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Basic information

  • Area: 641.22 km² (247.6 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3851
  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)
  • Population (EST): 804,200
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Zagreb – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Located 17km south east of Zagreb city centre is Zagreb International Airport. One of the easiest and cheapest ways of reaching the airport is to travel by bus. Public buses to and from the airport are managed by Pleso Prijevoz, with a single ticket costing as little as 30HRK (approximately £3.50). Services run regularly in both directions until 8pm, when trips are timed with landing flights. As well as the regular timetable in the direction of the city to the airport, extra buses are scheduled to depart 90 minutes before domestic flights and 120 minutes before international flights. As with all international airports, arriving passengers can find a taxi rank outside the airport terminal, a single fare into town costs a fixed rate of 150HRK (approximately £18), along with car hire companies, both local and established (e.g. Hertz and Avis).


The integrated public transport system in Zagreb is very efficient with a bus network of 113 lines, reducing to 4 during the night. Covering the whole of the city centre and reaching out into the suburbs of Zagreb the bus system is a great means of transport for those wishing to venture out of the tourist district.


There are numerous taxi companies in Zagreb and cabs can be pre-booked, hailed in the street or found at taxi ranks around the city. By law all taxis must use their meters and attempts to bargain are rarely successful. The pick up charge is 19HRK (approx. £2.20) and each kilometre costs 7HRK (approx. £0.80) with extra charges for luggage and increased rates between 10pm and 5am.


The integrated public transport system in the city means that tickets can be used across the different modes of transport. Single ride tickets (10HKR) are valid for 1.5 hours and must be validated when boarding a bus, tram or train. Tickets are not for sale from the driver and must be bought from any TISAK stand (found near tram and bus stops) along with 24 hr and monthly tickets.


If travelling to or from the suburbs the train can often be faster than the bus, with fast links into Zagreb central railway station. As well as the main line the city has a historic funicular railway carrying passengers from the lower town to the upper districts.


Like the bus network, the tram system is very efficient but is generally limited to the central districts. Travelling by tram affords great views of the city and the night service is more comprehensive than that offered by the buses.

Zagreb Card

If you are planning a day of sightseeing in the city it is a good idea to invest in a Zagreb Card. Offered by the tourist board the card provides reduced entry fees into many of the city’s attractions as well as discounts in restaurants, cafés and bars. The card also allows the holder free public transport whilst valid (either 24 or 72 hours) and can be purchased online before arriving, from any tourist information centre or from many of the city’s hotels.