Visiting Croatia: Transportation

Visiting Croatia: Transportation

If you plan to visit Croatia to do the genealogy work, our series of articles about transportation, accomodation, telecommunications and the culture may be useful to you.

Arrival by plane. Croatia has several international airports, with the largest in Zagreb (known as Pleso). Other airports (Split, Dubrovnik, Pula) are busy primarily during summer tourist season.

When coming from overseas countries, at least one stop is required (typically in Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna or London), as there are no direct flights to Croatia from destinations outside of Europe.

There is an affordable bus line from the Zagreb airport to the city center (main bus station). The cost of one way ticket is 30 kuna. See the link… The cost of a ride by taxi is 200-250 kuna.

Travel between cities. Bus is the most affordable, convenient and sometimes even fastest means of transportation between Croatian cities. Buses run often, at least a dozen per day to every major (and even minor) destination. The bus schedule from and to Zagreb is here…

To travel by train is not as convenient, but lines towards eastern parts of the country (Slavonia) are competitive in comparison to bus rides, whereas train lines towards the Croatian Coast (Rijeka, Split), except in very special circumstances, are not recommended due to slowness. See the train schedule…

One can also rent a car in any of worldwide rental agencies with the branch office in Croatia (Hertz, Avis, Budget) or in smaller local rental agencies. Renting a car with a smaller agency is more affordable, but it may not always have a car ready for rent at a moment’s notice.

Inner city transportation. Major Croatian cities have a highly developed public transportation system. Zagreb has a network of trams which operate every ten to fifteen minutes. Connected to the tram network are bus hubs at the final stop of each tram line.

It is interesting to mention that the tram ride from the main Zagreb railway station (Glavni kolodvor Zagreb) to the main square (Trg bana Jelačića) is free. Two-stop rides from the main square in every direction are also free of charge.

Split, Rijeka, Osijek and Pula also have well developed inner city transportation systems run by buses.

How to get to the Croatian State Archives? Croatian State Archive is within walking distance from the main Zagreb railway station. To get to the Croatian State Archive from the main bus station in Zagreb, one should take a tram number two (2) towards Črnomerec.

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