Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Pula and Dubrovnik international airports all receive domestic flights. Domestic services also run to Zadar and Osijek, which both handle some international traffic, and the smaller airport on the island of Brac. The main domestic routes operated by Croatia Airlines are Zagreb-Dubrovnik and Zagreb-Split.
The last decade has seen considerable investment in Croatia’s roads and the country has an extensive network of highways (designated as E roads) and unclassified roads. Motorway connections are continually improving, and Croatia’s 11 motorways are designated with the numbers A1 to A11. The A1 is the main artery between Zagreb and Split, soon it will extend beyond Dubrovnik. Roads are generally sealed and in good condition. A toll is payable on motorways. Traffic drives on the right.
There are regular coach services to destinations throughout Croatia. Timetable information is available from Zagreb Central Bus Station (website: www.akz.hr).
International and local car hire companies have offices in cities and towns across the country, airports and leading resorts. The minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on highways, 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas and 80kph (50mph) outside built-up areas. Heavy fines are imposed for speeding. It is compulsory for front and rear passengers to wear seat belts. It is illegal to use a handheld mobile telephone while driving. Headlights should be turned on at all times. Emergency breakdown service: HrvatskiAutoklub (HAK) operates an emergency service (tel: 987; website: www.hak.hr). National or International Driving Permit. All motorists should also carry a valid passport or national identity card as proof of identity at all times. A Green Card should be carried by visitors (except EU nationals) taking their own car into Croatia. National registration in country of origin is required for all foreign vehicles. Third party insurance is mandatory when hiring a car and a valid credit card is also needed.
Croatian Railways (website: www.hznet.hr) operates trains in Croatia. The network connects all major cities except Dubrovnik. However, it is often quicker to travel by bus. An upgrading of the track between Zagreb and Split now means that this journey can be done in just over three hours by high speed train.
Jadrolinija (website: www.jadrolinija.hr) is the main provider of car and passenger ferries and catamarans in Croatia. There are regular connections between the main ports and the offshore islands. A coastal service runs all the way from Rijeka in the north to Dubrovnik in the south, via Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik.