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 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.
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
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 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
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 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.
Ferryboat. It will take you just some 30 min to reach Porozina, Cres from Brestova. If you are not by car the prise is reasonable low (11 kunas=1.5 EUR), if you are traveling by car or motorbike you'll have to pay 75+11 kunas
Boat running between Mali Losinj, Unije and Susak. It occasionaly stops at Velike Srakane, an island with just a few houses and 30 or so inhabitants. There are interesting stories wich are told by barba Ante, machinist on the boat, about the local people. Price 8 kunas, but be aware that boat goes from island to island and it takes you 2.30 hours to reach Susak.
the best way is ...just by taking a bus..
its kind a kosy..i mean..youve got an aircondition in it and it doesnt coast much.
When I go to Rijeka..er just take a fly to Munchen and then we take a bus to Rijeka course its cheap and the bus leaves at 19pm so you can just take a nap and when you wake up you’ll be in Rijeka.
theres a city bus who drives around the city but not further then perhaps 20km but if you want to go any further then you can just go to the bus station and take a but and it doesnt coast much.
We travelled from Trieste by bus. Can't remember exactly but the cost was around €7 each for a one way trip.
Be careful on a Saturday afternoon - there are no buses leaving Trieste between 13.30 and around 18.00.
Although some of the buses are getting a little old, they are frequent and reliable - more than can be said for those in and around Ayr, where I live.
Buy a ticket in advance or pay the driver - then stamp your ticket in the machine.
A local journey costs 7Kn (Croatian Kuna) and longer trips e.g. Lovran to the west is 14Kn and Krk (Omisalji) to the south costs 22Kn.
I made one big mistake on my first trip to Opatija that I'll never, never make again: I took the train from Trieste! This journey was a strange experience: I had to change trains at the small Slovenian village of Pivka which is famous for its wood industry but has only got one run-down pizzeria where they put tomato ketchup on the pizzas :-(! I had to wait about 4 hours for the connecting train, and after 6 hours of total journey from Trieste I arrived at the railway station of Matulji that you can see on the pic, located about 3 km above Opatija...
So take my advice: If you don't have your own car and arrive from Western Europe, use the great bus connections from Trieste to Opatija or Rijeka (several departures each day).
There is Rijeka airport on the island of Krk, but is largely unused. So, you can fo from Zagreb to Rijeka by train or by bus.
Bus terminal Zagreb – www. autokol-zg.tel.hr/autokol-zg
Croatian railways – www.tel.hr/hz
Rijeka is the starting point for many ferries crossing the Adriatic, including frequent service to Dubrovnik, which stops an many other places along the coast (Rab, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korcula).
Check out “Jadrolinija” at www.tel.hr/jadrolinija
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.