Single tickets are sold by the Zagrebački Električni Tramvaj (ZET) for 6.50KN from kiosks, and 8KN from the driver. Stamp it in the orange box behind the driver. Tickets allow you to travel for up to 90 minutes.
The trams are a mix of old and new, but they are all packed to the gills at all times of the day. The overcrowding mixed with the Croatian sense of human decency can lead to some bizarre scenes. On one journey there seemed to be some kind of dance going on ahead of me as I stood staring out of the front of the tram. It was a dance of courtesy: nobody wanted to remain sitting while someone more deserving of a seat was left standing. A boy would give up his seat for a girl, who would then give up her seat to an old man, who would then give up his seat to an old woman. With so little room for exchanging seats, the whole process was laborious, but heart warming to see that there's still such an innate sense of respect for other people in the big cities of Europe.
The Lonely Planet guide suggests that a day ticket is not worth it, given the compact nature of the city center. I call bullsh*t on that one. It costs less than three tickets for a day pass, and if you have a hotel outside the city center, like pretty much everyone visiting Zagreb will have, then you'll be needing a day pass at least some time on your visit. My hotel was fairly central, on the edge of the city center, but it took me 10-15 minutes to walk to Ban Jesanica Trg. Following Lonely Planet's advice I didn't buy a ticket for the day I planned on criss-crossing the center a number of times, and ended up buying about 6 tickets, more than double the cost of a day pass.
The ZET system also includes buses and the funicular. Single tickets purchased in the city center will take you far out into the suburbs.
Zagrebacki tramvaj, coloquialy called ZET, is the cheapest way to explore the whole town of Zagreb. It will take from side to side of the town, suburbs included. Which ever number you take it will bring you back to the Jelacic Square.
The tickets are available in each newspapers&tobacco kiosks which can be found all over the city. The most convinient for the tourists and visitors are two kiosks lacated in the main square, both open 24 hours a day. For those who travelling by train, there are tobacco kiosks inside of the train station or outside where the tramvaj stop is.
You cannot buy the ticket in the tramvaj.
One of the things I love about travelling in Eastern Europe is the trams. I can just about remember trams when I was a child visiting my grandparents in Belfast, although they are now long gone (my grandparents and the trams unfortunately). I appreciate that there is a limited new tram system in one area of London now, but for me trams will more recently always be associated with Europe and something slightly exotic and foreign.
The tram system in Zagreb I found to be efficient and clean, if a little crowded at peak times.
As well as the old "rattlers" there are a fleet of new, sleek supertrams which really are the business.
Whilst there is a very decent bus service in Zagreb, I just like the trams.
I'm afraid, I can't tell you what the fares are, as I travelled on my Zagreb Card all the time (see seperate tip). This is probably the best bet for the short-term traveller as you'll avoid any possible complications of not getting the right ticket etc. and it isn't expensive.
The attached website shows a tram system map for the city, and the photos are just some of the many I took of these wonderful vehicles.
Good news for all those people using taxi and had bad experience in Zagreb. Taxi market is liberated and prices went down.
List of Taxi services:
Cammeo tel. 060 7100
Eko Taxi tel. 1414
Oryx Taxi tel. 1888 - not working any more
Radio Taxi Zagreb tel. 1777
F.e. from airport to center now you will pay ca. 100 kn
No way, am just kidding about it. This old boat is situated on the Jarun Lake where you can spend your free time when in Zagreb. There, on the lake, not far from the city centre, you can rent a boat, bycikle, rollerskates or just lie down on the beach watching extremely atracttive girls of Zagreb.
Zagreb has an extensive tram network consisting of 15 day and 4 night lines. It covers almost all interesting places of the city.
In summer 2004 single or day tickets bought from kiosks cost 6,5 Kune or 18 Kune. They were slightly more expensive when bought from the driver. All tickets have to be stamped when boarding a tram.
Zagreb is home to a very short funicular railway (uspinjaca) which was built in 1891. It connects the Lotrscak Tower in the Upper Town with the middle of Ilica Street in the Lower Town.
Ilica Street is Zagreb's longest street starting in the city centre with shops, cafes and restaurants and leading to the western suburbs of Zagreb.
Probably the best for quick exploring the city because, more or less, Zagreb is situated on the flat ground.
In spite of the fact that there are no marked bike paths in the city centre you can ride easily on the sidewalks. Don't ride too fast and watch out the foot passenger, especially the elder people.
Time for fresh updates, in the meantime most of the streets in the Donji Grad (downtown) has been marked with very visible bike-paths. There is wide network of bike-paths enabling bikers to reach very safely all the way to the Sava River and Jarun.
First of all you need to know that taxis are very expensive in Zagreb. So...avoid it I would say...
In case you need to take it from the airport try to at least ask how much should cost you and yes...they charge the bags too...
Everything higher then 200 kn is way too expensive!!!
My suggestion is to take the Croatiaairlines bus...comfortable and it takes you directly to the Zagreb bus station from where you can go either with bus, tram or taxi if you want.
Taxi is a very expensive mean of getting somewhere here in Zagreb, so try to avoid it, unless you are in need. Use tram or bus.
Prices (in kunas):
Driving 1km 7,00
Waiting 1hour 80,00
Baggage 1piece 5,00
Night ( 10pm - 5am), Sundays and holidays are charged +20%.
Maybe the best way to have transport in Zagreb is to take public transport. Bus and tram tickets are bought at news stands at price of 6.50 Croatian Kunas (~7,2 HKn = 1 Euro) or from the driver at price of 8.00 HKn and daily tickets at price of 18 HKn.
Taking a taxi in Zagreb is not good a solution and, but it is easy to find them. They are expensive. For a start, they will charge you 25 Croatian (~7,2 HKn = 1 Euro) and for every kilometer 7 HKn more. Also, you have to pay 5 HKn for each piece of suitcase.
We arrived from Ljubljana - just 2& 1/2 hours away. Station Glavni Kolodvor is pretty impressive, good left luggage service too. A small bar at the end of platform one is friendly, try your Croatian (dva piva molim) the guy behind the bar thinks it's hilarious - well mine was, but we got a beer anyway na zdravia!
Trams everywhere, but most things were easy to walk to.
Hmm, update Oct 2010 - that bar does not seem to be there anymore. Railway station is reasonably user friendly still though.
Zagreb Tram system is really very good and simple. From Tourist office ( right side of the Ban Jelacic Square ) you can get the tram map and city map on the same paper. In Zagreb its really really hard to loose your way. But Please attention ! After midnight when you go out from a bar and you wanted to use tram to yr hotel , you look your map and none of the tram numbers is similiar and the numbers does not match. the tram numbers was changed , (midnight tram numbers : 31-32-33 -34 ) Please check this numbers on the trams stop ( the map is hang there) which one is going to your direction. The numbers of trams before the midnight is from 1 to 17. One direction fare is 8 kn , Daily ticket : 25kn
By Tram or Bus - Zagreb's electric tram system is quick, efficient, and reliable, and it runs 24/7 with reduced runs in the wee hours. Tram routes cover central Zagreb and connect to buses that run to outlying areas and suburbs. Most lines go to the main train station, Trg Ban Jelacica, or both.
Tickets for both can be purchased at Tisak news kiosks for 7kn ($1.20) or on board for 9kn ($1.55). Tickets are good for 90 minutes each way and must be validated with a time stamp at the orange machines on board. There are no conductors checking tickets, but there are random control checks. If you are caught without a ticket or with an unvalidated ticket, the fine is 150kn ($26) on the spot, more if you don't have the money immediately.
There are maps of all tram and bus routes at stops and on most city maps, but if you aren't familiar with the city or the language, it can be difficult to figure out whether a given vehicle goes to your destination because only the final destination and a stop or two are listed on the tram or bus itself. Tip: Keep a map of the tram routes and one of Zagreb with you whenever using the system so you can locate the routes' end streets and determine if the tram is going in your direction. Almost none of the tram operators speak English.