Train connections inside Croatia are not so frequent.
There is a direct train to Munich.
Also Budapest and Vienna have one connection.
Slovenia and Serbia have also a few connections.
But busses are much better.
There are more islands dotted along the Croatian Adriatic coast than there are Greek Islands and one of the best modes of transport is ferry.
For a great site listing all ferries to and from Croatia along with availability and costs look at……
WARNING in Croatia some ferry stops are unbelievably quick. We were approaching Hvar and the ferry stopped for less time than Michael Schumacher would have and we had to do a round trip to Velaloka and back (4hrs) along with ten other tourists that were surprised by the quick stop. So get ready to disembark before you get to the port like the locals do.
There are eight international airports in Croatia. Their websites have useful info, like flight schedules, lists of air companies (including charters), car rental companies and buses to town centers.
ZAGREB (ZAG) www.zagreb-airport.hr
Although the airport building will evoke the feel of the communist 1950s, this is Croatia Airlines' main hub and still the main gateway to Croatia.
DUBROVNIK (DBV), www.airport-dubrovnik.hr
Modern airport building was re-built after the old one was totally destroyed in the war and is now one of the most modern airports in Croatia.
SPLIT (SPU) www.split-airport.hr
In continuous reconstruction during the last several years, set in a beautiful environment of olive trees, closer to Trogir than to Split.
ZADAR (ZAD) www.zadar-airport.hr
Also totally destroyed in war, and now reconstructed it is unique since their runway crosses the state road which is closed every time a plane lands or takes off.
PULA (PUY) www.airport-pula.com
Main airport in Istria, with several flights to Zagreb and mainly international connections.
RIJEKA (RJK) http://www.rijeka-airport.hr/
After the new highway connected Rijeka to Zagreb this airport lost its significance, but in the future it might become a base for low cost airlines.
BRAC / BOL (BWK) www.airport-brac.hr
Brac is the only real island with an international airport, small in size but a great way to avoid the crowds of Split ferry port.
OSIJEK (OSI) www.osijek-airport.hr
The third airport that was totally destroyed and now totally reconstructed. Interesting mainly to Slavonians wanting to reach the coast quickly.
Bus links from airports to town centres can also be found on CTA website:
If you're traveling around the Croatian coast, there is a very high chance you'll end up on one of these ferries. They are a very popular way of getting both cars and people from place to place around the many islands dotting the coastline.
The ferry schedule is a bit tricky to understand, and you really have to plan ahead if your time is limited and you want to be sure of getting from point A to point B. For instance, the boats don't always run every day, the summer schedule is different from the rest of the year's, and many ferry ticket offices are only open a few hours each day. This is one of the few aspects of travel in
Croatia that you can't just leave until the last minute!
Ferry travel is complicated further if you have a car. Not all ferries take cars, cars can't get off at intermediate stops on ferry routes, and cars require reservations to ensure that they get a spot. Be careful to check in advance that you'll be able to do what you've planned to do.
We rented a car from National Rent-A-Car in Dubrovnik and returned it in Zagreb. It was very easy to arrange this one-way rental via the Internet, and the price was quite reasonable for Europe. There was a nice discount offered for Internet bookings.
Picking up the car in Dubrovnik turned out to be a little tricky. We arrived at the office around 11 AM, only to find that the car we'd reserved was still out with the previous renter. It took a couple of hours to get it picked up from the airport and delivered back to the city office in Dubrovnik. During this time, we drank a lot more coffee and wandered around the marina neighborhood, which wasn't too much of a hardship. When the car finally turned up, it took another half-hour for the office staff to figure out the paperwork. It didn't seem like they'd been on the job too long. I hope that this situation improves soon!
Dropping off the car at Zagreb airport was very easy--basically, we just left the car at the curb and ran inside to get the National agent. We gave him the keys and that was it!
From mid June until end of August, try to avoid driving through Croatia from Friday late afternoon until Saturday evening.
Roads are very crowded, despite new road sections being built and some already opened for traffic, it is still very stressful and time consuming. However, you shouldn't worry about catching local ferry lines, because during such high traffic peaks, they operate regardless of the Time Table, until all passengers get transferred.
The youngest Croatian airline Air Adriatic offers cheap flights from north Adriatic port of Rijeka to the very south of Croatia, Dubrovnik, as well as to London. It operates every Monday from June to October and follows the following timetable:
Departures from Rijeka for: Dubrovnik at 17:00, London at 11:30.
Departures for Rijeka from: Dubrovnik at 09:30, London at 13:30.
Airfare Rijeka-Dubrovnik is 390,00 HRK one way/ 780,00 HRK return.
Airfare Rijeka-London return starts from 999,00 HRK.
Ticket purchase and information:
ATLAS Tourist Agency, info phone (+385) (800) 44 22 22
ATLAS Opatija, (+385) (51) 27 11 55
JADROAGENT Rijeka, (+385) (51) 21 12 76
RiAk-TOURS, Rijeka (+385) (51) 21 45 61
NAVIGATOR, Rijeka (+385) (51) 33 83 83
KRK AIRPORT, Rijeka (+385) (51) 84 20 40
Croatia Airline is the national airline of Croatia.
Direct flights including Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Munich etc.
In Summer, there are direct flights from London to Rijeka, Pula, Split & Dubrovnik.
Check the schedules & time tables from the link below.
The address :
10000 Zagreb, Croatia.
JADROLINIJA Local Lines Timetable here:
SEM MARINA KATAMARAN LINES
Passengers only, no vehicles.
Connections between islands, and other destinations that are not covered by Jadrolinija.
Very useful info about ferry lines to and in Croatia here:
There are ferry routes from Italy to Croatia. In case you're staying in Rome and want to visit Croatia or heading to Rome from your vacation in Croatia you have two possibilities.
You can go either from Ancona to Zadar or from Bari to Dubrovnik and viceversa. Afterwards you can take train from Rome to get to these ports or take the train from these port to Rome.
Here's the link for Bari-Dubrovnik
and for ANcona-Zadar
You can see more details and prices on Jadrolinija page (Croatian ferry company)
If you are trying to get into Split from the U.S. to board a cruise ship, you will have difficulty finding convenient timings of connecting flights. The airfare cost will be extremely expensive during the summer as well. My airfare cost more than my 10 day cruise! To beat, it I suggest flying easy jet to connect into Split. I was very pleased with Easy Jet, it was the only way to go at the time!
If you are looking into cruising & visiting the islands of Croatia, do your research on the cruise vessels. Many ships are old, they have limited bathrooms & showers and they don't have A/C. During the summer it gets crazy hot! Some ships you have to take a number to get a shower, don't do it!
I travelled with Contiki (the ship was called EOS), it was good value, the ship was new. Each room had their own bathroom & shower. There was a fan/AC it didn't always work, but it was better than nothing. It was the best out of the bunch.
Ferries do run before May, just on a less frequent schedule. But that would probably take too much of your time so I'll share a few more mainland suggestions.
I wouldn't bother renting a car from Dubrovnik, buses are frequent and reliable, quite cheap so you can get off the bus at any place that grabs your attention, and catch another bus in a couple of hours.
An interesting destination about half way between Dubrovnik and Split (5-6 hours ride total!)is Neretva river delta - http://www.neretva.info/
We went on a "safari" by boats through orchards, a very special unforgettable experience! Local speciality are eel and frog legs,
if you like oysters ask for those from Ston or jump off the bus near Ston. If you don't like oysters, try those from Ston - small, milky and gentle in taste, not the rubbery choking type :o)
From Split - visiting Trogir by local bus is a stress-free option. You might be able to find online some agency with a car rental service from Trogir, so maybe you can pick up your vehicle there to continue towards Zagreb.
For visiting Krka waterfalls and Plitvice (if deciding between these two my vote goes to Plitvice), you need to rent a car, and driving from Plitvice on the old road towards Karlovac, instead of taking the highway, will take you through a lovely small town of Rastoke, only about 30 km away in the direction towards Zagreb. If planning an overnight in the area of Plitvice, I'd choose this place and not Plitvice - romantic, peaceful, less touristy, reasonable prices etc.
In Zagreb, I'd get rid of the car asap, trams are ok and fun to ride, and use airport shuttle to go to the airport.
have a great time in Croatia!
The new highway from Dubrovnik along the coast to Split in Croatia is a picturesque road. It starts with the new bridge (of Franjo Tuðman) out of Port of Gruž and Dubrovnik. It also pass nearby the border to Bosnia Herzegovina.
Easy and cheap don't work when trying to get to Dubrovnik or Croatia from Athens. No direct ferry or flight, which means going via Italy. In summer you could fly to Bari and get the ferry to Dalmatia or fly to Venice which is very close to Istria.
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