Croatia hitch-hikers essentials
Types of roads
Knowing what roads to hitch-hike on is easy with our Croatia hitch-hikers essentials guide:
1. Autocesta (A) – motorways & dual carriageways with a speed limit of 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph). They have white-on-green road signs as in Italy and other countries nearby. On the whole they are toll highways with a ticket system. Hitch-hiking on them is illegal.
2. Brza cesta (D) – expressways ranging from four lane expressways distinguishable only from the motorways by lack of emergency lanes only: to four or six lane urban expressways with numerous at-grade intersections and traffic lights or two lane limited access roads. They have a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph) and have white-on-blue road signs. In the majority, the expressways are not tolled. Hitch-hiking on them is a grey area.
3. Državne ceste (D) – sometimes difficult to distinguish from expressways, state roads are assigned one, two or three digit numbers. Speed limits vary from 50 km – 110 km an hour. Hitchhiking on them is legal.
Map of Motorways and Main Roads
Speed limit on Croatian roads
Absolutely essential hitch-hikers phrasebook
– hello – Bok (bohk)
- thank you – Hvala (HVAH-lah)
– yes – Da (da)
- no – Ne (ne)
- please – Molim (MOH-leem)
- How are you…? Kako ste? (KAH-koh steh?) fml. Kako si? (KAH-koh see?) infml
- goodbye – Doviđenja (doh-vee-JEH-nyah) or Zbogom (ZBOH-gohm)
- hitch-hiking – Stopira (STO-pi-ra)
- What is your name? – Kako se zovete? (KAH-koh seh ZOH-veh-teh) fml.
Kako se zoveš? (KAH-koh seh ZOH-vehsh) infml.
- I don’t have money – Ja nemam novaca (yah ne-MAM NO-vats-a)
- We don’t have money –Mi nemamo novaca (Mi NE-ma-mo No-vats-a)
- money – novac (NO-vats)
- I’m going to … – Ja idem u… (yah EE-dem u…)
- We are going to … – Mi idemo u (mi EE-de-mo u…)
- I am… – Zovem se … (ZOH-vehm seh)
- I am from… – Ja sam iz (yah sahm iz…)
- Nice to meet you! – Drago mi je (DRAH-goh mee yeh)
- I don’t understand – Ne razumijem. (neh rah-ZOO-meeyehm)
- now – sada (SAH-dah)
- today – danas (DAH-nahs)
- yesterday – jučer (YOO-chehr)
- tomorrow – sutra (SOO-trah)
- friend – prijatelj (pri-ya-TE-li-yee)
→ Very useful when they ask you where you’re staying. The concept of Couchsurfing is often too difficult to explain, so just say you’re staying with a friend. You can also use this word to express the relationship between you and your fellow travellers.
- Can you stop? – Može li se zaustaviti? (MO-*se li seh ZAU-sta-vi-ti) (* s from leisure)
- I want to get out – Želim izaći! (*SE-lim ee-ZAR-chye) (* s from leisure)
- turn left – Skrenite ulijevo. (SKREH-nee-teh OOH-lee-yevoh)
– turn right – Skrenite udesno. (SKREH-nee-teh OOH-deh-snoh)
– straight ahead – ravno (RAHV-noh) / pravo (PRAH-voh)
– here – ovdje (OV-d-ye)
– over there – tamo (TA-mo)
– beer – piva (PEE-vah)
→ You should know this word, you will be often invited for some.
- bus station – autobusnog kolodvora (AWH-toh-boos-nohg KOH-loh-dvoh)
→ You should know this word and listen out for it to avoid situations when your driver, in their best intentions, takes you off the road and drives you to a station.
- train station – željezničkog kolodvor (ZHEH-lyeh-znee-chkohg KOH-loh-dvoh)
– help me! – Upomoć! (OO-poh-mohch)
– look out! – Pazite! (PAH-zee-teh) fml. Pazi! (PAH-zee) infml.
– street – ulica (OOH-lee-tsah)
– road – cesta (TSES-ta)
– roundabout – kružni tok (k-RU*S-ni tok) (* s from leisure)
– crossroads – raskrižje (RAH-skree-zhyeh)
Main Border Crossings
Croatia – Bosnia & Herzegovina
There are sixteen border crossings between Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The two most important, and thus busiest, probably being:
→Gradiška/Bosanska Gradiška which lies on the motorway E661 and connects Zagreb to the capital of Republika Srpska, Banja Luka.
→ Metković located in the south-east of the country and marks the commonly used main border crossing between Mostar and Dubrovnik.
Croatia – Montenegro
There is one border crossings between Croatia and Montenegro.
→ Karasovići / Debeli Brijeg is the only border crossing to Montenegro and lies in the deep south of Croatia on motorway 8. We used this border crossing ourselves and it absolutely trouble-free.
Croatia – Hungary
There are five border crossings between Croatia and Hungary. The most important being:
→ Goričan / Letenye which the endpoint of the Croatian A4 motorway at Goričan and the start of the Hungarian M7 motorway to Budapest. Thus connecting the Croatian and Hungarian capitals.
Croatia – Slovenia
There are sixteen border crossings between Croatia and Slovenia. The most important ones are:
→ Bregana / Obrežje which marks the end of the A3 motorway from Zagreb and the start of the Slovenian A2 motorway to Ljubljana
→ Rupa / Jelšane which runs from Italy towards the Southern Croatian coast and is very popular with tourists and truck drivers.
→ Kaštel / Dragonja which is located on the European route E751 and is one of the main and busiest border crossings between Slovenia and Istria. The crossing is set near a small Slovenian airport Portorož and connects with A9 motorway that goes to Pula. At peak summer weekends you might encounter 20km long queues.
→ Plovanija / Sečovlje – a great alternative to the Kaštel crossing in summer if you want to avoid long queues. it’s used mostly by locals and it’s situated only 2km west from the previous crossing.
→ Šočerga / Požane which is a small border crossing linking Slovenia and central Istria. Beware, there might not be a lot of traffic, though.
Croatia – Serbia
There are seven border crossings between Croatia and Serbia. The most important being:
→ Lipovac / Batrovci which lies on the former Zagreb-Belgrade main road and signals the end of the Croatian A3 motorway and the beginning of the Serbian motorway 1.
→ Ilok / Backa Palanka which offers a quicker route to Novi Sad. The border crossing is over a bridge though so if you aren’t already in a car you may be in for a long walk. (thanks to kawairakija for this information)
written by: Jon