There are plenty of rent-a-car offices in Rijeka and their prices vary a lot.
I rented a car this summer (2007) for 3 day with drop off at the Zagreb airport. I got offers from 120 to 200 € for the same group (B).
The cheapes that summer was National Car Rental.
They were very professional and everything was OK. No hidden costs.
The main bus pick place is right in the main square by Ploece Palace and Capuchin church in the main square. Buses can be seen in the middle of the square and the office is in the building next to Kesimirova
The highway ends just about 5 mile south of Rijeka and then the dilemma is to take A6 toward Zagreb and then connect back to A1 close to Senj, after an out of the way trek of 50 miles, or go down e65 and then take the winding 12 miles up the to A1 at Senj. Either way, it is a gruel, and neither are great choices. Someday, they think they will finish the auto highway system, but it looks like not in my 20 years of life left.
As you may imagine, parking is difficult, a mess, and hard to find a spot. If you get to the city by 9AM, you may find a place along the bayside, where the are a number of spots. WE found parking down a narrow street through the warehouse area to the north of Zabica square and the bus station is there. They have a string of parking places on the harbor, but there are vehicles waiting for the next open place. Just east of the canal are a couple of lots.
We paid 5 kuna, or $1 per hour, and others are similar charge.
We took this boat from Rijeka to Hvar and tried to book a room on Sunday afternoon (the boat was due to leave on Monday evening) but they told us we could only sleep on deck. However, we returned on Monday and managed to get a room because of cancellations. My advice is to not accept a seat on deck too soon if that isn't what you're looking for. The space you have on deck (actually about anywhere on the ship) isn't too bad, but it can be a bit noisy.
We took a jadrolinjaboat from Dubrovnik and up the coast to Rijeka. Stoped in Split for a while. A fantastic boatride. It's an overnightboat. It was lot's of partying at night. Arrived Rijeka pretty early in the morning.
The port of Rijeka is the largest and the most important port in Croatia. From here you may have all possible connections to coastal Adriatic towns and islands, as well as across the sea in direction of Italy and whole Mediterranean.
If you parked “illegally”, you might get towed away. If this happens, call (051) 37 73 40. The depot is on Brajdica, beyond Delta. Reach it by the street Ulice A. K. Miošića – it’s behind the Brodokomerc warehouse. Open Mon-Fri 07:00-22:00, Sat 07:00-16:00, closed Sun. Be prepared to pay at least 250kn to reclaim your baby.
Address : Franje Čandeka 36
Tel : (+385-51) 64 34 13
Address : Mihaćeva draga b.b.
Tel : (+385-51) 22 63 10
Coach travel is the cheapest and quickest option for those looking to explore the region on a shoestring. A large number of Croatian destinations are served, as well as a growing number of foreign destinations on all points of the compass. The bus station is on trg Žabica in the city centre. Although small, it’s a hive of activity with everything you need on the concourse including left luggage, toilets, exchange offices, fast food outlets, newsstands and mini-markets. There is a public phone on Platform 1 outside the ticket office, and a couple of ATMs near the big church on the square. Take a walk across to the church and you’ll also come across a couple of pleasant cafes.
Ticket / information office open 05:30-21:00 tel. 060 30 20 10
Address : Žabica 1
The railway station is just outside of the city centre, heading west along the coast road. Bus numbers 1, 1A, 2, 6, 7, 7A or 32 get you there from the centre. Trains connect Rijeka with Budapest (via Zagreb), Ljubljana and Ilirska Bistrica in Slovenia (via Opatija-Matulji) and Osijek in east Croatia. The new HŽ (Croatian Railways) website has good English and German pages featuring ticket prices and connections for domestic and international routes. Ticket office: In the central lobby, open 09:00-16:00 and 17:30-20:45. Call (051) 33 00 10 for info. Information: on Platform 1 (Ljubljana direction), open 07:00-19:00, breaks 10:30-11:00 and 15:00-15:30. Open Sundays and public holidays. The staff speak English, German and Italian. Tel (051) 21 33 33. Left luggage: the garderoba is open 09:00-20:45, with breaks from 11:45-12:15 and 17:00-17:30. Cost: 10kn per day.
Address : Krešimirova 5
Croatia was the first ever country to introduce payment by text message for parking! It's so simple. Look for the blue sign to see which zone you’re in. Send the registration number of your car as a text message (no spaces, no special characters) to the four digit number shown. Your payment is confirmed when you get a message back from them. Different zones have different max waiting times – check carefully to avoid a ticket. Costs are a few kuna per hour. You can also pay at the machines, which accept 5,2,1 kuna and 50 lipa coins. Make sure you display the ticket on your dashboard.
Ferry passenger terminal: “Luka” parking, Riva Boduli. Tel: (+385-98) 44 38 67 / (+385-91) 54 81 670. Pay on departure. Parking 3kn per hour up to four hours, 6kn per hour thereafter. Long stay parking at 80kn per day. The same firm runs car parks on Dolac (near Hotel Bonavia) and on the Delta.
Indoor parking "Zagrad", Nova Ciottina 1 Tel: (+385-51) 21 29 62 / (+385-98) 49 13 26. 24 hour guarded parking. Price per day: 75,00 Kuna.
APCOA multi-storey car park - Ciottina 1 6kn for the first hour, 3kn per hour thereafter.
HŽ Car Park - Žabica Square
Unlimited parking. Pay from your mobile on 8514. Prices: 3kn/h, or 15kn/day. Opposite the coach station.
Rijeka has a handful of reasonably priced minicab firms. There are taxi ranks outside the main train station, the coach station (also handy for the ferry) and on Matije Gupca, near the National Theatre. Prices vary, but they’re all reasonable: you pay a flat rate from as little as 25kn for a 5km journey. Prices for longer trips (over 15km) by agreement.
Auto-Taxi Rijeka: central hotline for all cab companies tel. (051) 33 28 93
Rijeka taxi: tel. (051) 30 13 01. They don’t charge a nighttime supplement.
Taxi: tel. (051) 33 51 38. 20% night time supplement. Auto Taxi: tel. (051) 33 54 17. 20% night time supplement.
If you need a taxi in Opatija, call (051) 71 13 60.
The orange city buses are run by Autotrolej. They connect all the points you need the city centre with Trsat and other suburbs, plus resorts on the Opatija Riviera and Kvarner coast (at Jelačić square), and places inland such as Kastav. Buy tickets in any news kiosk for 11kn (1st Zone): they’re valid for two trips on within the city – stamp your ticket on entry. Tickets bought inside the bus cost 8kn for one trip in first zone on any city route. For timetable information, call (051) 33 30 10, and for info about routes outside the city call (051) 21 20 84.
No night lines! Last bus goes from town at 23.30 (number 2 & 6). Others last buses finished around 23.15 h.
At morning starts about 4.30 - 5.00.
The small airport (zračna luka) near Omišalj on Krk island serves Rijeka with flights to Zagreb, London (both Croatia Airlines) and Hannover and Cologne (Hapag-Lloyd Express).
Getting there: Catch an Autotrolej bus from Rijeka’s city bus station on Jelačić Square, 18kn one way. Check with your airline for the timetable. You can also take a taxi, or if you go by car there’s free parking.
Office in Rijeka (2-E) Jelačićev trg 7, tel. 213 526, fax 321 555.
From Rijeka to HANNOVER ------- (15.06 – 25.10)
From Rijeka to KÖLN ---------------- (15.06 – 23.10)
From Rijeka to LONDON ----------- (15.06 – 26.10)
From Rijeka to ZAGREB ------------ (15.06 – 26.10)
Rijeka is a starting point (or end) of the Adriatic ferry line between Rijeka and Dubrovnik. The company that runs it is called Jadrolinija and the journey cost about 50 Euros one-way back in 2002. I even managed to arrange ticket pickup in Vienna. Overall, it was a great experience and I met some cool people on board.