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At Lake Wolfgang
If you want to drive to Croatia from Germany or around there you have to choices: The route via Innsbruck - Villach - Ljubljana or then the route via Graz and Maribor. We took latter route on the way there and the other one on the way back.
Even though the Graz route is a bit longer it's my preferred route I think. We even left the motorway for quite a long time to take the scenic route from Salzburg via St. Wolfgang and its lakes towards Graz. Roads were almost empty the closer we got to Slovenia. Plus we already saw the new motorway connecting the border of Slovenia with Zagreb, it should be opened sometimes soon which makes this route even quicker.
Plus on the Graz route you can stop in Graz for a lovely Steiermark lunch like we did. That was tasty! Another advantage is that on this route there's only one long tunnel instead of three on the other route. Saves you money and nerves ...
Just make sure to get a "Pickerl", Austrian toll sticker for your car. The Austrian police doesn't joke about things like this...
Type: Car/Motor Home
On the road with Janica Planica
If you are planning to go to Croatia by car and you happen to have a GPS system I can only recommend one programme: It's a Croatian programme called Mirea "Via GPS". Unlike all major programmes on the European market this programme has almost all streets in its database, most other programmes only know the major roads in Croatia.
We used Via GPS and found all booked accommodation quite easily in Zagreb, Zadar, Trogir and Dubrovnik. Without the system it would have been a nightmare to navigate, especially in Zagreb and in Dubrovnik. Sometimes the programme has a few hickups though, it wants you turn around suddenly or tell you to drive right into some unpaved roads.
It's also not very comfortable, it doesn't show you your expected arrival time or the speed limits. Sometimes it tells you 2 kms before you need to turn that you need to turn, sometimes it doesn't. But we didn't care, we only wanted it to tell us the right way in the cities.
The German instructions are a disaster mostly, the woman speaks with a strange dialect and bad grammar. But we still loved her, our dear "Janica" ;)
Type: Car/Motor Home
There are many airports in Croatia, the most frequented ones are located on the coast. We stayed close to Split airport for 3 nights and boy, there was some traffic there!
The most important airports for you to get from A to B in Croatia by plane are:
Dubrovnik Cilipi --- DBV
Rijeka --- RJK
Pula --- PUY
Split Kastela --- SPU
Zadar Zemunik --- ZAD
Zagreb Pleso --- ZAG
The most important link for domestic flights is the one I put into the Website field in the end of this tip, the website of the Croatian national airline, Croatia Airlines.
I have only been to Zagreb airport. It's one of the smallest airports I have ever been in. Not much entertainment there so bring a book. But it's very convenient, you can get off the plane, get into the bus, get into the terminal building, go through the passport control, go to the toilet, have a cigarette, collect your luggage, go through customs and get money from the ATM within 10 minutes ;)
On the road
Trains are not very often used in Croatia, people go by bus if they want to go from A to B. While driving around the country we didn't even see one train ... but lots of coaches overtook us on the curvy country roads ;)
There are regular services between all bigger cities. Tickets are not expensive and there are many bus companies providing these services. I am not a big coach lover but we went to Opatija one winter day and I survived. I still prefer to drive myself because you can stop whereever you like and you are faster (If the busses don't overtake you all the time that is ;)
The bus terminals in major cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split are bigger than you'd expect, they almost work as train stations. So if you don't want to drive yourself, don't worry. A bus will bring you almost everywhere you would like to go to...
Here are some examples for travel times and prices:
Zagreb - Dubrovnik --- 11 hours --- 190-230 kn
Zagreb - Opatija --- 3.5 hours --- 110-135 kn
If you drive all the way to Dubrovnik you will need to drive through Bosnia and Herzegovina for a litte while, the town you drive through is called Neum (and in my opinion rather ugly because of too many big hotels). You only need your passport for the transit, no visa or anything. Not sure about the green insurance card for your car (which you normally need for BiH, better carry it with you, anyway. Just in case!)
Well this tips isn't about warnings, it's about bargains! Fill your car up with petrol there! You will save a lot of money. And if you smoke... even better, make sure to buy some cigarettes, too. When we drove through a litre of Euro 95 was approx. 0,90 EUR, Fags were 1 EUR for a package of West Lights. When we passed through and saw these prices we were already looking forward to our stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Make sure to have cash ready by the way. The day we drove through the Credit Card machine didn't work and we had neither Marks yet nor Euro anymore. We had to pay in Kuna (with a bad exchange rate), I guess Euros are preferred!
Type: Car/Motor Home
Croatia's motorways are mostly excellent. Very new, clean and safe. And we were lucky, when we took the motorway we were almost all the time alone, it was unbelievably empty. I guess this changes in summer though - especially on the new road from Zagreb to Split (which will hopefully will be going all the way to Dubrovnik in 2008).
Here's a list of toll prices which might be helpful for your planning (valid for normal cars, not motorhomes etc):
Zagreb - Karlovac 16 kn
Zagreb - Rijeka 56 kn
Zagreb - Zadar 109 kn
Zagreb - Sibenik 134 kn
Zagreb - Dugopolje 157 kn
Zagreb - Slavonski Brod 72 kn
All prices you find on the website of HAK mentioned below.
Type: Car/Motor Home
On the empty motorway near Sibenik
In May 2007 we drove all the way from Germany into Austria into Slovenia into Croatia. In Croatia we went to Zagreb, then to Plitvice Lakes, to Zadar on the coast and down the coast all the way to Dubrovnik. It's a good way to see a lot of the country's variety - wide open plains, mountains, lakes, mediterranean landscape and of course the beautiful coast.
Here are some tips that might be helpful for you if you will travel around Croatia by car:
Light must be switched on all the time while driving in Croatia.
There is zero blood alcohol limit. At least that's what I heard. On several websites I still find the info 5 mg though.
Be careful on country roads. Local drivers drive like maniacs and overtake basically EVERYWHERE. You get used to it after a while and we didn't even say anything anymore when a coach overtook us 10 metres before a corner. The people here seem to have trust in their guardian angel, otherwise they wouldn't overtake without seeing if there's a car coming.
On motorways you pay toll. It's not terribly expensive and it is worth the money as most motorways are new and very good (and mostly empty, even on a Friday afternoon).
Type: Car/Motor Home
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