D8 road (Croatia)

The D8 state road is the Croatian section of the Adriatic Highway, running from the Slovenian border at Pasjak via Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Opuzen and Dubrovnik to the border with Montenegro at Karasovići.[maps 1][1] Most of the D8 state road remains single carriageway, though with some dual carriageway stretches. The total length of the road through Croatia is 643.1 kilometres (399.6 mi).[2]

D8 state road shield
D8 state road
Route information
Part of European route E61 European route E65 European route E80
Length643.1 km (399.6 mi)
Major junctions
FromSlovenian G7 road shield Slovenian G7 road at Pasjak border crossing
  A7 in Rupa and Jurdani interchanges
A8 in Opatija junction
D40 near Bakar
D23 in Senj
A1 in Maslenica and Posedarje interchanges
D1 in Split
D413 and
D513 in Ploče
D9 in Opuzen
D223 near Dubrovnik
To M-1 Montenegrin M-1 road at Karasovići border crossing
CountiesPrimorje-Gorski Kotar, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva
Major citiesRijeka, Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Makarska, Ploče, Dubrovnik
Highway system
State roads in Croatia
D8 state road in Bakarac running along the coastline
D8 state road near Dramalj
Šibenik Bridge carrying D8 state road
D8 state road between Makarska and Omiš
The intersection of state roads D8 and D9
Klek border crossing

Until recently, the road was the primary route connecting the Adriatic coastal parts of Croatia. Since the 2000s, multilane motorways have taken over most of its traffic, and yet more motorways are still being built along the coast. The motorways parallel to the road are the A7 (Rupa border crossing – RijekaSveti Kuzam), A6 (RijekaBosiljevo) and A1 (Zagreb – Bosiljevo – ZadarSplitPloče), sections of the proposed Adriatic–Ionian motorway.[3] Since the D8 closely follows the well-indented Croatian coastline, travel is considerably longer and less safe compared to the motorways because of numerous blind curves and at-grade intersections. The D8 is still popular as an alternative to the tolled motorways, so the road carries fairly constant traffic during most of the year. The traffic intensifies in the summer, because of substantial traffic to tourist destinations.

The section from Rijeka to Senj experiences heavy traffic in particular because many motorists are unwilling to take the longer route along A6 and A1. This problem used to be exacerbated before 2009 when A6 still had slow semi-highway parts on the Rijeka–Bosiljevo route. This section will remain congested at peak times until eventual completion of the A7 motorway between Rupa and Žuta Lokva.

Since the parallel A1 motorway ends near Ploče, southbound A1 traffic generally switches to the D8 state road. 30 km (20 mi) after Ploče, the D8 road terminates at the Klek border crossing to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the Adriatic Highway route runs across a tiny strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina territory around the town of Neum. As the route reenters Croatia at Zaton Doli border crossing the D8 state road resumes, running to Dubrovnik along the coastline. East of Dubrovnik the road passes by Dubrovnik Airport and reaches the border with Montenegro at the Karasovići border crossing.[1]

There are official plans to build an expressway bypassing Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina entirely via a series of tunnels and bridges, Pelješac Bridge being the most notable. The route would diverge from the current D8 route south of Ploče, cross the bridge to the Pelješac peninsula, form a junction to the D414 state road and rejoin the present D8 route near Doli. The expressway is to be tolled. So far no official road number has been assigned to the planned route, although construction of the Pelješac Bridge was started. It is also possible that the D8 designation will be transferred from the bypassed D8 section to the expressway.[4]

The D8 is the longest state road in Croatia at 643.1 km (399.6 mi).

The road, as well as all other state roads in Croatia, is managed and maintained by Hrvatske ceste, a state-owned company.[5]

Traffic volumeEdit

Traffic is regularly counted and reported by Hrvatske Ceste.[6] Significant variations between annual (AADT) and summer (ASDT) traffic volumes are attributed to the fact that the road carries substantial tourist traffic.

Traffic volume on the D8 state road varies greatly, as the road runs through areas of more or less developed tourist industry. Furthermore, the road runs through or near a number of major Croatian cities, such as Rijeka, Zadar and Split, which add to the traffic volume significantly. Thus the most congested section of the D8 state road is in the city of Split, between Solin and Stobreč, where the greatest AADT figures are regularly recorded, far exceeding comparable figures of the busiest motorway sections in Croatia. Conversely, the lowest traffic volume on the D8 road is observed near Karlobag due to comparatively less developed tourism and the absence of major cities in the area. The AADT recorded on the D8 road observed in Split (Solin and Stobreč) is nearly 50 times greater than in Karlobag.

Note: All the traffic counting sites are located along the D8 road.

Major intersectionsEdit

Listed settlements contain additional intersections with local and/or non-categorized roads.
The intersections are at-grade except where otherwise noted.

County km Location Junction Notes[2][7]
Primorje-Gorski Kotar 0 Pasjak border crossing   G7
  E 61
Pasjak border crossing to Slovenia.[1]
Northern terminus of the road and of the European route E61; Northbound D8 traffic defaults to Slovenian G7 road
3 Pasjak
5 Šapjane
6   Ž5017 Connection to Rupa, Škalnica and Saršoni
6 Rupa interchange   A7
  E 61
Connection to A7 motorway Rupa interchange and to Rupa border crossing to Slovenia; The D8 and the E61 north of the interchange are concurrent; A parclo interchange
15 Permani   Ž5012 To Vodice and Jelovice border crossing to Slovenia
  Ž5016 To Breza
16 Mučići
16–18 Jurdani   A7
  E 61
Connection (via a short connector) to the A7 motorway (E61) in Jurdani interchange (executed as a trumpet interchange)
19 Jušići   Ž5019 To Spinčići and Kastav
20–23 Matulji   A8
  E 751
Connection to the A8 motorway (E751) in Opatija junction (executed as an at-grade intersection)
  D66 To Opatija and Lovran
  Ž5051 To Opatija
23–37 Rijeka   D304 To Kastav and the A7 motorway Diračje interchange (E61)
  D403 To the Port of Rijeka (west) and the A7 motorway in Škurinje interchange (E61)
  D3 To Karlovac and the A6 motorway in Čavle interchange (E65)
  D404 To the Port of Rijeka (Brajdica Terminal) and the A7 motorway in Draga interchange (E65)
  Ž5054 To the Orehovica interchange. The interchange allows A6 and A7 traffic to exit to the Ž5054, but it does not permit access to the interchange from the county road.
  Ž5057 Connecting areas within the city of Rijeka itself only
38–40 Kostrena
44   D40
  E 65
To the A7 motorway Sveti Kuzam interchange (E65), the A6 motorway Čavle interchange (E65) and Kukuljanovo industrial zone and Bakar; The northern terminus of the D8/E65 concurrency
47   Ž5060 To Bakar and Meja
51 Bakarac
53–54 Kraljevica
55   Ž5065 To Kraljevica
55   D102
To Krk and Cres (via the D102 and the A6 motorway Oštrovica interchange (E65) (via the D523); A diamond interchange
59   D501 To the A6 motorway Oštrovica interchange (E65)
60   Ž5088 To Jadranovo (the Ž5088 loops between the D8 and Jadranovo and they form two intersections)
61   Ž5088 To Jadranovo
65   Ž5090 To Dramalj
66–69 Crikvenica   Ž5091 The Ž5091 connects parts of Crikvenica only
70–72 Selce   Ž5092 The Ž5092 connects parts of Selce only
72   Ž5062 To Jargovo, Bribir, Lukovo and Fužine
76–79 Novi Vinodolski   Ž5064 To Bribir, Drvenik and Križišće
  Ž5094 To Bater and Breze
81 Povile
85 Klenovica   Ž5109 The Ž5109 connects to further parts of Klenovica only
86   Ž5110 To Krivi Put and Prokike
93 Sibinj
Lika-Senj 98–101 Senj   D23
  E 65
To the A1 motorway in Žuta Lokva interchange and to Josipdol; The D8 and the E65 are concurrent north of the intersection, where the E65 switches between the D8 (north of Senj) and the D23
106 Kalic
109 Sveti Juraj   Ž5126 To Krasno Polje, Velika Plana, Smiljan and Gospić
136   D405 To Jablanac and ferry connection to Mišnjak, Rab (D105)
149   D406 To Prizna and ferry connection to Žigljen, Pag (D106)
156 Cesarica
158 Ribarica
162 Karlobag   D25 To Gospić
181 Lukovo Šugarje
191 Barić Draga
Zadar 198 Tribanj Krušćica
200 Tribanj Šibuljina
209–211 Starigrad   Ž6008 To Paklenica National Park
214 Seline
220 Modric
222 Rovanjska
224 Maslenica interchange   A1
  E 65
Connection to the A1 motorway Maslenica interchange (E65) via a short connector; The Maslenica interchange is executed as a trumpet
225   D54 To Maslenica and Zaton Obrovački
226 Maslenica Bridge
231 Posedarje
232   D106 To Pag and the A1 motorway Posedarje interchange (E65)
235   Ž6258 To Islam Latinski
236 Zadar 1 interchange   A1
  E 65
To the A1 motorway Zadar 1 interchange (E65), reached via a short connector; The interchange is executed as a trumpet
240 Poličnik
246 Murvica
250   Ž6018 To Crno and Babindub
251–256 Zadar   D306 To Nin and Vir
  D407 To Zadar ferry port – ferry access to Preko, Ugljan Island (D110), Brbinj and Sali, Dugi otok (D109), Mali Lošinj (D100) as well as to , Rava, Molat, Sestrunj, Zverinac, Ist, Silba, Olib and Premuda[8]
  D424 To Port of Zadar, Gaženica, Zadar Airport and the A1 motorway Zadar 2 interchange
  Ž6262 To the Babindub interchange of the D424 expressway (via Benkovačka Street)
  Ž6037 Connection to the Ž6036 road
  Ž6038 The Ž6038 connects to areas of the city of Zadar only
257–259 Bibinje
262 Sukošan   Ž6040 To the Tromilja interchange of the D424 expressway
269 Sveti Petar na moru   Ž6045 To Donje Raštane
274 Turanj
275 Sveti Filip i Jakov   Ž6046 To Sikovo
278 Biograd na moru   D503 To Biograd ferry port, Benkovac and the A1 motorway Benkovac interchange (E65); Hybrid parclo interchange
281   Ž6063 To Crvena Luka ferry port
284–285 Pakoštane
288 Drage
Šibenik-Knin 300–302 Pirovac   Ž6068 To Kašić Banjevački and Stankovci
304   D59
To Knin (via the D59) and to Tisno and Murter (via the D121)
307   Ž6086 To Tribunj
312–313 Vodice   Ž6087 To Srima; The Ž6087 loops from Vodice to Srima and back to the D8
316   Ž6087 To Srima
  L65036 To Jadrija; Trumpet interchange
318   D27 To Benkovac
  Ž6088 To Zaton
Šibenik Bridge
321–329 Šibenik   D33 To Šibenik ferry port, Drniš and Knin; Parclo interchange
  D533 To the A1 motorway Šibenik interchange (E65); Trumpet interchange
  D58 To Port of Šibenik and Boraja; Parclo interchange
329   Ž6107 To Solaris resort; Modified trumpet interchange
330–333 Brodarica
335 Žaborić   Ž6108 To Jadrtovac
340 Grabeštica   Ž6127 To Sapina Doca
351–352 Primošten
358   Ž6126 To Rogoznica
363   Ž6128 To Dvornica
366 Svinca
Split-Dalmatia 370–372 Marina   Ž6130 To Gustirna, Mitlo and Blizna Donja
  Ž6135 To Vinišće
374 Poljica   Ž6131 To Vrsine
378–382 Seget   D58 To Boraja; Diamond interchange, accessible to northbound D8 traffic and traffic joining southbound D8 only
  Ž6132 To Sorići and Seget Donji
  Ž6133 To Trogir
382–385 Trogir   Ž6133 To the D315 road
  Ž6134 To the D126 road
387   D409
To Trogir and Split Airport (via the D315) and to Plano via the Ž6091
391 Kaštela
403   Ž6137 To Kaštela; Partial diamond interchange, accessible to northbound D8 traffic and traffic joining southbound D8 only
404   Ž6139
To Split (via the Ž6139 and Solinska Street) and to Solin and Klis (via the Ž6253)
405–410 Split   D1
  E 71
To A1 motorway Dugopolje interchange (E65); A roundabout interchange with the D8 as the primary road
  D410 To Split to the Port of SplitJadrolinija ferry access to Supetar, Bol and Milna on Brač Island, Stari Grad and Jelsa on Hvar Island, Rogač on Šolta Island, as well as to Vis and Lastovo islands.[8][9] A partial diamond interchange
  Ž6140 The Ž6140 connects the D8 to parts of the city of Split only
  Ž6143 To Kamen
411 Stobreč   Ž6142 To Žrnovnica and Tugare
  Ž6144 To TTTS business zone
414 Podstrana   Ž6162 The Ž6162 connects the D8 to parts of Podstrana only
422 Jesenice
423 Dugi Rat
426 Duće
427–430 Omiš   D70 To A1 motorway Blato na Cetini interchange and Gata (E65)
  Ž6166 To Kučiće, Slime and the D39 state road
433 Stanići
434 Čelina
437   Ž6168 To Lokva
443 Marušići   Ž6167 To Mimice and Lokva
448   D39 To A1 motorway Šestanovac interchange (E65) and Aržano
452   Ž6195 To Brela
454–456 Baška Voda   D532 To A1 motorway Zagvozd interchange (E65)
463–467 Makarska   D411 To Makarska ferry port
  D512 To A1 motorway Ravča interchange (E65)
  Ž6196 To Veliko Brdo
  Ž6197 To connecting the D8 and the D411 via an alternate route running through Makarska
470 Tučepi
473 Podgora   Ž6198 To the D512 state road
484 Živogošće
493 Drvenik   D412 To Drvenik ferry port
497 Zaostrog
501 Podaca
503 Brist
505 Gradac
Dubrovnik-Neretva 516–519 Ploče   D413 To Port of Ploče
  E 65
To A1 motorway Ploče interchange and onwards to Bosnia and Herzegovina via the D62 and Mali Prolog border crossing or via the A10 and Metković border crossing; The D8 and the D65 are concurrent south of the intersection
  Ž6126 To the D413 state road
520 Čeveljuša interchange   D425 Expressway to the D513 state road; As of September 2011, the route is incomplete and planned to connect Ploče to the A1 motorway Ploče interchange; Connection to the D513 is provisional; A trumpet interchange
522   Ž6217 To Rogotin and Komin
523 Neretva Bridge
543 Duboka Area adjacent to Duboka (to the west) is site of the north abutment of the Pelješac Bridge
546 Klek
548 Klek border crossing The road extends south of the border crossing
9.3-kilometre (5.8 mi) section of Adriatic Highway through Neum corridor in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dubrovnik-Neretva 549 Zaton Doli border crossing
554   Ž6227 To Sveti Nikola
560   D414 To Ston and Orebić ferry port
564 Doli
575–576 Slano
590 Trsteno   Ž6228 To Slano and Rudine
593 Orašac
596–600 Zaton
602–603 Lozica   Ž6254 To Mokošica, Komolac, and Sustjepan (D420)
604 Franjo Tuđman Bridge
604–608 Dubrovnik   D420
  E 80
To Gruž (Port of Dubrovnik) and Sustjepan; The D8 and the European route E80 are concurrent south of the intersection
612   D223 To Gornji Brgat and Gornji Brgat border crossing to Bosnia and Herzegovina
613 Čibača
615 Kupari
616 Župa Dubrovačka   Ž6243 To Petrača, Grbavac and Brgat
617 Mlini
618 Zavrelje
619 Soline
620 Plat
623 Zvekovica   Ž6238 To Cavtat
  Ž6239 To Drvenik
  Ž6266 To Vučje Ždrijelo
627 Dubrovnik Airport Dubrovnik Airport is directly accessed by the D8
629 Čilipi
636   Ž6240 To Radovčići
637–638 Gruda   Ž6241 To Dubravka
640 Karasovići   D516 To Vitaljina and Konfin border crossing to Montenegro
643 Karasovići border crossing   M-1
  E 65
  E 80
Border crossing to Montenegro; The southern terminus of the route, extending as Montenegrin route M-1 and the southern terminus of the D8 and European routes E65 and E80
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Overview map of the D8 (Map). OpenStreetMap. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2014.


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  2. ^ a b Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure (Croatia) (May 10, 2013). "Odluka o razvrstavanju javnih cesta" [Decision on categorization of public roads]. Narodne novine (in Croatian) (066/2013).
  3. ^ Radimir Čačić (November 2006). "Adriatic-Ionian Transport Corridor on the territory of the Republic of Croatia" (PDF). Regional Economic Forum Southeast Europe. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "Pelješki most ide dalje". Slobodna dalmacija (in Croatian). May 11, 2009.
  5. ^ "Public Roads Act". Narodne novine (in Croatian). December 14, 2004.
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  7. ^ "Regulation on motorway markings, chainage, interchange/exit/rest area numbers and names". Narodne novine (in Croatian). May 6, 2003.
  8. ^ a b "Jadolinija ferry service". May 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "LNP ferry service schedule". May 11, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-26.