You can use a taxi service by calling 970. The taxi usually comes within 10 to 15 minutes from the call except in the busy summer season where it depends on how much business they have. Croatian taxis are generally rather expensive.Â Â Â Â
You can also book the transportation in advance which is great when you are in a hurry or have a larger number of people in need of transportation, or you just want everything organized in advance.
You can also prearrange a taxi service by E-mail in advance to have even more comfort and to save money since this taxi operators are cheaper than the regular taxi service. (http://www.taxisplit.net)
Roads in Croatia are usually well maintained, but usually very narrow and full of curves. Some local roads in Istria have been worn down to a smooth surface from regular wear and tear, and can be extremely slippery when wet. It's difficult to find a true highway with more than one way per direction, the only exceptions being the ones connecting Rijeka, Zagreb, Zadar and Split. Speed limits are thus low 60 - 90 kmh, and it's not recommended to drive faster although most locals do, especially at night. Be aware of animals crossing the road.
Renting a car is around the same price as in the EU from around â¬40. Almost all cars have a manual transmission. Most rental agencies in the Balkans allow you to rent a car in one country and drive in the neighboring countries however try to avoid a renting a car in Serbia and driving it into Croatia or vice versa in order to avoid negative attention from nationalists.
On the recently built Croatian Motorways (http://www.croatia-expert...) toll fees apply and may be paid in either HRK or EUR, the motorway A6 between Zagreb and Rijeka was finished end of 2008, the main motorway A1 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is still under construction the current ending point is in RavÄa, which is 140 km from Dubrovnik. Notice that to reach south Dalmatia including Dubrovnik, you need to cross a short portion of Bosnia-Herzegovina, so check if you need a visa or other special requirements for entry into Bosnia.
When exiting a toll motorway, ask the receipt at toll booth if it is not given to you to be sure you do not get overcharged you could receive along with the receipt some unexpected change compared with the price you were given verbally
If an unknown person flashes their car lights at you it may be a sign that they've recently passed a police unit doing speed limit checks. Ensure you are on compliance with all the traffic rules and regulations to ensure that you are not stopped.
Train travel is definitely improving in Croatia, with money being spent on updating the aging infrastructure and vehicles. Trains are clean and mostly on time.
Croatia's rail network connects all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik. If you want to visit Dubrovnik, you will have to travel by train to Split, and then go on the bus for Dubrovnik. Trains to Pula are actually connected via Slovenia due to historical accident, though there are designated connecting buses from Rijeka.
Rail is still the cheapest connection between inland and coast, though not the most frequent. As of 2004, the new 160kph "tilting trains" that connect Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Rijeka and Osijek have been progressively introduced, resulting in higher levels of comfort and significantly faster journeys between cities Zagreb-Split is now 5.5h from 9, Osijek is now 3 when other trains take around 4.5h. If you make a reservation early enough you can get a substantial discount, or if you are a holder of an ISIC card etc.
Information for the trains can be found on the Hrvatske Å¾eljeznice - Croatian Railways (http://www.hznet.hr) site in Croatian and English has timetable and prices.
Tickets are not usually sold on-board, except if you happen to get on the train on one of the few stations/stops without ticket sales. However, only local trains stop on such stations. In all other cases, a ticket bought on the train will cost considerably more than the one bought outside the train.
Hitchhiking is generally good. If you can get to a highway toll stop simply ask people to take you with them as they open their windows to pay the toll. The toll collectors usually won't mind. The tricky part, of course, is to get to the toll stop. If you are in Zagreb and you are, like most people, heading south, take the bus 111 from the Savski most station in Zagreb and ask the bus driver where to get off to get to the toll stop. Next best place to ask people to pick you up are gas stations. And finally, just using the good old thumb will work too if everything else fails.
National airline company Croatia Airlines (http://www.croatiaairlines.hr/) connects major cities in Croatia to each other and foreign destinations. Due to the comparatively short distances and relatively high hassle of air travel - especially when you travel with luggage - domestic air travel is used mostly for getting to end points - e.g., Zagreb to Dubrovnik see map and vice-versa.
Another popular flight available in the summer months only is between Split and Osijek, saving a long trip back through Croatia, or alternatively through the middle of Bosnia.
Croatia is blessed with a beautiful coastline which is best explored by ferry to access the hundreds of islands.
In many instances, the only way to get to the islands is by ferry or catamaran. If you plan on using either you should check these web sites because they have the regular ferry and catamaran information.
Jadrolinija (http://www.jadrolinija.hr) - Jadrolinija is the Croatian National ferry company, and as well as routes operating from the major cities to the islands, operate a ferry along the Adriatic Coast from Rijeka to Dubrovnik and then across to Bari, Italy calling at Split, Hvar, Mljet and Korcula. Check timetables (http://www.croatiatravell...) as the schedules are seasonal. The boats are large and have sleeping facilities as the Rijeka-Split leg goes overnight.
SNAV is Italian company connecting Split with Ancona and Pescara. Check timetables (http://trajekti.info/snav/) as the schedules are seasonal.
Azzura lines, is Italian operator connecting Dubrovnik with Bari Check timetables (http://trajekti.info/azzu...) as the schedules are seasonal.
Split Hvar taxi boat Taxi boat service that works from 0-24H and can take you anywhere you want.
Yacht charter services are intended for those who want to explore coast and hidden bays by sea for one week or more.
Outside the summer months it is often difficult or impossible to make a day trip to the more remote islands. This is because ferry schedules are made to suit commuters who live on islands and travel to the mainland, not vice versa.
A very comprehensive coach network connects all parts of the country. Bus service between major cities intercity lines is quite frequent, as well as regional services. The most frequent bus terminal in Croatia is Bus Terminal Zagreb in Croatian "Autobusni kolodvor Zagreb". Despite the recent improvements in the railway network, buses are faster than trains for inter-city travel. See Bus travel in the former Yugoslavia for more information.
Autobusni kolodvor Zagreb (http://www.akz.hr/) - Bus Terminal Zagreb, timetable information, content in Croatian, English
CroatiaBus (http://www.croatiabus.hr/) - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian and English.
Autotrans Rijeka (http://www.autotrans.hr) - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian and English.
Autobusni promet Varazdin (http://www.ap.hr/) - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian, English and German.
Contus (http://www.contus.hr/) - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian and English.
Libertas Dubrovnik (http://www.libertasdubrov...) - bus terminal and company information in Dubrovnik, with international and domestic information. Content mostly in Croatian.