One thing really put me off leaving the airport on my seven-hour stop-over in Zagreb, and that was the taxi price, which my guidebook put at about EUR 30 (can this be right?), a large amount since I wasn't even sure what I'd be able to see in the time I had.
Well. Tourist information at the airport (brilliant, very knowledgeable) and Croatia Airlines (nice airline too) to the rescue.
For 30 kuna or 5 euros per person, you can get a one-way ticket on a service organised by Croatia Airlines into the city centre. Returns are 40 kuna.
The buses go every half an hour starting at 07:00 with the last service at 20:00, and are bang on time. Trips to the airport start at 5:00 (or 4:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays) and again the last bus of the day goes at 20:00. The trip itself takes around half an hour, while the coaches used are very comfortable and clean.
Arrival in Zagreb is at the central bus station, and made even easier by the fact that the stop is dedicated to the airport shuttle, making it very simple to find. When arriving in Zagreb from the airport, turn left when leaving the bus station and keep walking; soon you'll see the buildings and church spires that signal the city centre proper.
I can't recommend this service enough; the price, efficiency and ease of use were all excellent and made a whistle-stop visit to Zagreb smooth and enjoyable.
Besides tram, bus network is the second best public transportation inside the town and, in particularly, to its outskirts and surrounding settlements.
This is the bus station next to the Cathedral. From here you can get very easily, in about ten minutes, to the Mirogoj Cemetery, which is a must see when visiting Zagreb. Though, you can't buy a bus ticket at the kiosk, which stands right where bus top is, and it is absurde. Even more absurde is that you can't buy the ticket inside the bus either, however, you could be lucky as I was when have take my Italian friends to visit the cemetery. The bus-driver offered us ride for free, in both directions.
I went to Zagreb for the U2 concert, and every car was sold out. I had met a US couple in Frankfurt, and she was Croatian. They hooked me up with her brother's car rental. He just rents out a few cars they have, and if need be, his mom's car, which is what we got. Darko is his name, he speaks perfect english, after living in St. Louis for 12 years. We drove a newer Ford Escort Wagon for $40 a day. He delivered it to us, and we met him at the airport for dropoff. Was GREAT!
Driving in all of Croatia was wonderful. No problems at all. It's no different than anywhere else really...
BY CAR - Driving in Zagreb can be nerve-racking. Most streets are marked (if they are marked) by small ornamental signs on plaques affixed to building walls at intersections so you can't anticipate turns and often you can't see the sign until you're past the intersection. Many buildings in Zagreb do not display street numbers at all, or if they do, they can't be read unless you are on top of them. To complicate matters, there is a tangled network of one-way and pedestrian streets. Add to that perpetual street construction and a parking dearth, and you have a driving nightmare inside the city limits.
BY BUS -- Croatia Airlines runs frequent shuttle buses between the airport and Zagreb's main bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor) for 25kn ($4.50). The bus station is a bright, efficient hub with restaurants, shops, a post office, and local connections to the city center. A 24-hour garderoba (luggage storage area) charges 1.20kn (20¢) per hour or $4 per day. ATMs are located near the ticket office as well as an exchange that is open from 6am to 10pm daily. Frequent bus connections link Zagreb and all of Croatia's main cities, which in turn hook up with local lines that run to virtually every village in the country. There are also international connections from Zagreb to an increasing number of European nations.
The Zagreb tram network is well developed...it has recently got some new trams...
The tickets can be bought on the board directly (however...in new trams this is not the case, but this is written on the entrance door) and in every newspaper TISAK kiosk. You can also buy your ticket via SMS when you're on board.
There are daily tickets (they cost 25kn)....and one way tickets...however all the tickets are cheaper if bought outside the tram...on the newspaper kiosks.
For or possible changes in routes and ticket prices, you can check the web
You'll find it right outside the airport builiding...can't miss it...it's white...with writing of Croatiaiairlines...it doesn't cost much and it will bring you directly to bus station in Zagreb.
One way ticket costs 30kn. It can be bought aboard.
there is a bus outside zagreb main and only airport that will take you to the main bus station in Zagreb, it costs 30kn and was still in service at midnight. i am not sure how late this service continues
It's easy to get to the Mirogoj cemetery by bus. You need to walk to Kaptol square where you will find the bus no. 106. Lots of people will get off at the cemetery, so you can hardly miss it. On photo no. 1 you see what the bus stop sign looks like. On the second photo you find the timetable.
There are several local bus terminals where the buses leave that stray off the beaten path. Zagreb has a good public transport system which is realiable.
Besides the local buses there are intercity buses to other cities and towns in Croatia. These leave from the "Autobusni Kolodvor". You find a tram stop by that name on tram lines 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
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