When to Go
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.
Renting a Car in Italy
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.
Driving from Croatia to Bosnia or Montenegro
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.
Taking a Car on a Ferry
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.
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