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Transport Information

Flights

There are currently no direct flights between Hong Kong and Croatia. Travellers can get to Croatia via other major European cities.European flights usually arrive atZagreb Airport, Split AirportorDubrovnik Airport. In high seasons (May to September), flight schedules are more frequent andconnections with other European cities are more extensive. Travellers can check flightsconnecting the above 3 Croatian airports for planning their trips.
The above 3 airports provide shuttle bus services between the airports and the city centres. Buses schedules will meet flight arrivals and departures. Busfares (additional baggage fees are required) vary for different airports. For shuttle bus information of Zagreb, and Split airport, please visit the website Pleso Prijevoz.
Other international airports in Croatia are:
Pula Airport、Riejka Airport、Osijek Airport and Zadar Airport

Bus (International Lines)

Bus is the most used form of public transportation in Croatia which has an extensive network of bus lines.
International bus lines link Croatia beyond nearby countries likeSlovenia, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Austria and Italy. There are all year round connectionsfrom Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and even Sweden. During summer season, especially July and August, there are additional bus routes to the Adriatic coast, from almost any country in Europe.
Major Croatian bus hubs which provide international bus schedules online include:
- Zagreb Bus Terminal (Autobusni Kolodvor Zagreb);
- Split Bus Terminal (Autobusni Kolodvor Split)
- Pula+ Tourist Information
- Zadar Bus Terminal (Liburnija Zadar)
- Libertas Dubrovnik

Ferry and Sea Airplane

Reaching Croatia by sea is often via Italian ports, like Venice, Trieste, Ancona and Bari, on the other side of the Adriatic Sea. The ferry operators increase services of the regular lines and add summer routes to cope with the large number of tourists during summer season, especially in July and August.

Companies providing international ferry lines between Italy and Croatia include:
- Jadrolinija
- Venezia Lines
- Trieste Lines

Railways

Compared to other European countries, train network in Croatia is not that extensive. Zagreb is the major train hub for international lines. The main railway station in Zagreb (known as "Glavni Kolodvor") is located in the city center and served by city tram (the tram station is also named "Glavni Kolodvor").Coastal cities with more frequent international train connections are Pula, Rijeka and Split. Dubrovnik is not even connected by rail.
In addition to Rail Europe and DB BAHN, travellers can also look up the train schedules provided by the Croatian Railway Company (HŽ).

Self-Drive / Rent a car

Self-Drive
Many travellers like the flexibility and freedom of self-drive holidays. The following information is useful for those who are planning self-drive tours in eastern Europe or continuing their Adriatic coastal trips after driving through Italy.
Basic Conditions
The basic conditions for a foreigner to rent and drive a car in Croatia are: aged 21 or above, with a valid driver's license issued by his/her own country plus at least two years' driving experience. A valid passport and credit card are also needed for car rental.
Documents required for driving into Croatia

  • A valid driving license of the driver
  • Vehicle registration card
  • Vehicle insurance documents

Vehicles rented outside Croatia must comply with the third party liability insurance requirements set by the Croatian Insurance Bureau: vehicles with non-Croatia registration plates, when entering the territory of Croatia, must be supplied with an international motor insurance certificate valid for the entire territory of the member countries of the European Economic Area or with any other evidence of the existence of such insurance cover. Vehicles with valid third party liability insurance cover should meet one of the following conditions:

  • Vehicles registered in the countries listed below may enter and leave Croatia freely since their national registration plates signify to the authorities that the respective cars are properly insured for third party liability.
    Austria  Andorra  Belgium  Bulgaria  Switzerland (and Liechtenstein)  Cyprus Czech Republic  Germany  Denmark  Spain  Estonia  France (and Monaco) Finland  United Kingdom  Greece  Hungary  Italy (also San Marino and Vatican) Ireland  Iceland  Luxembourg  Lithuania  Latvia  Malta  Norway Netherlands  Portugal  Poland  Romania  Sweden  Slovak Republic  Slovenia Serbia
  • Vehicles registered in the countries listed below are under the “Green Card System”. These vehicles need to have a Green Card valid for the entire territory of the European Economic Area for entering and leaving Croatia and other EU countries. Otherwise, purchasing frontier motor third party liability insurance is a must. 
    Albania  Bosnia-Herzegovina  Belarus  Islamic Republic of Iran  Israel  Morocco F.Y.R.O.M. Moldova  Montenegro  Russia  Tunisia  Turkey  Ukraine
  • For vehicles registered in countries other than the lists of (I) and (II), getting frontier motor third party liability insurance is also a must.

The above information is sourced from Croatian Insurance Bureau. For updated details, please refer to their latest information release. Travellers may consider adding Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection (TP) Insurance for extra protection. In case of an accident, travellers must call the police at once (police hotline: 92) in order to indemnify possible damages or losses.
Useful Mobile App for tourists driving in Croatia
The HrvatskiAutoklub provides useful Mobile App for visiting drivers. Functions include Traffic Conditions Prediction, Locations of Gasoline Stations and Gasoline Prices, Tolls, Information of Closure/ Diversion/ Maintenance of Roads, Phone No. for Assistance, locations of Parking Lots, Webcams to watch live conditions of Roads/Bridges/Tunnels and etc….
Rent-a-car
Rental cars in Croatia are more often equipped with manual transmission. Advanced booking for cars with automatic transmission is almost essential. In the peak tourist season in summer, pre-departure booking for rent-a-car service is also highly recommended.
Travellers, who rent cars in Croatia and visit other countries outside Croatia, must check with the car rental companies if their services cover the requested countries. The service coverage is not related to the requirements for third party liability insurance. Therefore, the lists of countries may differ for different car rental companies.
Some Basic Rules when Driving in Croatia

  • Use the dipped headlights in winter;
  • Don’t use any mobile phone when driving;
  • Passengers in both the front and rear seats must fasten their seat belts;
  • Reflective vests are mandatory emergency supplies in the cars. Anyone getting off the car and standing on the road must wear a reflective vest.




Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a Croatian car rental company.  Their rental cars can freely enter neighbouring countries like Bosnia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Austria and etc. at no additional charge. Pick up and drop off locations also cover major cities and airports in Croatia. Offering flexible services, Last Minute lets clients pick up or drop off rental cars at their requested locations as well.

 

 

Domestic Transport in Croatia

Land Transport

Traveling by bus and train is the main way to get around in Croatia. Having a more extensive network and more frequent services than train, bus is the most used form of transport for both local people and travellers. With a well developed network of tolled highways and scenic coastal roads, Croatia will not disappoint those who love to drive for their own vacations, either. Roads, especially those leading to the major coastal cities, are often congested by holiday makers from all over Europe during the peak tourist season in summer. For those who are fit enough, renting a bicycle to travel from city to city is another interesting option.

Bus (Domestic Lines)

Autobusni Kolodvor Zagreb : Most cities in Croatia are connected with Zagreb by bus. Zagreb is undoubtedly the bus hub of the country.
Autotrans Group : Mainly operates bus lines between Rijeka and coastal cities inthe neighbouring areas.
Autotransport d.d. Šibenik : Provides bus services between Varaždin and other cities.
Brioni Pula : Mainly operates bus lines between Pula and other coastal cities in Istria.
Croatia bus Zagreb : Operates bus lines between Zagreband other cities.
Panturist Osijek : Mainly operates bus lines between Osijek and other cities in Slavonia.
Autobusni Kolodvor Split : Provides bus services betweenSplitand other cities all over the country.
Libertas Dubrovnik :Operates bus lines betweenDubrovnik and other cities.

Railways

The domestic railway services are provided by the Croatian Railway Company (HŽ). The main railway station in Zagreb (known as "Glavni Kolodvor") is located in the city center and served by city tram (the tram station is also named "Glavni Kolodvor").

Tram (Zagreb)

Tram is the main mode of transportation in the capital city of Zagreb. Travellers may buy tickets at any newspaper kiosk known as "Tisak". Tram services and some bus lines in Zagreb are operated by the same company called ZET. Therefore, a tram ticket can be used on ZET bus and vice versa (ZET buses are all in blue. Buses in other colours do not belong to ZET). One ticket is valid for unlimited ride on any tram or ZET bus line within one and a half hours. Travellers may also buy 1-day passes which are valid until 4:00am of the following day.

Local Bus Services in Major Cities

For information and schedules of local buses in various cities, travellers may get the most updated details at the respective local tourist information centers or bus terminals.

Bicycles

Renting a bike for sightseeing in different Croatian cities is absolutely a good choice. Tourist information centers can offer relevant information about bike-renting.

Sea Transport

Croatia is known as “the country of thousand islands”.Car ferry and catamaran services are most extensive in summer between major coastal cities (mainly Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik) and the neigbouring islands. But services are reduced and some routes are even unavailable after summer. Travellers shall checkroutes and schedules with the respectiveoperators or tourist information centers in advanced.
Followings are some useful websites:

- Jadrolinija
- Linijska Nacionalna Plovidba
- G & V Line
- Rapska plividba
- Kapetan Luka
- Linijska Nacionalna Plovidba d.d.