Green insurance card, valid driver's licence and vehicle card are necessary if you want to use your car in Croatia. Traffic in the summer is usually very dense, especially at the border, which might cause minor delays. In the year 2005, the freeway A1 from Zagreb to Split was built. In the summer ''rush hour'' there might be longer delays and lines at the entrance of the tunnels St Rok and Mala Kapela, so it is recommended to take the alternative route i.e. use state roads. You can find out about this at the Croatian Automobile Club (phone.+385 1 4640800 – Croatian Automobile Club - (HAK)
Are open from 7 am to 8 pm every day, in the summer season to 10 pm. Some petrol station in major cities and on major roads are open 24 hours a day. All of the petrol stations sell: Eurosuper 95, Super 98, Eurosuper Plus 98, Normal and Euro Diesel fuel, in mayor cities even gas.
From Italy to Croatia, you can take:
• to Zagreb: Trst/Ljubljana (SLO) / Zagreb(CRO)
• to Istra: follow the Kopar – Pula road;
• to Dalmatia: through Rijeka, from there you can enter A1 freeway from Zagreb to Split, the so called Dalmatina.
From middle Europe to Croatia:
• to Zagreb, through Ljubljana (SLO) or Maribor (SLO)
• to Dalmatia through Ljubljana (SLO) but the direction Postojna, Rijeka and then toward Istra or Dalmatia
Toll prices can be found on: HAC.HR
You can fly to Zagreb from almost all the international airports. From there you can continue by airplane or choose some other mean of transport or rent a car (in the Zagreb airport there are representatives of all the major rent-a-car agencies.
• Airport Zagreb - +385 1 62 65 222
• Airport Split - +385 21 20 31 71
• Airport Dubrovnik - +385 20 77 33 77
• Airport Zadar - +385 23 20 58 00
• Airport Pula - +385 52 53 01 05
• Airport the island Brač - +385 21 55 97 15
• Airport luka Osijek - +385 31 51 44 41
• Airport Lošinj - +385 51 23 16 66
• Airport Rijeka - +385 51 84 21 32
In the last few years, besides Croatian airway company, there are numerous so called low cost companies which take tourists to the major tourist cities in Croatia, usually only in the summer.
• Croatia Airlines - Croatian company
• EasyJet – to Rijeka and Split
• Ryan Air – to Pula and Zadar
• On Air Pescara-Split
• Germanwings – German low cost company
• TUIfly – German low cost company to Rijeka and Dubrovnik
• Vola gratis - (companies like Ryanair or Easyjet, London-Rijeka)
BY SHIP OR FERRY BOAT
The Adriatic coast is through the regular ferry boat line of the biggest ship transport company (Jadrolinija) which offers connections to Rijeka and Split on a daily basis, and to Dubrovnik three times a week.
Croatian islands(Cres, Lošinj, Rab, Pag, Ugljan, Dugi otok, Silba, Pašman, Iž, Prvić, Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet and peninsula Pelješac) are also connected through daily connections with the coast. Besides Jadrolinija there are some other ship transport companies like Miatours (www.miatours.hr) and Semmarina (www.sem-marina.hr) that connect Venice, Ancona, Pescara and Bari with Croatian cities.
There are regular bus lines that connect Croatia with Austria, Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, Slovakia Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries. This type of transport is the cheapest one if you come to Croatia from middle Europe.
Buses start from:
• Autotrans – from Rijeka;
• Zagreb: from Zagreb;
• SITA Padua: Rim - Zagreb, Torino - Zagreb;
• SAF Udine - from Trst - Pula, Rijeka, Split, Medjugorje;
• Eurolines: Venice - Trst - Medulin and Napoli - Rim - Florence - Rijeka – Split
All the major Croatian cities (besides Dubrovnik) are connected through a railway, and there are plans to make it longer and to modernize it. Croatia is through direct lines connected with Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Eurocity and inter-city trains: departures
EC "Mimara": Munich - Salzburg - Villach - Ljubljana - Zagreb;
IC "Croatia": Vienna - Maribor - Zagreb;
IC "Sava": Munich - Salzburg - Villach - Ljubljana - Zagreb - Belgrade;
IC "Kvarner": Budapest - Zagreb - Rijeka;
IC "Podravka": Osijek - Našice - Virovitica - Koprivnica - Zagreb;
"Olimpus": Zagreb - Belgrade - Skopje - Solun;
Fast train: Zurich - Zagreb.