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Renting a car in Croatia is a great way to get around. All the major car rental companies are represented in Croatia but you'll often get a better deal booking a rental car in Croatia on line as you can take advantage of special rates. Generally, you'll get a cheaper deal on manual transmissions.
Be aware that the demand for rental cars has outstripped the supply the last few summers. If you're coming in July and August, I strongly advise you to reserve as far in advance as possible. If you wait till the last minute you could wind up taking buses.
If you plan to rent a car in Italy and drop it off in Croatia, you have a problem. Few agencies allow this, at least not in an online booking. Explore other ways of getting to Croatia from Italy such as: ferries, trains and buses and then rent a car in Croatia.
If you'll be renting a car in Italy and driving through Croatia, specify your route when you rent the car. Insurance coverage often stops at the border. Rental agencies in Trieste, Venice and Ancona are aware of this situation and will give you the correct rental agreement that allows for entry into Croatia. On-line booking engines will do the same but always read the agreement!
You do not need a cross-border card to cross the tiny slip of Bosnian territory at Neum, on the way down the coast. More.
If you rent a car in Croatia and intend to drive through Bosnia-Hercegovina or to Montenegro you do not need a cross-border card. Some car rental agencies will try to sell you this card at a hefty extra charge but it is not necessary. See a detailed discussion here.
If you intend to take the car aboard a local ferry you should inform the car rental agency at the time of pick-up. There is no extra charge.
You'll get excellent deals here on rentals throughout Croatia. This is a highly reliable company with an easy-to-use interface and scrupulous after-sales customer service. Find out more.
Sixt Rent a Car
Has rentals in Dubrovnik, Opatija, Pula, Split and Zagreb as well as Trieste. Sixt is known for its transparency which is important in the confusing world of car rentals. As the Telegraph noted: One car rental company that offers reasonably competitive rates and strives for clarity rather than obfuscation is Sixt. Its website makes it very clear what is included in the rental cost. Find out more.
Holiday Autos This UK-based company is also known for its customer service. From the Telegraph: It is best to book direct with the UK office of a car rental company or with one of the better-known specialist brokers which should have a reasonably competent after-sales customer service team, such as Auto Europe and Holiday Autos. Find out more.
Rentalcars.com Part of the Priceline group, rentalcars.com searches hundreds of big-name companies to get you the best deals on rentals. Try this handy search box:
No matter which car rental company you choose, I highly recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy that includes a Collision Damage Waiver. A full travel insurance policy with World Nomads can provide you with better coverage than you will get buying from a car rental company. And you get so much more! The policies are flexible and can be purchased or upgraded at any point in your trip. Prices are highly competitive and coverage includes 24-hour emergency assistance, trip cancellation, theft, full medical reimbursement and an option for coverage of a wide range of adventure sports. There are also a number of extras such as travel alerts, language guides and on online travel journal.
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