking rates, payment methods, and chargeable time is shown on the sign. Watch your paid parking period carefully because overdue parking is equivalent to unpaid parking.
Toll roads in Croatia
Most motorways in Croatia are toll roads. You can’t get on a toll road by mistake because as there are checkpoints with boom barriers at the entrance. You can pay in cash or by card.
Petrol stations in Croatia
There are many petrol stations in the country, the fuel is good, and the large petrol stations have cafés and rest areas. Both cash and major bank cards are accepted.
Before refuelling, make sure that the fuel meter shows zero. Otherwise, you will have to pay for someone else's fuel.
Places to visit by a rental car
You can drive around the entire coast from Dubrovnik to Rovinj on your vacation. Each city here is interesting in its own way and is unlike any other.
To visit the mountain town of Motovun, it is best to leave your car at the foot, at a paid car park. The town is old and the streets are very narrow. Although it is possible to drive along them if you want to. Local drivers are doing fine. The town is surrounded with extensive truffle plantations, the streets are laden with truffle scents, and a delicious truffle dish can be found in every cafe.
In Rovinj, make sure to climb the bell tower, it offers the best panoramic view of the coast and mountains.
Any town has a very pretty temple, and on the coast, every now and then, you'll see through the lens almost Scandinavian 'fjords', adjusted for the local nature. Every one of them is worthy of a calendar, and Croatia itself is very beautiful and unique.
Travelling by car allows you to experience it to the full extent.