Car Hire in Dubrovnik
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Dubrovnik is not served by trams, trains, or metros. If you plan to explore this part of Croatia, the most convenient way is to rent a car while in Dubrovnik. The trick to get better rates is to make your reservations in advance, preferably during off-season. This will also ensure availability of your preferred vehicle. Use Skyscanner to compare car hire providers and their rates, and go with the best offer you can find.
Where to hire a car in Dubrovnik
Agencies providing car hire services in Dubrovnik include the following: Millennium Car Rental at Ul. Žrtava s Dakse 5, 20000, operating 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Monday to Saturday and 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sundays; ORYX Rent a Car at Zagrebačka bb, open 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday, and 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sunday; Uni Rent Car Rental at Masarykov put 9, Hotel Adriatic, 20000, open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday to Saturday and 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sunday; Discovery Car Rental at Ul. kralja Tomislava 7, 20000, open 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Monday to Saturday, and 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Sunday; and Active Rent a Car at Ul. kardinala Stepinca, 20000, open 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Saturday. Major car hire brands also serve the city, such as Sixt, Auto Europe, Sunnycars, Budget, Avis, Dollar, City Car & Truck Rental, Europcar, Enterprise, Fox Rent a Car, Hertz, National, NU Car, Ofran, ACE Rent a Car, Thrifty, and Alamo.
What to expect when hiring a car from Dubrovnik
There are usually a large number of tourists in Dubrovnik, especially during the peak season, that driving in the city can be difficult. The complicated one-way system may also confuse first-timers. Note though that a rental car would be useful for exploring the surrounding areas of Dubrovnik, and during off season.
The area surrounding Dubrovnik is disconnected from the rest of the territory of Croatia. There have been plans to extend the A1 highway to Dubrovnik, which currently runs between Zagreb and Ploce. The highway is planned to either cross the Peljesac Bridge, or through Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina and continues into the city.
Getting to your destination
The vibrant city of Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. The cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of the city are Gornji grad or Upper Town and Donji grad or Lower Town. These two areas contain majority of the restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions. Main sights in Zagreb include Maksimir Park & Zagreb Zoo, Zrinjevac Park, Botanical Gardens, Square of Maršal Tito, Muzej Mimara (Mimara Museum), Arheološki Muzej (Archaeological Museum), Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti (Museum of Contemporary Art), Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti (Croatian Museum of Naïve Art), and the Museum of Broken Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza), among many others.
From Dubrovnik, drive to Zagreb via E65 and E71, via M16, or via E70. Toll roads at any of the routes are to be expected. Also note that all three routes cross through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Split is a city originally built around the Diocletian palace in central Dalmatia. Despite seeming like a small tourist town, Split extends beyond the ancient core and is actually the second largest city in the country. Aside from Diocletian's Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attractions in Split include St. Duje's cathedral, Peristil square, two original Egyptian sphinxes, the Archaeological Museum, Poljud stadium, and St Jeronimus caves and church (Sveti Jere Dalmatinac).
From Dubrovnik, Split can be accessed via E65 and D8, or via D8 and D116. The second route option may include a ferry ride, and both routes have tolls and cross through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Neum is a resort town, situated on the Adriatic Sea coast. It is the only seaside resort in the country Bosnia and Herzegovina (which borders Croatia to the north). It is a favourite shopping destination amongst locals of Dubrovnik, as it offers cheap goods. Activities in Neum include rafting, kayaking and canoeing, canyoning, hiking, and fly-fishing.
Neum is accessible via D8 or via D8 and E65/M2.