Brijuni National Park Transportation

  • The train that took us over the island.
    The train that took us over the island.
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  • Wildlife we spotted.
    Wildlife we spotted.
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  • Early morning wildlife.
    Early morning wildlife.
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    to get to Brijuni 'by yourself'

    by picek Updated May 9, 2011

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    To get to Brijuni (well, just to Veli Brijun, the biggest of the islands in Brijuni archipelago) and enjoy the island on your own you will need to catch the boat from a small fishing town Fazana, few kilometers North of Pula.

    Here's the Brijuni NP office where you will buy the tickets - on the main street, but also your hostel in Pula may help you if you ask - in high season this may be good thing to consider.

    So far the April wasn't the crowdest of months and we didn't reserve the tickets (both park ticket and ferry ticket are one) in advance; we went straight to the office and bought them for next day, but if you go to NPs web site they say you have to make reservation before you'd intend to go. Actually, we were staying in a camp near and hadn't have that issue, but if you come from a far and in high season, make sure you visit their web site and collect the information, plus reserve the visit as the boat is quite small - there's also information about departures and prices.

    Note that there are touts around Fazana (and Pula, Rovinj, etc) fishing for potential customers - that's for different kind of sightseeing, the panoramic one - without actually stopping on the ground of the Big island.

    Website: http://www.brijuni.hr/

    the boat in the port above heads
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    bike to feel the best of the island

    by picek Updated Jun 1, 2011

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    Well I think the best way to explore the island is by bike, because if you walk some things are little far, but it's doable if you have plenty of time (let's say 1 full day, depends how fast you walk, how much attentnion you invest into sights of your interest, what you want to see).

    Maybe the 'worst' of the transport options is tourist 'train' (tractor with trailer) for which most people opt; you're part of a large group and there aren't best conditions to take photos if you sit in a wrong side. For snaps it's just fine, as well as if you don't like to walk or cycle. I also noted they don't stop in some of the interesting places or it's just too fast leaving some really nice spots. They don't charge extra for it as you already paid a NP ticket (I was little disappointed that price for a visitor to NP we bought from an office of the park in Fazana has no 'discount' for those who wish to visit without being part of a guided tour, for all (foreign?) adults at that time (low season in April 2011) was 170 KN/person or almost 23 Euro).

    Bike, then!

    Unfortunatelly, not your own one - these are not allowed to transport on a passenger boat from Fazana. You can rent it from a sport office next to hotel Neptun - the one classy building that sees Brijuni port. It's 25 KN/person per hour.

    Last option would be a mini car to rent, that kind of car that would be used for golf grounds - if you know what I mean.

    Altogether there are 274 kilometers of roads and unpaved or paved paths - and among that only 24 kilometers are paved.

    within shadows bikes to cover distances
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    Rent a car

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    Ako se odluciš iznajmiti ovakav autic, onda uz isti ide i vozac. Ja to nisam probao jer sam, neznajuci obicaje, otokom projurio u turistickom vlakicu što se pokazalo kao pogreška.
    Za razliku od brijunskog expressa, koji pomahnitalo juri otokom kao da ga ganjaju gladni lavovi, koristeci ovaj autic ti sam odreðuješ ritam vožnje i mjesta na kojima ceš se zaustaviti. Po mojem sudu to je kud i kamo povoljnija opcija za razgledavanje.

    elektricni autic
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    Rent a bike

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    Definitivno, bike je najbolje sredstvo za obilazak otoka. Ako k tome iznajmiš tandem, posao ti je upola lakši. Ovo društvo Talijana, njih tri para na tandemu, mora da su uživali u obilazku.
    Na moju žalost, prepustio sam se raljama vodica umjesto da se raspitam što se nudi i kakve su opcije.
    Tebi koji ovo citaš, a imaš namjeru posjetiti Brijune, toplo preporucam da ne pociniš moju grešku. Iznajmi bike i uživaj na svoj racun.

    Bike tour
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    Travelling with (young) kids.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 18, 2014

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

    General:
    Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Car:
    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    Finally:
    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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    Guided tour by train.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 3, 2015

    The boat trip from Fazana to the Veli Brijuni island is about 3,5 kilometers long and takes approximately 30 minutes. Once at the island we took the Brijuni National Park Tour and this begins at the harbour in front of the Hotel Neptun. It is quite simple, you will be able to choose a guide in English, Italian, German or Croatian. And the language you select will take you to a particular tourist train which will drive you all over the island. Time to explore it!

    We had a beautiful day and the sights were visible and clear. We learned that the order may vary, but by train we saw a nice safari park which has the following animals: zebra, Somali sheep, zebu (the holy east Indian humped ox), dromedary, Lamas and an elephant. Right in the middle of the safari we had a short stop. After the stop we continued to the remains of the Roman villa rustica from the 1st century BC in the bay of Verige. We passed the personal villa of Tito, the Roman quarries, a 1600 years old olive tree, beautiful golf course and a part of the swamp. The train tour took about one hour and we finally ended up back at the start in front of Hotel Neptun.

    The train that took us over the island. Wildlife we spotted. Early morning wildlife. Roman ruins. Sitting in the train.
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    Guided tour by foot.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 3, 2015

    After the train tour we had about 30 minutes for a nice lunch. After the lunch we continued the guided tour by foot. Our first stop was the Tito Museum, where I thought the displays were fascinating. They had various personal items belonging to Tito and the whole place brimmed with photos of him meeting world leaders and movie stars. The world leaders brought exotic gifts – mainly animals from every continent. The animals were kept in the safari park and when they died, Tito had them stuffed and hung on the walls. They’re still there.

    After the Tito Museum we walked our way to the amazing little Church of St. Germain. It houses a permanent exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic writings from Istra. There is also a beautiful preserved mosaic floor. Finally the tour by foot lead us to the Mediterranean Garden of Brijuni. Right there we learned about autochthonous and allochthonous species cultivated in the garden and were informed about the valuable Brijuni vegetation, its distinctive features and its importance. So, our conclusion is that the excursion to the Brijuni Islands is definitely worth the visit.

    The very, very old olive tree. The botanical garden. St. Germain Church. Entrance of the Tito Museum. Our own Dutch queen at the Tito Museum.
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