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    Car hire in Split - Unveiling the Croatian beauty

    Car hire in Split

    Split, Croatia's second city, is a place estimated to be over 1700 years old, therefore shining as one of the most precious jewels in Croatia's glittering tourism crown. Bursting with natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage, it makes very good use of its prime waterside position about three-quarters of the way down the country's spectacular Adriatic coast.

    Split dates back to the time when the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, the place where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. With its maze-like streets, narrow passageways, hidden courtyards and more than 200 imposing edifices, Diocletian's Palace is today classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and still ranks as one of the world's most impressive Roman remains. Game of Thrones fans will recognise the palace and other settings such as the ancient Klis Fortress and a 600-year-old working water mill used for filming during the series.

    But Split is much more than cultural richness and architectural splendour. After a fine Croatian meal in the city's many al fresco restaurants, you'll be able to walk it off along the Riva waterfront promenade known as the Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda, a palm-tree-lined walkway along the harbour's walls. And once all the city sightseeing is done, there are dozens of wonderful options for an exciting half-day or full-day road trip with your car hire in Split. The beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik is about a 2-hour drive south, and once there if you continue driving for further two hours you will be able to cross the border to Montenegro and visit the beautiful old city of Kotor. Please check beforehand if the supplier you are about to choose enables driving to Montenegro or any other neighbouring countries you wish to visit. From Split some of the most popular beaches in the region, most notably Zlatni Rat, Brela, Solta, Milna and those on the Pakleni Islands, are also within easy reach. By driving up along the coastline in two hours you will encounter the charming city of Zadar, which is one of the oldest dwellings in the country.

    If you would like to explore also the Northern part of the country with the capital Zagreb, Rijeka, and the Istrian peninsula with Pula and its famous Roman amphitheatre, a one-way car hire is recommended, since the distances to be covered are over 4 hours by car. By dropping off the car in another city you will spare the drive back and just pay a one-way fee locally that will be displayed during the booking process and be reconfirmed by our reservation agents.

    With over 65 years of experience providing quality car hire at the cheapest prices on the market, Auto Europe today is present in over 180 countries around the world, with pick-up points available in more than 24,000 convenient locations. Split is very high on demand in the summer, therefore we advise you to secure your best car rental in Split on our comparison portal with enough advance. If you need help with your booking or have any questions relating to your trip, please feel free to call our reservation specialists at +441233225114; they will be more than happy to help you.

    For additional peace of mind, visit our Split car hire reviews and Croatia car hire reviews pages to see what other customers thought of the quality of Auto Europe's wide-ranging car hire services in Croatia.

    For more information about renting a vehicle in Split, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Split

    You can book a car hire in Split at numerous locations, ranging from the international airport to Split’s city centre. The widest choice is at the airport, where also low cost carriers are strongly present. If you need some advice to choose the better offer please take advantage of our experienced reservation agents available over the phone every day of the week. To collect the vehicle bring with you the necessary papers listed on the voucher, that is a valid ID, a valid driving license and a credit card to allow a safety deposit.

    Split Airport

    Located just 12 miles from the city centre, on the west side of Kaštela Bay, the Split Airport is the second-busiest airport in Croatia after Zagreb. It is a major air transport facility for European tourist traffic during the peak summer holiday season with the national carrier, Croatia Airlines, operating flights to and from top European cities such as Frankfurt, London and Paris. It consists of single terminal that underwent recent renovation and expansion, now offering a very wide variety of services and facilities including bars, restaurants, exchange office and much more. The car rental desks are to be mainly found in the Arrivals Hall and the main car hire park is just a few minutes away on foot just in front of the terminal’s building. Picking up your car hire at the Split airport will therefore be very easy. We just recommend you to bring with you the necessary papers enlisted on the voucher and to check the vehicle for existing damage, that needs to reported accordingly on the car rental contract to avoid time consuming inconveniences upon car drop-off.

    Split Airport (SPU)
    Address: Cesta Dr. Franje Tuđmana 1270, 21217 Kaštel Štafilić, Croatia
    Telephone: +385 (0)21 203 555

    Book with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Split

    When looking for a cheap car rental in Split, the Auto Europe car hire portal gathers the best deals on the market: except from Alamo and Goldcar, most of the brands offering cars in Split will sound new to you. In fact there they are mostly local low-cost players, but you do not need to worry, since we thoroughly pick our partners and work only with the most reliable ones. To us convenient rates does not mean cheap service, because clients’ satisfaction is our major objective. Most of the vehicles have airport pick-up, but thanks to the wide network of local suppliers, Auto Europe offers several downtown stations, able to satisfy any need. Below you can click on the Alamo logo to read some more information about this internationally affirmed brand.

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Split

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    Your car rental in Split needs to fulfil your very travel needs taking into account country-specific facts such as required insurance and street conditions. Please find a short list of the most crucial FAQs about renting a car in Split that will give you a clear picture about the driving experience that is going to await you, so that you can choose the best solution to ensure a smooth vacation. If you still need more clarifications, our reservation agents are at your disposal.

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

    Yes. Credit card has become a must to be able to pick a rental car all over the world. The reason is that suppliers need to perform on it a safety block usually corresponding to the excess amount. The only credit card that is going to be accepted for this purpose is the one bearing the name of the main driver specified on the Auto Europe’s prepaid voucher. To know the exact amount of the block and the list of credit cards accepted, please look under the “Rate details” accompanying any offer. The block will be released once the car has been dropped off in the same exact conditions and the money can need a while to be available again. Please make sure the credit card can sustain the block. If you need further information read our dedicated page on credit cards and deposit FAQs or contact our reservation agents over the phone.


    What insurance do I need for my car rental in Split?

    When it comes to rental cars, insurance is an easy topic. In any country you will need the minimum car hire insurance coverage required by the national law. Any car hire offer in Split or in any other destination present on the Auto Europe portal satisfies this prerequisite. As for Croatia the basic insurance entails Collision Damage Weaver (CDW), third-party liability and theft protection (TP). In case you purchase a basic insurance package, you will be liable for an excess, which is a threshold up to which you have to pay out of your pocket in case of damage and theft. The sum is reported under “Rate Details” and can be quite remarkable, sometimes even exceeding GBP 900. The corresponding amount is usually blocked on the main driver’s credit card upon pick-up, as a guarantee, and it will be unblocked upon car drop-off in the same good conditions.

    Of course, for those who do not want to be liable for such a high amount there is the possibility by buying a zero excess package, or by integrating the basic package bought online with a full insurance taken locally upon pick-up. This can get a bit pricy, which is why Auto Europe developed its own insurance alternative called “full protection package”. For an average price the excess has been made refundable, that is once you pay on site you can contact the customer service and get a money refund. A further reasons you should go for this option is that it covers items usually left out by the CDW such as lights, mirrors, glasses, car interior, undercover, key loss and administration fee.

    If the main driver or any of the additional drivers are under 26, do not forget to check under “Rate Details” the minimum driving age and if there is a young driver fee they have to pay. There are no common restrictions, since every supplier can apply its own rules. One thing is though usually always valid for any driver, that is the driving license has to be acquired at least one year before the rental.

    Should you need one or more additional drivers for your car hire in Split, have them being present during the pick-up procedure, since they need to sign the contract and pay a fee each. If you want to spare on the fees check each supplier offering cars in a destination, because sometimes they allowed additional drivers for free or have a quick look at our promotions with free additional driver.


    How is the traffic in Split?

    With a population of less than 200,000 people, Split is a relatively small city and the roads don't get overly crowded, except during rush hours, or in July and August when tourists flock to Split and its beaches, especially at weekends. The historic centre, including the Diocletian's Palace, seafront promenade and most of the Varos, is mostly a car-free zone, which means that you must reach above Diocletian's Palace to travel across the city by car. Two major routes lead through Split, the so-called Adriatic Highway from Rijeka to Dubrovnik and the A1 freeway connecting Split with Zagreb. When driving your rental car downtown pay attention to one-way streets and pedestrian crossings which are sometimes difficult to identify.

    For general advice on getting around Split and the rest of the country by car, please consult our Croatia Driving Information where you will find information on road rules, speed limits, driving distances, etc.


    Where can I park my car hire in Split?

    Being Split a relatively small city, available parking spaces can be sometimes a little difficult to find, especially during the rush-hour and in the peak tourist months of July and August. The centre of the city is a traffic-free zone, so parking options are limited. For visitors the several public car parks dotted around the city, will then be the best option. At the eastern end of Riva, there is a car park with a capacity for about 100 cars, which is one of the closest parking facilities to the old town. Another conveniently located car park is behind the main train and bus station in the centre of town. Other car parks are located on Vukovarska Street (just outside the city walls) and across from Strossmayer Park where more than 320 parking spaces exist. Not far from Vukovarska, you'll find two other parking lots on Svaciceva and Zrinsko-Frankopanska, while a cheaper option (but a bit further away) can be found on Plinarska Street.


    Do I need to pay tolls when driving my car hire in Split?

    Yes, but only on Croatian motorways. When you enter a toll road you have to collect a ticket at a booth that you will then need to present at the exit booth in order to pay. The amount will depend on the distance driven and on the vehicle type. Please make sure you keep thee ticket and do not lose it. Payment can occur in cash, either Kunas or Euros, or by credit card. To get an idea about the toll for a certain itinerary please resort to the Croatian Motorway website or to the Via Michelin website.


    Can I pick up my car hire in Split and travel with it to other islands?

    In front of the extremely long Croatian coast lie uncountable wonderful islands with pristine waters. Combining a tour of the mainland with some relaxing days in these small heavenly spots is therefore a very popular and beloved idea. If you wish to take your rental car on a ferry check under the “Rate Details” if it is permitted by the car rental company and if there is a fee to paid locally to extend the insurance on the ferry.


    Can I hire a campervan in Split?

    Croatia is an elongated country offering miles and miles of beautiful coasts and towards the interior enchanting natural parks. It goes without saying that a campervan hire in Split could be the perfect travel companion able to bring you anywhere following your personal interests, tastes and schedule. Check our motorhome web-site section full of modern models from small to larger sizes. You will be surprised by the amazing rates!

    Split Travel Guide

    Split is the perfect base from which to explore Croatia's enchanting and very scenic Dalmatian coast. When you rent a car in Split, you'll be able to drive freely and comfortably around the region, discovering the many little fishing villages hugging the shoreline and stopping for a few hours to relax on one of the many idyllic beaches to be found in this part of the country.

    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    One of the highlight day-trips from Split is without doubt a visit to the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is not surprisingly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since time immemorial, the waters flowing over the rocks and pebbles here have created natural dams and in turn a series of picturesque lakes, caves and waterfalls set amongst verdant forests where wild bears and wolves continue to roam free. A pure treat and a must for nature and wildness lovers.


    The undisputed Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, stands proud as one of the most popular and photographed cities in the whole of Europe. It was founded in the 7th century and the old town is still surrounded by its ancient and very well-preserved walls which made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a top attraction for visitors from all over the world. Don't miss the Baroque-style Dubrovnik Cathedral, which is famous for its many religious treasures, including a piece of the cross upon which Jesus Christ himself was crucified.


    Located approximately 100 miles north of Split, this lovely walled town facing the Adriatic Sea is the ideal spot for a relaxing drive along the coast, followed by some al fresco dining on the waterfront. Zadar is awash with monuments and first-class cultural attractions, including the famed Church of St Donat, built on the site of a former ancient Roman forum and one of Europe's best examples of Byzantine architecture, and Zadar Archaeological Museum featuring exhibits dating back to Palaeolithic and Neolithic times.


    Many people consider Trogir the prettiest town on Croatia's Dalmatian coast. Located less than half an hour by car from Split, it boasts a history stretching all the way back to 380 BC, having been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Hungarians and Venetians since then. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent place to meander through the town's old medieval streets and pick up hand-made souvenirs from the many artisans at work there.


    The perfect place to get a true taste of northern Croatia is in the lovely city of Rijeka, which is much less crowded than other top destinations such as Dubrovnik, but equally enchanting. Be sure to visit the imposing Trsat Castle (Gradina Trsat) perched high above the old town, before jumping back in the car for a drive through the nearby Risnjak National Park, the most mountainous and heavily forested part of the country.

    What to do in Split

    Blessed with an exhaustive range of attractions and activities, Split is a very popular holiday destination for young and old alike. Dating back to the 4th century, the city is bursting with history and every street seems to have a story to tell. Split, and Croatia in general, benefit greatly from their temperate Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers and mild winters making the destination perfect for short-breaks and extended road-trips at any time of the year. The city is tailor-made for a relaxing break with some fantastic options available for a fun-filled few days of city sightseeing with the family or an extended beach holiday with friends and loved ones. Besides its famous palace, Split boasts a good selection of museums and galleries in and around the city centre. Housed in a well-preserved 18th-century building, the Gallery of Fine Arts features almost 4,000 works of art from the 14th century to the present day. Not to be missed are also the Archeological Museum (founded in 1820 and one of the oldest of its kind in Europe) and the excellent Ivan Mestrovic Gallery which showcases the work of one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century.

    • Diocletian's Palace: This amazing palace is arguably the most precious UNESCO World Heritage Site in Croatia. Constructed in the Roman military camp style, it was the official residence of Emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century, after which it continued to play an important as the governor's residence. Several notable attractions are located within this site, including the Temple of Jupiter, the 17th-century Milesi Palace, the St Domnius Cathedral and the historic Brace Radica Square famous for its striking 15th-century tower.

    • St Domnius Cathedral: This splendid Corinthian-designed building belongs to the Diocletian Palace complex and to reach it follow the signs to Katedrala Sv. Duje. Originally the Emperor's 4th-century mausoleum, it was converted into a cathedral in the 7th century, and has changed very little since then. The interior is equally impressive featuring the splendid Altar of St Domnius and a 13th-century hexagonal Romanesque stone pulpit. Don't forget to climb the stairs to enjoy the spectacular views from the cathedral's 60-metre-high bell tower.

    • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery: A prominent Croatian sculptor and leading artistic personality in contemporary Croatia, Ivan Mestrovic's (1883-1962) life and work is very well illustrated in this marvellous museum-style gallery located in the house where he resided in the 1930s. The star attraction is a collection of 86 statues made from high-quality marble, stone, bronze, wood and gypsum, along with several drawings and other eight magnificent bronze statues situated in the gallery's intricately-landscaped gardens.

    • Marjan Forest Park: Dating back to the fourth century, Marjan Forest Park offers some refreshing respite from all the city sightseeing, especially in the heat of the summer. The park is a popular place for an impromptu picnic amongst the walking trails perfectly laid out beneath the towering pine trees. Don't miss the famous Marjan Stairway, from which the sea views over the city and the Kastela Gulf in the distance are absolutely breath-taking.

    • Split Archaeological Museum: One of Europe's oldest such institutions (founded in 1820), the excellent Archaeological Museum is packed with over 150,000 exhibits, including Croatia's largest gem collection. In the museum’s peaceful gardens visitors can have a relaxing walk immersed in nature and surrounded by many stone carvings gathered in nearby Salona, including exquisite Greco Hellenistic ceramics, rare pieces of Roman glass, hundreds of ancient clay lamps and several implements carved from bone.

    • Salona: A 10-minute drive from Split lies the ancient city of Salona, one of the top tourist attractions in Croatia. Occupied by Illyrians, Greeks and later the Romans, this fascinating and very historical complex features many attractions within its old walls, most notably a 20.000-seat amphitheatre, Roman aqueduct, Bishop's residence and forum. The site is particularly worth visiting to see the amazing amphitheatre (built by the Romans in the second century) and the impressive aqueduct that once carried water from the Jadro River to Diocletian's Palace.

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