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Croatia Bus Information, Schedules And Online Tickets
We’ve always been a little skeptical when it comes to bus travel after a couple of bad experiences in Egypt. Well, we can tell you that you don’t need to have those concerns with bus travel in Croatia. Croatian bus travel is safe, reliable and cheap. In fact, many of the buses are very well equipped and comfortable. Below, we will bombard you with everything you need to know about bus travel in Croatia.
Buses In Croatia
There are numerous bus lines that connect hundreds of Croatian destinations, as well as destinations throughout the rest of Europe. The buses in Croatia are modern, with most having free WiFi services and electric plug-ins so you can stay connected while on the road.
Gone are the days of trying to cram as many passengers onto the bus as possible. Buses are now being built to maximize passenger comfort and provide a better experience. These days, buses have headrests, more space between seats (hooray for me, I can actually fit), more room for hand baggage, and air-conditioning (an absolute necessity). They also have toilets. Most of the drivers speak English, which can be very handy.
The best part for me is that taking the bus gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy all the beauty Croatia has to offer.
Planning your journey and buying bus tickets is quick and easy with all the information being available online. You can check your traveling options, routes, stations, geo coordinates, Croatia bus timetables, prices, and buy tickets all in a very user-friendly format.
Forget the uncertainty of getting a ticket on the day and lining up at crowded bus stations. Buy the bus tickets from the comfort of your accommodation, days in advance. You can buy your tickets online and save your precious time and money.
You will actually get a 5% discount for buying your ticket online!
There are numerous discounts on bus ticket prices, including discounts based on your age (e.g. infant, student, pensioner), if you are an a-card member (a free membership with Autotrans that entitles you to discounts) and online booking sales which can go up to 35% on one-way ticket, and 50% on a return one.
Once you buy your ticket, you will have an allocated seat reservation. Keep in mind that hand luggage is free of charge, but additional pieces of luggage will be charged depending on each bus line before you board the bus. Fortunately, the cost of each piece of luggage is quite cheap at around 10 kn.
Bus Routes In Croatia
Our first trip to Croatia we solely relied on bus travel to explore this wonderful country and were able to get absolutely everywhere relatively easy. The bus network is huge and has regular daily bus services. As such, it is very simple to discover popular Croatian cities like Zagreb, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka or Osijek. Let’s not forget Plitvice Lakes National Park or Krka National Park and even the islands of Krk, Cres, Losinj, Pag, Rab, Brac or Korcula. Heck, you can just about get anywhere in Croatia by bus.
One of the most frequent daily connections is the bus from Zagreb to Rijeka, with a travel time of 2 hours and prices starting from 43 kn for a one-way ticket. Rijeka is a transport hub where you can get a bus from Rijeka to Istria and its many villages. You can also continue your journey and get a bus from Rijeka to the islands of Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Rab and Pag.
There are also multiple daily connections from Zagreb to Pula, Zagreb to Rovinj or Zagreb to Porec in Istra with a travel time of around 4 to 5 hours and prices starting from 110 kn for a one-way ticket. Numerous bus lines are operating around the Istrian peninsula connecting towns and villages like Umag, Motovun, Pazin and Labin with Pula, Rovinj and Porec, making it easy to get to the truffle hunting grounds.
The bus from Rijeka to Zadar takes 4 to 5 hours starting from 153 kn. You can also take a direct bus from Zagreb to Split or Zadar, traveling 3 to 4 hours to Split from 123 kn and to Zadar for 103 kn.
While in Split, don’t miss Diocletian’s Palace and sipping coffee on the Riva. Trogir is super-close to Split and the bus from Split to Trogir costs only 17 kn for a one-way ticket. The bus from Zadar to Split has 10 departures a day with a starting price of 85 kn.
The bus from Split to Dubrovnik also has multiple daily departures and will cost you 99 kn. While in Dubrovnik, make sure you spend an afternoon walking the Old Town walls and take in a bird’s eye view of the historic town. The most popular Croatian beach Zlatni Rat on the island Brac can be reached in 2,5 hours from Split for just 60 kn.
After exploring the treasures of Dubrovnik, take a bus to Korcula island whose beautiful scenery is just 3 hours and 94 kn away.
World-renowned Plitvice National Park has daily connections with Zagreb, Karlovac and in the summer season with Zadar. The bus from Zagreb to Plitvice takes 2,5 hours and costs 79 kn for a one-way ticket.
All airports in Croatia have regular buses going to and from the respective centers on a regular basis. They are all inexpensive when compared to the cost of a taxi or a private transfer. The Split Airport bus and Dubrovnik Airport bus can be particularly full in the summer season with so many flights, however. Therefore, book your tickets in advance, so you don’t have any troubles upon arrival.
Bus travel in Croatia is cheap, comfortable and very convenient. If you looking to travel Croatia and need a reliable mode of transportation without the hassle of finding parking, we would definitely recommend bus travel in Croatia.