Driving to Croatia on 11th April (1 Viewer)

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Hi Everyone

We have never been to Croatia before but have been to Greece, France Germany, Switzerland, Spain and many other places.

I don't like doing tolls but understand that in some places we might have to.

Our van is a 4 ton Autotrail Cheyenne 696G, Euro 4 2.3 engine.

It seems that the most commonly suggested route, reading through old posts on here, is through Germany, then Austria, Slovenia and then into Croatia.

A motorhoming friend who called briefly last week told me that he goes through Austria on the non toll roads so doesn't need a Go Box.

Is this a feasible proposition? What do the tolls cost to go through Austria with the Go Box? If I got a Go Box what paperwork would I need to get one?

So many questions. Hope some of you can answer them :)
 

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Hi Brimo, can't answer but glad you posted this as we are going go Germany sometime mid April and will also be interested in the replies re go box. Might bump into you along the way ..
 

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Should add with intention of going on to Croatia

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Hi Everyone

We have never been to Croatia before but have been to Greece, France Germany, Switzerland, Spain and many other places.

I don't like doing tolls but understand that in some places we might have to.

Our van is a 4 ton Autotrail Cheyenne 696G, Euro 4 2.3 engine.

It seems that the most commonly suggested route, reading through old posts on here, is through Germany, then Austria, Slovenia and then into Croatia.

A motorhoming friend who called briefly last week told me that he goes through Austria on the non toll roads so doesn't need a Go Box.

Is this a feasible proposition? What do the tolls cost to go through Austria with the Go Box? If I got a Go Box what paperwork would I need to get one?

So many questions. Hope some of you can answer them :)
Will follow this thread with interest as we are going in September.
I have found a few blogs about trips to Croatia and when I find them again I will post you a link
Enjoy the planning
Chris
 

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In theory you are supposed to use Winter tyres in Austria until 15 April...
 
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Hi folks, having used a go box I can say, you need you V5, take it into any petrol station that advertises the go box facility, getting fixed up was easy as we found an English speaking attendant, we had to pay €95 we visited salzburg and innsbruck using motorways, on returning the go box we got a €17 refund, so quite expensive.

Eric

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As I am only passing through on my way to Croatia I was wondering how easy it was to NOT use the motorways. If its adviseable to use motorways then I wonder how much it would cost just to get through Austria on motorway?
 
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I believe avoiding motorways is quite easy, I spoke to couple who towed a trailer with a motorcycle on it and they toured Austria and italy area set sat nav to avoid tolls,

Eric
 
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how do you feel about driving through Germany to enter Austria near Linz and then head towards Klagenfurt and then onto Maribor in Slovenia?
 

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Brimo we haven't fixed any plans yet as we are away just now. We have got as far as Amsterdam to Berlin then wandering onto the romantic road and then....maps out when we get home, or, more likely, when we are actually on the road and make it up as we go along.
 
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Ive done this a couple of times about 4 years ago

At thetime I had the previous Arto which was 4.1 tonnes on 4 wheels

First time, I bought the weekly vignette, stuck it in the windscreen and used the motorways. They didnt ask for the V5 and nobody stopped me and Ive never heard anymore about it.

Second time I decided I would try and be legal so I went via garmisch partenkirchen to Innsbruck along the 177 then turning onto the 171 just before the Autobahn, then over the new brenner pass- as long as you take the last entrance ramp you only have to pay the Brenner toll, which I believe you have to pay even if you have a go box.

I wont buy an Austrian go box on principal - like I wont take the mH on the M6 toll. Why should I pay the same for 4 wheels as they pay for 18?

The only other thing to add - its very early for Croatia, hope you re lucky but weather can be dodgey even in June.

Jon

ps have you remembered the slovenian tolls, unless your going via trieste.
 

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The only other thing to add - its very early for Croatia, hope you re lucky but weather can be dodgey even in June.

Jon

You must have been unlucky...we've spent May in S Croatia for the last three years and it has largely been shorts and T shirts all the way apart from an odd day when the Bura arrives!
I hope me saying this doesn't change our luck this year...we head off that way again three weeks today!

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We live in Devon so cross the channel with Brittany Ferries to Roscoff...then through France crossing into N Italy via the Mont Blanc tunnel....across Italy past Milan and Venice and enter Slovenia near Trieste....quick hop from there into Croatia where we follow the coast as fas as Senj before heading up to the superb German built motorway through the mountains...very quiet and cheap and quickly gets us down South. The alternative is to take the windy coast road (Magistrale) all the way down the coast...fabulous scenery and well worth doing if you are exploring.
 
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The coast road south through Croatia is brilliant scenery but due to the road hanging over and litter following the coast the driver will not really appreciate it. North wards the driver gets a good view. Don't forget your ASCI book they have some nice sites in Croatia at a good price
 
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Did Croatia last year for the whole of June and could quite happily have stayed another month! Would recommend staying around lake Bled (Slovenia) during the journey. Whole range of sites available to suit all tastes, prices all very reasonable. If you want to plan route times, allow longer than normal as roads can be quite primitive, use the only motorway that runs the spine of the country if want to travel with any speed. Island hopping is not as easy as you might imagine but quite well linked from the mainland. We loved the island of Havar and getting to Havar town was a real test of driving skills but they were slowly widening the main road across it. If going to Dubrovnik you need to consider how to by pass Bosnia. We couldn't get insurance to cross so went via ferry to peninsula which ended up very enjoyable. We liked the venue that Harley Davidson chose for last years European Meet which was Biograd. Great little town and Coast line and could genuinely get a pint of the cold stuff and glass of good white wine for the ladies at £1 each! I suspect you will enjoy your trip ( would like to have done more of the Isteria Coast and not missed the Plitvice Lakes)
 
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You must have been unlucky...we've spent May in S Croatia for the last three years and it has largely been shorts and T shirts all the way apart from an odd day when the Bura arrives!
I hope me saying this doesn't change our luck this year...we head off that way again three weeks today!

No we ve generally been lucky but have had very misty cold starting mornings in June. And freinds who went to Istria last Mid September had awful weather, cold and rain and were widely told that early summer had been the same. Most places improve the further south you go, I hope the OP has good weather but still think April is a bit on the early side.

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At least if the weather is bad the bears and wolves stay in hibernation...
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Did you have to tell them you use gas for cooking? or did you just go through? Thanks for taking the time to reply :)
 

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Did you have to tell them you use gas for cooking? or did you just go through? Thanks for taking the time to reply :)
We've used both the Mt Blanc and Frejus [bit further south] tunnels on many occasions and never been asked about our gas supply...loads of camper vans use both tunnels so this is not an issue as far as I'm aware. We do always turn the gas off at the bottle when travelling...
Travelling through the MB tunnel is a bit of an experience...one year it was 5 degrees C at the entrance on the French side...30 degrees C in the middle of the tunnel and 15 degrees C as we came out into Italy.
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