Car hire Zadar: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Zadar

Zadar city centre
Zadar Airport (ZAD): 5 mi from city centre

Car hires in Zadar: practical information

Where to rent a car in Zadar

Zadar really is the gateway to Croatia’s thousands of islands along the Dalmatia coast. Start planning your trip with cheap flights to Zadar Airport and then take a look at the car hire deals to make your trip planning complete. Having a rent car in Zadar means you can zip in and out of town with ease, bringing Croatia’s stunning coastline even closer.

At the airport, choose your rental car from Lulic Rent A Car, Fleet, Air Rent A Car, Avia Rent A Car, Petak, Uniline, Oryx, Sixt, among others. Some of these also have offices in the city centre and it’s likely flexible where you pick up and drop off your vehicle.

Driving in Zadar: parking and other tips

Zadar’s old town is small enough to explore on foot but if you plan to get out and away in the Croatian countryside then it’s essential to get a car hire. Driving in Zadar isn’t too much of a hassle but the historic streets can be very narrow with limited parking available.

Road trips from Zadar: what to do, what to see

Kornati Islands

Kornati Islands National Park

You’ll need to rent a boat to explore this grouping of 150+ islands with their high cliffs and salt water lake. This national park lies just off the coast from Zadar and are a treat to visit. Don’t miss Sharun Beach, one of the world’s top beaches, at the north end of Dugi Otok.



There’s no place to party in Croatia like Zrće. It’s no wonder they call it the “Ibiza of Croatia!” The best place to go in the evenings is Zrće beach, near Novalja. Then hit the town’s nightclubs which are open pretty much all night long. Don't forget to pack your party shoes for your Zadar holiday!



Travel south from Zadar along the coastal road to Šibenik, about one hour’s drive. It’s famous for its Saint James Cathedral, one UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Interesting fact: the inventor of the parachute was born here in the 16th century, Mister Faust Vrancic. For a longer trip, continue along the coastal road to Split.

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