Car Hire at Split Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
A convenient journey starts with a reliable car you can drive to your destination. This can be the advantage of renting one at the airport where you have landed, which relatively makes it easier than using the public transportation. There are various options you will find upon landing at Split Airport, one of the busiest ports of entry in Croatia.
Where to hire a car at Split Airport
Several car rental solutions can be considered when leaving from Split Airport, also known as Resnik Airport. They are: Sixt, Hertz, City Rent, Avis, Budget, Avantcar, Fleet, Europcar, Nacional, Alamo, Viator, Mara TL, Navitex, Nova Gratia, Oryx Grupa, Sub Rosa, and Uni Rent. There are car rental counters available for each company in the Arrivals Hall of the airport, making it easier to shop around or take the car you have chosen on a previous reservation. Different types of vehicles can be selected, such as compact cars, sedans, sports, cars, convertibles, SUVs, and vans.
What to expect when hiring a car from Split Airport
The traffic generally flows smoothly enough, except during the peak season of July and August, as the coastal resorts can get extremely busy. Moderately low traffic conditions can be expected between November and April, while the 'shoulder-season' months of May and June, as well as September and October, can be well enough to drive.
The main roads to take from the airport are: Cesta Dr. Franje Tudmana and Ivana Pavla II, which mainly serve Split and the surrounding areas of Solin, Vranjik, and Plano, among a few. No toll booths can be found on the map, with no records of congestion charges as of the time of writing. They are a bit distant from Split, but driving conditions are good enough, as long as there will be no roadworks, accidents, or specific town events that can hamper the flow of traffic on the routes.
When you need to refuel your car, there is a petrol station to be found approximately 20 minutes from the port of entry. You can either drive back along the city roads where there are gas stations lined at the road before exiting the westernmost part of the Split by the airport. One option you can take is also the Red and Blue Petrol Station on the left-hand side of the road travelling back via Route 8.
Driving around Split Airport
Upon leaving Split Airport for the city, you can take the following roads to Split, the nearest big city attraction. The roads going there are: Cesta Dr. Franje Tudmana, Ivana Pavla II in Kastel Novi, Ul. Zbora narodne garde, Luka Trajekt, Poljicka cesta, Ul. Kralja Zvonimira, and Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda. It can take about 45 minutes to commute the airport, depending on the traffic conditions on the day you will be taking these roads.
Peak congestion times can be expected in the morning and late afternoons, so you will need to schedule your drive going there in less congested times or else maintain patience. Some of the roads also diverge from the main road, so you will need to pay attention to the signage to keep driving on the right path. As you arrive in Split, you can also consider a number of areas such as pay parking places, pay garages, and marked parking spots. Marked parking spots are recommended, as the city has diligent parking enforcement officers. There are some parking areas to be found on Riva, Zrinsko and Frankopanska in the centre, Plinarska, Ulica Petra Svacica, Vukovarska, Rudera Boskoviceva I, and Rudera Boskovica II.
Getting to your destination
Beautifully set within medieval walls, the town of Trogir is a delight to explore with its labyrinthine streets. It is fronted by a wide seaside promenade lined with various establishments. Romanesque and Renaissance architecture can be found here, such as the Cathedral of St Lovro, the old Town Hall, and Kamerlengo Fortress.
Only five kilometres away from Split Airport, you can reach Trogir in about 20 minutes via Cesta Doktora Franje Tudmana and Ul. kneza Trpimira. There are three paid parking areas here, two of which are situated on the mainland side and one is along the right-hand side after you cross the bridge from the mainland. Few parking spaces on the Ciovo side of the town can also be found.
Some distance away from Split, this part of the country is loaded with interesting sights, such as the medieval attractions of Sibenik and the two national parks that feature Kornati Islands and the watery area of Krka. From Split Airport, you can cross the Split-Dalmatia County to Sibenik-Knin County, and check out this slice of Croatia. It can be reached through A1/E65/E71 from Cesta Doktora Franje Tudmana and then D33 in Dubrava kod Sibenika. This area, about 59 kilometres away, can be reached within an hour, but there are tolls ahead, so be sure to prepare additional money. Payment is made in euros, so you will need to prepare change.
Upon arriving, the parking areas available in city are designated marked spots on the street as well as in car parks. There are four parking zones with prices ranging from 3 to 10 Croatian kuna per hour. There are two big car parks in the city centre: one in Zone B near the Train station and one in Zone A (Poljana) near the Old Town. Parking costs between 6 to 10 kuna per hour, with the rates going as high as 10 kuna in summer season.
A pretty port town with a limestone centre, Makarska can be an active place where you will find an abundance of outdoor activities in a splendid natural setting. It is the backed by Mt Biokovo, as well as the town's pebbly beach. Other attractions here include Biokovo Botanical Garden, Franciscan Monastery, and the Town Museum.
Going from Split Airport can be manageable via A1/E65 in Trolokve from Cesta Doktora Franje Tudmana, D76 in Zagvozd, and then D8 and Vukovarska ul. to Ul. Stjepana Ivicevica, among others. The trip can take an hour and 30 minutes or so to traverse the 114 kilometre-distance from the airport. You must have enough money for tolls, as A1 is a tolled road. Upon arriving here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, but parking can be difficult. There are often too many cars sharing a small parking space. The lots are divided in two zones, with the first zone costing around 1.4 euros per hour, which is the time limit. Parking in the second zone, on the other hand, costs 1.1 euros per hour.