When arrivnig to Croatia and Dubrovnik by car your main concerns are for sure traffic conditions, gas prices and available gas stations, driving regulation, speed limits, car mechanics and car parts stores and services in a case that you need to repair something on your car while abroad. We tried to provide you all necessary information tahat you may need.
Driving regulations: Driving with dipped headlights is obligatory during winter time. The use of mobile telephones while driving is forbidden! The use of seat belts is obligatory. A reflective sleeveless jacket is an obligatory part of every vehicle’s emergency equipment. Radar detectors are forbidden.
Speed limits: In inhabited areas 50 km/h (31 mph), outside inhabited areas 90 km/h (55 mph), but 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways and 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, unless otherwise indicated by road signs. If towing a trailer/caravan the speed limit is reduced to 90 km/h (55 mph). Minimum speed on motorways: 60 km/h (37 mph).
All motorists under 24 years of age must not exceed: 80 km/h (49 mph) on normal roads outside populated areas, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways and 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways.
Roadside assistance: Hrvatski Autoklub (HAK), telephone: 1987 (+385 1 987 if calling from a mobile phone) http://www.hak.hr
Children in car: Children under the age of 12 cannot travel as a front seat passenger, with the exception of a child under 2 years seated in a suitable child seat. Children from the age of 2 up to 5 years of age must be seated in a suitable child seat
Lights: Dipped headlights are compulsory for cars in the daytime from October to March
Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory. The wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for both the driver and passenger. Children under 12 cannot travel as a passenger
Drinking and driving: For drivers less than 24 years old: percentage of alcohol allowed in driver’s blood is 0%. For drivers 24 years and over except professional drivers: percentage of alcohol allowed in driver’s blood is 0.05%.
Traffic accidents with a foreign registration vehicle involved
In cases of traffic accidents with a foreign registration vehicle involved, the police officer who investigates the accident scene will issue a vehicle damage certificate to the vehicle owner. This certificate is necessary when crossing the country border.
Main Roads to Dubrovnik:
A1 (E65/E61): Zagreb - Ploče (Karlovac - Gospic - Zadar - Šibenik - Split), 550 km (please find more information on Croatian Highways web site)
D1 (E71): Karlovac - Split (Plitvice Lakes National Park - Gracac - Knin - Sinj) D8 (E65, Jadranska magistrala): Rijeka - Dubrovnik (Senj - Zadar - Sibenik - Split - Makarska - Ploce)
The toll is charged according to the length of motorway traveled and vehicle category. It can be paid in cash (kuna and euro currency on A1 highway), credit cards by checks and by prepaid cards, as well as in foreign currencies according to the exchange rates of PBZ Bank on the day of payment. Please find Croatian Highways Price List here.
Useful information about traffic conditions, road web cams and roadside assistance can be found at the CROATIAN AUTOMOBILE CLUB (page available in several languages).
Gas stations are generally open from 7 am to 7 or 8 PM every day; in the summer season, working hours are extended until 10 PM. On-duty Gas Stations in bigger cities and on main international roads are open 24 hours. All pumps sell Eurosuper 95, Super 98, Normal and Eurodiesel. LPG gas is not available in all gas stations.
In Dubrovnik there are at least one or two gas stations who are open all night.
INA-GRAD V.Nazora 2, tel: +385 20 425 151 open 6-22 h
INA-ORSAN Lapadska obala, tel: +385 20 435 965 open 7-19 h
INA-KOMOLAC Komolac, Ogarići 1, tel: +385 20 453 466 open 6-24
INA-PLIN Komolac, tel: +385 20 453 965 open 6-19
INA-ČILIPI, Čilipi, tel: +385 20 771 199 open 7-20 h
INA-STON, Ston, open 7-20 h
m-parking numbers are: 8200, 8201, 8202, and 8203 depending of the parking zone.
Parking on open - street parking spaces can be paid in several ways:
- by parking tickets purchased at the kiosk;
- by parking tickets purchased at parking meters;
- by sending SMS from your mobile phone.
Parking ticket bought at the kiosk or parking meters should be placed on the windshield inside the vehicle.
Instructions for payment by SMS
Write an SMS containing the registration number of the vehicle for which you want to pay for parking. Please do not insert spaces and special characters (eg DU091DM)
Send an SMS with the vehicle registration code on the m-parking number corresponding the parking zone in which you parked your car.
Receipt of payment will arrive in the form of the SMS message to your mobile phone with all the data on the paid parking. By sending an SMS to the number of m-parking, you pay one hour of parking. Upon receiving the message about expiring parking ticket, the following hours of parking can pay immediately by sending additional text messages.
Dubrovnik has a car towing service (popularly called the spider ) which towes cars that are parked against the regulations to a special location where you can pick them up after paying a fine.
Phone: +385 20 331 016, Work hours: 0-24h