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        About Zadar

        Zadar is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you want to escape the modern world or explore Ancient Croatia, a visit to Zadar has many surprises in store for you! One way this great destination can amaze even the weariest traveller was seen by Christopher Columbus himself - he called it "the pearl of the Adriatic" while still on his voyage through these waters in 1477 AD. Since then, the time has not done much other than add history and beauty to what was already there.

        The stunning scenery of Zadra and its proximity to northern Dalmatia make it an ideal place for sailors. The Mediterranean climate, the interesting mix of Roman, medieval and modern architecture and a Mediterranean lifestyle are just some of the things that make this destination so highly regarded around the world.

        From stone houses to churches, museums and other cultural attractions, Zadar has it all. Just a short walk from the city centre, you will find the beautiful St. Donat Church, known for its Romanesque style and 45-meter tower. This magnificent architectural work was built by Benedictine monks in the 10th-11th century AD. Venerable Bede said that this church is "unique in all of Europe".

        Surrounded by walls dating back to Roman times, Zadar is a city full of unique culture and history. From the stone walls, you have a great view of the impressive coast of Zadar and the many islands, including Kornati National Park, where you can find one hundred and twenty-nine different species of plants and seventy-five different species of animals.

        If you are visiting this wonderful city for the first time, you are in luck, because there are numerous guided tours where you can learn about the unique history and beauty of Zadar that will stay with you for a lifetime.

        Basic info and car hire in Zadar

        • Location: Croatia’s Dalmatian coast
        • Population: 75.000 (2021) 
        • Official language: Croatian
        • Currency: Croatian kuna
        • Weather: The summers are short and hot with temperatures often reaching the 90sº Fahrenheit (32 Celsius), while winters can be long or cold - sometimes both at once! For the year, there's typically around an average temperature range between 39°F to 89 °F which means you're likely going to experience something in your environment no matter what period it may be during any given day/night cycle here on earth
        • Holidays in Zadar: Read more about holidays in Zadar.
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: Road condition in Split and Croatia, in general, is known to be very good. It is fairly simple to drive around Split and also on the motorways around it. 
        • Car hire in Zadar: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Zadar is the airport. There are many different car rental companies available and they all offer competitive prices, so it's best to book a car three or eight weeks ahead of time - this will ensure you get an affordable rate! Alternatively, if your travel plans change last minute there are plenty around who can help out as well; just look no further than us here at Orbit Car Hire

         Driving in Zadar

        Driving in Zadar is a piece of cake. The roads are simple and easy, with excellent conditions everywhere you go! Locals will help if anything happens while on the road so there's no need to stress out about traffic or accidents- locals know how important driving safely really can be (and they want their visitors enjoying themselves too!).

        When you book with Orbit Car Hire, we always include a young driver fee or other fees in our offers. With most car hire suppliers this can differ between companies and different car categories so be sure to check before booking yours! You must also be at least 18 years old in order for us to rent out your preferred vehicle - but that's only one rule among many others like wearing both seat belts while driving etc. The speed limit on the motorway is 130 km/h (81 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is80 km/h (50 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (31 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign. It is important to keep in mind that in Croatia there is a zero-tolerance for drinking and driving. For all people under the age of 25, there is a very strict zero-tolerance with 0% alcohol level in the blood (BAC). For drivers over the age of 25, the maximum alcohol level in the blood can be 0.5% (BAC)

        • Age limits: The minimum age to rent a car is 18 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age, this can be different between car categories. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
        • International Driving Permit: An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.
        • Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance with Orbit Car Hire in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Croatia)
        • Additional requirements: A reflective jacket is to be kept in the car and worn and if you are in an accident. Warning triangle. First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
        • Children in the car: The law says that children under the age of five can only travel in the back seat if they are secured with an appropriate child safety harness or device, which will prevent them from moving around and getting injured while riding in your car's seats. A baby who weighs less than 20 pounds may ride facing the front passenger so long as you disable any airbags installed there too! Ages 5-12 mean it’s time to buckle up again - but not just because our government demands it; otherwise what kind o' guardian would we be? The three-point belts should also apply here
        • Driving side of the road: Right 
        • Lights: You are required to use daytime running lights during the day (24 hours) in winter, but not summer.
        • General speed limits: The speed limit on the motorway is 130 km/h (81 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is80 km/h (50 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (31 mph)
        • Parking suggestions: Parking in the old town of Zadar can be challenging. You can find free parking but also paid parking all around the walls of Zadar. To get an idea of paid parking, you can visit this site

        Car Hire in Zadar

        Most popular car hire at Zadar

        The most selected hire car in Zadar is the Volkswagen Up, with the Fiat Panda and Opel Corsa also being a popular options. The most popular car types in Zadar are the mini and economy groups. 

        You will also find a great selection of 9 seater car hire in Zadar. With the Renault Trafic, you get up to 9 seats and a large luggage space when travelling in groups. 

        Luxury car hires in Zadar. You can find your luxury car in Zadar with leading companies like Alamo, Enterprise and Hertz. Rent premium brands such as Range Rover Sport, Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XE in Zadar. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Zadar

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Zadar. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Croatia.

        • Zadar - Split (159km, approx. 1-hour drive)
        • Zadar - Pula (346km, approx. 5-hour drive)
        • Zadar - Zagreb (288km, approx. 3-hour drive)
        • Zadar - Dubrovnik (348km, approx. 4-hour drive)

        What to see in Zadar

        While you are visiting Zadar there are many great things to see and do! For some ideas, we strongly recommend that you stop by the land gate and visit the old town of Zadar. The Land Gate is the official entrance to the old town of Zadar, you do not need to enter through the gate but it is a great experience to do so. Stop by The Church of St. Donatu that has been in Zadar since the 9th century, making it one of the oldest and remarkable buildings in the city. The Sea Organ is something you must visit while in Zadar, a modern monument that stands for the connection to nature. You will even hear the Sea Organ before you see it! The Greeting to the Sun is connected to the Sea Organ and stands for the connection with the sun. Last but not least, visiting the Museum of Illusion is great for all art and illusion lovers out there. 

        • Opera house in Zadar, Croatia

          Explore Croatia 

          Drive your rental car beyond Zadar

          Plitvice Lakes

          Plitvice Lakes National Park is the ultimate destination for those who want to see waterfalls that are even more beautiful in real life than in photos! Visitors must keep in mind, however; it's forbidden to swim at Plitvice Lake due to law.

          The clear blue waters highlight each spray while sunbeams dance across them like jewels set against velvet fabric- an unforgettable sight indeed. The best way to experience this natural phenomenon without entering any warning signs? Take a day trip from Zadar with your rental car so you can enjoy yourself exploring some nearby towns before ending up back here again

          Krka National Park

          Krka National Park is one of the places you must see while exploring Croatia. It is the perfect day trip with your car hire from Zadar. Enjoy a full day of hiking, exploring all 7 waterfalls in the park and even swimming in Skradinski Buk while enjoying the views of the most amazing waterfalls. To enjoy a full day at Krka National Park you need to pay an entry fee: 

          • 200 Kunas for adults in July and August (120 Kunas for children aged 7 – 18);
          • 110 Kunas during April to June and September & October (80 Kunas for children);
          • 30 Kunas for adults for November to March (20 Kunas for children).

          Šibenik

          Šibenik is a small fishing village on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. it is a great place to take a drive for a day trip from Zadar. It has a great location, Nestled between three rivers that flow into the sea, the Šibenik harbour is guarded by two islands. It is a great getaway place for couples. 

        • View of old town in Zadar

          Enjoy the culture in Zadar

          Where to eat, drink, and party in Zadar

          One aspect that makes a trip to the Croatian coast so special is the variety of excellent food. The fresh fish and vegetables make for delicious meals and snacks. Here are some tips for eating locally in Croatia.

          The Adriatic Sea influences cuisine in both Croatia and neighbouring Albania, although they use slightly different ingredients and methods. Fish and seafood are on most menus, as are olive oil, wine, polenta (cornmeal), chestnuts, figs, plums, cheeses such as the Gouda-like Paški sir (Pag-style cheese), prosciutto ham from Istria, pršut (ham), Kulen (a paprika-flavoured sausage) and pickled olives.

          Bread is the basis of Croatian meals, much like pasta in Italian cuisine or rice in Chinese cuisine. Croats eat bread at all three daily meals, sometimes eating more than one type of bread at each meal. They use bread for appetizers, main courses, and desserts and serve it with butter or cheese spreads and prosciutto ham or sausage.

          The nightlife in Zadar is great. It takes place mainly in the centre of the old town and offers a great variety and something for everyone. In the winter months, the nightlife is full of students who want to have fun and enjoy life.

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        What do I need to rent a car in Croatia?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so it is important that the credit card has sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. In many European Union countries, a National ID is sufficient. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in Croatia?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 18 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Can car hire in Croatia visit Slovenia?

        The beautiful country of Croatia is a perfect destination for those who want to explore Slovenia. You can drive from one border to the next and back again without any problem at all! One way rentals may apply but it's still cheaper than renting two cars so don't worry about not being able to return your vehicle in Split or Dubrovnik - just find out before you go if there are any additional fees from doing this cross-border transaction (It may differ between car hire companies).

        Can you drive a hire car from Croatia to Montenegro?

        Yes, you are allowed to drive from Croatia to Montenegro. Just find out before you go if there are any additional fees from doing this cross-border transaction (It may differ between car hire companies).

        How to hire a car from Croatia to Greece?

        When you are searching for car hire offers, make sure to press "Yes" to return to a different location. Then insert the pickup point in Croatia and drop off point in Greece and you will find all car hire deals available. Prices will include a one-way fee or cross-border fee if it applies. 

        What company to hire a car in Croatia?

        There are many great car hire companies available in Croatia. From Major companies such as Europcar, Hertz, Firefly and Sixt to local companies such as Carwiz and AutoUnion. 

        Where to hire a car in Croatia?

        You will be able to find car hire deals in all cities of Croatia. Keep in mind that the cheapest option is often at the airports of Croatia. Here you can find the most popular locations to hire a car in Croatia: 

        • Dubrovnik 
        • Split
        • Zadar
        • Pula
        • Zagreb
        What documentation is required when hiring a car in Croatia

        Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance with Orbit Car Hire in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Croatia). When behind the wheel, you must always have your driving licence and green card with you. You are bound by standard laws such as wearing a seat belt or not using mobile phones while driving unless it’s hands-free!

        How much is car hire in Croatia?

        Prices vary frequently in Croatia, so it's best to book a car three or eight weeks ahead of time - this will ensure you get an affordable car hire rate! Alternatively, if your travel plans change last minute there are plenty around who can help out as well; just look no further than us here at Orbit Car Hire

        What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

        Do I need car insurance in Croatia?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Croatia with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Croatia?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in Croatia?

        An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

        How do I find the cheapest car in Croatia?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period. 

        What is the cheapest rental car in Croatia?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period. 

        What is the best car rental company in Croatia?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise, Keddy, Alamo, Carwiz and AutoUnion

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in Croatia?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Up, VW Golf, Mercedes Benz.

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Croatia?

        Most car rentals in Croatia offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

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