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Compare Campervan Rentals In Croatia

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Rental prices for campervans in Croatia most often range between €130 per day to €200 per day and depend on availability, length of trip as well as camper model.

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The Self-drive Holiday in Croatia

Croatia’s shifting countryside, formed of dramatic coastlines and staggering mountains, is the perfect backdrop for a campervan adventure. All of the nation’s natural and historic sights are spread out across Croatia, so you’ll definitely need to drive on your trip.

If you visit Croatia during the warmer months, you’ll want to split your time between sightseeing and swimming. No matter how carefully you plan your itinerary, the shining blue waters of the Adriatic can tempt even the most strong-willed travellers. And the rock pools, sea caves, and scuba diving opportunities aren’t just found on the mainland. An estimated 70% of Croatia’s shoreline is made up of hundreds of islands, islets, and archipelagos in the Adriatic Sea.

Here are the top 4 reasons why we love cruising around Croatia on a campervan holiday:

  1. Greater Flexibility: Rather than sticking to rigid public transport routes, campervans allow you to travel anywhere in Croatia so that you can visit all the out-of-the-way medieval villages.

  2. Travel With Everything: You never have to worry about forgetting your favourite possessions in a hotel because your room travels with you.

  3. Low-Cost Campsites: Most of Croatia’s campsites are family-run and offer shaded pitches and basic amenities for low prices.

  4. Non-Stop Panoramas: Croatia has an endless array of breathtaking landscapes from top to bottom. See it all from the comfort of your campervan.

Travel Tips for Croatia

How can you save money on a campervan holiday in Croatia?

Save money on both car rental fees and hotel costs when you drive around Croatia in a rented campervan. It’s now easier than ever to travel on a budget, especially when you use these extra money-saving tips:

  1. Get Early Bird Discounts: The easiest way to save money is by reserving your motorhome and campsites at least six weeks in advance to take advantage of Early Bird discounts.

  2. Stick To Country Roads: You have to pay to use the motorways in Croatia and toll costs can add up quickly. Take the scenic route, enjoy better views and save on travel expenses.

  3. Split The Cost: Travel with a group of friends to pay a fraction of the costs that solo travellers have to cover.

  4. Cook In Your Camper: Croatian cuisine is delicious but restaurant bills begin to pile up if you eat out for every meal. Save some cash by cooking meals in your campervan.

TIP: As of the 1st of January 2023, Croatia entered the Eurozone, meaning the longstanding Kuna currency is being replaced with the Euro. All your Kuna can still be exchanged into Euros until the end of 2025, but any cash you take out for your holiday should be in Euros.

When is the best time to go campervanning in Croatia?

Summer is the best season for Croatia as the country experiences balmy temperatures of 30°C by the coast and 25°C inland. This means there’ll be plenty of opportunities for swimming and sunbathing and you can comfortably go sightseeing in a T-shirt and shorts.

In the Spring and Autumn, you can still enjoy pleasant temperatures up to 20°C, and they’re the cheapest seasons to travel as there are fewer tourists in Croatia.

Small ski slopes near Zagreb open up in the Winter as temperatures sink to below freezing in the mountainous areas, although you still find warmer 5-10°C weather near the coast. Big cities remain busy in the Winter as Christmas Markets open for tourists; however, many rural campsites close completely during the quieter, colder months.

How long do you need in Croatia for a campervan holiday?

The spectacular drive down Croatia’s coastline, including a few stops in historic towns, can be done in one week. On a two-week trip, you can spend more time exploring each fascinating village and enjoy a few days doing nothing but relaxing on the beaches.

Of course, you can easily take a month-long holiday to fully immerse yourself in Croatian culture as you see all the parks, coves, and cities the Adriatic nation offers.

Are there toll roads in Croatia?

Croatia has 11 big motorways or ‘A Roads’ that run through the country that you must pay to use. Specific toll prices vary depending on the distance you need to travel, with the cheapest and shortest route costing £1.20 and the longest drive (Zagreb to Dubrovnik) costing £42. For any Luxury Class motorhomes weighing over 3.5 tonnes, the toll prices increase, with the Zagreb to Dubrovnik drive costing £62.

You can avoid paying toll fees by travelling on smaller State or country roads. While these winding roads might take you longer to reach your destination, they offer more opportunities to explore rural villages and see the stunning Adriatic coastline.

Top 10 Things To Do in Croatia

In addition to visiting the eight incredible National Parks, here are the 10 best things to do in Croatia:

Sail Around the Archipelagos

Park your campervan and hop on a chartered boat to turn your road trip into a seafaring adventure. Go on a gentle ride around some of Croatia’s 718 islands and see marine animals flourishing in their unspoiled habitats. Small motorboats can be hired for £100-£300 per day. You can find rental shops near beaches and harbours.

Get Your “Game of Thrones” On in Dubrovnik

The 7th-century Old Town in Dubrovnik was used as the setting for King’s Landing and Qarth in the HBO hit series. Inside the limestone city, you can see the Jesuit Staircase, St. Dominic Street, Ploče Gate, Rector’s Palace, Minčeta Tower, and the City Walls, all real filming locations for the fictional destinations we know so well.

Party Hard in Hvar

Dance on nightclub beaches on the island of Hvar, an up-and-coming summer hotspot to rival Ibiza. Hvar Town is even better during the day, with a cultural square and sandy coves. Hop on a low-cost ferry to reach the nearby Jerolim island and the naturalist Amo Beach.

Visit the Ruins in Knin

Once the capital of the medieval Kingdom of Croatia, Knin is now a friendly and walkable tourist town. The Knin Fortress is a must-see hilltop structure used as the backdrop for Mereen in Game of Thrones. The Burnum Ruins are the remains of an ancient Roman Legion camp. Nearby, you can visit the Manojlovac Waterfall, part of the Krka National Park, and the Krčić Waterfall, which flows into the winding Krčić River.

Sample Croatian Cuisine in Novigrad

This delightful seaside town is packed with flavour; come here to try traditional Croatian dishes like crni rižot, a black risotto made with squid ink, and Baklava, a delicate pastry with finely chopped walnuts. The Istrian Peninsula, where Novigrad is located, is home to exceptional cuisine, including Boškarin, made from the native longhorn oxen, and Fuži, a hand-folded pasta. Both of these delicacies and much more can be found at Novigrad’s Gatto Nero. Don’t forget to round out your meal with the famous Istrian Malvazija and Teran wines.

Watch Gladiator Fights in the Pula Arena

The Pula Arena is a 1st-century limestone amphitheatre with outer walls reminiscent of Rome’s Coliseum. The Arena originally hosted gladiator fights, then tournaments for knights. Nowadays, the amphitheatre is home to concerts, the Pula Film Festival, and reenactments of gladiator fights during the summertime Spectacvla Antiqva.

See the Ancient Structures of Split

Diocletian’s Palace and Cellars, making up half of the Old Town of Split, are two vast structures built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a home and military garrison. The nearby Jupiter’s Temple is a 3rd-century ruin originally dedicated to the King of Gods. If you have time, check out the Klis Fortress on a hilltop just outside Split. During its long history, Klis has acted as a Roman stronghold, a royal castle, and a siege fort.

Tour the Preserved History of Trogir

The Historic Centre of Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the well-conserved buildings display classic Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanesque architecture, although the town was originally founded in the 3rd century BC. The best sights in Trogir include the St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Cipiki Palace opposite, the Clock Tower on John Paul II Square, and the Kamerlengo Castle.

Listen to the Sea Organ in Zadar

Head to the docks of Zadar to hear the haunting sounds of the Sea Organ, a series of marble steps perfectly designed to produce music through the motion of the waves. Adjacent to the Organ is ‘The Greeting to the Sun’, a solar-powered glass floor that shines with the captured light of our solar system every evening.

Go Shopping in Zagreb

Croatia’s capital is the centre of culture and history in the nation, but it’s also a great place for shopping. In the centre of Zagreb, you’ll find Tkalčićeva Street, a long pedestrianised road lined with sun-soaked cafés, local restaurants, and boutique shops. Running across the north of Zagreb is Ilica Street, a 3.5-mile-long road packed with shops and bars. If you haven’t found everything you need there, check out Centar Cvjetni, a modern shopping centre in the heart of the city.

Parking a Campervan in Croatia

Where are some of the best places to park a campervan in Croatia?

You can park your campervan in most regular parking spaces in Croatia unless a ‘No Campervan Parking’ sign is displayed near the spot. When visiting some of the country’s old and narrow cities, such as Dubrovnik, it is often easier to find a car park on the outskirts and catch a bus into the historic centre. Some car parks will have height restrictions, so make sure to check the height of your motorhome before you leave.

Where can you park a campervan overnight in Croatia?

Wild Camping is illegal in Croatia, so you must find a designated campsite to stay in overnight. The country has a handful of Aires, or rest stops, where you can sleep in your vehicle for free. However, these Aires are often far from any points of interest, lack basic amenities, and the spots can not be reserved. It’s recommended, therefore, to rely on the hundreds of friendly, low-cost campsites dotted around Croatia.

National Parks in Croatia

Which are the best national parks to visit in Croatia?

Camping in any of Croatia’s 8 National Parks is also forbidden, but luckily there are rustic campsites surrounding each park where you can base yourself before you begin your adventure.

For an all-around nature experience with rocky mountains, lush forests, and secluded creeks, visit Risnjak National Park. Wildlife spotters will also love Risnjak for its selection of big mammals, including brown bears, grey wolves, and the Eurasian lynx. Zlatko Camping is the closest campsite, a 20-minute drive from the Risnjak National Park. Situated on the edge of Omladinski Lake, Zlatko offers full hookups pitches with onsite bathrooms and showers for £20-30 per night.

As the name suggests, Plitvice Lakes National Park centres on a series of cascading lakes, where crystal clear waters flow down wide waterfalls to reach the forest floor. Camping Plitvice lies less than a mile from the entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park. For around £40 a day for a water and electric hookup pitch, you can also take advantage of the camp’s two outdoor pools, gastronomic restaurant, outdoor activities, BBQ zone, and hot showers and washing machines.

The Northern Velebit National Park is part of Croatia’s largest mountain range and is characterised by jagged, pale rocks that jut from coastal Beech forests. This park is the favourite of cross-country adventurers for the formidable array of hiking trails that cover the mountains and foothills. Camping Raca is nestled onto the seafront, just over half an hour’s drive from the centre of Northern Velebit. Raca has a private beach, a sun terrace, a games room with a pool table and darts, and laundry facilities, all for around £18 a night.

Krka National Park is focused on a string of shallow cascading waterfalls that spill into a turquoise swimming lake. Although most visitors spend the day splashing around in the warm waters, hiking trails and wooden boardwalks cover the park. Camp Skradinske Delicije is located in Skradin, within walking distance from the ferry entrance to the National Park and a collection of bars and restaurants. Shaded pitches with full hookups and access to communal bathrooms with hot showers start from £16 per night. A dishwashing station and washing machines are available for guests' use.

Paklenica National Park is formed around a vast mountain gorge and is another hotspot for visiting hikers. Camping Paklenica is a peaceful seaside camp situated 25 minutes away from the National Park. Prices start from as little as £8 in the Spring, rising to £18 in the Summer. Alongside sleeping in a shaded, full hookup pitch, you can use the campsite’s swimming pool, restaurant, and guest bathrooms.

Mljet National Park is located on the idyllic Mljet Island. While the island can be accessed by a campervan, the park itself can only be visited on foot. Autocamp Lovor is a natural haven, surrounded by laurels and pine trees, near the town of Kozarica on Mljet. Starting at £28, you can get a pitch with electric and water hookups overlooking the dramatic coastal cliffs. Bathrooms and cooking facilities are also available throughout the site.

Brijuni National Park comprises a cluster of 14 islands; only the largest one, Veli Brijun, can be easily accessed on foot via a ferry from Fažana. The island has rugged beauty, ancient and contemporary history, and a Safari Park brimming with zebras, llamas, peacocks, and sea turtles. Brioni Sunny Camping is on the coast, about a 10-minute drive from Fažana. Spacious water and electric hookup pitches are available from £25, and the campsite encourages outdoor activities and local cuisine, with an onsite mini market and bakery.

The Kornati National Park is a collection of 89 islands near the centre of Croatia’s coastline, all completely inaccessible by campervan, so there are no campsites on the archipelago. The best place to stay near Kornati is in the port town of Zadar; find out more about the town’s most popular campsite in our list of “Top 10 Campervan-friendly Campsites” below!

How much is campervan entry to a National Park in Croatia? Are any permits required?

You have to pay to enter each of Croatia’s 8 National Parks, and most of the ticket prices vary depending on if you are visiting in the high season or off-peak. Children between the ages of 7 and 17 pay reduced prices, and kids under 7 go free.

  • Risnjak National Park: Entrance tickets cost £5.30 and are valid for two days. Annual passes to the park cost £23.50. Low-cost car parks can be found in the towns surrounding Risnjak, including Bijela Vodica, Kupari, Razloge, and Vilje.

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Tickets cost £9.50 to £35, covering park entrance and shuttle bus and ferry boat rides. Campervan parking at Plitvice costs a further £2.30 per day.

  • Northern Velebit National Park: Tickets cost £5.30 each for the park and visitors centre, or £8.20 for both, and are valid for 3 days. Free car parks for hikers can be found around the entrances to Northern Velebit Park.

  • Krka National Park: Tickets cost between £7 and £40; this covers entry to all areas of the park and includes a return boat ride from Skradin or Lozovac to Skradinski Buk (from November to March). Parking is free everywhere except for the Skradin entrance, where it can get expensive

  • Paklenica National Park: Entry to Paklenica costs £3.50 to £8.80 per day, plus £3.50 to allow your campervan to drive through protected areas. Campervan parking costs £1.20 per day.

  • Mljet National Park: Park tickets cost £8.20 to £16.40, with an additional £3.50 return ferry fee. You will need to use the free parking provided on Mljet Island as vehicles are banned from the Park.

  • Brijuni National Park: To access Veli Brijun, you have to park your car in the port town of Fažana for around £25 to £35, purchase a return ferry ride for £15 to £25, and pay for a guided or self-guided excursion, typically around £25.

  • Kornati National Park: The Kornati Park is a collection of tiny islands that cannot be visited by campervan. If you wanted to hire a boat to see the islands, you would need to pay a sailing fee.

Top 10 Campervan-friendly Campsites in Croatia

Here are Croatia’s 10 best campsites—some of which are only open from April to October:

Aminess Sirena Campsite

near Novigrad: This coastal campsite is an ideal base for exploring Novigrad, only a 15-minute walk from the centre. Onsite amenities include a variety of outdoor sports, and the nearby Istralandia Waterpark supplies a fun splash for family travellers. Daily prices for a full hookup pitch start from £22 in the low season and £42 in the summer peak.

Arena Stoja Campsite

near Pula: Nestled in a rocky outcrop over the sea, the countryside campsite offers electric hookup pitches from £20 per day. Public bathrooms are available for guests, and the pebble beaches are the perfect starting point for a day of snorkelling in the Adriatic.

Falkensteiner Premium Camping

near Zadar: This family-friendly campsite offers kids' fitness activities and water sports, and a wellness spa for adults. The camp’s sea-view restaurant serves delicious Adriatic cuisine. All the pitches have full hookups, and prices start from £26 a day.

Kopito Camping

near Hvar: This gorgeous farmhouse campsite offers electric and water hookup pitches for £34 a night. Hot showers, washing machines, and dishwashing sinks are available for guests. Kopito is perfectly situated for sightseeing in Hvar or splashing around in the turquoise sea.

Maestral Camping

on the Pelješac Peninsula: Spend your holiday in this shaded waterside camp from £25 per night for water and electric hookup pitches. The Maestral offers hot showers, bathrooms, and laundry services, and there’s a restaurant directly on the sand.

Camp Rogac

near Slano: Rogac is a rustic campsite offering electric hookup pitches for a nightly cost of £15. Tucked between Luka Slano Bay and gentle forested hills, this camp is a great destination for scenic hikes and sea sports.

Camp Seget

near Trogir: Sleep on the sand at this café-adjacent campsite near the historic city of Trogir. For £27.50 a night, pitch your camper in a Seaview spot with electric hookups; for minimall extra fees, you can use a washing machine and a fridge.

Camping Stobreč Split

near Split: The perfect base for a day trip to Split, this camp has an on-site restaurant, convenience store, and full hookup pitches for as low as £10 a night. As a bonus, the camp has a swimming pool and spa, beach volleyball, table tennis, and seasonal outdoor activities.

Camping Ulika

near Poreč: This beachfront campsite is pet-friendly and has a shower, laundry machines, and kitchen facilities alongside a large outdoor pool. Ulika is a naturalist destination, but it’s not adults-only. Standard pitches with water and electricity start at £43 daily.

Camp Zagreb

near Zagreb: This charming campsite features a relaxed wellness spa and massage studio alongside a fine foods restaurant and kayak rentals for the nearby Rakitje Lake. Guests can use communal bathrooms and laundry facilities; water and electric hookup pitches start from £25 per night. Camp Zagreb is an hour away from the Sljeme ski slopes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of licence do you need to hire a campervan in Croatia?

To rent a motorhome in Croatia, you must have a valid Class B Driving Licence and an identity card or passport. If you do not have a European licence and passport or one in a Latin script, you must bring a certified Croatian translation.

The minimum age to hire a campervan varies from 21 to 25 years old, depending on the company, and you need to have had your licence for at least one year.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.