How To Reach Croatia
Some of the important airports in Croatia are Zagreb Airport, Split Airport, Dubrovnik Airport along with Pula Airport. If you cannot get a direct flight to places such as Split and Dubrovnik, you could land at Zagreb Airport instead. You can reach Croatia via most places in the UK and Ireland. If you are travelling to Croatia outside Europe, note that there are just a couple of direct flights to your destination. One alternative would be to first reach a Western European city that is well linked to other major places and head to Croatia from there.
Even though Croatia Airlines is the national pennant, some of the airlines flying from India to Croatia are Lufthansa, Air India, Jet Airways, Air France, Etihad, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Qatar Airways. Do keep in mind that there aren't any non-stop flights. One-stop or two stop flights are most common. You will also find flights to Croatia from Tel Aviv and Qatar.
It would be advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season.
Reaching Croatia by rail from India is impossible for known reasons. However, if you still wish to reach Croatia via rail, you could head to Europe and take non-direct trains to Croatia. Direct trains from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic. Hungary, Slovenia, Italia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Serbia. Some of the major cities you can reach via rail are Zagreb, Rijeka, Pula and Split. However, we advise you to avoid travelling from northeast Italy. Also, make sure that you check the train schedule carefully since not all trains operate every day of the week. Keep in mind that you cannot purchase tickets for some international routes online.
It is not plausible to reach Croatia by road all the way from India for obvious reasons. However, if you are still adamant on making your way to Croatia via road, we have a few options for you. You could head to the UK and then directly make your way to Croatia. However, the most inexpensive route would be from Germany. You could start from Dover and then make your way to Croatia via Belgium to Maribor in Slovenia and then onwards to Zagreb. If you aim to head to the Croatian Coast, we recommend you drive via Klagenfurt and not Graz so that you can travel in a southerly direction.
Do keep in mind that the border crossings in Croatia are extremely busy during the peak season (between the months of July and August). Hence, do try to avoid driving through these borders during the weekend.
You also have an option to take a bus from Italy, Bosnia, Hungary, Germany and Serbia.
Zagreb Airport is the busiest airport in Croatia with domestic services taking you to places like Brac, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Osijek and Rijeka within Croatia. Trade Air will take you from Osijek to Zagreb, Pula and Rijeka; from Rijeka to Split and Dubrovnik; and from Split to Pula and Dubrovnik.
If you are looking for some out-of-the-box adventure, you will see that quite a few ferries link major coastal centres to their surrounding islands throughout the year. Split is the main port and hub along with Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Zadar and Rijeka. If you wish to be a little independent, you could hire a yacht safe enough to explore under your own sail. Though ferries function every year, the peak season brings with it additional sailings between the months of June and September. These boats are comfortable, well equipped with restrooms for your comfort and convenience.
If you wish to travel at your own pace, you could hire a car. You can do so in all major cities, airports and tourist frequented locations. We suggest you go for independent companies which are cheaper as compared to big international chains. Book from abroad and you are guaranteed to get a lower rate. Do keep in mind that in order to rent a car, you must be above 18, have a driving licence along with a credit card to cover expenses.
If you wish to travel via motorcycle, remember that motorways link Zagreb to Slavonia and Zagreb to Istria through Rijeka. Another major route is from Zagreb to Dalmatia, continuing in the way of Dubrovnik, falling short by 110 km. Do remember that though the roads are well constructed, there will be some stretches with scare service stations and facilities.
Bus services in Croatia are efficient along with being inexpensive. They are the most preferred mode of transport with various companies handing different routes. Make note that prices may vary drastically. If you are travelling in a bus that runs between Split and Dubrovnik pass via Bosnian territory, keep your passport in hand. You will have to purchase tickets from the counter if you are travelling from large stations. If you are travelling in the summer season, try booking your seat in advance. Keep in mind that bus services in Croatia do not operate on Sundays and holidays. Hence, schedule your itinerary accordingly.
Do beware of the fact that Croatia’s trains are rather infrequent and less reliable as compared to other modes of transport. You might sometimes be stranded in the station for hours waiting for your train to come. Hence, it is advisable to have some information on their schedules, bookings, prices and services via HŽPP. Do remember that not many coastal cities connect you to Zagreb. However, the main lines of interest for you will be Zagreb–Osijek; Zagreb–Varaždin; Zagreb–Rijeka–Pula; and Zagreb–Knin–Split. Note that if you already own a European Inter rail pass can use it to travel in Croatia free of cost.
When you’re contemplating how to travel in Croatia, all the above options should be considered before you take your pick!
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