How To Get From Rovinj To Pula (& Pula To Rovinj)

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Written by our local expert SJ

Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

Croatia has many amazing places to visit, so it makes sense to try and get out and see more than one if possible. If you’re staying in Rovinj, you’re very easily placed to head to Pula and vice versa. The great news is that it’s pretty easy to get from A to B and back again too.

Rovinj is a beautiful fishing town on the Istrian Peninsula, packed with winding, cobbled streets to explore. Of course, there are also some pretty amazing beaches to check out, and there are 14 islands to explore off the mainland.

But if you want to visit Pula for the day, nobody could blame you.

Packed with Roman ruins, a picturesque harbor, and beautiful beaches, Pula is a place you have to head to at least once. In fact, it’s quite likely you’ll want to stay at least one night!

So, how can you get from Rovinj to Pula, and when it’s time, how can you get back from Pula to Rovinj?

Let’s explore your travel options. 

Private Transfers Between Pula & Rovinj

Pula, Istria. Driving Zagreb to Dubrovnik

The easiest and most convenient way to get from Rovinj to Pula and back again is to book a private transfer. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and dropped back again once your little expedition is over. The journey takes around 45 minutes depending upon traffic.

Check out Octopus Transfers Croatia below for more information.

Self-Drive From Pula To Rovinj

If you want to drive yourself, it’s very easy to hire a car and do so. Rovinj and Pula are 41 minutes away from each other, covering around 41km. You will follow the E751 road directly to Pula, and then when you’re ready to return, simply reverse the same journey.

Take A Bus From Rovinj To Pula

If you want the cheapest option, then it has to be bus. Thankfully, there are plenty of services between the two destinations and, depending upon traffic, the journey shouldn’t take longer than 50 minutes.

Buses leave Rovinj Bus Station and arrive directly to Pula Bus Station. There are buses in both directions three times per day, daily.

To book a ticket, you can either head to the bus station and buy direction, or if you want to avoid potential disappointment during the busy season, you can book online with specific operators. The main ones covering this route (and back again) include FlixBus, Brioni Pula, Autobusni Promet, and Polet Vinkovci.

Catch The Ferry Between Rovinj & Pula

Your last option, and possibly the most scenic, is to take the ferry. However, there is only one service per week, operating on a Tuesday in both directions. The crossing takes just over 1 hour and is operated by Venezia Lines. You can head to their website for more information on prices or to book your ticket. Alternatively, you can book directly with the port office.

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