Car Rental in Dubrovnik
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Why rent a car in Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik is one of the most interesting cities to explore in Croatia. Although fairly small, it punches way above its weight when it comes to magnificent historical attractions. Located on the Adriatic coast, it is equally as famous as a beach destination.
With so many charming villages and towns close to Dubrovnik, renting a car gives you enough freedom to explore them in leisure. In fact, you can drive to the beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro.
One-Way Car Rentals in Dubrovnik
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Dubrovnik and drop off in another city include:
- From Dubrovnik to Zagreb - 685 offers from $13.83 per day
- From Dubrovnik to Split - 577 offers from $13.83 per day
- From Dubrovnik to Zadar - 283 offers from $18.01 per day
- From Dubrovnik to Pula - 225 offers from $18.01 per day
- From Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 72 offers from $23.74 per day
Top ways to enter Dubrovnik
- Dubrovnik Airport: Also known as Čilipi, the airport is just 16 km (10 mi) from Dubrovnik center.
- Split Airport: About 193 km (150 mi) from Dubrovnik, flying to the much larger Split Airport is another great way to reach Croatia’s Adriatic coast.
- Podgorica Airport: Only 150 km (93 mi) from Dubrovnik, Podgorica Airport serves neighboring Montenegro’s capital and largest city. The drive to Dubrovnik is short, but you’ll have to cross a national border, so make sure that your car rental provider permits it.
- By sea: If you’re arriving in Dubrovnik by ferry, you can also conveniently pick up your rental car at Dubrovnik Port or Dubrovnik Aci Marina.
- Hotels: While not exactly a way to enter the city, it should be noted that it is possible to pick up a rental car at some hotels, such as Hotel Lapad.
- Dubrovnik enjoys a humid Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 30 °C (86 °F). July is by far the driest month. The winters are mild, and temperature very rarely drops below 5 °C (40 °F).
- Dubrovnik is one of the smallest cities in Europe with an active international airport. Only slightly more than 40,000 people live within the city limits, but the airport served more than 2,500,000 passengers in 2018.
- Dubrovnik garners a lot of attention for being the filming location for the tv series Game of Thrones and the movie Star Wars.
- Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Top destinations and activities
- City walls. Standing for more than 1000 years, the city walls have protected Dubrovnik from all kinds of invaders. Nowadays they make a great tourism destination to explore. Keep in mind that summer temperatures are very high, so during that season the walls are best visited in the morning or in the evening.
- Cliff Bar. Hidden inside the city walls and accessible only through a hole in the wall, the bars “Buža” and “Buža II” do not seem very attractive at first, especially when you know that the names translate simply as “Hole” and “Hole II”. But do yourself a favor and go to visit them anyway, not only for the great local wine, but for amazing city views that will reveal themselves once you’ve made it to the other side.
- Games of Thrones locations. As if Dubrovnik didn’t already have enough splendid tourist attractions, some scenes of the most famous TV series of the last five years were also shot in this picturesque city. If you’re a fan of GoT, you’ll immediately recognize Lovrijenac Fortress (Red Keep at King’s Landing in series), but it’s worth also visiting the Minceta Tower, or St. Dominic Street where most of the market scenes were shot.
- Old Town. Encompassed by the aforementioned mighty walls, the well-preserved old town of Dubrovnik is where you can find most of the city’s landmarks. These include Roland’s Column, the city's many beautiful Baroque buildings, and Lovrijenac Fort, as well as more recent attractions like the War Photo Limited, a gallery dedicated to conflict journalism.
- Srd Mountain. A cable car runs from the Old Town to the top of Mount Srd. It’s one of the best spots to enjoy panoramic views over the city. Sunset is the best time of the day to be here.
- Park Orsula. Perched on a hillside, Park Orsula is another vantage point to witness the panoramic views of the city and the ocean.
- Lokrum. It’s a quaint little forested island and a protected nature reserve. Tourists flock here for dramatic views, incredible wildlife, the Dead Sea (yes, Lokrum has its own dead sea where you can float), and the original GOT Iron Throne. A ferry runs every 30 minutes from the Old Town harbor.
Traffic and parking
- Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130 km/h on motorways, 110 km/h on main highways, 90 km/h on most other roads, and 50 km/h in populated and built-up areas.
- During autumn and spring (from October to March) you need to drive with your headlights on, even during the day.
- If you’re driving with a foreign car, it needs to have a nationality sticker on the back. This is important if you’re arriving in Croatia by car from a neighboring country, especially Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia that are not part of the European Union.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers under the age of 24. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide licence ban, or even imprisonment.
- Gas stations are usually open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., although many will work until 10:00 p.m. during summer.
- The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
- The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.
There’s a toll to be paid for using most Croatian motorways. There are two types of tolls in Croatia, the open ones and the closed ones. On open toll motorways, which are mostly tunnels, bridges, and short stretches of highway, the driver pays when arriving at the road. On closed toll motorways, the driver pays when arriving at the road and is given a receipt for their payment that shows where they entered the toll road. They then need to present the receipt when leaving the toll road. If you lose the receipt, you’ll need to once again for the maximum length of the toll road. If your receipt is more than 24 hours old, for example, because you stay for the night somewhere along the toll road, you’ll need to provide a valid explanation of the situation at the exit toll booth.
The payment for the toll road can be done either in cash or by credit card. You can also purchase a smart card or an expiring seasonal smart card that will include a 10% discount. Both types of smart cards are non-refundable. Some rental cars are equipped with an electronic toll responder the price of which is usually included in the rental price. Do ask your car rental provider about it in advance. Find out more about the toll roads in Croatia on the European toll road website.
Ideas for day trips
- Korčula. World-famous for being the birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo, Korčula is a pretty medieval town on an island of the same name. Easily reached by boat (albeit only during the summer), Korčula offers an even more tranquil atmosphere than Dubrovnik. Don’t miss the performance of moreška, a traditional sword dance.
- The Peljesac Peninsula. Just a bit more than an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik, the largest peninsula of Dalmatian region is famous for its delicious foodstuffs from grapevines, figs, and almonds to shellfish and oysters, but should also be visited for the fishing villages, farmstays, and the hospitality of its people.
- Mljet National Park. Another island near Dubrovnik, Mljet is a heavily wooded area that offers more challenge than its idyllic counterparts. There are plenty of opportunities to get active, from hiking and swimming in the hill lakes to mountain biking and kayaking.
- Konavle Valley. A rustic utopia it is! Sprinkled with vineyards, farms, and traditional villages, Konavle is a perfect destination for travelers who love quaint surroundings, delicious food, and fine wine. A 40 minutes drive from Dubrovnik can get you to a different world.
- Sokol Grad. Perched on a hilltop above a little hamlet of Dunave, it’s an impressive medieval castle close to the Croatian Bosnian border. While you dive deep into the interesting historical significance behind the construction of the castle, don’t forget to enjoy the panoramic view of Konavle. It’s 22 miles away from Dubrovnik. You can combine a visit to Sokol Grad with Konavle.
- Trsteno Arboretum. It’s a unique botanical garden in Croatia with a lot of history. Featuring a Gothic-Renaissance layout, the garden houses ancient trees and toms of exotic plants from across the world. The high points of the Arboretum are a baroque fountain of Neptune and two 500-year-old giant Asian plane trees. A 30-minute drive from Dubrovnik is all you need to explore this one-of-a-kind place.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car in Croatia is the VW Polo, but the travelers also like the Opel Corsa and the Skoda Fabia a lot. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.
- Split and the rest of Dalmatia. As pretty and picturesque Dubrovnik is, it is but one of many jewels of the Dalmatia region. Do visit the fun and busy capital city Split, but make time for the area’s nature areas as that’s where the real beauty is.
- Montenegro: Just a short ride further along the coast, neighboring Montenegro is just as picturesque as Coastal Croatia, but perhaps feels a bit more rugged and unexplored. You’ll have to cross a national border to visit from Dubrovnik, so get in touch with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it. Also, make sure that your entry documentation is in order.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Something of an uncovered gem, nearby Bosnia and Herzegovina has recovered from its tragic past. Its stunning mountains, long valleys, and different cultures attract more and more visitors every year. You’ll have to cross a national border to visit from Dubrovnik, so get in touch with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it. Also, make sure that your entry documentation is in order.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina. Something of a hidden gem, neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently recovered from its tragic past. The country’s stunning mountains, long valleys, and different cultures attract more and more visitors every year. You’ll have to cross an international border to visit it from Dubrovnik, so get in touch with your car rental supplier first to make sure they allow it. Also, look up in advance if you need a visa to visit.
Car Rental Prices in Dubrovnik
- Convertibles - from $39 per day
- Station wagons - from $11 per day
- Large cars - from $9 per day
- Medium cars - from $7 per day
- Vans - from $61 per day
- Premium cars - from $19 per day
- Small cars - from $5 per day
- SUVs - from $10 per day
There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Dubrovnik. Start with:
- Compare rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Dubrovnik is the cheapest in January when renting a car is a whopping 80% cheaper than the yearly average.
Top 20 Cities near Dubrovnik
Slano Car Rentals from $45.66 per day39.8 km / 24.7 miles away
Korcula Car Rentals from $161.10 per day102.6 km / 63.8 miles away
Vela Luka Car Rentals from $55.65 per day134.0 km / 83.3 miles away
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Split Car Rentals from $5.99 per day193.5 km / 120.2 miles away
Trogir Car Rentals from $15.98 per day195.8 km / 121.7 miles away
Primošten Car Rentals from $85.61 per day222.0 km / 137.9 miles away
Sibenik Car Rentals from $16.57 per day232.5 km / 144.5 miles away
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Biograd Car Rentals from $85.61 per day275.4 km / 171.1 miles away
Zadar Car Rentals from $7.56 per day292.2 km / 181.6 miles away
Osijek Car Rentals from $13.07 per day334.2 km / 207.7 miles away
Karlovac Car Rentals from $11.52 per day391.7 km / 243.4 miles away
Zagreb Car Rentals from $5.84 per day394.9 km / 245.4 miles away
Rijeka Car Rentals from $8.66 per day418.3 km / 259.9 miles away
Pula Car Rentals from $7.65 per day434.9 km / 270.2 miles away
Opatija Car Rentals from $18.28 per day442.5 km / 275.0 miles away
Rovinj Car Rentals from $10.78 per day464.1 km / 288.4 miles away
Porec Car Rentals from $16.57 per day477.1 km / 296.5 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Airport Car Rentals from $4.78 per day
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel Car Rentals from $45.66 per day16.2 km / 10.1 miles away
Dubrovnik Aci Marina Car Rentals from $29.06 per day16.9 km / 10.5 miles away
Dubrovnik Delivery within city limits Car Rentals from $63.93 per day17.4 km / 10.8 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $6.23 per day17.8 km / 11.1 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $11.52 per day181.5 km / 112.8 miles away
Split Delivery within city limits Car Rentals from $63.93 per day181.6 km / 112.8 miles away
Split Port Car Rentals from $45.66 per day181.8 km / 113.0 miles away
Split Airport Car Rentals from $5.99 per day193.5 km / 120.2 miles away
Zadar Airport Car Rentals from $7.56 per day292.2 km / 181.6 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $15.10 per day298.8 km / 185.7 miles away
Zadar Port Car Rentals from $85.61 per day300.7 km / 186.8 miles away
Osijek Airport Car Rentals from $13.07 per day325.5 km / 202.3 miles away
Zagreb Airport Car Rentals from $5.84 per day394.9 km / 245.4 miles away
Zagreb Train Station Car Rentals from $45.66 per day404.2 km / 251.2 miles away
Zagreb Delivery within city limits Car Rentals from $63.93 per day404.7 km / 251.5 miles away
Panorama Zagreb Hotel Car Rentals from $16.57 per day405.2 km / 251.8 miles away
Rijeka Airport Car Rentals from $8.66 per day418.3 km / 259.9 miles away
Pula Airport Car Rentals from $7.65 per day434.9 km / 270.2 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $10.78 per day464.1 km / 288.4 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||9|
|Popular suppliers||Garage Nr1, Avia, Ok Mobility, Carwiz, Oryx|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans|
|Lowest price||$5 per day|
|Cheapest supplier||Ok Mobility|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Garage Nr1||Hyundai i20||5||2||Small cars|
|Avia||Skoda Fabia||5||1||Small cars|
|Avia||Volkswagen Polo||5||1||Small cars|
|Avia||Volkswagen Golf||5||4||Medium cars|
|Garage Nr1||Volkswagen Up||3||2||Small cars|
|Avia||Volkswagen Up||5||2||Small cars|
|Garage Nr1||Volkswagen Polo||5||2||Small cars|
|Ok Mobility||Seat Ibiza||5||1||Small cars|
|Garage Nr1||Opel Crossland X||5||2||SUVs|
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