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Travel to Croatia

Flying to Croatia

The national carrier is Croatia Airlines (www.croatiaairlines.com). Other airlines flying to Croatia from the UK include British Airways (www.ba.com) and easyJet (www.easyjet.com). Flights are at their most expensive in July, August and around Christmas – book as far in advance as possible at these times of year.

Major airports are: Dubrovnik Airport, Split Airport, Zagreb Airport and Zadar Airport.

Airport Guides

Dubrovnik Airport

Code

DBV

Location

Dubrovnik Airport is located 21km (13 miles) to the southeast of Dubrovnik.

Tel

+385 2077 3100

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Split Airport

Code

SPU

Location

Split Airport is located along the Adriatic coast, 6km (4 miles) from Trogir to the west and Kaštela to the east. The airport is 25km (15.5 miles) from Split to the southeast.

Tel

+385 21 203 555.

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Pula Airport

Code

PUY

Location

The airport is 8km (5 miles) northwest of the city.

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Rijeka Airport

Code

RJK

Location

The airport is 27km (17 miles) from the city on the island of Krk.

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Zagreb Airport

Code

ZAG

Location

Zagreb Airport is situated 10km (6 miles) south of central Zagreb, in the Pleso suburb.

Tel

+385 1 456 2222

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Flight times

To Zagreb: from London - 2 hours 15 minutes; New York - 10 hours 15 minutes (including stopover).

Departure tax

None.

Travelling to Croatia by Rail

HŽPP (tel: +381 1 378 2583; www.hzpp.hr/en) operates trains in Croatia. Daily international services arrive from Ljubljana, Munich, Vienna and Belgrade.

Rail passes

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Reductions are available for travellers under 26. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 28 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months, three months, five days in 10 days, 10 days in two months or 15 days in two months. The Global Pass allows travel across all participating countries. The Select Pass is valid in four bordering countries. The Regional Pass lets you travel in two bordering countries. The One Country Pass offers travel in one of 27 countries. Adult passes are valid for first-class travel, while youth passes (under 26) are valid for second-class travel. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. The passes cannot be sold to EU citizens or residents. Available from Eurail (www.eurail.com).

Note: The express trains running from Zagreb to Split are still comparatively slow next to buses.

Driving to Croatia

There are good, easy routes by road from all neighbouring countries. Hrvatski Autoklub (the Croatian Automobile) (www.hak.hr) can provide information.

Getting to Croatia by boat

Major ports include Rijeka (www.lukarijeka.hr), Zadar (www.port-authority-zadar.hr), Split (www.portsplit.com) and Dubrovnik (www.portdubrovnik.hr).

Ferry operators

Passenger and car ferry services run to Italy. The main routes are: Split-Ancona, Zadar-Ancona and Dubrovnik-Bari. Throughout the summer, fast hydrofoil services also operate on some routes.

Jadrolinija (tel: +385 51 666 111; www.jadrolinija.hr) is the main service provider.