Zadar Taxi flatrate
"Taxi Denis" offers a Zadar flatrate for taxi rides inside Zadar. It covers 5 km of distance (including trips from the old town to the bus terminal), and by that covers 90% of all zadar city tansportation. Cost: 20 kuna. Call them on +385 (0) 23262400 or go to www.taxi-zadar.com.hr.
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Buses between Zadar and Nin
During our stay in Zadar in April 2014 we decided to catch a bus to the nearby town of Nin.
We travelled on Easter Sunday and the buses were relatively infrequent; roughly one every one to two hours.
The following details were correct as at that time:
Zadar to Nin
We walked from Zadar old town, around 20 minutes along the coast past Kolovare beach, and then inland for a further 5 or 10 minutes to reach the city's main bus station. Zadar's bus station is pretty sizeable and contains a number of cafes, exchange facilities and ATMs.
We purchased tickets from a cashier inside the main bus station building. She was unable to sell us return tickets, only one way tickets to Nin. She was however able to provide us with the times of the buses back from Nin; the buses at 4:50pm, 6:50pm and 7:50pm would suit us depending how much time we needed to explore Nin.
We paid 17 Kn (£1.70) each for our tickets.
We caught the 2:25pm bus which departed from bay number 28. This bus was stopping at Nin (and then Privlaka) on the way to its final destination of Vir, a small island, connected by bridge to the mainland.
The journey from Zadar to Nin took 20 minutes and so we arrived in Nin at 2:45pm.
There is no bus station in Nin. Instead we disembarked at a bus stop (decorated with a large picture of the beautiful town of Nin) at the roadside and followed the signs to the centre. The walk from the bus stop to the bridge which connects the old town of Nin with the mainland was only a couple hundred metres (a 2 minute walk).
Nin to Zadar
We decided to catch the 6:50pm bus back to Zadar.
Having been unable to purchase return tickets at Zadar station, we couldn't find anywhere to purchase them in Nin either.
We made our way back to the bus stop where we had first arrived in Nin and waited for a bus to arrive. We arrived in plenty of time (some time between 6:40pm and 6:45pm) and waited patiently. Nobody else was waiting for the bus. So far, all the transport that we had used in the Zadar region had been very punctual, so as 6:50pm came and went we started to wonder if we were standing in the wrong place. The bus eventually turned up just after 7:00pm.
We purchased tickets from the driver and again paid 17 Kn (£1.70) each.
The journey back to Zadar again took around 20 minutes. Rather than travel all the way back to the main bus station we were able to alight at a stop near the bridge which led us directly back across the water into Zadar old town.
Ferries from Zadar to Preko (Ugljan Island)
During our visit to Zadar in April 2014 we caught a ferry across to the small town of Preko on the nearby island of Ugljan. The ferries carry both passengers and motor vehicles.
These ferries are operated by "Jadrolinija" and make the crossing between Zadar and Preko in around 20 to 25 minutes. Some of the ferries also stop at the small island of Osljak en route.
At the time of our visit, the ferries were operating along an off-season timetable but there were still ferry crossings about once an hour throughout the day. The timetable was effective from the start of January until the end of May and then from the start of October until the end of December. Crossings will be more frequent between June and September.
The ferries depart Zadar from the eastern side of the old town peninsular, on Liburnska obala, and then travel around the end of the peninsular passing the Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ on the way to Preko.
Zadar to Preko (Ugljan Island)
We purchased return ferry tickets from the Jadrolinija ticket office (located across the road from where the ferries depart) the evening before we travelled. The ferry wasn't full, so we could have simply purchased the tickets immediately before we travelled. However, this may not be the case in the busier summer months.
The tickets cost 15 Kn (£1.50) per person each way and there is no reduction for buying a return ticket rather than buying single tickets for each leg of the journey.
At the time of our visit the first ferry left Zadar at 6:20am and there were further ferries at 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm and 11:00pm. There are reduced services on Sundays and Public Holidays.
We caught the ferry at 10:30am and arrived in Preko (with no stop at Osljak en route) at around 10:55am.
We sat on the outside deck which, although a little breezy, afforded us some great views during the short crossing. We could have sat indoors and had a drink and snacks at the on board cafe had we so wished.
The ferry port at Preko is around 500 metres from the beaches and town centre. Simply walk to the right along the seafront after disembarking the ferry.
Buses depart from outside the ferry terminal in accordance with the ferry timetable. One bus heads south to Kali, Kukljica and ultimately Tkon on the connected island of Pasman. Another bus heads north to the village of Ugljan.
Preko (Ugljan Island) to Zadar
As we had already purchased return tickets, we didn't need to purchase tickets in Preko. However, had we needed to do so, there is a Jadrolinija ticket office building near the point where you board the ferry.
At the time of our visit, the first ferry to Zadar departed at 5:45am and the last ferry to Zadar departed at 10:30pm. In between, there were ferries at 7:00am, 8:15am, 9:15am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:20pm, 6:40pm and 8:10pm.
We caught the 4:00pm ferry and arrived back in Zadar at around 4:20pm.
We sat inside in the cafe for the return journey. It wasn't very busy and we were able to purchase drinks without having to queue.
The Jadrolinija ferries are ideal for making the short trip from Zadar to the nearby island of Ugljan – just 20 minutes away!
Taxis to/from Zadar airport
During our visit to Zadar in April 2014 we used the local taxi firm, Taxi Lulic, when travelling between the airport and Zadar old town.
The airport is located around 12km from Zadar old town and the journey can be expected to take around 15 minutes.
Airport to Zadar old town
Prior to our trip I was in email contact with the owner of the apartment that we had rented for our stay. He very helpfully outlined the various options for travelling between the airport and Zadar old town (namely bus and taxi).
He explained that the airport bus would cost 25 Kn (ca. £2.50) each (as confirmed HERE ), while a taxi would likely cost somewhere between 120 Kn (£12) and 150 Kn (£15). He also warned that some taxi drivers would try to charge anything up to 450 Kn (£45) to unsuspecting tourists.
Once I had decided that we would travel by taxi, our host, Andrej, offered to book the taxi on our behalf. He arranged for a taxi from Taxi Lulic to meet us at the airport and sent us a confirmation voucher which stated that the fare would be 110 Kn (£11).
As we were travelling as a party of 4, it made sense to take a taxi as it was only marginally more expensive (110 Kn vs. 100 Kn) than the price of 4 bus tickets and was far more convenient.
Upon arrival at Zadar airport, at around 2:00pm on a Friday, we were met by a driver with a card bearing my name. He walked us through the car park to where his white Renault Megane was parked. He was very friendly and spoke English exceptionally well. He pointed out sights en route, made recommendations and happily answered our questions.
The journey to our apartment, located just behind Caffe Bar Riva near the Roman Forum in Zadar old town, took around 15 minutes at a steady pace.
Zadar old town to Airport
As we had been happy with the service received from Taxi Lulic on our arrival, we decided that we would use their services again for our journey back to the airport at the end of our stay.
We had a card with their telephone number on, and I had also thought about emailing our host, Andrej, to ask him to arrange the taxi for us. Then I realised that it was very easy to simply book a taxi using the company's website (http://www.lulic.hr/taxi/en/).
I simply input the date and time that we wanted picking up and selected a pick up point from the drop down menu (pretty much every apartment, hotel and hostel in the region is listed) and a destination (Zadar airport was in the drop down list). The fare (110 Kn again) was automatically calculated. I added a comment in the request box to ask that we could be picked up on the main road outside Caffe Bar Riva (just a few metres from our apartment) and received an email confirmation within 5 minutes. It couldn't have been much simpler!
The taxi arrived bang on time (at 8:00am on a Monday morning) and was driven by a familiar face – the same driver who had met us at the airport! We took a different route back to the airport (the driver explained that it was a safer route after some overnight rain), which involved travelling along a modern highway ("the only motorway that leads straight to the sea" according to our driver), but the journey time was still only 15 minutes and the fare was still only 110 Kn.
We are happy to recommend the services of Taxi Lulic when travelling to and from Zadar airport. Simply book your journey through their easy-to-use website and get a confirmed fare in advance of your journey. No need to worry about unscrupulous airport taxi drivers trying to rip off new arrivals!
Boat connections to the islands
Zadar is emphasized maritime city with a rich tradition of living by the sea and from the sea. Local residents and especially the islanders are very skilled and highly respected sailors. The city is situated on a protruding peninsula in front of which there are many islands that makes up the Zadar archipelago. Many residents of Zadar derived from the nearby islands with which they are associated by unbreakable bonds.
There are many lines that connect the city and the nearby islands. It is usually said that the people of Zadar over the weekends move to the islands.
Hidrofoil is very fast boat but exclusively for passenger service only. It run from Zadar to nearby islands but as far as I know not to all of them. Therefore I suggest to check the seasonal timetable in the passenger port of Zadar. Hidrofoil is suitable to those who aren't enjoying much in slow boat rides, but most of all if the desired destination is far from the town.
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Zadar to Nin
Holger, VTer HORSCHECK had recommended that we visited Nin, during our week in Zadar - 30 minutes away by public bus,
Nin is an historical town with lovely sandy beaches.
Well, we took his advice and set off on the Wednesday morning, and enjoyed it so much we returned the following day!
Buses for Nin leave from the main bus station, but we were advised to cross the bridge and walk up two blocks, where we could catch the bus on the right hand sided road.
There was a small crowd gathered already, including school children.
Well, at just gone 11.00 Three buses turned up at the same time! We just jumped on the nearest, and I just glimpsed a sign on the dash board saying Nin.
Pay the driver 17 Kuna single one way fare (September 2013)
It wasn't long before we'd left the town behind and were passing through wooded areas at either side of the road. Restaurants had grills outside cooking chickens and whole pigs!
We passed by an Adventure Park and Paint balling centre as well as the holiday resort town of Zaton.
On the left hand side in a field was a small church, which we were to discover was St Nicholas's Church, dating back to the 11th century.
The bus stops outside the town, which is a 5-10 minute walk away.
Allow plenty of time for getting back to the bus stop, as we found that the buses are usually on time or even 5-10 minutes early.
On the Thursday, the bus back to Zadar was a 1950's model, with 'plenty of ventilation' - the doors didn't quite shut, and the rubber seal on the roof vent was hanging off!
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Arriving at Zadar airport from East Midlands Airport, we saw that the LIBURNIJA ZADAR bus was already waiting for arrivals. There was a young woman on board, offering information, which was quite useful and reassuring.
Bus fare was 25 kunas (September 2013) - pay the driver, no need to buy a ticket in advance. The bus wasn't too crowded, and we had room for our small cases at our feet. There is storeage under the bus for larger cases etc.
It wasn't too long before we were heading towards Zadar about 20 minutes away, via fairly new roads and past industrial/ commercial areas.
There was a stop at Zadar's main bus station (Platform 8) where people were alighting to catch buses to other areas of Croatia or even further afield. From my seat I could see a couple of cafes, Exchange Bureau and sign for WC's
The train station is nearby.
We continued on to Zadar Old town, where the bus stopped outside the old walls at the Ferry Port, near the Sea Gate into the Old Town.
Before our return to the airport, we'd checked the time table (pic 3) located in the bus stop. The 12.40 bus got us to the airport in plenty of time for our 15.50 flight. The airport is quite small, with a Duty Free and cafe/bar, but.... there is an outside terrace to enjoy a relaxing drink and the last rays of sunshine.
I'm guessing that the buses are timed to co-incide with flights - They start at either 04.00 / 04.15 or 04.30 during the week, ending at 21.00 apart from 21.55 on Sundays. See website below for more details.
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Excursion boats organizing daily tours to the main attractions in Zadar surroundings, such as: National Parks Kornati or Paklenica, Nature Park Telascica and islands in the archipelago aoround the town. There are dozen islands in close vicinity of Zadar and all of them are inhabited and worth of visiting. Some tourists make a day trips to the islands, other who were captured by the beauty and tranguility staying there during their summer holidays:
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Jadrolinija is local Croatian company with large number of ferries and passenger boats, operating along the whole Adriatic coastline. This company has monopolistic position which is very bad, and dictating prices which are target of many complains by the clients, both local and from abroad.
Jadrolinija run ferries and passenger boats from Zadar to the surrounding islands which are simply gorgeous. It is highly recommendable and affordable to visit the nearby islands around Zadar, however, not all services run on daily basis and one should check the timetable.
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Getting there - By plane
The quickest way is by plane - we ourselves flew in from London, and there were also flights from Germany, Italy, as well as a number of internal destinations. The airport is small and efficient, all the procedures like passport control, luggage, car rental, etc. took us a maximum of 30 minutes (even though the flight was full).
From abroad, the destination is served mostly by no-frills carriers (Ryanair, mostly), so something to keep in mind if comfort and space are an absolute must. That said, we found the flight decent for a no-frills, and the plane/service/etc. reasonable. Above all, it was on time.
Given the cramped space for boarding, would definitelt recommend investing into a priority queue ticket (10GBP per person for a return flight for us)
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Short Boat Shortcut
There is a special service by two individuals that take you from the wall side to the harbor on the north side in order for you to cut off maybe 5-7 minutes walking to the bridge over the canal. It costs $2 each and takes maybe 5 minutes to get to the other side. It is a tradition for these guys to haul passengers in a small row boat.
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Buses Are the Easy Way to Go
It is said by the locals to take to bus to the old town rather than drive around for a long time looking for parking. That all depends, but they do seem to run every 20-30 minutes, and the cost is not outrageous. It costs $1.65 each for one way ticket, and about $3 for round trip if you buy when boarding. If you buy at the station, then the prices are down about 20%. Get the ticket time stamped to avoid a fine of a lot of money.
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Autostrada A1 is Expensive
Regardless of the thought of getting someplace faster by using the 4 lane highway, it costs 10 cents a mile. So go 100 miles, and you pay $10. That is steep. Besides that, it costs $6 to go through the 3 mile tunnel to get on the A1 highway. A rip off, I think, especially since they have been working on building a highway system for 20 years, and maybe 2/3 done.
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