Car Hire in Zadar

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Zadar, Croatia
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Zadar Airport
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
£ 6.33 / per day
Zadar Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or comparable
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
£ 6.45 / per day
Zadar Airport
Compact
Volkswagen Golf or comparable
Volkswagen Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avia Rent A Car
£ 7.10 / per day
Zadar Airport
Intermediate
Renault Megane STW or comparable
Renault Megane STW
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
£ 13.52 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Zadar Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or comparable
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Active rent a car
£ 28.06 / per day
City Centre
Full-size
Mercedes C class or comparable
Mercedes C class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 46.00 / per day
Zadar Airport
Standard Elite Van
Peugeot 5008 or comparable
Peugeot 5008
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 55.98 / per day
City Centre
Premium SUV
BMW X1 or comparable
BMW X1
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Mack
£ 61.42 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 03:38 on 2024-04-16.

Travel Information

Languages
Croatian, English
Currency
HRK
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+385
Average car hire price
£ 28 per day
Average car hire length
7 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.38 per litre or £ 5.21 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.25 per litre or £ 4.72 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.60 per litre or £ 6.05 / 1 gallon

Why hire a car in Zadar?

The main hub of Northern Dalmatia, Zadar provides access to some of Croatia’s most beautiful beaches and pristine nature areas. But the city itself shouldn’t be overlooked, either, not least for its well-preserved Venetian architecture.

Zadar

One-way Car Hire in Zadar

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Zadar and drop off in another city include:

  • From Zadar to Dubrovnik - 287 offers from £ 17.44 per day
  • From Zadar to Split - 491 offers from £ 16.22 per day
  • From Zadar to Pula - 214 offers from £ 16.22 per day

Top ways to enter Zadar

  • Zadar Airport. The easiest way to reach Zadar is the city’s international airpo, which during the tourist season has flights by about 15 different airlines (during winter months, there are only domestic flights). The airport is a 20-minute drive southeast of the city centre.
  • Split Airport. Serving the largest city of Dalmatia, the larger Split Airport is a convenient option if you cannot find a direct flight to Zadar. The airport is about a 90-minute drive south of Zadar.

Top destinations and activities

  • City walls and gates. The old town of Zadar is its most visited part, but the walls surrounding it can be of equal interest. Built during the 16th century by the city’s Venetian rulers to repel attacks from the sea, they are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other notable sites related to the old defensive systems include the St. Nikola Fortress in the nearby city of Šibenik.
  • Church of St. Donatus. Dating back to the 9th century and located right next to the much older Roman Forum (which has sadly only partially survived to the present day), the distinctive Church of St. Donatus is one of the symbols of Zadar. No longer serving its original purpose, the church is now used for concerts, including the International Festival of Medieval Renaissance Music. 
  • Archaeological Museum. Inhabited since Hellenic and Roman times and having been home to a number of mighty empires, Zadar has plenty of riches for any history lover to explore. Most of these can be found in this cozy museum made up of three floors and three distinct expositions, as well as the occasional new exhibition.

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 October to March) you need to drive with your headlights on, even during the day.
  • If you’re driving 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, which are not part of the European Union.
  • 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.
  • Petrol 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.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When you are driving, 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, you’ll need to provide a valid explanation of the situation at the exit toll booth.

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 hire cars are equipped with an electronic transponder, the price of which is usually included in the hire price. Ask your car hire supplier about it in advance. Find out more about the toll roads in Croatia on the European toll road website.

Ideas for day trips

  • Šibenik. Mentioned above as the home of the St. Nikola’s Fortress, the quaint city of Šibenik is best known for the Cathedral of St. James, a World Heritage site, as well as plenty of other well-preserved churches and fortresses. About half the size of Zadar and located on a picturesque bay of the same name, Šibenik is one of the most tranquil places to take a day trip in the region.
  • Dugi Otok. Meaning Long Island in Croatian, the nearby Dugi Otok is another lovely destination just a stone’s throw from Zadar. Less developed than some of the other the Dalmatian islands and home to Telašćica Nature Park, it is one of the most relaxing destinations in the country. Ferries take off from Zadar and some permit taking a car on deck, but you should also check with your rental hire supplier in advance to see if they are okay with it. Also, keep in mind that there is only one petrol station on the island (in Zaglav on the southeastern coast of Dugi Otok).

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Zadar is the VW Golf, followed by the Fiat 500 and the Opel Corsa. The most popular car hire types are economy, compact, and mini.

Car Hire Prices in Zadar

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 48 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 11 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 11 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 7 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 36 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 82 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 6 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 10 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on your car:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit in the month when the car hire prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Zadar is the cheapest in January when renting a car is a whole 70% cheaper than the yearly average.
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In which month is car hire in Zadar the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Zadar fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Zadar
£ 12.95
January
£ 15.61
February
£ 12.42
March
£ 12.79
April
£ 15.24
May
£ 21.22
June
£ 34.09
July
£ 35.07
August
£ 19.08
September
£ 14.11
October
£ 16.66
November
£ 15.94
December
The best month to hire a car in Zadar is March (when the average price is £ 12.42 per day). This is 34% less than the yearly average and 65% less than hiring in August (when the average price is £ 35.07).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Zadar?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of hire days in Zadar
4
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
5
October
5
November
4
December

What is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Zadar?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Zadar is July, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Hire in Zadar by Monthly Searches
2%
January
2%
February
10%
March
75%
April
100%
May
256%
June
291%
July
247%
August
164%
September
49%
October
1%
November
4%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Avia Rent A Car, Flizzr, Carwiz, Active rent a car, Keddy
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, People Carriers
Lowest price £ 6 per day
Cheapest supplier AddCar

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avia Rent A Car Skoda Fabia 5 1 Small cars
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Flizzr Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 SUVs
Avia Rent A Car Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Flizzr Opel Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Active rent a car Skoda Fabia 5 2 Small cars
Active rent a car Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Autowill Opel Corsa 5 2 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.

United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
19 September 2023
It's been a great week in Zadar with my family. It was a game changer having a car because we could explore all the attractions in our own peace without rush and having a freedom to change our plans on the go.
United Kingdom
Skoda Scala
19 September 2023
Zadart and surroundings are perfect for a week trip to Croatia.
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
21 August 2023
Beautiful part of the world. Excellent beaches. Good food and wine.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Golf
6 August 2023
Croatia is fabulous. We had a wonderful time in Rtina. We visited Krka National Park, Zadar and Pag, all of which were stunning.
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United Kingdom
Ford Focus
21 July 2023
Going to plitvice lakes national park
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Golf
11 July 2023
Amazing trip, rafting, ziplines, kayaking and at the beach
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
29 May 2023
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United Kingdom
VW Polo
7 October 2022
Easy and efficient service. Be aware of 50 euro extra charge if you intend to use cross island ferries. This added extra was not previously mentioned!!
United Kingdom
Skoda Scala
20 September 2022
Lela national park is superb. Zadar old town was also worth a visit.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
3 September 2022
Visits to Split, boat trip
United Kingdom
VW Up
28 August 2022
It was definitely worth renting a car to explore Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Hvar and Krka waterfalls. 1 week!
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Isle of Man
Renault Megane
9 May 2022
Zadar is a surprising city. Full of culture and history. There are some very unique modern twists. I never thought I would listen to a chill concert, played by the sea, on an organ!!! Check out the nearby islands by ferry. If you are fit and miss a visit to the canyon of "Kudin Most", you miss the breathtaking waterfalls and 2000 year old bridges built with love, for love. This place will stay in your heart FOREVER!!!!!!!!
United Kingdom
VW Polo
1 May 2022
Excellent road system in Croatia makes the drive from Zadar to Pula and Rovinj easy. Would definitely recommend.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
26 October 2021
Having a car in Croatia allows you to easily travel between national parks, mountains and beaches and reach parts of the country which aren’t serviced by public transport.
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
13 September 2021
female operative very good
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Active rent a car
9.3 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Goldcar
6.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
71
Total rental companies
27
Average daily price
£ 28.11
Lowest daily price
£ 6.33
Total cars available
676

Top 27 Suppliers in Zadar in 2024

Active rent a car
Active rent a car
Exceptional 9.3 / 112 reviews
1 location
£ 10 - £ 182
Avia Rent A Car
Avia Rent A Car
Very good 8.7 / 773 reviews
3 locations
£ 7 - £ 151
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 102 reviews
1 location
£ 20 - £ 191
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.5 / 147 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 126
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.5 / 16 reviews
1 location
£ 19 - £ 213
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 12 reviews
1 location
Oryx
Oryx
Very good 8.3 / 9 reviews
1 location
Flizzr
Flizzr
Very good 8.2 / 192 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 14
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.2 / 42 reviews
2 locations
£ 32 - £ 220
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 62 reviews
1 location
£ 9 - £ 125
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8 / 60 reviews
2 locations
£ 9 - £ 115
Autounion
Autounion
Good 7.9 / 77 reviews
1 location
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.8
1 location
£ 6 - £ 44
Surprice
Surprice
Good 7.7 / 46 reviews
2 locations
£ 8 - £ 32
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
1 location
£ 16 - £ 20
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
2 locations
£ 33 - £ 224
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
£ 19 - £ 185
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
Autowill
Autowill
Good 7.6 / 89 reviews
1 location
£ 17 - £ 115
Mack
Mack
Good 7.6 / 3 reviews
3 locations
£ 61 - £ 171
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.6 / 1 review
1 location
£ 21 - £ 66
Budget
Budget
Good 7.4 / 3 reviews
1 location
£ 12 - £ 169
Avis
Avis
Good 7.4 / 1 review
1 location
£ 13 - £ 147
AddCar
AddCar
Good 7.3 / 64 reviews
1 location
£ 6 - £ 18
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.2
1 location
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
PRESTIGIO Rent a Car
Satisfactory 6.8 / 60 reviews
2 locations
£ 10 - £ 92
Goldcar
Goldcar
Satisfactory 6.7
1 location
£ 38 - £ 121
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