Croatia is a gorgeous, safe and popular travel destination, and no matter if you choose to visit her coastline or continental part, you will be able to find something you like. During the whole year, there is something for solo travelers, outdoor lovers, families, and couples. Here are the most popular ways of getting around Croatia so you can organize yourself in the best way possible and see the best parts of this beautiful country.
Flying is the quickest way to go around the whole of Croatia. However, only bigger cities such as Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik have regular flights all year round, while others are seasonal.
However, if you want to travel fast, efficient and in comfort, the best way of getting around especially in a long-distance destination such as visiting Dubrovnik from Zagreb, flying there is perhaps your fastest travel option. Keep in mind that by flying you will not see all the beautiful places in the country, which is why traveling by car is another very popular way of transport.
Croatia has more than 1200 islands and islets, which makes Croatia an absolute paradise for island lovers. The best and the most popular way to explore all the main islands such as Hvar, Brac, Vis, Korcula, Lastovo is by boat. In summer ferries are a great option to travel around but they tend to be very crowded, so you should always arrive early, and if you don’t make it to the first one, you’ll need to wait for another one. If you are traveling by car affordable ferries suddenly can become quite expensive, so you should take that into consideration.
As a way to visit an island you can also take private yacht charter which is more luxury, chich and very private type of traveling allows individuals to see all of the hidden gems, especially those that are only reachable by sea. Distances between most islands, especially in the Dalmatian region, are quite short so getting around is easy. Every island has its own cultural heritage and special charm.
Driving is one of the best ways to approach traveling to Croatia. It is relatively fast, you have the comfort of your car and you can stop wherever you wish to. Be ready for expenses for gas or if you choose private car transportation since it can be quite expensive. However, if you don’t feel comfortable driving on Croatian roads, maybe you should consider some other options for traveling.
When it comes to public transportation and the cheapest way of traveling around Croatia without too much thinking and planning in advance, it is getting around by bus. Buses are very frequent, fairly reliable, many locals use it for transport so they are quite affordable.
Each town has its own main bus station that is usually located in the city center, so you won’t have a hard time finding it, and buying tickets. The purchased ticket usually includes the benefit of having 1 luggage and one hand luggage. However, there are also bus lines that take a very small fee for luggage storage.
However, this way of traveling is very time consuming, for example, it takes five hours minimum to reach Split from Zagreb, but if you have time to spare, this is a great option for traveling.
Using Croatian Railways is perhaps the most time-consuming way of traveling but there is a special charm in traveling via train in inland parts of the country. You can enjoy the ride and the views of rugged mountains, beautiful landscapes, and nature. The overnight trains, unlike buses, have beds so you can have a good sleep and wake up at your desired destination. However you must be aware that not all parts of Croatia are well connected, but if you plan to visit Croatia’s main cities, except Dubrovnik, they are all well connected.