Car Rental in Rijeka

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Rijeka, Croatia
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Rijeka Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Flizzr
$10.11 / per day
Rijeka Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$12.27 / per day
Downtown
Compact
Citroën C4 or similar
Citroën C4
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Active rent a car
$13.57 / per day
Downtown
Intermediate
Renault Megane STW or similar
Renault Megane STW
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$19.55 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Rijeka Airport
Full-size SUV
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$26.90 / per day
Rijeka Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$45.20 / per day
Rijeka Airport
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$76.63 / per day
Rijeka Airport
Luxury Van
Ford Transit Custom or similar
Ford Transit Custom
  • 9
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$150.14 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:51 on 2024-04-12. 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
$44 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 gasoline price
$1.56 per liter or $5.92 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.49 per liter or $5.64 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.83 per liter or $6.93 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Rijeka?

Rijeka is a great place to visit. Located on Kvarner Bay, it is as great a beach destination as more famous Croatian coastal hubs like Dubrovnik or Split. Rijeka is also a sophisticated city and has plenty of arts, architecture, and culture for a traveler to enjoy. After seeing Rijeka, you can drive to see the rest of coastal Croatia, explore into the interior, or, if your rental car provider permits it, even pop over the border to visit Slovenia or nearby Italy. 

Rijeka

One-Way Car Rentals in Rijeka

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

  • From Rijeka to Dubrovnik - 130 offers from $21.71 per day
  • From Rijeka to Verona - 32 offers from $59.67 per day
  • From Rijeka to Split - 117 offers from $20.19 per day
  • From Rijeka to Pula - 117 offers from $20.19 per day

Top ways to enter Rijeka

  • Rijeka Airport: A small international airport, Zračna luka Rijeka is especially active during the summer months when it has flights by more than 10 airlines. During the winter, the airport hosts some domestic routes as well as flights to and from Munich and Dusseldorf in Germany. Situated on the nearby island of Krk, Rijeka Airport is connected to the mainland by a bridge. About 26km (16 miles) southeast of Rijeka city center, it can be reached in about 30 minutes.
  • Pula Airport: Another small coastal airport, it handled just 777,568 passengers in 2019. Serving the capital city of the Istria region, Pula Airport has flights by more than 20 different airlines during the summer months, including low-cost carriers like Transavia, easyJet, and Ryanair. Located 105km (65 miles) southwest of Rijeka, Pula Airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Zagreb Airport: Serving Croatia’s capital, Zagreb Franjo Tuđman is the busiest in the country and handled 3.12 million passengers in 2022. The airport is the main hub of the national carrier Croatia Airlines and also has flights by about 20 other airlines. Zagreb Airport is 170km (105 miles) northeast of Rijeka and can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Zadar Airport:  Located in the nearby Dalmatian region, Zadar Airport is the 4th largest international airport in Croatia and handles 801,347 annual passengers. The airport is popular with a number of other low-cost airlines. Located 295km (183 miles) southeast of Rijeka, Zadar Airport can be reached in about three hours.
  • Ljubljana Airport: The largest in neighboring Slovenia, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport handled 1.7 million travelers in 2019. The airport has flights by around 15 different airlines, providing connections with destinations all over Europe. Located just 135km (84 miles) north of Rijeka, Ljubljana Airport can be reached in two hours. You’ll have to cross an international border to travel from Slovenia to Croatia, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. 
  • By rail: If you arrive in Rijeka by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Rijeka’s Main Railway Station.

City facts

  • Located on the Adriatic coast, Rijeka has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average high temperature is 28°C  (83°F) in July, the warmest month, and 9°C  (48°F) in December, the coldest. Rijeka has rather high precipitation, with a special increase every October and November. July is the least rainy month.
  • The third-largest city in Croatia, Rijeka has often been known as a hub of culture, art, and literature. The city is home to plenty of museums, cultural centers, theaters, and music venues. This sophistication has been rewarded by the city receiving the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2020 (it shares the honor with Galway in the Republic of Ireland).

Top destinations and activities

  • Trsat Castle. Located in the Rijeka neighborhood of the same name, the Trsat Castle is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Standing on the location of an ancient Illyrian and Roman fortress, it was built in the 13th century and has been ruled by the Venetians and Habsburgs. Significantly renovated a number of times, it has always remained the symbol of the city.
  • Natural History Museum. The Adriatic Sea has many fun beach locations like Rijeka located on its shores, but it is also home to a fascinating marine ecosystem. Visitors of the museum can learn about the different species of fish, rays, avians, and amphibians who used to inhabit the sea or continue to do so to this day. Another similarly interesting place to visit is the Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral which is more focused on human activity in the Adriatic.
  • Kantrida Pools. Most public swimming pools wouldn’t make a list of the city's main attractions, especially in a place that has many beautiful natural beaches like Rijeka. However, Kantrida is well worth making an exception as the five beautiful pools are located at an elevation that offers amazing views of the Adriatic and a number of nearby islands.

Traffic and parking

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130km/h on motorways, 110km/h on main highways, 90km/h on most other roads, and 50km/h in populated and built-up areas.
  • During autumn and spring (from November 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. Croatia uses both open and closed systems. On open toll motorways, which are mostly tunnels, bridges, and short stretches of highway, the driver pays when at the beginning of the road. On closed toll motorways, the driver takes a receipt upon entrance to 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 exiting the toll road and pay for the distance traveled. If you lose the receipt, you’ll need to pay for the maximum length of the toll road. 

The payment for the toll roads can be made either in cash or by credit card. You can also purchase a smart card or a seasonal smart card which includes a 10% discount. Both types of smart cards 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

  • Beaches. Although not as popular a coastal destination as Split or Dubrovnik, Rijeka has many impressive beaches. Some of the nicest ones include Ploče Beach which is right by the Kantrida pools, Preluk Beach which is a hub for water sports, and the picturesque Glavonovo Beach. With a rental car, you can easily travel further up or down the coast to find unique beaches on your own.
  • Opatija. Part of an area sometimes known as Liburnian Riviera, the small town of Opatija is one of the poshest beach destinations in Croatia. The city is home to many beautiful beaches, quality restaurants, and hotels that are right on the coast. The beautiful Villa Angiolina is also very much worth a visit. Located 16km (10 miles) west of Rijeka, Opatija can be reached in about 25 minutes.
  • Risnjak National Park. A small, but wild nature area, Risnjak is one of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia. Although located very close to the Adriatic Sea, the area is mountainous and has many high peaks, steep valleys, and swift rivers. The national park is home to species of wildlife like the Eurasian eagle-owl, chamois, red deer, and brown bear. Located about 50km (31 miles) northeast of Rijeka, the national park can be reached in 45 minutes.
  • Krk Island. Visiting the island of Krk from Rijeka is a convenient and enjoyable day trip option for travelers exploring Croatia's Adriatic coast. You can easily access the island via a bridge, and once there, you'll find charming towns, beautiful beaches, and cultural attractions like Krk Old Town, making it a delightful destination for a getaway from the city.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Rijeka is the Skoda Fabia, although many travelers also go for the Toyota Auris and the Volkswagen Golf. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around Croatia with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Istria. A large peninsula just west of Rijeka, Istria is home to a unique culture that is a blend of Croatian, Italian and other influences. The region is home to impressive Roman architecture, ancient churches, quaint coastal villages, and even dinosaur footprints. Pula, the largest city and capital of Istria, is 110km (68 miles) from Rijeka and takes about 90 minutes to reach.
  • Dalmatia. The main reason travelers come to Croatia is the coastal region of Dalmatia as it is a true beach paradise. Though many impressive coastal spots can be found on the Dalmatian mainland, islands such as Hvar and Mljet are arguably even more idyllic. Dalmatia is also home to vast unspoiled nature, beautiful architecture, and delicious cuisine. Split, the largest city of the region, is 415km (258 miles) southeast of Rijeka and can be reached in about four hours, with many other Dalmatian regions lying even closer.
  • Slovenia. Croatia’s neighboring country might not have the same beach appeal - its coastline is only 46km (28 miles) long - but Slovenia more than makes up for it with stunning Alpine peaks, picturesque towns like Bled, and its fun and sophisticated capital, Ljubljana. Located only 115km (71 miles) north of Rijeka, Ljubljana can be reached in less than two hours, and you can easily explore the rest of the country from there. You’ll have to cross an international border to travel between Croatia and Slovenia, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. 
  • Zagreb. The capital city of Croatia looks and feels different from the country’s coast  — for centuries a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, its architecture is more Central European than Mediterranean in character. The city has seen a lot of development over the last decade, becoming one of the culture and entertainment hubs in this part of Europe. The drive from Rijeka takes about two hours.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park. The pride of Croatia, this nature preserve is considered by many to be the most beautiful part of the country. Made up of no less than 16 lakes, the area is also characterized by dramatic waterfalls, karst formations, and swift mountain rivers. Natural inhabitants of the area include wildcats, European green lizards, and honey buzzards. The drive from Rijeka takes just over two hours.

Car Rental Prices in Rijeka

  • Convertibles - from $61 per day
  • Station wagons - from $15 per day
  • Large cars - from $23 per day
  • Medium cars - from $13 per day
  • Vans - from $60 per day
  • Premium cars - from $77 per day
  • Small cars - from $10 per day
  • SUVs - from $14 per day

Money-saving tips

Try these tips to land a great rental car in Croatia:

  • Compare the 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 Rijeka is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 74% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Rijeka 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 Rijeka
$14.59
January
$15.35
February
$13.66
March
$25.65
April
$19.69
May
$34.44
June
$47.90
July
$49.57
August
$26.48
September
$22.70
October
$15.98
November
$18.41
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Rijeka is March (when prices average $13.66 per day). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 72% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $49.57).

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 Rijeka?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in November, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Rijeka
6
January
6
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
6
October
4
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Rijeka is July, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Rijeka by pick-up date relative to the average
13%
January
20%
February
17%
March
44%
April
88%
May
212%
June
275%
July
265%
August
179%
September
41%
October
23%
November
22%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Active rent a car, Flizzr, SIXT, Carwiz, Oryx
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Station wagons
Lowest price $10 per day
Cheapest supplier Flizzr

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Active rent a car Skoda Fabia 5 2 Small cars
Active rent a car Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Flizzr Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Flizzr Opel Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Active rent a car Volkswagen Up 3 2 Small cars
Active rent a car Citroën C4 4 2 Medium cars
Flizzr Opel Mokka 5 1 SUVs
Flizzr Opel Astra 5 2 Medium cars
SIXT VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Flizzr Volkswagen Polo 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 an 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, verified, and trustworthy.

Switzerland
Volkswagen T-Roc
February 24, 2024
Everything was wonderfull 🤗
Netherlands
Renault Capture Aut.
September 22, 2023
Nice to have a SUV on Krk
Netherlands
Renault Capture Aut.
May 8, 2023
food and restaurants was great & value for the money. Beautiful beaches, specially Baska stands out of all. & Plitvice lakes & waterfalls is a must visit attraction
United States of America (USA)
VW Golf
November 7, 2022
Picked the car up in northern Croatia and drove it down the coast. It was nice to have the flexibility of a car and the rental process was easy and affordable.
United States of America (USA)
VW Up
August 21, 2022
Croatia is best seen by car because you can visit the best restaurants in the region., not just in big city
Canada
Opel Corsa
August 19, 2022
Great experience.
Australia
Fiat Panda
February 21, 2022
Drove 1600km in 48 hours so seen a lot very briefly but Croatia has some beautiful places
Sweden
Toyota Yaris
September 11, 2021
Personal, professional service, easy process, great location near to buss station. Was reliable partner on my trip to Istrien. I´m going to use their services again. :)

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Flizzr
8.7 / 10
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Lowest rated company
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
6.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
19
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
$44.30
Lowest daily price
$10.11
Total cars available
597

Top 14 Suppliers in Rijeka in 2024

Flizzr
Flizzr
Very good 8.7 / 61 reviews
1 location
$10 - $17
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.7 / 23 reviews
1 location
$12 - $87
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 13 reviews
1 location
$19 - $248
Active rent a car
Active rent a car
Very good 8.3 / 61 reviews
2 locations
$13 - $233
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.2 / 7 reviews
3 locations
$19 - $275
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 23 reviews
2 locations
$11 - $144
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.1 / 7 reviews
2 locations
$40 - $277
Oryx
Oryx
Good 7.9 / 23 reviews
2 locations
$12 - $29
Surprice
Surprice
Good 7.7 / 23 reviews
2 locations
$13 - $172
AddCar
AddCar
Good 7.7 / 14 reviews
1 location
$13 - $28
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7
2 locations
$41 - $282
Mack
Mack
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
3 locations
$35 - $117
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
Satisfactory 6.7 / 26 reviews
2 locations
$15 - $116
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