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Travel and accommodation in Croatia

The three major airports in Croatia are Zagreb International Airport, Split and Dubrovnik and low cost international flights are available into each of these destinations, as well as good domestic links.

Zagreb International Airport is about 10 miles from the centre of town and there are regular bus services into the centre.  Alternatively, a taxi from Zagreb airport to the city centre will cost approximately 150 Kuna.  Split airport is about 15 miles from the centre of town and there are regular buses and Dubrovnik is located 11 miles from the city centre and a 20 minute bus journey.

Arriving by train / boat

It is also possible to travel to Croatia by train, enquiries can be made at Rail Europe, telephone 0870 584 8848 or visit European Rail.  You can also fly to Italy and take an international ferry over to Croatia.  The main Croatian maritime company is Jadrolinija which has ferry connections with the Italian ports of Trieste, Ancona, Pescara and Bari.

Driving in Croatia

There are plenty of car hire opportunities in Croatia either at the airport or in major towns, but be aware that a) car hire is quite expensive in comparison with some other countries and b) the roads are not especially good in Croatia, though new motorways are under construction and roads are being improved; the A1 autocesta (motorway) from Split to Zagreb now provides a fast direct route from Dalmatia to Central Europe.

If you do have wheels then one of the most scenic roads in the country is the Jadranska Magistrala (E65) which winds along the Adriatic coast south to Dubrovnik, and north to Rijeka, passing through Sibenik and Zadar en-route.  But be warned that it does get incredibly busy in the high summer months.  

Visit the National Auto club of the Republic of Croatia for useful information about driving in Croatia.  Cars drive on the right.

Getting around Croatia

The buses are the best form of public transport in Croatia and there is a good network of daily intercity and regional services. 

The rail network in Croatia connects all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik and there are direct trains to Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia and Montenegro as well as indirect lines to almost all other European countries.  Train travel within the country isn’t as popular or as well developed as in other European countries. 

Zagreb, however, has a good public transport system with a choice of trams, buses and a funicular railway.  Taxis in Croatia are run on meters.

As for accommodation hotels in Zagreb cost around £30 per person per night and in Rovinj £25 per person per night. 

The currency is the Kuna and 1 kuna = 100 lipa.  £1 = approximately 7.5 HRK Croatia Kuna.


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