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Yes, you can certainly get around Croatia using only public transport - in the case of Dalmatia that means buses and ferries- there's no rail service south of Split. If you're planning to spend all or most of your time in one of the historic old cities such as Split or Dubrovnik, you may well be better off doing this, especially in high summer - parking can be a nightmare. Similarly, if you're coming mainly to laze on a beach with a minimal amount of sightseeing, the expense of a car almost certainly isn't warranted.
However, having a car means you can really get out and about. With the exception of Serbia, hire cars can generally be taken across borders to each of the countries that made up the old Yugoslavia, making a side trip to somewhere like Montenegro or Hercegovina an easy proposition. Similarly, if you want to really explore an island or two, you'll need your own wheels, the island bus services aren't up to the mainland's standards of frequency or coverage from town to town.
Car hire isn't cheap, however - there are no great bargains to be had here.
We found roads to be reasonably well maintained and, away from the most popular routes eg the Adriatic coast road, generally pretty empty. Be prepared for them to be narrow and winding however, making for some slow travelling, and crash barriers are more notable for their absence than anything else in places. Local driving standards can be a bit hairy too.
Very narrow lanes and sometimes unexpected steps can make driving in villages hazardous - make sure you can get all the way out before you enter is the rule here.
Up-to-date road maps are hard to find. There's a whole network of new roads around Split that I've yet to see marked on a map. The same is probably true for other parts of the country.
Type: Car/Motor Home
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