How to get a taxi in Croatia without being ripped off

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Taxi stand in Zagreb, Croatia

PUBLISHED: 17.6.2024.

Getting a taxi in Croatia has never been easier. They are not difficult to find, many apps are available, and you can pay for a ride by card in most vehicles.

This hasn’t always been the case, but with the influx of tourists and foreigners, the demand for taxis has been on the rise. You can find the most affordable option because taxi providers compete for every passenger, and ride prices are acceptable.

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The culture of getting a taxi in Croatia

In Croatia, the culture of using a taksi (taxi) varies significantly between locals and tourists, as well as between different regions and cities. Taxis are not a primary mode of transportation for locals. Most Croatians rely on personal vehicles, public transport, or even bicycles, especially in cities with well-developed infrastructure like Zagreb, Split, and Rijeka.

[Read: Ultimate guide to driving in Croatia]

Cabs are often considered a more expensive option, reserved for specific situations such as emergencies, late-night travels when public transport options are limited, or convenience during lousy weather. Younger people and business professionals are more likely to use taxis, particularly for quick commutes or to avoid parking hassles in crowded city centers.

For example, a Croatian will call a taxi if they have an important medical examination and their family or friends are at work and can’t drive them to a hospital. If you go out with your friends and wait for a night bus for too long or it’s freezing outside, you would instead call a cab and share the cost.

On the other hand, tourists in Croatia tend to use taxis more frequently. With a steady influx of visitors to popular destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split, and the coastal regions, taxis offer a convenient way to navigate unfamiliar areas, especially when carrying luggage or traveling to locations that are not easily accessible by public transport.

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Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Bolt have also gained popularity in recent years, offering an alternative to traditional taxis. These services are often preferred by both locals and tourists for their convenience, competitive pricing, and ease of use through mobile apps.

Where can you travel by taxi in Croatia?

Big Croatian cities like Zagreb, Split, and Rijeka have always had many taxi providers, but the number of companies exponentially grew in the last decade all across Croatia. As the country started attracting more and more tourists, the need for taxis in coastal cities has risen every year.

Even the Croatian islands now have their own local taxi providers or Uber and Bolt drivers, which is logical since public transport can be limited there. You can learn more about life on Croatian islands here. Taxis are also available in some rural places in Slavonija and Hrvatsko zagorje, and sometimes, they are the only option for traveling at night.

It is not hard to find a taxi in Croatia, but if you travel to less touristy areas or villages, there is a slim chance you will find one. Be prepared for that. Before you travel, check in advance if the taxi is available and plan for public transport if there aren’t any taxis at your destination.

In Croatia, taxis are easiest to find at the bus and train stations or the airports since these spots have high passenger circulation. But in every major city, they can be easily spotted throughout the city. Our advice is that you check our list of taxi providers here, and install some taxi apps you can use at your destination.

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How to get a taxi in Croatia

In Croatia, there are a couple of ways to get a taxi. You can call a taxi company and order a ride, visit their website, use taxi apps, or go to a taksi stajalište or stajalište taksija (taxi stand) and get the first available taxi.

1. Use a taxi app

Using apps is very popular because the ride price is displayed immediately, you can track where your driver is, and you can follow your route on the map.

There are many advantages to using taxi apps, like transparency and affordability. Disadvantages come from inaccurate waiting times. In addition, many drivers cancel a ride before picking you up, so you have to find a new driver (for example, Uber, Bolt).

2. Order taxi online

Many taxi companies offer the option to order a cab through their website. This is usually reserved for longer rides like airport transfers, or if you travel with a larger group and need a van.

The advantages of online orders are that prices are transparent, and you can determine the destination, number of people, and type of vehicle. The disadvantage is that you have to wait for the confirmation of your ride. In addition, if you still have not used the provider, you don’t know if they are reliable or not.

3. Call a taxi service

Calling a taxi company is the old-fashioned way of ordering a taxi to your address. They will tell you if the vehicle is available, when it can approximately arrive, and a possible price.

The advantage of this option is that you can ask them any question and make requests. However, the disadvantage is that you don’t know where your driver is and how much longer you have to wait. Also, the ride price cannot be predicted in advance because of traffic jams, specific routes taxi takes, etc.

4. Go to a taxi stand

Almost every city with available taxi services also has a taxi stand, a dedicated location in one of the main streets where taxis are lined up. These locations are usually in the city center, in front of bus or train stations, in front of the airport’s arrival terminal, or in front of the main tourist attractions.

The advantage of getting a taxi at a taxi stand is that you don’t have to wait for it – you just go there and check if one is available. You can directly ask the driver questions about the price and time. The disadvantage is that they may try to scam you and charge you a higher price. Sometimes, they do not turn on the meter. Learn more about taxi scams in this section.

Here are the locations of the main taxi stands in the biggest Croatian cities:

  • Dubrovnik – entrance of the Old town, bus station, airport, ferry terminal
  • Karlovac – bus station, train station, hospital, Radićeva street
  • Osijek – bus station, train station, Županijska street near Osijek’s Croatian National Theater, Holy Trinity square in Tvrđa (old town)
  • Pula – Giardini square, bus station, Narodni Trg Market square, Arena, Tomassinijeva street, hospital in Negrijeva street, train station, airport
  • Rijeka – bus station, train station, Jelačić square
  • Slavonski Brod – P. Krešimira IV. street, in front of the hospital, bus station
  • Split – Riva, ferry terminal, bus station, train station, next to the Church of St. Frane
  • Šibenik – bus station, Poljana square, outside the Old Town
  • Varaždin – Optujska street in the Old Town, Arena, train station, health center, Ban Jelačić square, general hospital, bus station, King Tomislav square
  • Velika Gorica – bus station
  • Zadar – main bus station, airport, the bridge connecting the Zadar Peninsula to Branimirova Obala, bus station on Liburnska obala
  • Zagreb – airport, bus station, train station, in front of every hospital, Arena center, Črnomerec tram stop, next to Zagreb’s Croatian National Theater, Gajeva street, Petrinjska street, Savski most (Bridge on Sava river), Savica, Knežija, Voltino, Malešnica, Kneževo, Domjanićeva street, Jablanska street, Šalata

Learn more about public transport in Croatia in our guide to bus travel available here and learn more about train travel here.

Below is the map of taxi stands in Croatian biggest cities.

What are the Croatian taxi prices?

Taxi prices in Croatia consist of the start rate, price per kilometer, and, eventually, the waiting rate. Some companies charge you extra if you order a taxi in advance, but this is rare. Each company determines its rates, so we can’t define a general rate. However, here are the approximate costs:

  • Start rate – 0.90 to 1.50 euro
  • Price per kilometer – 0.60 to 1.50 euro
  • Waiting – 0 to 10 euro/hour
  • Minimum spent – 2 to 6 euro

Usually, there is a minimum you must spend for the taxi ride, which ranges from 2 to 6 euro. If the taxi is in high demand, the price will certainly go up, so prices are higher in tourist areas during peak season.

The length of the ride can influence the price, with rides out of the city being more expensive (airport transfers and similar). The night rate is always higher and sometimes even double the price from the daily rate.

Croatia isn’t a country where taxis are cheap, but they are affordable enough. If you use a taxi daily, it gets expensive, but if you use it once in a blue moon, you won’t feel it on your budget.

How to avoid being ripped off by taxi in Croatia and other tips

If you live in Croatia for a while and know your way around the cities, it is hard for anyone to trick you into paying for something you are not supposed to. But if you are new to Croatia, you may encounter taxi drivers who will try to charge you more just because you are a foreigner or a tourist.

Of course, not all taxi drivers are trying to overcharge you, but there have been many cases where they take advantage of tourists, so you should be aware. Here are the things you should pay attention to when ordering a taxi in Croatia.

1. Avoid taxis in front of a bus/train station entrance

In most cases, a taxi you find right in front of the entrance of a bus or train station will charge you more. Look around to check if there are more taxis further away, perhaps on the next street, and check them out.

2. Ask for the cost before entering the taxi

If you don’t ask what the cost is before you take a ride, they can charge you whatever they want. To stay safe and ensure you are not getting ripped off in a Croatian taxi, always ask for the price before you commit to a ride. If the price seems too high, you can always find another taxi.

3. Check if the meter is running

This is a well-known scam that also happens in Croatia. You enter the taxi, and somewhere halfway to your destination, you notice the meter is not running. When you mention this to a driver, they say they forgot to turn it on and charge you a flat rate. The flat rate is usually much higher than the cost of your ride. Some of them use this trick so that they can charge you “off the books”.

When the ride starts, immediately check the meter. It is located right next to the driver and can be seen from the back seat. If you notice the meter is turned off, politely ask them to turn it on.

4. Use taxi apps or call the company to order a taxi

Most taxi companies have displayed their prices on their websites or their apps. This gives you the security that you know what you are going to pay. If you call the taxi company or order the taxi through their web or app, there is less chance they will try to scam you. Apps are transparent with prices, which is why they are generally popular.

5. Make sure the taxi is licensed

You can run into unlicensed taxis in every Croatian city. At first, they look the same as regular taxis, but they don’t have a taximeter and a rate card clearly displayed. They are the ones who will most likely try to rip you off because there is nothing you can do about it. Check if the taxi has a taximeter and if the rate card is clearly displayed before you get in the car.

Taxi providers available in Croatia

Each city has its own taxi companies, which are privately owned and have a couple of vehicles. However, some companies like Cammeo or Eko Taxi cover several cities. Also, there are taxi associations like Radio Taxi, which you can find in many cities.

Taxi associations are different because when you call them to order a taxi, they send you the next available vehicle. However, these vehicles are not in their ownership – they are owned by private companies. Usually, every driver included in Radio Taxi owns an obrt (trade business) or employs a couple of drivers. By choosing Radio Taxi, you directly support the local economy.

[Read: How to open and close an obrt in Croatia]

Taxi companyCityWebsite
CammeoBjelovar, Čakovec, Dubrovnik, Karlovac, Koprivnica, Kutina, Našice, Opatija, Osijek, Poreč, Pula, Rijeka, Rovinj, Šibenik, Split, Varaždin, Velika Gorica, Vinkovci, Virovitica, Vukovar, Zadar, Zagrebcammeo.hr
Eko taxiZagreb, Dubrovnik, Splitekotaxi.hr
Euro taxiZadareurotaxi.hr
Osječki taxiOsijekosjecki-taxi.hr
PickAppHvarpickapp.hr
Plavi taxiDubrovniktaxiplavidubrovnik.com
Radio taxi DubrovnikDubrovnikradiotaxidubrovnik.com
Radio taxi RijekaRijekaradiotaxirijeka.com.hr
Radio taxi SplitSplitradio-taxi-split.hr
Radio taxi ZagrebZagrebradiotaxizagreb.com
St TaxiSplitst-taxi.com
Taxi & transfer ManuelPulapula-taxi.com
Taxi 1717Zagrebtaxi1717.hr
Taxi BarokVaraždintaxibarok.hr
Taxi FiumeRijekataxifiume.com

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Frequently asked questions

Are taxis easy to get in Croatia?

To get a taxi in Croatia, you must call the company, use an app, or go to a taxi stand. You can rarely stop a taxi in the middle of the street – when they drive, they are usually either full or going to pick up someone. It is easy to get a taxi because plenty of taxi companies are in the country, but you need to know where to look. View our list of taxi providers available in Croatia here.

Do taxis in Croatia take credit cards?

Most taxi companies allow paying with a card in their vehicles, but it is never guaranteed. If you are unsure, always ask a driver before taking a ride. If you have grabbed a taxi at a taxi stand and it is one of the smaller businesses, they may be unable to charge your card.

Do I tip taxis in Croatia?

Tip is not required in a taxi in Croatia, but it is appreciated. In a regular taxi, you usually pay in cash, so you can round up the next number. For example, if your ride is 2.56 euro, you can pay 3 euro. However, if you use an app like Uber or Bolt and pay with a card, it will ask you if you want to tip at the end of your ride. This is completely up to you.

[Read: All about tipping in Croatia]

What taxi app to use in Croatia?

Uber and Bolt are the most widely used taxi apps in Croatia. However, some local apps, like Taxi 1717, Cammeo, or EkoTaxi, are also available, but they are not available in every city.

Can you use Uber in Croatia?

Yes, Uber is widely available in Croatia. All bigger cities and some smaller ones have Uber drivers. During summer, drivers concentrate on tourist hotspots, but some drivers from the coast come to Zagreb in winter.

Is Uber or a taxi cheaper in Croatia?

Uber is mostly cheaper, but the prices increase at night or during bad weather. However, taxis also raise prices for night rides.

Is Lyft available in Croatia?

Lift is still unavailable in Croatia, but there are other taxi apps you can use. View the list of taxi providers here.


Sources:

Može Li Se Taxi Platiti Karticom by Susjed.com
Taxi službe by Croatia.hr
Taksi prijevoz by Ministarstvo mora, prometa i infrastrukture

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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