If you’re planning to visit Croatia you have 6 international airports which have regular commercial flights, whole or parts of the year. Despite Croatia being a small country, picking the closest airport can often save you quite a bit of travel time, especially during the busy summer months when traffic on the Croatian roads can be dense.
Zagreb airport – IATA code ZAG
This airport is obviously the one to pick if you are travelling to the Croatian capital Zagreb, but it is also the optimal airport if you are travelling to cities like Varazdin, Karlovac or Plitvice lakes. Often, it is also the best choice when travelling to cities in the north eastern part of Croatia like Slavonski Brod, Vinkovci and Vukovar, but Osijek airport which is much closer to those cities, might be an alternative option. NOTE: Zagreb airport is the main hub for Croatian airlines which operates all domestic flights in Croatia, so if you are not able to find an international flight to any of the other airports in Croatia, you can consider using Zagreb airport as a hub.
More information about travelling from Zagreb airport to city centre and other relevant destinations you can find here:
Split airport – IATA code SPU
Split airport is situated in Kastela, close to Trogir and about 23 km from the centre of Split. The airport is suitable if you are travelling to Dalmatian islands like Ciovo, Solta, Hvar, Split or Brac which have ferry or catamaran connections to Split. Airport Split is also the closest airport when travelling to cities along the Dalmatian coast between Split and Ploce, and Trogir and Sibenik. Due to the many international connections Split is also often the best airport to choose when travelling to Mostar, Medjugorje as well as other towns in the western part of Bosnia. Split airport is the fastest growing airport in Croatia in 2016 i has surpassed the 2 Mio. passengers mark for the first time.
More information about travelling from Split airport to city centre and other relevant destinations you can find here:
Dubrovnik airport – IATA code DBV
Dubrovnik airport is the airport to choose when travelling to Dubrovnik, Cavtat as well as towns along the Dalmatian coast south of Ploce and to the island Korcula, Mljet and Sipan. Due to the many international connections, Dubrovnik airport is in many cases also the optimal airport when travelling to Herceg Novi, Tivat, Budva or Kotor.
More information about travelling from Dubrovnik airport to the city centre and other relevant destinations you can find here:
Zadar airport – IATA code ZAD
When travelling to Zadar or towns in middle Dalmatia like e.g Biograd, Sukusan or Nin, Zadar Airport is the best choice. This also applies if your are going to the northern Dalmatia islands like Ugljan, Pasman and Dugi Otok which all can be reached via ferries and catamarans from Zadar. Zadar airport is also the closest airport when travelling to the popular festival towns; Novalja which is located on Island Pag and Tisno on the mainland.
More information about travelling from Zadar airport to city centre and other relevant destinations you can find here:
Rijeka airport – IATA code RJK
Rijeka airport is, despite its location on island Krk, the airport to pick when travelling to Rijeka. From the airport it is also fairly easy to reach Opatija, Novi Vinodolski, Crikvenica as well as other towns on the Kvarner mainland. If you are travelling to islands Cres, Rab, Veli or Mali Losinj, Rijeka airport is definitely also the best choice. Rijeka airport is an alternative to Pula airport when travelling to towns in Istria.
More information about travelling from Rijeka airport to city centre and other relevant destinations you can find here:
Pula airport – IATA code PUY
If you are travelling to Istria, Pula airport is the best pick; especially during the summer season there are flights from many destinations. For cities in the southern and eastern part of the peninsula, Rijeka airport can be used as an alternative; for cities in the northern part of Istria, Trieste airport is the second best choice.
More information about travelling from Pula airport to the city centre and other relevant destinations you can find here:
Good to know when flying to Croatia
During summer season there is a large number of scheduled flights from the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, France and other countries to all of the 6 above mentioned airports. In the winter season most international flights go to Zagreb, but there are also a few routes to Split and Dubrovnik which operate all year around.
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