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    Car hire in Zadar at the best price

    As the capital city of the province of Dalmatia, Zadar is the perfect location to arrange your car rental with Auto Europe. A car will provide you with the opportunity to explore when you want without the need to rely on the local public transport. Roads are relatively in good condition and driving standards are civil, so you will feel driving around Zadar and Croatia as a whole very secure. The city of Zadar is a vibrant entertaining place, with plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to entertain you. During the day you will also have many tourist attractions to explore, historical sites or the opportunity to head to the local beaches. With the increased tourist traffic during the summer months, the city becomes a hive of activity and amusement. When you consider car hire in Zadar you are opening up a world of opportunity and adventure during your Croatian holiday. Check out the comments on our Zadar car hire reviews page to find out what kind of impression others had about the quality of Auto Europe's car rental services in the city.

    How is the traffic in Zadar

    Car traffic in Zadar can sometimes be problematic, especially during rush hour. Rush hour is generally from 0700 until 1000 and 1730 until 1930 weekdays. Expect for more road traffic during the summer season with an influx of tourists. Within the city walls you will come across slow moving traffic, so expect some waiting time. Roads can also be congested around the hospital and Ul. Ante Starcevica. Likewise at Put Murvice and Ul. Dr. Franje Tudmana. Roads out of the city have generally low congestion.

    Where can I park my car hire in Zadar?

    Expect to find parking within the old city limits to be hard to come by. Many roads are pedestrianised especially within the old city walls and thus you will only find parking along the actual wall leading up to the cruise terminal. There are only a few car parks within the city itself. They are located at Parking Zadar, Ul. Petra Svacica 5; Parking Zadar, Obala Kralja Tomislava and Parking Cortes on Ul. Mihovila Pavlinovica 14. Parking is metered and can also be paid using your mobile phone.

    Zadar Airport

    The city has an international airport which serves an estimated 370,000 passenger per year. The airport serves both as an air force training centre and for international and domestic commercial flights. Croatia Airlines, Ryan Air, InterSky, Lufthansa, Germanwings and other airlines operate to and from this airport. Desitnations include Dublin, Frankfurt, London and many others.

    Zadar Airport (ZAD)
    Address: Ulica 1/2A, 23222 Zemunik Donji, Zadar, Croatia
    Phone: +385 23 205 917

    What to do in Zadar

    From the Roman Forum to the Paseo Maritimo and Museum of Ancient Glass, the city of Zadar has so much to do within its boundaries. You can opt to explore the old town on foot, kayak along its coastline, or jump from a plane to get a wonderful birds-eye view. The adventure doesn’t just stop there. Along with its numerous lively restaurants, bars, coffee houses and clubs, Zadar has an astounding amount of museums, monuments, historical buildings and tourist attractions to explore. Following are our top five things to see and do whilst visiting this historically rich maritime Croatian city

    • Archaeological Museum Zadar: This small but well organised museum is the second oldest in Croatia, being founded as far back as 1832. The museum focuses on local history and is dedicated to Zadar and the nearby islands. Exhibition themes include an underwater archaeological section, pre-historic, medieval and ancient. It also has a collection of Nin artefacts on display.

    • Skydiving in Zadar: If you enjoy the thrill of jumping out of a plane, or simply would like to try skydiving for the first time, then consider doing this over Zadar. Enjoy some amazing views of the landscape, including the Velebit mountain range, whilst you free fall for up to 50 seconds with your instructor.

    • Zadar Walking Tour: If you really want to get to know the city of Zadar, then a guided Zadar tour is a must do. You’re friendly and knowledgeable local guide will walk you through some unique sites, explaining the city’s history, culture and legends. Walk through the old town towards age old monuments and buildings.

    • Zadar Kayak Tour: Explore Zadar from the coast with a guided kayak tour. Whilst out on the Adriatic Sea, you can enjoy views of the Roman Forum, Zadar old town, Church of St.Donatus and even the Sea Organ. Your kayaking adventure will take you from Puntamika towards Fosa Port and cover an estimated 9kms. You’ll also have the opportunity for some swimming and drinks on the beach.

    • Rector’s Palace Zadar: This charismatic 13th century palace is located in the Zadar peninsula and is one of the city’s iconic buildings. It has undergone a recent renovation and now provides exhibition halls, event halls, a video gallery, concert and multimedia halls. The palace also provides ample museum space for regular displays.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Zadar

    With Zadar as your base, you can easily head off on a day trip and explore more of what wonderful Croatia has to offer. For example you can drive to Split (2 hours), Dubrovnik (4 hours) in the south and Pula (4 hours) in the north. With your rent a car in Zadar you can ask for the opportunity to drive to neighbouring Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. Another idyllic idea would be to catch the ferry with your car rental in Zadar to Ancona in Italy and savour some Italian hospitality and cuisine. Confirm with your car hire provider beforehand to make sure you are allowed to take the car out of Croatia.

    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Croatia has an abundance of beautiful countryside to explore and a day spent in the Plitvice Lakes National Park is difficult to match. This national park can be easily reached from Zadar. Full of lakes and mesmerising waterfalls, explore every inch of this wonderful forest with a guided tour. Ideal if you love nature, your guide will guide you through the various flora, fauna and local wildlife.

    Zadar Sailing Trip

    Once you have fully explored the city, consider exploring out on the open water with a day trip sailing adventure from Zadar. Hop between islands, each with their own unique characteristics, awesome sandy beaches and clear blue waters. During your trip you can either have a lazy day out on the deck, do some fishing, snorkelling and even swim in the sea. This round-trip will also allow you to view lots of wildlife and historical sites from a different prospective.

    Ancona, Italy

    Taking around 6 hours and a little further out you can board a ferry from Zadar to Ancona in Italy. If you don’t want to be rushed, it will probably take you a little longer than a day trip, but it is highly recommended. Visiting Italy is always a great choice and Ancona will not disappoint. Along with great Italian cuisines, Ancona also many other tourist attractions, historical monuments, pristine beaches and a lively city centre.

    Geographic Information & History

    The area was inhabited as far back as the Stone Age, but it wasn’t until the 9th Century that a settlement resembling Zadar – at the time known as Lader – was founded by the Illyrian Tribe. In 59BC it came under Roman rule and subsequently the traditional roads, temples and squares were built. In 476AD Zadar came under Byzantine rule and became the main city of the Dalmatia province. From around 800AD to 812AD the city came for a short time under Frankish rule. In 900AD the first Croat rulers acquired Zadar until 1202 when the city was sacked by the Republic of Venice.

    Croats regained control of Zadar in 158 but in 1409 the city was sold to the Republic of Venice. During the Venetian rule the city gained much importance locally and became a stronghold, an administrative centre and the cultural centre of the Dalmatia province. During this period the Croatian language started to gain in popularity and many poets and writers started to use it. In 1797 with the fall of the Republic of Venice, Zadar until 1918 was governed by Austria.

    Zadar during World War II was bombarded by the allied forces and until 1944 when it was captured and ceded to SR Croatia, part of Yugoslavia. In 1991 the city successfully defended itself against the Serbs. Nowadays, Zadar is a very popular tourist destination, gaining “Best European Destination 2016” and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Facing the islands of Pasman and Ugljan and located at the strait of Zadar, the city has a subtropical climate. Zadar has mild wet winters and humid summers, with July being the warmest month. Snowfall is very rare, but can sometimes fall during the winter months. Zadar like the rest of the Croatian western coast is located on the Adriatic Sea. The province itself has numerous bays, beaches, inlets and crystal blue sea.

    How to get around Zadar

    An array of public transport options are available with Zadar, ideal for getting around the city and beyond. You can safely park your car hire in Zadar and jump on a ferry to Italy, for example, which makes for a perfect day trip with your family.


    Zadar railway station is located next to the coach station in the city. The railway line runs from Zadar to Knin, joining with the Zagreb to Split rail line. Slow trains run to Knin and Split, although due to some trains having a lack of air-conditioning, few people use it, especially to these destinations. It is estimated to take up to 5.5 hours to Zagreb and 3.5 hours to Split.


    The coach station is located next to the Zadar main train station within the city. Coaches run daily to all major cities with stops along the route. You can expect a journey time of 3.5 hours to Zagreb. Coaches also head to Pula, Split, Dubrovnik amongst others. From the main coach station you can catch a local bus to the old town. Zadar city itself is well serviced by local buses that will take you into its neighbourhoods.


    Taxis are available throughout the city and can be picked up from a taxi rank. Official city taxis are white with the taxi sign on its roof. Mini cabs also operate and can be a cheaper alternative. Make sure you confirm the exact fee to your destination before commencing your journey.


    Zadar has daily ferries to Ancona in Italy, in addition to frequent ferries to Dubrovnik and Rijeka with stops along its route to nearby islands. Small local boats also operate in Zadar and connect you to Olib, Ugljan, Dugi Otok, amongst other ports. Cruise ships also regularly frequent Zadar and generally dock south of the town center.

    Can I hire a campervan in Zadar?

    With its century’s old illusive history, the city of Zadar provides something new to see round every corner. This in essence means that if you are looking to explore all the city and the region of Dalmatia has to offer, we would recommend you consider a motorhome hire in Croatia. Your home on wheels will allow you to explore and stay overnight in various locations.

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