Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia drives on the right and you can use the photo licence of most countries for up to 6 months, after which time you will need to apply for a local licence. If entering the country in your own vehicle, its important you have insurance to cover you driving abroad. Additional insurance can be purchased at the following borders -Bijaca, Crveni Grm (south), Zubci (south-east), Karakaj and Raca (east), Samac (north-east), Kamensko and Izacici (west). Between 15 November and 15 April you are legally required to carry winter equipment in your vehicle ie. winter tyres denoted witha snow flake and snow chains which may need to be applied by if road signs indicate this. Speed limits range from 120kmh on motorways to 80kmh on other roads and 50kmh in urban areas.

Bosnia’s Government is currently investing heavily in its motorway/autoput network and aims to expand its highways to 420km by 2030. Currently the two roads with sections classed as motorway are the A1 and A2 and both are still being developed. A section of teh A1 near Sarajevo is a toll road. Tolls can be paid in cash or by card at the barriers or there is a charging tag which rental cars may already have. Main roads are generally in good condition but there are few dual carriageways at present. Smaller rural roads maye have deteriorated in places.There are some spectacular mountain roads in Bosnia but all are in pretty good condition generally, though could be affected by snow in Winter. Tunnels away from towns are likely to be unlit and unventiliated.

In my experience driving styles are more akin to Western than Eastern Europe, and motorists tend to follow traffic rules in most cases. Beware of wandering livestock on rural roads, particularly at night when there will be little street lighting. Another word of warning – I had my car broken into in Sarajevo once and was told by the police that thieves tend to target rental cars with foreign number plates (mine was from Croatia) so try and find a hotel with secure parking if possible.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz , Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget, Dollar,Thrifty,  have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites and Web discount sites .

We currently have no local car rental partners in Bosnia. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Bosnia Self Driving Rules-
Cars can be driven in most mainland European countries. Sixt allow one way international rentals to -Croatia ,Slovenia,Serbia, Montenegro ,Hungary, Italy, Austria, Macedonia ,Czech Republic, Slovakia ,Switzerland, Germany ,Denmark ,Sweden for an additional charge. Some companies may make you pay for winter tyres between November and April.


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