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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Pula Airport
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$18.27 / per day
Pula Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Flizzr
$20.61 / per day
Pula Airport
Compact SUV
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
$28.85 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Pula Airport
Full-size SUV
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$46.69 / per day
Pula Airport
Standard SUV
Peugeot 3008 or similar
Peugeot 3008
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avia Rent A Car
$57.93 / per day
Pula Airport
Compact Elite Crossover
Volkswagen Taigo or similar
Volkswagen Taigo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$89.14 / per day
Downtown
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$116.21 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 16:09 on 2024-06-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Croatian, English
Currency
HRK
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+385
Average car rental price
$51 per day
Average car rental length
8 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gas price
$1.60 per liter or $6.07 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.45 per liter or $5.50 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.00 per liter or $7.57 per gallon

Why rent a car in Pula?

Pula is a great place to explore by car. A historic city with plenty of Roman and Medieval sites, it is also near many stunning beaches, islands, and natural areas, offering something for everyone. From Pula, you can easily explore the Istrian peninsula, the rest of Croatia, and even neighboring Slovenia and Italy.

Pula

One-Way Car Rentals in Pula

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Pula and drop off in another city include:

  • From Pula to Dubrovnik - 214 offers from $21.82 per day
  • From Pula to Split - 287 offers from $20.29 per day
  • From Pula to Zadar - 156 offers from $20.29 per day
  • From Pula to Rovinj - 50 offers from $28.85 per day
  • From Pula to Zagreb - 156 offers from $20.29 per day

Top ways to enter Pula

  • Pula Airport: Especially active during the summer months, Pula Airport offers flights to and from domestic destinations, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and many other European countries. Conveniently, the airport is located just 6km (3.7 miles) northeast of the city center. 
  • Rijeka Airport: Another small and cozy airport on the Croatian coast, Rijeka Airport serves flights to such varied destinations as Israel, Norway, Bulgaria, and Latvia, as well as more popular Western European ones. The airport is 131km (81 miles) northeast of Pula.
  • Zagreb Airport: The largest and busiest in Croatia, Zagreb Airport serves the nation’s capital in the center of the country. It might seem quite far from Pula, but thanks to good road conditions the distance between the two cities can be covered in just over three hours.
  • Ljubljana Airport: Serving the capital of neighboring Slovenia, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport sees almost two million travelers every year. The airport is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Pula. Keep in mind, though, that if you plan to come from Ljubljana to Pula, you’ll have to cross an international border, so first check to see if your car rental provider permits this. Also, be sure to check Croatia's entry requirements for citizens of your country. 

City facts

  • Like much of the Adriatic coast, Pula enjoys a pleasant and warm subtropical climate. The average temperature is 23 °C  (73 °F) in July and August and 6 °C  (43 °F) in January and February. The precipitation is spread out rather evenly throughout the year.
  • Like the rest of the Istria County, Pula is bilingual as both Croatian and Italian languages have official status. Nowadays, most of the population of the region is Croatian, but around 5% of Pula’s inhabitants are native Italian-speakers.

Top sights and activities

  • Arena of Pula. One of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world, this impressive complex was built during the 1st century A.D. Fights between gladiators or between men and animals were held here until the year 681 when they were finally forbidden. One of the most impressive architectural monuments in Croatia, the amphitheater is a must-see place if you’re in Pula. Visitors can also visit the caverns beneath the main structure.
  • Beaches. No worse than their Italian and Greek counterparts, the beaches of Pula are quite simply world-class. Have fun with locals at the Ambrela Beach (also known as the St. John’s Beach) or drive to the nearby Zlatne Stijene, or the Golden Rocks Beach. Just a bit further away, near the picturesque village of Premantura, are the beaches of the Kamenjak Peninsula, considered by some to be the most picturesque in all of Croatia.
  • Archaeological Museum of Istria. Once home to ancient Romans, Illyrians, Venetians, and others, the region of Istria has seen its fair share of epic rulers over the centuries. Many of their weapons, jewelry, and art objects have now found a home in this great museum in Pula. In addition to more mundane objects, fossils, idol images, and sarcophagi can be seen here.
  • Temple of Augustus. Located in Pula's Forum, this well-preserved Roman temple is dedicated to the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. It now houses a collection of ancient Roman sculptures

Traffic and parking

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 110 km/h (68 mph) on main highways, 90 km/h (56 mph) on most other roads, and 50 km/h (31 mph) 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.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers under the age of 24. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide license ban, or even imprisonment.
  • Gas stations are usually open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although many stay open until 10 p.m. during summer.
  • The car’s registration and insurance documents must be in it at all times.
  • 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.

Toll roads

A toll must be paid for using most Croatian motorways. There are two types of toll systems in Croatia, open and closed. On open toll highways, which are mostly tunnels, bridges, and short stretches of highway, all drivers must stop to pay tolls at various locations. On closed toll highways, the driver is given a receipt upon entering the highway that shows where they entered the toll road. They then need to present the receipt when leaving the toll road and pay for the section driven. If you lose the receipt, you’ll need to pay as if you drove 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 made either with cash or by credit card. You can also purchase an electronic toll collection device or a monthly prepaid ticket that includes a 10% discount, both of which are non-refundable. Some rental cars are equipped with an electronic toll transponder, the price of which is usually included in the rental price. 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

  • Brijuni. An archipelago known for its natural beauty, Brijuni Islands National Park is another of those too-beautiful-not-to-visit places in Croatia. The islands are home to many native plant species like olive trees, but cedars and bamboos also seem to like the climate here. Animals like deer, cormorants, water turtles, and even dolphins can be spotted sometimes. You cannot reach Brijuni by car but drive to the nearby town of Fažana from which the islands are only a short boat ride away.
  • Rovinj. Beautiful and bilingual, Rovinj is a place where Croatian and Italian influences have mixed to create beautiful architecture, tranquil locals, and delicious cuisine (truffles, olive oil, seafood, and wine are some of the local specialties). The town is just about a 40-minute drive north of Pula.
  • Rijeka. Sitting on the Kvarner Bay, Rijeka is a place of proud maritime traditions and an artistic, multicultural present. Explore its many castles and museums, visit its impressive theaters (a grand experience even if you don’t speak Croatian), hit the local market for fresh produce from the area’s farmers, and, like elsewhere in Croatia, don’t forget about the beach. Rijeka is about 110km (68 miles) northeast of Pula, a distance that can be driven in 90 minutes.
  • Umag. Once the favorite vacation spot of Ancient Roman elites, Umag is nowadays another scenic coastal town of Istria. Located in the northern part of the peninsula, it is very near Slovenia and Italy. In addition to the stunning beaches that surround it, Umag is home to a well-preserved historical center, as well as the oldest (surviving) lighthouse on the Adriatic sea. The drive from Pula takes just over one hour.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Pula is the VW Golf, closely followed by the VW Up and Toyota Yaris. The most popular rental car types in Pula are the mini, economy, and compact classes. 

Further destinations

  • Slovenia. Croatia’s northwest neighbor has a rather short coastline, but its largest beach town Koper is awesome! Just 102km (63 miles) north of Pula, it is just as fun but has a different atmosphere and culture. From here, travel further to enjoy the pleasures of the capital city Ljubljana or to climb the majestic Julian Alps. Keep in mind that to travel from Pula to Slovenia you’ll have to cross an international border, so first ask your rental car provider if this is permitted. Also, while both countries are in the EU, Slovenia is a member of the Schengen Agreement while Croatia is not, yet; therefore, be sure to check the Schengen entry requirements for your nationality. 
  • Risnjak National Park. Located northeast of Rijeka, Risnjak is one of the most scenic nature preserves in Croatia. The area is characterized by jagged limestone and dolomite formations, thick forests, and panoramic views. Named after the Croatian word for lynx, the park is also home to such wildlife as eagle owls, brown bears, and several species of deer. The drive from Pula takes about 2 hours.
  • Venice. One of the most famous places of the old world, Venice is just a three-and-a-half hour drive from Pula. Full of world-famous museums and galleries, crowded squares, and small isolated islands, visiting the sinking city is an experience of a lifetime. To visit Venice, you’ll have to cross two international national borders (Croatia-Slovenia and Slovenia-Italy), so first, make sure your rental car provider permits it. Also, check to see if you need a visa to visit the Schengen area.
  • Zagreb. While most of Croatia’s coast is Mediterranean in atmosphere with respect to architecture and cuisine, Zagreb feels more Central European. Such stark contrast within one country can alone be a fine reason to travel there. But the capital city is also a true metropolis that is equal parts historical, classy, and fun. From Pula by car, it can be reached in just a little over three hours.

Car rental prices in Pula

  • Convertibles - from $202 per day
  • Station wagons - from $29 per day
  • Large cars - from $33 per day
  • Medium cars - from $26 per day
  • Vans - from $69 per day
  • Premium cars - from $104 per day
  • Small cars - from $18 per day
  • SUVs - from $28 per day

Money-saving tips

Try these tips and tricks to get a good car rental deal in Pula:

  • 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Pula is the cheapest in June when renting a car is about 59% cheaper than the yearly average and an entire 80% cheaper than renting a car in August. Choosing the right month of summer can be crucial when visiting the Croatian coast!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Pula?

Car rental prices in Pula vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Pula
$43.32
January
$7.38
February
$15.19
March
$15.25
April
$18.68
May
$26.13
June
$46.05
July
$48.43
August
$25.00
September
$21.32
October
$22.06
November
$15.70
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Pula is February (when prices average $7.38 per day). This is 71% cheaper than the yearly average and 85% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $48.43).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Pula?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 15 days, and in March, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Pula
15
January
7
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
8
June
9
July
8
August
8
September
7
October
7
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Pula?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Pula is July, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Pula by pick-up date relative to the average
4%
January
2%
February
4%
March
45%
April
133%
May
220%
June
334%
July
259%
August
156%
September
36%
October
3%
November
3%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 3
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Avia Rent A Car, Flizzr, Keddy, ABBYCAR, SIXT
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Vans
Lowest price $18 per day
Cheapest supplier NUCarrentals

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Avia Rent A Car Skoda Fabia 5 1 Small cars
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 SUVs
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Flizzr Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Flizzr Opel Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Avia Rent A Car Peugeot 2008 5 2 SUVs
Keddy Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 SUVs
ABBYCAR Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Australia
Skoda Fabia
October 21, 2023
The car gave us the freedom to get the best out of a holiday at our pace.
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
July 8, 2023
We explored amazing places, and no issues with parking.
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
July 1, 2023
Been before many times, always great
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
June 28, 2023
Northern Croatia and its archipeligoes is a great place to spend 10 days
Netherlands
Volkswagen Golf
May 2, 2023
Great
Switzerland
VW Polo
August 17, 2022
mundane general tourist stuff
Poland
Volkswagen Up
October 21, 2021
Cittanova, Pula and Rovigno definetely places to see. Good roads, beatiful views and friendly people...I'll be back to touch the sound of the sea.....
United Kingdom
VW Polo
August 15, 2020
Lots of lovely rocky bays to swim at along the coast, and lots of free parking!
Brunei Darussalam
Skoda Fabia Combi
August 23, 2019
Loved Pula and Rovinj
United Kingdom
VW Polo
August 14, 2019
Lovely part of Croatia good roads and plenty of parking lots of places to visit.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Celerio
January 9, 2019
It is my ex home place.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
September 26, 2018
The car in Pula is a must if you really want to see the beauty of this place. There are so many place too go like Rovinj, Premantura, Cape Kamenjak, Pula Center, and the best one is the Dolphins boat tour Brijuni.. amazing.
Ireland
VW Golf
September 16, 2018
Pula is a useful place to stay as a base to visit the likes of Motovun, Rovinj and Porec as well as many places along the coast.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
July 17, 2018
A car enables travel in land to see the beautiful country in your own time. It also allows visiting to villages off the beaten track.
Netherlands
Opel Zafira
July 2, 2018
you could see the Plitvice lakes, coastal City's like Porec and Umag or just drive around and enjoy the beautifull country roads.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Alamo
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Goldcar
7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
48
Total rental companies
25
Average daily price
$51.29
Lowest daily price
$18.27
Total cars available
644

Top 25 suppliers in Pula in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.8 / 39 reviews
1 location
$35 - $196
Flizzr
Flizzr
Very good 8.5 / 98 reviews
1 location
$20 - $33
Active rent a car
Active rent a car
Very good 8.5 / 38 reviews
2 locations
$26 - $228
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.4 / 30 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $189
Avia Rent A Car
Avia Rent A Car
Very good 8.3 / 449 reviews
2 locations
$30 - $286
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8.3 / 11 reviews
1 location
$51 - $194
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.3 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $189
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.1 / 30 reviews
2 locations
$21 - $37
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8 / 53 reviews
2 locations
$22 - $148
Autowill
Autowill
Very good 8 / 43 reviews
2 locations
$29 - $180
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.9 / 7 reviews
1 location
$60 - $143
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.9 / 6 reviews
1 location
$46 - $400
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 1 review
1 location
$57 - $254
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7 / 4 reviews
1 location
$31 - $50
Mack
Mack
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
3 locations
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
$47 - $408
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7
1 location
$50 - $68
Last Minute Rent a Car
Last Minute Rent a Car
Good 7.7
1 location
$26 - $158
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
AddCar
AddCar
Good 7.6 / 31 reviews
1 location
$30 - $136
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.6 / 3 reviews
2 locations
$18 - $123
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
Good 7.5 / 40 reviews
2 locations
$27 - $54
Street Rent A Car
Street Rent A Car
Good 7.5
2 locations
$27 - $52
Surprice
Surprice
Good 7.3 / 12 reviews
1 location
$34 - $150
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7 / 1 review
1 location
$57 - $154
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