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Money:

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna, which has 100 Lipa. Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, exchange offices and post offices in accordance with the valid exchange rate.

All major credit cards (American Express, Diners, Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard) and Eurocheques (after being changed in banks) are accepted. Accessing money on ATMs is possible in all larger cities and the more important tourist areas; the ATMs of Zagrebacka banka accept Eurocard/Mastercard, and ATM of Euronet accept Diners, American Express and Visa.

Croatian Monetary Institute
Exchange rates
Croatian National Bank

Customs:

Custom duties are not paid on personal objects. Radios, telephones, sporting and professional equipment may be brought into the country after having been registered at the border crossing.

Croatian Customs

Passports:

Passports or other identification documents recognized by international agreement. Tourists may stay for up to three months. A driving license, traffic license and the relevant insurance documents (except for countries that have other regulations) are necessary for entry into Croatia with a vehicle. Animals (dogs, cats and others) must have permission, the yellow health document and certificate of vaccination, especially vaccination against rabies.

Climate:

Northern Croatia has a continental climate. Central, semimountainous and mountainous regions, as well as the entire Adriatic coast, have a Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are mild along the coast, while winter can be cold and snowy in central and northern regions.

Public holidays in 2004:

  • New Year's Day, January 1st
  • Epiphany - the Coming of the Kings, January 6th
  • Easter, April 11th
  • Easter Monday, April 12th
  • Labor Day, May 1st
  • Antifascism Day, June 22nd
  • National holiday, June 25th
  • National Thanksgiving Day, August 5th
  • Our Lady of Assumption, August 15th
  • Independence Day, October 8th
  • All Saint's Day, November 1st
  • Christmas, December 25th, 26th

Working hours:

Banks and post offices are generally open from 7AM to 7PM without breaks, and public offices from Monday to Friday from 8AM to 4PM. During the tourist season, post offices are generally open until 9PM, including Saturdays. Shops and department stores work from 8AM to 8PM without breaks.

Time zone:

Croatia is one hour ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT), 6 hours ahead of New York and Montreal, 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles, 4 hours ahead of Sao Paulo, 2 hours behind Moscow, and 8 hours behind Tokyo. Daylight saving time is observed from late March to late September, during which time the clocks are advanced one hour.

Current time:

Electricity:

Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Most plugs have two round pins. Visitors from abroad who wish to operate personal small electronic items, should bring a plug adapter and a transformer.

Important Phone Numbers:

International telephone access code for Croatia is +385. The area codes for the largest cities and their surroundings areas are as follows: Zagreb 01, Split 021, Rijeka 051, Osijek 034. Omit the 0 when dialing from abroad. To place an outgoing international call from Croatia, dial 00 plus the relevant country code and number.
Police 92
fire-brigade 93
ambulance 94
road assistance 987
general information 981

Automobile travel:

Minimum driving age is 18.

Documents: International driving license. Third party insurance is obligatory. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory

Motorcycles: The wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for rider and passenger. Dipped headlights must be used at all times.

Traffic regulations are similar to those in force in other European countries (right-hand traffic!!! ). For driving in Croatia during the winter months, especially in the Gorski Kotar region, winter tires are essential and in extreme cases snow chains have to be used.

Speed limits: On overland roads 100 km/h, on motorways 130 km/h and in built-up areas 50 km/h unless otherwise stipulated.

Drunken driving (permissible alcohol limit 0.5 promiles) is punishable and can lead to confiscation of driving license and severe fines.

Petrol pumps: open from 7 am to 7 or 8 pm every day; in the summer season till 10 pm; on-duty petrol pumps in bigger cities and on main international roads are open non-stop; all pumps sell Eurosuper 95, Super 98, Normal and Eurodiesel

Taxi service: in all cities and tourist places

Car rentals: in all bigger cities, tourist centers and airports

Toll is payable on a number of highways and road tunnels. Prices for personal vehicles are as follows:
Zagreb - Karlovac 15 kn
Karlovac - Vukova Gorica 8 kn
Tunnel Ucka 20 kn
Bridge to Krk 10 kn
Lepenica - Rijeka 12 kn
Zagreb - Slavonski Brod 45 kn
Zagreb - Krapina 10 kn
Gorićan - Varaždin 10 kn
Sv. Helena - Zagreb 10 kn
Zagreb - Jastrebarsko 7 kn

Accomodation:

The hotel accomodation in Croatia is classified as L (de luxe), A, B, C and D category. There are also tourist apartments, pensions, camps, hostels and private houses and rooms. Prices are dependent on the category and time of the year (out-of-season prices are more affordable).

Croatian Tourism Index

Health services:

Foreign tourists do not have to pay for medical services if there is a signed health insurance convention between Croatia and their country of origin. Health care costs for tourists from a country that does not have a signed convention with Croatia are paid directly by the user in accordance with listed prices.

Hospitals are in all of the larger cities and clinics in the smaller towns. Pharmacies are open from 8 am to 7 pm weekdays, till 2 pm Saturdays; in larger cities on-duty pharmacies are open 24 hours

Road distance between Zagreb and some important European towns:

Budapest 362 km
Vienna 399 km
Rome 957 km
Berlin 1,111 km
Amsterdam 1,402 km
Paris 1,458 km
London 1,593 km
Athens 1,600 km
Madrid 2,324 km
Munich 436 km
Zurich 604 km

Intensive building of new motorways and semi motorways on main traffic directions in Croatia will result not only in reducing of distances but also, more important, in essential reducing of the traveling time.

Bus Travel:

Bus lines connect all parts of the country. Regular international bus lines connect Croatia with all neighbouring countries and with Austria, France, Italy, Germany and Slovakia.

Airports:

Zagreb and Split (primary)
Dubrovnik, Zadar, Rijeka (Krk), Pula and Osijek (secondary)
Brac, Losinj, Vrsar and Zagreb-Lucko (tertiary)

Over 70 non-categorised runways (sports airports, runways for agricultural aviation, landing pads for the needs of tourism and the like)

Regular airlines are maintained by only one Croatian carrier - Croatia Airlines (4 airplanes of the type Boeing 737-200, Advanced 3 planes ATR 42-300, one Airbus A320 and 2 Air Bus A319)

Railway Travel:

The railway connects all major Croatian cities except Dubrovnik. Croatia has direct railway links with Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavia, and indirect links with almost all other European countries. Eurocity and Intercity:

  • IC "Mimara": Leipzig - Munich - Salzburg - Ljubljana - Zagreb
  • IC "Kras": Trieste - Ljubljana - Zagreb
  • IC "Croatia": Vienna - Maribor - Zagreb
  • IC "Kvarner": Budapest - Zagreb - Rijeka
  • IC "Drava": Budapest - Cakovec - Ljubljana - Venice
Croatian Railways

Main sea ports:

Rijeka, Split, Zadar, Sibenik, Ploce, Pula, Dubrovnik (total of about 18,000 m of operative wharfs with the pertaining surface of about 700 ha).

Croatia has the total of 156 passengers liners with the capacity of 20,800 passengers and 216 cargo carriers of 122,272 km3 capacity.

Main river ports:

Sisak and Slavonski Brod (the Sava river - from 945 km, 562 km in Croatia)
Osijek (the Drava river - from 707 km, 505 in Croatia)
Vukovar (the Danube - from 2,857 km, 20 km in Croatia)
Metkovic (the Neretva river - from 210 km, 20 km in Croatia)

The total length of inland waterways is 936 km.

News:

The Croatian Information Center brings the daily news in English and Croatian. The latest news in English and Croatian are also available on the Web.

Croatian Information Center

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