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Car Hire  Zagreb Useful Guide

Discovering Zagreb With A Hire Car : Driving Through Croatia's Vibrant Capital

Zagreb at a Glance Situated along the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain, Zagreb stands as the dynamic heart of Croatia. Its blend of centuries-old architecture, modern attractions, and bustling squares gives visitors a unique glimpse into both history and contemporary culture. With a lively art scene, an array of museums, and welcoming locals, the Croatian capital promises an enriching experience for every traveler.

The Benefits of Car Hire in Zagreb Renting a car in Zagreb opens doors to a personalized experience. Not only can visitors explore the nooks and crannies of the city at their own pace, but they can also embark on spontaneous adventures outside the urban expanse. For families or groups traveling together, hiring a car is often more cost-effective than other modes of transportation, offering both convenience and economy.

Navigating the City: Roads and Traffic Zagreb's roads are generally well-maintained, offering smooth drives for travelers. While the city center boasts charming cobblestone streets that echo stories of the past, the main routes and highways exude modernity. However, as with most capital cities, traffic can be dense, especially during rush hours in the morning and late afternoon. If possible, these peak times are best avoided for a more relaxed driving experience.

Airport Proximity and Main Routes The primary international gateway to Zagreb is the Franjo Tuđman Airport. Conveniently located around 17 km southeast of the city center, it's a straightforward drive of about 20-25 minutes. The principal routes connecting the airport to the heart of the city are Selska cesta and Ulica Rudolfa Fizira.

Tolls and Costs While driving within the immediate surroundings of Zagreb is toll-free, venturing out to Croatian highways may incur toll charges. If you're planning longer drives, especially towards coastal regions or other cities, prepare for toll stations on motorways like the A1. These stations accept cash (Kuna) and most major credit cards.

Must-See Attractions and Drive Routes While Zagreb's city center offers an abundance of attractions like the historic Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and the unique Museum of Broken Relationships, hiring a car provides the flexibility to explore outside the urban boundaries. For nature enthusiasts, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, approximately 130 km from Zagreb, is a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site. The 2-hour drive via the A1 motorway is as scenic as the destination itself. Closer to the city, the town of Samobor, a mere 25 km west of Zagreb via the Ž1032, promises a delightful day trip with its medieval charm and traditional Croatian pastries.

Selecting the Ideal Vehicle When considering car hire in Zagreb, your choice of vehicle matters. If you're mainly exploring the narrower streets of the city center, a compact car would be ideal. However, for those keen on countryside explorations or traveling with family, a spacious SUV or sedan would be more fitting, ensuring comfort on longer drives.

In Conclusion Zagreb, with its blend of history and modernity, offers a diverse range of experiences. Hiring a car amplifies these experiences, giving travelers the freedom to explore not just the city, but the enchanting Croatian landscapes that lie beyond. As you navigate through the vibrant streets, scenic routes, and historic landmarks, car rental in Zagreb becomes more than just a convenience – it's the key to a memorable journey.

Current Rental Rates in Zagreb

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 6.26 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 43.86 EUR from 11/12/2023

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  Manual |

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 6.35 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 44.49 EUR from 11/12/2023

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  Manual |

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 7.16 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 50.14 EUR from 11/12/2023

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  Manual |

Useful to know about Zagreb

  • Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia.
  • Its name means ‘to scoop’, which is what early visitors did to the soil to get to the water table.
  • The city was founded in Roman times and was called Andautonia.
  • The name Zagreb first appears in the 11th century.
  • It’s home to the famous Zagreb Mummy.


Popular car hire destinations in Zagreb

Best car rental companies in Zagreb

based on 239 reviews
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No.2: HERTZ,
based on 166 reviews
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Zagreb car hire information

  • 8.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Hertz HR Direct
  • € 43.82
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 6.26
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 69
    Most Popular Type:
  • 14
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Golf
  • 235
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Zagreb

January€ 46
February€ 43
March€ 42
April€ 65
May€ 55
June€ 76
July€ 106
August€ 98
September€ 54
October€ 38
November€ 40
December€ 42
January€ 36
February€ 32
March€ 32
April€ 65
May€ 41
June€ 58
July€ 86
August€ 81
September€ 42
October€ 30
November€ 32
December€ 31
January€ 106
February€ 105
March€ 106
April€ 112
May€ 124
June€ 150
July€ 201
August€ 189
September€ 118
October€ 90
November€ 94
December€ 95
January€ 64
February€ 62
March€ 63
April€ 71
May€ 80
June€ 103
July€ 146
August€ 133
September€ 83
October€ 60
November€ 65
December€ 62
January€ 168
February€ 168
March€ 167
April€ 228
May€ 207
June€ 233
July€ 256
August€ 254
September€ 190
October€ 153
November€ 173
December€ 169
January€ 40
February€ 38
March€ 78
April€ 68
May€ 44
June€ 54
July€ 80
August€ 79
September€ 44
October€ 30
November€ 33
December€ 33
January€ 86
February€ 82
March€ 83
April€ 102
May€ 96
June€ 134
July€ 182
August€ 182
September€ 103
October€ 81
November€ 80
December€ 82
January€ 46
February€ 44
March€ 44
April€ 61
May€ 58
June€ 86
July€ 116
August€ 103
September€ 59
October€ 40
November€ 43
December€ 45

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