That’s a question that most of the people who come to Croatia ask. And there’s no right answer to this question, because it depends on the person’s preferences and sense of comfort. Maybe what is funny for me it’s not funny for you, so we cannot generalize best or worst. What we can do it measure the differences and show to you how it works the both ways of traveling here.
There’s just one absolute true about traveling in Croatia, all the roads have unique surroundings and landscapes. It’s like every tiny harbor, village or rest place deserves a photo session. You don’t believe me? Ok, just take a look about that:
I convinced you, right?
So let’s talk about the pros and cons of getting into Croatia the both ways: by car or by public transportation.
If you are a drive lover, you will be amazed about the Croatian roads. We have the A1 that connects Zagreb to the Dalmatian Coast, and it’s one of the best highways in all Europe. Travel from Zagreb to Brela is about 4, 30h, and you pass through Skradin (the last picture in the beauty places by the road). It’s the fast way to come south. The tolls are about 40 euros, and it changes the prices depending on where you will go.
Another option it’s to take the A8; it’s the road by the sea, and you will explore the entrance of every tiny village of Croatia. This road it’s the hardest to drive as it has more curves and sometimes can be really tricky, but the landscapes are OH MY GOD! style. The way down to the Dalmatian Coast is about 7h drive from Rijeka to Brela.
Here is one cons about drive in Croatia, the streets are tights, and the roads can be sometimes really winding. If we add that the fast winds that hit the roads eventually as Bura and Jugo, the trip can be stressful. If you are a good pilot or just don’t are afraid of new paths, Croatia is a nice place to drive. In the case, you are not so confident in driving; the best choice is to take a public transportation or come with someone who will take the hard work.
Another cons, the borders can be extremely crowded in high season, especially the one in Neum, driving towards Dubrovnik.
The public transportation in Croatia is good, and you can easily find bus, train and boats connecting the main cities to other cities or to the islands. They have schedules daily, and most of the information will be absolutely found on the Internet.
The cons about the public transports are that sometimes the schedules are not wide, and the trip can turn in surprises if not planned beforehand. So, if you are coming to trip by yourself, make sure you plan your schedules and get informations not to get surprised.
Especially in high season the boats to the islands and the buses can be crowded. As they have just few schedules x day, and they do not aloud trip reservations, you should prepare to get early on the line and don’t miss the travel.
All said, we let you explore Croatia in the best way you think it’s comfortable to you. 🙂
Here you have a map road of Croatia to don’t get lost in the middle time. 😉
We wish you a happy trip!!!