Although the new coronavirus will radically change the summer vacation plans of many Slovaks, many will go to Croatia. What kind of money to count on?
The most popular seaside destinations include the beaches of Croatia and Slovenia, as well as Bulgaria.
“You can travel from Slovakia to Croatia by car on two routes: via Hungary or via Austria and Slovenia. The journey through Hungary is advantageous for Slovaks also because Slovaks from any corner of the country can get to the Hungarian motorways very quickly and do not necessarily have to use the border crossings around Bratislava. Slovaks also liked the “Hungarian route” because it is cheaper due to tolls. The journey through Hungary measures 800 to 900 kilometers (depending on the destination) and takes an estimated 9 to 10 hours. Choosing the route through Austria and Slovenia is faster than through Hungary, many consider it the fastest and safest, even though it is more expensive due to tolls because most of the route is on motorways. “ Ľuboš Kasala, who is in charge of managing the motoring department at RTVS, told TASR.
How much money do you make?
Prices of motorway stamps for 2020 (passenger cars weighing up to 3.5 t), which you may need when traveling to Croatia:
- 10-day highway stamp – 14.90 euros
- monthly highway stamp – 18.80 euros
- annual motorway stamp – 139.80 euros
There is an electronic system in Hungary that you can use to make a purchase highway sign online HERE:
- 10-day highway stamp – 9.40 euros
- 60-day motorway stamp – 27.40 euros
- Annual motorway stamp – 91.10 euros
Highway stamp can be purchased electronically HERE.
- Weekly motorway stamp – 15 euros
- Monthly motorway stamp – 30 euros
- Annual highway stamp – 110 euros
Drivers can buy a motorway toll electronically HERE.
In Croatia, tolls are collected at toll gates according to the kilometers traveled, and in addition to motorways, the Učka tunnel – HRK 33 (Croatian kuna), ie 4.40 euros, is also paid. If motorists are heading to the island of Krk, the fee for crossing the bridge will no longer be paid from 15 June 2020.
How to save on tolls?
In addition, the Croatian government has decided that this year from
June 15 to September 14 they will not increase toll prices for highways, which are usually ten percent higher during this period. In practice, this means, for example, that the toll for a car between Zagreb and Split will remain HRK 181 (EUR 24) instead of HRK 200 (EUR 26.50) and, if ENC drivers have the device, they will pay an additional HRK 141 (EUR 18.70).
The payment system may differ on different sections of motorway, as they are operated by different companies. Usually, motorists pick up a ticket at the turnstile when entering the highway and pay at the exit or at the end of the toll section. Tolls can be paid in kunas, euros or other foreign currencies according to the official exchange rate.
Kurz HRK (Croatian kuna) against the euro was, according to the National Bank of Slovakia as at 30 June 2020: 1 euro = 7.57 HRK.
Croatian motorways can also be paid for electronically using the ENC system. This can save up to 21.74 percent on tolls compared to the normal amount of tolls.
After purchasing the ENC device, the drivers place it in the car and the toll is automatically deducted from the prepaid credit on the device. ENC can be used for several vehicles of the same category.
ENC can be purchased separately for € 15.86 plus € 13 as a minimum credit deposit. ENC credit can be recharged, for example, at HAC points of sale, toll gates or even via the Internet.
Two highways will bring Slovak holidaymakers from the border to Zagreb:
A2 – from Slovenia, at the Macelj border crossing. This section is approximately 60 kilometers to Zagreb.
A4 – from Hungary, at the Letenye / Goričan border crossing. This section is about 90 kilometers to Zagreb.
Overview of the most common routes with prices for vehicle category I. (passenger cars with two axles and a maximum height of up to 1.90 meters):
- Macejl – Zagreb € 6.35 (HRK 48)
- Letenye / Goričan – Zagreb 5.82 euros (44 HRK)
- Zagreb – Rijeka 9.26 euros (70 HRK)
- Zagreb – Zadar 16.54 euros (125 HRK)
- Zagreb – Šibenik EUR 20.11 (HRK 152)
- Zagreb – Šestanovac (Makarska riviera) 26.33 euros (199 HRK)
- Zagreb – Otošac (Plitvice Lakes) 8.73 euros (66 HRK)
- Zagreb – Čarapine (end of the A1 motorway) 30.70 euros (232 HRK)
Fines for speeding on the motorway
- o 10 to 30 km / h – 66.16 euros (500 HRK)
- o 30 to 50 km / h – 264.64 euros (2000 HRK)
- by more than 50 km / h – from 662 to 1985 euros (from 5000 to 15,000 HRK)
Some other fines:
- seat belt not fastened – 132,32 euro (1000 HRK)
- use of a mobile phone – 132,32 euros (1000 HRK)
- incorrect parking – from 40 to 93 euros (300 – 700 HRK)
- driving under the influence of alcohol – from 397 to 1985 euros (3000 – 15,000 HRK)
The permissible blood alcohol level is 0.5 per mille – zero tolerance applies to drivers under 24 years of age.
The driver must wear a reflective vest in the event of a breakdown or accident, if he does not do so, the fine is 40 euros (HRK 300).
If you pay the fine immediately or within three days, an equal half will be deducted. If you pay the fine according to the payment order within eight days, you can pay only two thirds of the fine.
The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Zagreb recommends filling in the online form on the website entercroatia.mup.hr before traveling to Croatia, which is designed to speed up the equipment of tourists and their crossing of borders. If drivers do not do so in advance, they must take into account the delay at the border crossing when entering Croatia. The form is also available in Slovak language.
“Motorists who go on holiday abroad must, with regard to the new coronavirus, take into account the various restrictions in the countries through which they pass and also in the destinations,” points out Kasala. Therefore, it is good to find out just before the trip what rules currently apply in the given country and holiday destination.
Important telephone numbers in Croatia:
- Unique number for all emergencies: 112
- First aid: 194
- Fire brigade: 193
- Police: 192
- Assistance to motorists on the road: 1987 (if you are calling from abroad or from a mobile phone, call: +385 1 1987)
- State Center for Search and Rescue at Sea: 195