If you are looking for car rental in Italy to Slovenia and Croatia (or other countries of Balkan area) you can take one by Venice Airport or Treviso Airport, for example. However there are other eays solutions to rent a car to Croatia or Slovenia from Italy: you could take train to Trieste or Udine (close to Venice) and then take bus to Koper (the closest city with Italian border) and a slovenian car rental company will be there for you with the car.
You may drive within EU, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, Norway,Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia for free. The big advantage renting a car online is that you can book and pick-up your vehicle for rental wherever you want: choose a pick-up location and reserve your car there.
Car Rental in Italy To Slovenia and Croatia or other countries of Balkan Area: what to know
You can also rent a vehicle in Slovenia online finding cheap offers on the internet, for example after deal the car could be delivered to you to Trieste or Venice Airport without additional fee. However, one-way car rental in Italy is allowed, so you may like to investigate to possibility of hiring a car in northern Italy, taking it into Croatia, and then perhaps returning (with car ferry) to one of the more southerly cities in Italy, such as Ancona or Bari.
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Alternatively, one way car hire in Croatia is also possible, and most companies do not charge any extra for this. You could, for example, fly into somewhere in northereastern Italy (such as Venice or Trieste) and then travel to the nearest larger town in Croatia (Porec, Rovinj or Pula) to pick up a car there.
If you’ll be renting a car in Italy and driving to 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!
Where to go
Through Slovenia and Croatia by a car you can enjoy those beautiful countries. You can discover a city as Zagreb and its downtown streets, visiting monuments, central square and of course great cafe and restaurants. From there you can drive to Slovenia, to the glacial lake of Bled, not forgetting to visit Ljubljana, the slovenian capital that maintains a relaxed moodof a small central european city. Drive to Postojna, to see the caves, making a fantastic tour through amazing passages of this cave landscape.
You can travel along nice hilltop villages and towns, until coastal city of Rovinj. The narrow medieval streets of Rovinj are lined with galleries and shops selling local products and then, if you drive to Pula, you´ll see one of the best preserved amphitheaters still in existence. In Plitvice Lakes National Park, listed on Unesco World Natural Heritage, you´ll walk along incredibile cascades and waterfalls, colors of forest with a great mountain fresh air.
Croatia and Slovenia on the road with a rental car: remember these few things…
If you are driving to/in Croatia, you have to know those factors: lot of roads in villages are often narrow and have room for one way traffic; there are a lot of place to stop and rest along the way, for example you can find also great gas stations with kids activity centers!
Drivers in Croatia go fast, so be careful; if you violate the rules you may be asked to pay a fine, which can be done on the spot: ask for a receipt. The general road conditions are good, A1 motorway provides great access for long distance driving, between major cities.
Travelling by car around Slovenia is very straightforward with the roads clearly and well signposted. Some local roads can get a little narrow and winding, but for all that they are pleasant and interesting. There are plenty of petrol stations and if you want to get to the other end of the country in a hurry, you can take the motorways, for which you need a sticker that can be bought at any petrol station. So, a vacation based on a car rental in Italy to Slovenia and Croatia sounds really exciting!
About road rules belt use is compulsory in all seats where they are installed; use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all times of day and night; use of fog lamps is permitted only when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres; obligatory equipment includes a warning triangle, spare set of lights, first aid kit and reflective vest; between 15 November and 15 March cars must be fitted with winter tyres, otherwise snow chains must be carried; the maximum permitted blood-alcohol level for drivers is 0.05 percent, on the condition that no ability is impaired.
The police may therefore prohibit you from driving even if the alcohol test shows a lower level: they are specially strict with younger drivers. Alcohol tests for drivers are frequent, and the penalties very high, so it is not worth the risk if you have drunk too much.
To rent a car in Slovenia you must be at least 18 years old and have held a driving licence for at least 1 year. Some car rental companies require drivers between 21 and 25 years old to pay a young driver surcharge. You must present:
- a photo ID;
- a valid driving licence;
- a credit card that will be used to pay for the car rental;
- Citizens of non-EU countries are also recommended to carry a valid international driving licence, while for visitors from other continents this is a mandatory requirement.
Cars can be rented at specialist agencies in cities and airports, fleets include various categories of vehicles. When renting a car in Croatia consider one way rental fees and also some disadvantages: the driving in Croatia could be scary, because some drivers don’t signal and in many places there aren’t accurate road signs, however the car is the only way by which you can reach wonderful small towns and hidden spots.
About the make and model: what kind of car should you rent? Good question. For just two people, it is preferably to chose small car. Car spaces are quite tight, so this could be an advantage. For families, it’s better consider enough space for luggage and think about a van if you are travelling in a group, but remember that if the car will be very large, you can have some problems looking for a parking…
Enjoy your trip!