How to take driving school (Autoškola)

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To get a driver’s license in Croatia, you need to finish driving school. The exception is if you hold a valid foreign driver’s license and intend to exchange it for a Croatian driver’s license called (called “vozačka dozvola”) in certain cases. The process is slightly different in this case, which you can read about here.

If you do not hold a current foreigner driver’s license, have held a foreign driver’s license in Croatia for more than 1 year or have never held a driver’s license, then you must take driving school called “Autoškola”.

Driving school is divided into three parts.

Autoskola auto - Driving school car
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1. Prometni propisi i sigurnosna pravila (Traffic regulations and safety rules)

To learn the traffic regulations and safety rules, you must attend a class and for that, you will need:

  • A manual for training and passing a driver’s exam
  • A manual with exam questions and answers for tests.

Manuals are provided within the school program and are included in the driver’s school cost. It is common to receive a digital version of the manuals (PowerPoint presentations, scripts or similar).

The class lasts 30 hours (one hour lasts 45 minutes) and it is obligatory. The lecturer is usually a professional who works at the driving school. After attending the class, you must pass a written exam.

Driving school app - Autoskola app
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2. Prva pomoć (First aid)

The lecturer for this class is a certified doctor. It is usually held in groups consisting of 15 candidates. The class lasts 9 hours and is organized in 90-minute blocks.

The test is divided into two parts:

  • A written theoretical exam
  • A practical exam where you present how to give first aid to an injured person

3. Upravljanje vozilom (Vehicle management)

Vehicle management is a practical class. For this requirement, you may pick your own driving instructor who will teach you how to drive a car. The class consists of at least 35 hours, but it is often recommended to take additional hours if needed. One driving hour lasts for 45 minutes.

Picking your instructor means that you can pick the desired instructor who works in your driver’s school. Otherwise, a random instructor from your school will be assigned to you. For example, if you’ve heard that a certain instructor is excellent at giving driving lectures, you may pick that instructor. If the desired instructor is too busy with driving lectures, you’ll have to pick another one or the school will assign one for you.

Driving school Zagreb
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Driving School Costs

Driving school is not cheap. There are many fees for the classes plus the hourly cost of practical training.

Here are all the standard driving school costs:

  • A medical certificate (instructions on how to get this here)- approximately 450 kn in total
    • approximately 430 kn
    • 20 kn for a national landmark (državni biljeg)
  • Traffic regulations and safety rules – approximately 832 kn in total
    • 22,13 kn per hour, i.e. 663,75 kn for 30 hours
    • 147,50 kn for the exam + 20 kn for a national landmark (državni biljeg)
  • First aid – approximately 589 kn in total
    • 450 kn for 9 lectures
    • 118,75 kn for the exam + 20 kn for a national landmark (državni biljeg)
  • Vehicle management – approximately 5451,24 kn in total
    • 143,75 kn per hour, i.e 5031,25 kn for 35 hours
    • 236,25 kn for the exam + 40 kn for a national landmark (državni biljeg)
    • 143,75 kn for the exam hour

Here are all the additional costs:

  • Additional hours – 143,75 kn per hour
  • Failing the exam – 882 kn minimum
    • 143,75 kn per hour i.e. 431,25 kn for minimum of 3 additional hours
    • 20 kn for a national landmark (državni biljeg)

Note: Above are listed prices for vehicle management i.e. driving hours for category B (usually cars).

Here are vehicle management prices for other categories:

  • A1 – 165,31 kn per hour
  • A2 – 172,50 kn per hour
  • A – 172,50 kn per hour
  • M – 158,12 kn per hour
  • F – 158,12 kn per hour
  • B+E – 150,94 kn per hour
  • C1 – 172,50 kn per hour
  • C – 172,50 kn per hour
  • C+E – 179,69 kn per hour
  • D – 230,00 kn per hour
  • D+E – 237,19 kn per hour

What is next?

After you take driving school, you can apply for a driver’s license. Here are instructions on how to do that.

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4 thoughts on “How to take driving school (Autoškola)

  1. Duane
    January 13, 2020 @ 4:47 pm

    Are the courses in English as well as the tests?


    • Expat in Croatia
      January 14, 2020 @ 3:44 pm

      Hi Duane,

      None of it is in English. The course and tests are in Croatian.




  2. driving school west auckland
    February 25, 2020 @ 11:11 am

    Thank you for a wonderful overview and detailing of how to take driving school autoskola.I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.Thanks for sharing it not just for me but for everyone. 


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