Croatia by bus
Traveling by bus in Croatia is definitely one of the safest and cheapest ways of traveling while ensuring at the same time that you don't miss out on the beautiful natural landscapes around the country. Thanks to the well connected bus network between Croatian cities it is easy to reach the majority of the most popular destinations within the country in a day.
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Intercity buses in Croatia
In Croatia intercity buses are available on more than 22732 travel combinations, while traveling with an average speed of 59 km/h. Of course, intercity bus routes via highway have a higher average speed. The majority of the Croatian intercity buses are comfortable long distance coaches, but older vehicles might be used on busier travel days.
The timetable for popular intercity bus routes like Zadar - Zagreb or Zagreb - Zadar can be found online, but for some shorter intercity bus routes you might have to go to the bus station. Tickets are sold both online and on the spot, but after the COVID-19 pandemic an increasing number of travellers prefer buying their tickets online.
As mentioned above there are more than 22732 domestic intercity bus travel combinations in Croatia. Below you will find some of the most popular Croatian travel routes with minimal or no stops along the way:
The majority of these international bus lines are daily departures, that are operated by various Croatia bus companies.
Most of the International bus departures drive from Zagreb, Rijeka, and Osijek. Of course, there are also some international bus departures from other cities throughout the country.
Below we have listed the most popular international bus routes:
Airport buses in Croatia
If you are flying to Croatia you will land in one of 7 airports located throughout the country. From the majority of Croatian airports you have a bus shuttle to the nearest largest city and in some cases even intercity buses to other cities in the region. Click on the airport name below and read more about getting to and from the airport.
Bus companies in Croatia
There are over 86 bus companies operating in Croatia. 45 companies offer intercity bus lines, 6 companies drive airport shuttles, 5 companies operate regional and local lines, 26 bus companies offer bus rental and 13 companies offer bus tours. The bus companies are located in 36 cities throughout the country. The majority of companies can be found in Zagreb and Split.
45 intercity bus companies operating in Croatia are very different in size. The largest Croatian company Arriva - Autotrans connects more than 264 cities, whereas the smallest intercity bus company Cagalj Tours only has service to 3 cities.
Below we have listed some of the most popular bus companies in Croatia. Full list of bus companies in Croatia can be found here.
Bus stations in Croatia
In most cities there is a dedicated bus station, in smaller cities the bus station might be a parking lot with a shelter or a section on the road marked for multiple buses. In some cities buses also stop at public road bus stops or at gas stations and hotel parking lots. In larger cities you will find bus stations with amenities like toilets, luggage storage, kiosks, fast food restaurants and other useful services for travellers. In Croatia there is a total of 178 bus stations, below we have listed 15 of the most popular bus stations, for a full list of bus stations in Croatia click here.
Hire a coach in Croatia
Croatia bus rental companies offer coaches for any kind of group trip, whether it’s a transfer from the airport to your hotel, or single and multi day excursions to the many sights in Croatia. Rest assured you will be able to find a suitable partner. If you are travelling during the high season, it is advisable to book your bus in advance to secure one of the best vehicles for your group.
Here you can see a list of some companies offering bus rental in Croatia:
- Arriva - Autotrans
- Antonio tours Pag
- Fils - Pula
- Croatia bus-Globtour-Touring-Jadran ekspres
- APZ Imotski-Autoherc d.o.o
Public transportation in Croatia
In the majority of larger Croatian cities, public transportation is available, in the cities like Split or Zadar you have an extensive network of buses connecting all suburbs to the centre of the town.
Buying tickets for public transportation varies from city to city, sometimes they are bought at dedicated sales points and other times they are bought on the bus for example, so be sure to check which options are available for the city you are travelling in.
Here is a list of some Croatian companies operating both local and suburban bus lines.
- Promet Split
- Auto promet Sisak
- Libertas Dubrovnik
- Slavonija bus d.o.o.
- Autoturist Samobor d. o. o
- VINCEK d.o.o.
- Liburnija Zadar
What to see in Croatia
As a visitor of Croatia, you have lots of great Croatian sights to visit. Some of the most popular sights are Visovac Monastery (Skradin (Krka NP)), Governor's Palace (Rijeka), and Baredine Cave (Porec). That said, there are a lot of other sights in Croatia worth visiting! Some of the sights do not have an entrance fee, whilst others charge for entrance. Below you will find a list of the most popular sights in Croatia:
Visovac Monasterymonumental building
Governor's Palacemonumental building
Baredine Cavenatural beauty
Monastery of St Francis of Assisimonumental building
Franciscan Monasterymonumental building