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Travel to Zagreb

Flying to Zagreb

Airlines offering flights to Zagreb  from the UK include British Airways and Croatia Airlines. Prices are fairly steady year-round. There are no direct flights to Zagreb from the USA.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 15 minutes; New York - 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 14 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 11 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 25 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Traffic in Zagreb drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (30mph) in built-up areas.

You must hold a valid national driving licence; an International Driving Permit is recommended if you're visiting from outside the EU. A minimum of third-party insurance is required to drive in Croatia.

The Hrvatski Autoklub is the main automobile association in Croatia (tel: +385 1 1987; www.hak.hr).

Emergency breakdown services

Hrvatski Autoklub (tel: +385 1 1987).

Routes

The A1 motorway runs from Split to Zagreb, providing a fast, direct route from Dalmatia to the capital. Work on an extension to Dubrovnik is underway, with some, but not all sections complete.

Other motorways running to Zagreb include the A2 from Maribor in Slovenia; the A3, which connects the Slovenian capital Ljubljana with the Serbian capital Belgrade, passing through Zagreb en route; the A4 from Budapest in Hungary; and the A6 from Rijeka on the Croatian coast.

Coaches

The main bus station in Zagreb is located 20 minutes' walk from the main square at Avenija Marina Držića. Countless long-distance bus services run to destinations throughout the country including Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik and Osijek.

Operators include Croatia Bus (tel: +385 91 218 1455; www.croatiabus.hr). International services include daily coaches to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria,Germany and Switzerland.

In addition, Eurolines (tel: +44 871 781 8177, in the UK; www.eurolines.eu) operates coach services from London Victoria to Zagreb, changing in Frankfurt.

Time to city

From Split - 4 hours; Rijeka - 2 hours; Maribor - 1 hour 30 minutes; Ljubljana - 1 hour 45 minutes; Budapest - 3 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Zagreb's main station, Glavni Kolodvor, lies at Trg Kralja Tomislava 12, just a 10-minute walk from the main square.

There are several trains per day connecting Zagreb with the major cities of Rijeka, Osijek and Split, plus regular local services from towns in the surrounding region. Daily international services arrive from Ljubljana, Munich, Vienna and Belgrade. 

Operators

The Croatian railway service is run by HŽPP (tel: +381 1 378 2583; www.hzpp.hr/en).

Journey times

From Rijeka - 3 hours 50 minutes; Osijek - 4 hours 15 minutes; Split - 6 hours; Ljubljana - 2 hours 15 minutes; Munich - 7 hours 15 minutes; Vienna - 6 hours 45 minutes; Belgrade - 7 hours 10 minutes.

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Hotel Ilica

With a good, central location and rooms decorated in a rich (sometimes kitsch) style, complete with red drapes, gilded details and large paintings, Hotel Ilica is great if you like to have peace and quiet, but still be in the middle of things. It’s a small hotel in Zagreb, which means the service is friendly and personal.

Hotel Jagerhorn

Founded in 1827, Jagerhorn is the city’s oldest standing hotel. After the full refurbishment in 2015 it has become one of the most luxurious places to stay in Zagreb. Whether you like to enjoy a drink by the fountain or relax in spacious rooms, Jagerhorn is an oasis of style and comfort.

Panorama Zagreb

This gleaming business hotel in Zagreb has 279 comfortable, modern and well-equipped rooms, as well as a restaurant and meeting and conference facilities. It’s great value for an uncomplicated sense of comfort.

Hotel Antunović

Hotel Antunović is 8km (5 miles) from Zagreb’s city centre and has 210 rooms and suites, with rates to suit a variety of budgets. Dining options are equally diverse with a self-service restaurant, Mediterranean eatery and pastry shop all on site. The eighth-floor spa and pool command panoramic views over Zagreb.

Hotel Dubrovnik

With a hard-to-beat location - off the main Bana Jelačića square - this 266-room Zagreb hotel also boasts a small fitness centre and an Italian restaurant. The glass building is a city landmark and the meeting place for businessmen and business travellers.

Palace Hotel

The old dame of hotels in Zagreb, Palace Hotel still oozes the old-fashioned charm that once made it the city’s best. Opened in 1891, it’s Zagreb’s first luxury hotel, and the decadent elegance of the Habsburg Empire still reigns in the plush rooms. Front rooms have fabulous views of the park, so try to get one of those for beauty in and outside.