Look at www.whichbudget.com for cheap flights from any city to Venice, take the train or bus to Trieste and then bus To Opatija, the train and bus stations are close to each other in Trieste.
Bus timetable www.autostazionetrieste.it
To wonder around Opatija (if you don't walk of course) you can use public transport. Bus no.32 rides between Rijeka and Lovran .
You can buy a ticket at the driver but you have to put it in the machine so that the date should be printed on it. If you don't do so and the control come you have to pay high penalty.
Getting to Opatija - there are no direct boat or ferry connections to Opatija, but it's only 13km west of Rijeka, the starting point for the Jadrolinija coastal route. Local buses connect Opatija to Rijeka and there are frequent intercity buses to Pula, Rovinj and Porec where there are ferries to Italy.
There are 2 trains daily from Ljubljana to Opatija. It's better to go to Rijeka and then take bus no.32 than at Opatija-Matulji. The bus connections between Rijeka and Opatija are better than Matulji - Opatija.
Ljubljana - Rijeka
6:20 - 8:50
14:55 - 17:28
12:58 - 15:25
20:45 - 23:22
The price for return ticket is about 20 Euro.
The bus station for bus no.32 to Opatija is just accross the road from the train station.
My holiday actually began in Austria, however, from the moment I had arrived there, it was rainy and cold (despite it being July)! On a whim I hopped onto a train to Croatia...
These shots are taken from the window of the moving train (I apologise for the poor focus). It gives you an idea how thoroughly depressing Austria was. I had no idea what Istria would be like, but it was away and that was good enough for me!
During the high season you've got regular coach connections from all over Croatia. Off season you'll be best off by reaching Rijeka first and then use local busses to Opatija.
Opatija is rather small and everything is easily reached on foot . Even if you're not much of a walker, you'll give your body a treat and walk as there's no transportation around the town.
There is indeed a romantic element to scenery in the rain.
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The train ride was comfortable despite the many stops. Although the weather outside was abysmal, the view from inside was quite beautiful.