Car Hire from Zagreb Airport
Croatia has risen through the ranks to become a popular holiday destination in Europe. The Croatian capital of Zagreb is located along the Sava River at the slopes of the Medvednica Mountain. The best way to enjoy the countryside location of Zagreb in northern Croatia is to hire a car from Zagreb Airport.
Where to hire a car at Zagreb Airport
There are car hire desks for Sixt, Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty in the airport’s terminal building located immediately after customs and passport control.
Enterprise and Europcar also offer car hire from Zagreb Airport however a shuttle will be required from the airport to take you to your car.
Petrol Stations near Zagreb Airport
If your car hire has a ‘full to full’ fuel policy you must ensure that you refuel before dropping off your car in order to avoid penalty charges.
There are three petrol stations located within 2km radius of Zagreb Airport and clearly signed. They are: Pleaso Ina, BP and Omy Gas.
Driving around Zagreb Airport
When leaving Zagreb Airport you can take the D30 directly to Zagreb or join the E70 motorway right from the airport for other destinations accessed by the E70 and E59 motorways. When driving through Zagreb and the surrounding countryside you will be travelling on well-maintained roads with outstanding scenery.
Getting to your destination
Here are some of the popular destinations for visitors to northern Croatia which can easily be reached when you have hired your car from Zagreb Airport.
Croatia’s capital is nestled in the slopes of the Medvednica mountain range and is one of the Romanesque cities of Europe. There’s plenty to see and do in Zagreb, take a look at our guide to things to do in Croatia here; which features some of the sights of Zagreb.
Zagreb city centre is a 16.3km (30min) drive from Zagreb Airport and can be reached by taking the D30 directly from the airport into the city centre.
If you drive to Zagreb City you should be aware that the town centre is pedestrian only. There is also a complicated one-way street system that can make navigation around the city difficult. Cars share the same roads as trams which is worth looking out for. There are three parking zones in the city costing a maximum of €1.00/hour depending on which zone you are in. Daily tickets for parking are purchased in the post offices.
Samobor is a pretty town west from Zagreb in the valley of the Sava River. Samobor is one of the oldest tourist resorts in Croatia, with facilities dating back to 1810. Popular with hikers and mountain bikers, Samobor’s is set in the beautiful Croatian landscape with panoramic vistas.
Samobor is a 30 minute, 20km drive from Zagreb Airport via the D30 and E70.
Much of the area surrounding Samobor falls under a conservation order as land of outstanding natural beauty. Parking and driving are restricted in certain parts of Samobor which are clearly indicated. There are plenty of free parking spaces and car parks on the outskirts of Samobor.
The former capital of Croatia, Varazdin is a popular destination for those seeking a cultural experience. With a cathedral dating back to 1647, fortresses and the City Museum there is a lot to see and do in Varazdin.
Varazdin is 87.3km, 1 hour drive from Zagreb Airport. Leaving the terminal building on the D30, take the E65 towards Jakopovec for 69.3km (38min). Join the D528 for 8.1km (10m) into Varazdin.
The centre of Varazdin is pedestrian access only although there is a large underground car park located at its periphery where parking is available 24/7 with rates starting from €1.00/hour. Outside Varazdin city there is plenty of on-street parking that is free of charge.