Car Rental in Zagreb
Croatia’s capital city is fast becoming one of Europe’s premier tourism destinations offering a fine blend of heritage and excitement. With a history stretching back millennia, travelers can explore the medieval Upper Town with its ancient streets and beautiful architecture or partake in the colorful local nightlife scene around Flover Square. Car rental is an ideal way to experience Zagreb and the surrounding suburbs and also opens up many day-trip opportunities.
Where to rent a car in Zagreb
When you are touching down in Zagreb you will find many international car rental providers available at Franjo Tudman Airport including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo and Thrifty. Some car rental counters are situated in the passenger terminal and others are just a brief shuttle bus trip away. Alternatively, plenty more providers have offices across the city if you don’t want to collect your vehicle right after landing. Many are just a short walk from Glavni Kolodvor train station and there are other offices located across the city.
Driving in Zagreb
Traffic can be a problem in central areas of Zagreb at most hours of the day, especially during the morning and evening rush hour. However, outside of the rush hours you will generally be fine if you don’t mind the odd bit of congestion. The roads in the city are very good and inter-city roads are also well maintained, although you will encounter plenty of winding, hilly roads with sharp turns in rural areas. Croatia is well connected by highways, many of which along the coastal areas are noted for their spectacular beauty.
Parking in Zagreb
It can be rather expensive to find parking in central areas of Zagreb unless you take advantage of full-day parking tickets which offer discounts on hourly rates. There are three parking zones in Zagreb to be aware of with different parking rates. In central Zone 1 areas you will be paying around 7 AED per hour (max 2 hours) or 55 AED for a full day; in Zone 2 this is reduced to 3 AED per hour (max 3 hours) or 35 AED for the day; and in Zone 3 it is 1 AED per hour or 11 AED for the full day. You will need to buy your parking ticket at a meter, by SMS or at a local newsstand. There are also parking garages available offering parking at 3-5 AED per hour and overnight parking. You can ask your hotel if it provides parking.
Where to go around Zagreb
The Upper Town and Lower Town areas of Zagreb are where you will find the most famous attractions the city has to offer, but there are plenty more things to see and do in the outskirts and beyond. One of the most popular nature spots in Zagreb is Jarun Lake. This is about 10 km south of central Zagreb and easily reachable by car. You may also want to make the 45-minute drive north of Zagreb to the mountain-spot of Medvednica which offers stunning views over the city. Other interesting day trips from the city include the medieval town of Samobor 30 minutes west by car or the city of Karlovac, known as the “City on Four Rivers”, which is less than an hour southwest.
* This information is correct as of December 2018