Traffic in Croatia

Transport and infrastructure in Croatia

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Croatia with the average of all countries in Europe. Overall, the main traffic and transport routes are well developed and in comparatively good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Croatia ranks 22nd in the world with 0.67 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 2,617 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 3.17 billion tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 540.00 million passenger-kilometers in 2021.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 5,835 km of coastline. In 2020, about 347,400 freight containers were transported.

Airports in Croatia

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 26,958 km. For each of the country's 3.90 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 6.91 meters. This puts Croatia in 79th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 69 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 352 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Croatia is considered relatively safe. This corresponds to 8.5 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

Traffic in CroatiaIn Croatia, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. This rule was introduced at the end of the 18th century during the Napoleonic Wars. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways27,000 km6,914.08 km476.37 m
Railroads2,600 km671.20 km46.24 m
Waterways785 km201.33 km13.87 m
Commercial harbors35490.790.006


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways6,708,900 km11,154.38 km1,111.71 m
Railroads258,600 km429.97 km42.85 m
Waterways54,800 km91.17 km9.09 m
Commercial harbors15,27325.390.003

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Croatia: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in CroatiaThe 7 biggest airports and in Croatia with further information and data with further information on airlines and destinations
Croatia: ClimateClimate and temperature development in CroatiaA climate analysis for Croatia incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, water temperature, rainfalls
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