3 best routes for motorcycle touring Croatia 2019

zlatni rat beach and the sea
zlatni rat beach and the sea


Croatia has one of the best motorbike routes in Europe. Amazing scenery and local history will make you take photo brakes more than often.

bmw r1200gs and the rider touring

The best memories are made on the motorbike. If you agree than we have top 3 routes for you to explore while in Croatia. Whether you enjoy long kilometre routes or planning a shorter ride, there is enough scenery, nature and culture to explore until you can’t keep your eyes on the road anymore (which we don’t recommend :D). Should you decide on a slower tempo, you can choose to enjoy what the road is steadily revealing and follow the path.

The most amazing thing about Croatia is regional diversity. Coastal, inland or both is a real trilemma here. The good news is that you can combine and choose depending on several factors: traffic, season and personal preference.

Low season – April until end of June or beginning of September until end of October – will offer more pleasant driving conditions. With lower temperatures and less crowded with tourist, low season is certainly more enjoyable for motorcycle touring. And if you want to steal a moment or two completely alone on the road April or October early mornings are tailored for that.

High season, on the other hand, offers countless hours of beach and maritime fun. Although, sea temperatures go up to 28 C in summer there is still room for swimming in low season if you enjoy somewhat refreshing conditions with sea temperatures from 18C to 20C. Have in mind, though, that high season is the time when most of tourism happens for coastal regions reflecting same conditions on the roads. E.I crowded and prone to traffic jams.

Conditions aside, we’ll say culture and local experience are real perks when motorcycling Croatia. Most of the cities have a long tradition and history to tell. Here we’ll name 3 best routes for motorcycle touring Croatia in 2019.

We’ve always been fans of a good combo. So, this time our personal favorite is:

North island-hopping route. Dalmatia and Istria mototrip

rovinj coast

dubrovnik sunset sea coast

This route is a real gem. Why? It has got 7 days packed with scenic and cultural excitements.

Above all, it includes one of the best road parts for motorcycle driving in Croatia you can take.  Starting in Split, the route is a circle route to Rijeka and back. The road will take you from Split following coastal state road Jadranska magistala up to Šibenik, continuing to Zadar where you can choose to take a ferry to Mali Lošinj (option A) or continue to Starigrad (option B). Should you board the ferry, the route continues with island exploring to Cres across to Brestovo and Opatija to Rijeka where the path leads you back to Split. Should you continue to Starigrad along Jadranska magistrala, offering one of the best parts for motorcycle riding – Starigrad Karlobag and Karlobag Senj. Have in mind that due to high north eastern winds these road parts are often closed for motorcycles.

For more details about the route click here.

Continental route mototrip

plitvice lakes green

This route is perfect for high season visits! Starting yet again in Split, it’s road markings will take you more inland to leafy green woods and national parks leading you to explore the most mountainous Croatian region. It will make you not skip parts of Jadranska magistrala which we can’t recommend enough. Renting a motorcycle in Split the journey will take you all the way to Ljubljana, Slovenia crossing the border, all the way back to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital and back. Start your journey here.

Apart from enjoying the road we recommend visiting Croatia’s national parks as Plitvice or a stop in town of Delnice for local experience.


Cross border route mototrip

bmw motorcycle and croatian coast blue day
BMW GS on the road

Since one of the most asked questions we get about motorcycle renting Croatia is – can we cross the border with Rent a GS motorbikes – we list this route as a recommendation to your journey. Similar to Continental route, Cross border route combines two countries experience which will lead you from Split Croatia to Sarajevo Bosnia and Hercegovina. If you’re not to sure what to expect on a border crossing, not to worry, Rent a GS has you covered with insurance when entering another country.

More about motorcycle rental terms and conditions you can find out here.

Roads to Sarajevo will also lead you inland to mountainous Bosnia with a first stop in Kupres. Popular daily ski resort by winter, this small border town has something to offer in warmer times. Route takes you then further into the country all the way to Sarajevo, Bosnias capital where we recommend spending more than one day in order to find out more about the history and blending with the locals. More details about the route you can find out here.


New to motorcycle renting? Find out motorcycle rental Croatia tips and tricks here.


The most amazing thing about Croatia is regional diversity. The good news is that you can combine and choose depending on several factors: traffic, season and personal preference. Choose how many kilometers you ride!