There are three parking zones in the centre of Zagreb:
Zone 1 (red): 6 kn/h, max. 2 h; 100 kn/day
Zone 2 (yellow): 3 kn/h, max. 3 h; 60 kn/day
Zone 3 (green): 1.5 kn/h, no max. waiting time; 20 kn/day
Parking is paid in Zone 1 on working days, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
in Zones 2 and 3 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. ,
and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. in all three parking zones on Saturdays.
There are three ways to pay for parking:
buy your ticket at the parking meter (usually only accepts coins) and place it on a visible place on the dashboard of your car
buy your electronic parking ticket at Tisak (newsstand which is usually located near all parking spots) by presenting your registration number and stating the desired zone
SMS parking: send an SMS of your registration number (with no gaps) to the following numbers: (+385) 700101 for Zone 1, 700102 for Zone 2, or 700103 for Zone 3. You will receive a text message to see whether the ticket has been successfully purchased or not, and the ticket is valid for one hour. A very useful feature of this is that a text message reminds you to send another message or move your car before the hour runs out.
Free parking is very rare; there are a few cases where the ownership of the locations is dubious, so the fines aren’t charged (Fijanova ulica, Hruskovecka ulica, the parking next to the police station in Heinzelova ulica 98).
If you fail to pay for parking your car, or the time that you did pay for runs out, and you find yourself getting a fine, it will be in the form of a payment slip attached to your windshield. The fine prices are actually daily tickets, so 100, 60, and 20 kn for Zones 1, 2, and 3, respectively. This is actually not as bad as it might sound, because it gets you 24 h of free parking in that zone, but, understandably, it’s not convenient if you only intended to park your car for a few hours.
If you do get a fine, your registration number is in the system, so this will automatically disable the SMS parking feature, meaning that if you attempt to pay for another hour of parking, you will get an SMS saying that this function is disabled because you have already paid for the daily ticket in that zone.
If you’re renting a car, and you don’t pay for the fine, it will be sent to your rental company and they will then charge it from your credit card, so it’s better to take care of it yourself.
A fine can be paid in any post office within 6 days of receiving it. You can find the locations of post offices in Zagreb on the Hrvatska pošta (Croatian Post) website here.
There are quite a few indoor garages in the centre, and they are open 24/7, so you should be able to find a spot.
Gorica, Martićeva 69, +385 1 4650 808
Kvaternikov trg, Trg Eugena Kvaternika 6, +385 1 4664 176
Langov trg, Trg Josipa Langa 13, +385 1 4829 888
Petrinjska, Petrinjska 59, +385 1 4819 447
(the prices in these four garages are 4 kn/h, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., and 1 kn/h 9 p.m. – 8 a.m.; a daily ticket in the first two costs 30 kn, and in Langov trg and Petrinjska it costs 55 kn; while a weekly ticket costs 70, 100, 250 and 250 kn, respectively)
Svetice, Ulica Divka Budaka 1a
Jelkovec 1, 144. brigade Hrvatske vojske 4, +385 91 4819 010
(the prices in these two garages are 2 kn/h, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and 1 kn/h 6 p.m. – 8 a.m.; a daily ticket costs 10 kn; while a weekly ticket in Svetice costs 50 kn, and in Jelkovec 1 it costs 20 kn)
Rebro, Kišpatićeva 12, +385 1 2422 116
(4 kn/h, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., and 3 kn/h 3 p.m. – 7 a.m.; a daily ticket costs 30 kn; while a weekly ticket costs 150 kn)
Tuškanac, Tuškanac 1b, +385 1 4834 435
(5 kn/h, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., and 2 kn/h 9 p.m. – 8 a.m.; a daily ticket costs 60 kn; while a weekly ticket costs 200 kn)
You can find the location of the garages here.
The payment method is the following: you get a ticket when you enter the garage, which you then have to pay for and validate in on one of the ticket machines when you get back to the garage, and finally you take the ticket with you and insert it into the slot next to the barrier before you leave the garage.
All the garages except for Svetice, Jelkovac and Rebro have electrical vehicle charging stations that you can use for free. In addition, multiday parking ticket prices for hybrids and electrical vehicles are 50% lower.
Another useful link if you want to find available spots in Zagreb is Parkopedia.