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The orange roofs, pale stone walls and deep blue ocean that characterize images of Dubrovnik have made the Croatian walled city iconic. Explore the famous Old Town, a popular destination for Hollywood film and TV sets, then use Orbitz to help you get in a rental car to discover quieter places in the surrounding region.

Renting a Car in Dubrovnik: What You Need to Know

The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is beckoning to you. Before you get behind the wheel, read our guide to renting cars in Dubrovnik.

Can you drive in Dubrovnik?

Yes – but not in the historic center. The walled city is saved for pedestrians only. That’s just one small corner of the city, however, and cars are welcome everywhere else.

Which companies rent cars in Dubrovnik?

Most of the major international car rental companies operate in Dubrovnik. That means you can take your pick of brands such as Avis, Sixt, NÜ, Enterprise, Alamo, Europcar and more.

Where do I pick up my car in Dubrovnik?

Most car rental outlets are either outside the city’s Old Town or in the Lapad peninsula, to the west of the center. You can also pick up your rental car at Dubrovnik Airport, which is about 30 minutes east of the city center.

What are the restrictions on car rental in Dubrovnik?

To rent a car in Croatia you need to be at least 21 and to have held your license for two full years.

What regulations are there for driving in Dubrovnik?

You need to have your car lights on at all times when driving in Dubrovnik between October and March.

It’s also a legal requirement to carry a fluorescent jacket in your car in case of breakdowns.

What do the car rental company need from me?

You should come to Dubrovnik ready with your driving license, an International Driving Permit and your credit card. Mention to the rental company if you’re planning on driving through the small strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina that punctuates Croatia’s coastline.

Explore Dubrovnik: Wonders of the Adriatic Coast

Using a rental car in Dubrovnik opens up more possibilities for you than just the city’s historic center. Take some time to explore the glorious Old Town, then begin to roam the surrounding countryside to see what other delights Croatia hides.

Old Town

Now iconic thanks to its appearances in Game of Thrones and Star Wars, Dubrovnik’s breathtaking historic center is packed with stunning buildings and fascinating attractions. Hop between sites such as Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Ethnographic Museum and the Aquarium, before spending your evening in a bar hidden in the cliff face.


Cavtat sits toward the end of the Croatian strip of coastline in Dalmatia, just moments from the border with Montenegro. The picturesque resort town is charming, quiet and home to some impressive sights. Check out the Rector’s Palace, a mansion housing an impressive library known as the Baltazar Bogišić Collection.


Drive east of Dubrovnik’s Old Town for just a few minutes and you’ll find the friendly region of Ploče, known for its delightful beaches. Banje is the most popular among tourists, offering clear water and views of the old town. Take your rental car a little further, however, to reach the quieter, more scenic Sveti Jakov.