Zagreb Airport is the biggest airport in Croatia; it has international connections with almost whole Europe as well as national connections with bigger cities in Croatia.
The distance between the airport and the centre is 12 km and these are the means of transport between the two:
Airport bus: the airport in Zagreb is connected to the main bus station in Zagreb by direct airport bus lines whose schedule is completely adjusted to the flights schedule.
- Buses from the main bus station to the airport run every 30 minutes from 04:30 (05:00 on weekends) to 20:00 hours
- Buses from the airport to the main bus station run from 07:00 to 20:00
- After 20:00, the buses run in accordance with flight arrivals and departures
- A one-way ticket costs 30 kuna
- A two-way daily ticket costs 40 kuna
- A ride between the airport and the main bus station lasts app 30 minutes.
The main bus station in Zagreb is the biggest in Croatia and has excellent connections with almost all other cities.
Local bus: there are no direct public bus lines to the airport. The only one you could use is nr. 268 which goes from the main bus station for public buses and goes to Velika Gorica; it will take you approximately 1.5 km from the airport which can be a bit impractical if you carry more luggage.
NOTE: When you board the bus tell the driver you want to get off at the stop next to the airport.
Taxi: it is possible to use taxi services from the airport, there is a taxi stand in front of the airport building. It is recommended to agree on the price with the driver before the ride.
Transfers: it is also possible to book a private transfer which will take you directly to the desired address. This is a good choice for those who have lots of luggage; transfer are available from the airport to any place in Zagreb, the surroundings or any other destination in Croatia. Here you can book your transfer in advance.
Rent a car: renting a car is available at Zagreb Airport; there are plenty of rental agencies but if you travel in the tourist season it is recommended to rent your vehicle in advance, before you travel, you can see car rental prices from Zagreb airport here.
Frequently asked questions about how to get from/to the airport
Q: How can I get from Zagreb Airport to Rijeka?
A: Rijeka can be reached by direct airport buses which connect Zagreb airport and Rijeka
- departures from Zagreb Airport to the main bus station in Rijeka are every day at 15:30
- departures from Rijeka (Jelacic Square) to Zagreb Airport is every morning at 05:00
- the ride lasts app 2 hours
Rijeka can also be reached by regular bus lines which depart from the main bus station in Zagreb. The schedule is available here.
Q: What is the easiest way to get from Zagreb Airport to Istrian cities?
A: There are no direct bus lines to Rovinj, Pula, Umag or other cities in Istria from Zagreb Airport. The airport bus will take you to the main bus station in Zagreb from where you can take another bus to a city in Istria.
Q: How to get from Zagreb Airport to the cities on the island of Korcula?
A: The airport bus will take you to the main bus station in Zagreb from where you can find a direct bus connection to the cities on the island of Korcula.
Q: How to get from Zagreb Airport to the cities on the island of Krk?
A: The island of Krk and its cities can be reached by taking a bus from the main bus station in Zagreb; here you can see the schedules.
Q: How to get from Zagreb Airport to the national park of Plitvice or Krka?
Q: I want to continue my trip by bus from the main bus station in Zagreb. How much time should I leave between the arrival of my plane and the departure of the bus I want to take?
A: It is recommended to leave at least two hours.
Q: How to reach the centre of Zagreb from Zagreb Airport?
A: Once you have reached the main bus station in Zagreb you can easily reach the centre by tram nr. 2 and 6. There is a tram stop in front of the main bus station building. Here you can read more about public transport in Zagreb.
Q: Is it possible to reach Zagreb Airport by direct bus lines from Samobor?
A: No, first you have to reach the main bus station in Zagreb from where you take the airport bus. Another option is to book a private transfer.
Q: Do taxi drivers use taximetres?
A: By law they have to but it happens that some do not obey the law.
Q: If I travel with a baby, can I be sure that taxis have a child seat?
A: Some taxis do but to be safe it is best to book a private transfer in advance.
Q: If I arrive late at night, will there be an airport bus?
A: Yes, except for extreme cases; the last bus will not leave until all the passengers are on the bus.
Q: Is it possible to pay for the transfer from the airport in euros, dollars or sterling?
A: The only currency allowed by law is the Croatian kuna but there are exceptions. Airport bus drivers as well as private transfer drivers and taxi drivers will accept euros (dollars and sterling not always). If you do not give the correct amount of money, the rest will be given to you in kuna.
If you are not sure where to find main bus stations in Croatian cities, you can use the Station locator on Getbybus.com where you will find all the info on the desired bus station.