Zadar Airport

Airport bus Zadar

Number of passengers: 800.000

Zadar International Airport (ZAD) is situated in Zemunik Donji, a small municipality located about 11 kilometers from the city center. Even though it’s a small airport, it still serves about 800 thousand passengers each year, making it the 4th busiest airport in Croatia.

Almost all flights from and to ZAD airport are seasonal, with a few domestic routes operating year-round. To find out more about the airport, getting there and available transportation means, keep reading our guide.

How to get from Zadar Airport to Zadar

Getting from the airport to the city is possible by several means of transportation. Below we have listed all the ways you can reach the city of Zadar.

Airport Bus

The airport bus between the airport and the main bus station is operated by the company Liburnija. The timetable for the bus varies depending on the time of the year. As a rule of thumb, the bus leaves 30 minutes after the arrival of a scheduled flight.

From the city, the bus departs from the address Liburnska Obala 4 by the old town. The departure time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes before scheduled flights (check onsite). From there the bus drives to the main bus station (Platform 8) to pick up additional passengers before heading to the airport.

Check out the most popular routes from Zadar airport to other cities in Croatia and buy your bus ticket below.

Zadar Airport to SibenikZadar Airport to Split
Zadar Airport to Plitvice LakesZadar Airport to Novalja

Additional information about the airport bus:

  • The airport bus is parked on the right side when exiting the terminal; it is literately impossible not to notice the departure location.
  • From the airport, the bus first drives to the main bus station in Zadar from where you can change to the city, regional or domestic buses. After the passengers get off, the airport bus continues to the bus stop in the old town.
  • The bus trip between the airport and the bus station takes about 15-20 minutes, 5 minutes longer from/to the stop by the old town.
  • The price for a one-way ticket is about 25 Kunas (~ 3 EUR), which includes luggage; return tickets are not available. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.
Airport bus Zadar
Bus stop in front of the Zadar airport

Local Bus

Unfortunately, from the airport to town, there are no local / city bus lines.

Transfer to nearby cities

If you are not up for hassling with luggage when leaving the airport and want to be taken directly to your accommodation in Zadar, you can pre-book a transfer to any address in the city or to other nearby destinations.

The price for a pre-booked transfer to Zadar varies but generally costs around 20 EUR for a vehicle accommodating 1-3 people, and about 30 EUR for 4-8 people. If you have booked a transfer, the driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal. Here you can book your private transfer from Zadar airport to Zadar.

If you’re looking to travel to other cities from ZAD Airport, you can find a list of the most popular transfer routes and offers below:

Zadar Airport to Biograd na Moru Zadar Airport to Brodarica Zadar Airport to Grebastica
Zadar Airport to Nin Zadar Airport to Novalja Zadar Airport to Pag Town
Zadar Airport to PakostaneZadar Airport to SukosanZadar Airport to Tisno

Transfer to marinas

In case you are looking for a fast and reliable transfer to any of the nearby Zadar marinas, you can find the list of the most popular transfer routes and offers below:

Zadar Airport to ACI Marina DalmacijaZadar Airport to ACI Marina SkradinZadar Airport to ACI Marina Vodice
Zadar Airport to Marina AganaZadar Airport to Marina HraminaZadar Airport to Marina Jezera
Zadar Airport to Marina SangulinZadar Airport to Marina SimuniZadar Airport to Marina Vitrenjak

Taxi services

Taxis can be found just outside the terminal building. Generally speaking, a taxi from the airport to the town centre costs about 150 Kunas (~ 20 EUR) and to city parts like Diklo and Borik about 30 Kunas (~ 5 EUR) more. It is advisable to agree upon the price before entering the taxi.

Car hire at Zadar Airport

Of course, you can also rent a car at the airport; the car rental offices are located outside the terminal. During the summer season, it can be a bit risky not to book a car in advance. You can see the car rental offer from the airport here.

Direct routes from the airport

If you want to continue your journey outside Zadar, there are numerous options from the main bus station in Zadar. Here are some suggestions:

Zadar – BiogradZadar – DubrovnikZadar – SplitZadar – Zagreb
Zadar – NinZadar – NovaljaZadar – SkradinZadar – Plitvice
Zadar airport terminal
Terminal building at Zadar Airport

Zadar Airport airlines

Depending on the year, about 15 airlines are departing to and from the airport. As is the case with other Croatian airports, most flights are coming from European destinations, such as Berlin Airport, Rome-Fiumicino Airport, and Vienna Airport, to name a few.

Below are listed the most important airlines offering departures and arrivals to and from ZAD Airport:

  • Croatia Airlines
  • easyJet
  • Eurowings
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Ryanair
  • Transavia

Zadar Airport facilities

As mentioned before, the airport itself is pretty small. However, you can still find some amenities which could be useful as you wait for your departure. Below are listed some of the services offered by the airport:

  • WiFi Service
  • Duty-free shops
  • Caffe bar & Restaurant
  • Exchange Office
  • ATM

Zadar Airport accommodation

To see the available accommodation units and hotels near ZAD Airport, make sure to check out our map below:

Zadar Airport FAQs

Where can I find the timetable for buses from Zadar airport to Novalja and towns like Split, Vodice, Sibenik, and Tisno?

Take the airport bus to the stop by the old town; the drop-off location is basically next to where the ferries depart from.

What is the easiest way to travel from Zadar airport to the cities mentioned above?

The easiest way is to pre-book a transfer from the airport to your destination town or marina. The driver will then pick you up at the airport. The company providing the transfer will monitor whether your plane is delayed or not, so you do not have to worry about this, the driver will be there when you arrive.

How to get to the island of Ugljan or Pasman from the airport?

Take the airport bus to the stop by the old town; the drop-off location is basically next to where the ferries depart from.

How do I get to Split airport from Zadar airport?

The cheapest way is to take the airport bus to the main bus station and then take a bus from there to Split main station. In Split, you then take the bus to the airport. The fastest way is to book a private transfer which is quite pricy but it can save you a lot of time. The trip with the bus will take you about 6 hours (Airport to Airport), a private transfer of about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Do the taxis run by meter?

By law, they have to, but creativity cannot be ruled out.

I travel with an infant or smaller child, can I be sure the taxis have a child seat?

Some do but to be on the safe side it is better to pre-book a transfer and then inform you need a seat for a child.

Does any of the intercity buses stop by the airport?

Unfortunately not and except for the fact that the airport is a bit off track in relation to the roads used by the intercity buses, it is currently also not possible to get permission allowing them to stop at the airport.

I arrive late in the evening; will I still be able to catch the airport bus?

Yes, except for the extreme cases. The last airport bus will not depart before all passengers have a chance to get on the bus.

If I plan to continue my travel from Zadar main bus station or the ferry terminal how much time buffer should I take into consideration?

To be on the safe side, plan 1 hour 30 minutes to get to the ferry terminal or the bus station.

Can I pay for my transportation from the airport in Euros, Dollar, or Sterling?

In general, Croatian law states that the only currency allowed for payment of goods and services is the Kuna but exceptions apply and this is one of the cases. The airport bus and transfer/taxi drivers will in most cases accept Euros (Dollar and Sterling maybe?); any change will in most cases be paid in Kuna. Alternatively, there are several ATM machines and an exchange office when you exit the customs area at the airport, so getting local currency is not a problem.

Can I take an Uber taxi from Zadar to the airport?

Yes, you can take an Uber taxi from Zadar to Zadar Airport and it will cost you approximately 150 Kunas (~ 20 EUR).


  1. Mui   •  

    Is there only one bus station in Zadar? I need to get to the airport once I get off from the bus station. Is there a bus from bus station to airport?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Mui,

      There’s only one bus station in Zadar, the airport bus departs from the same bus station.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  2. Veronica   •  

    Hello, I get to zadar bus station at 01.00.Are there anu buses to Zadar airport this time?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Veronica,

      At that time you will need to order a taxi or a private transfer. You can book your transfer in advance for a fixed price on Getbytransfer.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  3. Ava Frohna   •  

    I will be at Zadar Airport on June 21 at 15:00, are there any buses at this time.

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Ava,

      it is possible to check the departures for the current month (May) only, so we suggest you keep following Zadar Airport official website as June approaches.
      Generally, airport shuttle operates in accordance with flights, so if there are flights on that date, buses will operate for sure, but the exact schedule is still unknown.

      Best regards,
      Maja, GBB Team

  4. Chaimae   •  

    Hi, can tickets be purchased in eur or are we obliged to pay in Kunas ? 🙂

    Ps. thanks for all the details! very helpful !!

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Chaimae,

      if referring to a local bus or airport shuttle from the airport to Zadar, then yes, you need to pay in Kuna.

      Best regards,
      Maja, GBB Team

  5. Dan S.   •  

    The post says that tickets can purchased aboard the airport bus. Can you pay with a credit card? If paying by cash, do you need the exact amount? Thanks!

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Dan,

      if buying a bus ticket on the bus, you will have to pay in cash. It is not that necessary to have the exact amount, but keep in mind that the driver does not necessarily have a large amount of cash to be able to give you the change. 🙂

      Best regards,
      GBB Team

  6. Jarka   •  

    Hello, I’ll be at the airport on October 9 at 4:15 p.m. Are there any buses going to Zadar this time? Thanks jarka

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Jarka,

      the current timetable of the airport shuttle is valid for September only.
      The timetable for October will be available on the official website in a few days.
      However, the shuttle bus usually operates till late evening hours, so no need to worry, it is very unlikely buses won’t be running at this time.

      Best regards,
      GBB Team

  7. Willem   •  

    What time does the bus from city centre operates on Sunday 5/6/22 to the airport Zadar?

    • Maja   •  

      Hi Willem,

      unfortunately, it’s not possible to know the timetable that much in advance. We suggest you keep following the official website of Liburnija bus company as they will publish the timetable about a week ahead.

      GBB Team

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