I´m travelling with a friend of mine from Italy to Croatia by car in mid-sept. Can anyone help me with the roads?
I´d basically like to know:
1. What the best route is (detailed, if possible) and
2. How many driving hours it should take.
Thank you A LOT!
I suggest you try http://www.viamichelin.com. I used them a couple of times and I'm satisfied with accuracy of their maps. One tip for the Balkans: always choose the best route, because otherwise you might end up on some really bad roads.
Have a safe trip.
i recommend you take a ferry: check this site
and note that ferries are available until the end of September, but until mid sept on daily basis, and the last two weeks of Sept, just 3 x week. Ports of departure are Ancona and Pescara and you can get either to Split or Zadar in Croatia. Of course car can go onto ferry..and in terms of price, in comparison with driving all around Italy to reach Croatia, i think it s cost -effective.
If not, driving is super long, ...again depending from where do you start and there are all those highways fees (tolls) to be paid, many border crossings, from Italy, into Slovenia, then into Croatia..but if you decide to take this route: i recommend you enter from Trieste, through Slovenia into Croatia at RUPE border crossing, from there all of Croatian most important attractions are at the reach (except Dubrovnik, if you plan to go there, you better take a ferry, as it takes over 10 hours from the land entry into Croatia (Trieste-Rupe-Rijeka - highway to Split, and regular road to Dubrovnik); have a good time. Roads in Croatia are pretty safe and with the new highway all is much easier and faster.
for driving instructions, like Jasmina said, check the Michelin, they are pretty accurate.
I kinda depends where in Croatia you need to be; the country is rather large, and some parts are very close to Italy while other parts are not.
If you're going to Istria or northern Croatia, simply drive to Trieste (road conditions: excellent), take the E61 through Slovenia and enter Croatia at Rupa. If you need to be at the Adriatic coast, I agree with the ferry idea.