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Getting Around in Croatia

On the move: Getting around in Croatia is easy

This guide helps you getting around in Croatia. Most methods of transport are covered in this overview.

By air

The national airline links Croatia by direct flights to a number of European destinations: Amsterdam, Vienna, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Podgorica and Priština, In the high season, the Croatian coast is linked by air with additional destinations in Austria, France, Germany, Norway and Great Britain. In cooperation with its partners, Croatian Airlines enables its passengers to reach destinations across the world.


Brac, Dubrovnik, Losinj, Osijek, Pula, Rijka, Split, Zadar and Zagreb.

By car

A driver’s licence, an automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents are required. An international driving licence is required for the use of rent-a-car services. The permit is issued by the parent motor-club.

The driver of a motor vehicle registered abroad entering Croatia must have a valid International Motor Third Party Liability Insurance document valid on the territory of the European Union, or some other evidence of the existence of such insurance.

The use of mobile telephones while driving is forbidden!
The use of seat belts is obligatory.

By bus

Regular international bus lines connect Croatia with neighbouring countries and the majority of Central European and Western European countries.
Information service for calls from inside Croatia: 060 313 333
Information service for calls from outside Croatia: +385 (0)1 611 2789

By rail

Croatia has direct connections with Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. There are transfer connections with almost all other European countries.

Eurocity, Intercity and Euronight trains

EC “Mimara“: Zagreb – Villach – Frankfurt – Zagreb
EC “Croatia“: Zagreb – Vienna – Zagreb (via Slovenia)
EN “Venezia“: Venice – Zagreb – Budapest (Moscow, Kiev, Bucharest) – Venice
IC “Sava“: Belgrade – Zagreb – Villach – Munich – Belgrade
IC “Kvarner“: Zagreb – Budapest – Zagreb
IC “Drava“: Budapest – Osijek – Sarajevo – Budapest

Fast trains

“Lisinski”: Zagreb – Munich – Zagreb (night train)
“Maestral”: Zagreb – Budapest – Zagreb (Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg)
Zagreb – Villach – Zagreb
Belgrade – Zagreb – Zurich – Belgrade
“Nikola Tesla”: Zagreb – Belgrade – Zagreb
Vinkovci – Belgrade – Vinkovci
Vinkovci – Banja Luka – Vinkovci
Zagreb – Sarajevo – Ploče – Zagreb
Zagreb – Sarajevo – Zagreb (night train)
Ploče – Sarajevo – Ploče
Villach – Zagreb – Belgrade – Villach (night train)
“Opatija”: Rijeka – Ljubljana – Rijeka (Munich, Vienna)
“Ljubljana”: Rijeka – Ljubljana (Vienna) – Rijeka

Trains during the tourist season

Ljubljana – Pula – Ljubljana
Prag – Bratislava – Zagreb – Split – Prag (night train)

Special Trains

Belgrade – Rijeka – Belgrade (June – September, at weekends, night train)
Belgrade – Knin – Split – Belgrade (June – September, at weekends, night train)
Prague – Split – Prague
Tel: +385 (0)1 4573 208

Information: Tel: 060 333 444, Web:

By sea

International car-ferry services:
Zadar – Ancona
Split – Ancona
Dubrovnik – Bari (direct line)
Stari Grad (Hvar) – Ancona

As well as the ferry lines, there are also high-speed lines operating between Italy and Croatia.

Car-ferry services along the coast

Local car ferry services connect the following islands with the mainland: Cres, Lošinj, Rab, Pag, Ugljan, Pašman, Olib, Silba, Premuda, Rivanj, Ist, Molat, Sestrunj, Žirje, Kaprije, Zverinac, Rava, Zlarin, Dugi otok, Iž, Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Vis, the Pelješac Peninsula, Korčula, Lastovo and Mljet, Šipan. Local ship and high-speed lines connect other inhabited islands where there is no car traffic.

High-speed line links with the mainland or between the islands

Rijeka area: Lošinj, Susak, Unije, Cres, Ilovik, Pag, Rab,
Zadar area: Ist, Molat, Dugi otok, Zverinac, Sestrunj, Rivanj, Olib, Silba, Premuda,
Split area: Brač, Hvar, Šolta, Lastovo, Korčula, Vis,
Dubrovnik area: Mljet, Šipan, Korčula, Lastovo
Šibenik area: Žirje, Kaprije.

Seasonal line links

Pula – Unije – Mali Lošinj – Ilovik – Zadar.

Ship line links with the mainland or between the islands

Rijeka area: Lošinj, Srakane, Unije, Ilovik, Susak,
Zadar area: Dugi otok, Iž, Rava, Vrgada,
Šibenik area: Prvić, Zlarin
Split area: Drvenik Veli, Drvenik Mali, Čiovo Biševo,
Dubrovnik area: Šipan, Lopud, Koločep.


The main Croatian ship passenger carrier maintains the majority of regular, international and domestic car-ferry, ship and high-speed lines. Its head office is in Rijeka.

Customs offices for the entry of foreign vessels

Permanent: Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Raša Bršica, Rijeka, Mali Lošinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče, Korčula, Vela Luka, Ubli and Dubrovnik.
During the summer season: ACI Marina Umag, Novigrad, Sali, Božava, Primošten, Hvar, Stari Grad (Hvar), Vis, Komiža and Cavtat.

Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.


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