Arriving in Croatia
Land, sea or air – any option you choose is a good way to get to Croatia. Rail connections offer direct or transfer connections with almost all European countries. Croatian highways, whether you travel by bus or your own car, are newly built, fast and modern. Its shores are open the whole year via a ferry service from Italy. There are nine international airports across the country which are connected with major European cities, especially during the summer season.
It does not matter how you travel, as long as you come to Croatia!
Arrival BY PLANE
International airports: Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Osijek, Brač and Mali Lošinj.
Airports with authorisation for use, (Article 74 Paragraph 1 of the Air Transport Act, Official Gazette of the RC No. 69/09; 84/11; 54/13 and 127/13) are: Bjelovar-Brezovac, Zvekovac, Zabok-Gubaševo, Vukovar-Borovo naselje, Vrsar, Grobničko polje, Daruvar, Lučko, Čakovec, Hvar, Osijek-Čepin, Sinj, Sopot-Vinkovci, Otočac and Jelsa, and sea airports Split-Resnik, Hvar-Jelsa, Rab, Pula, Split-Port Split and Lastovo-Ubli. More information about air traffic at: www.ccaa.hr
Croatia Airlines, the Croatian flag carrier and Star Alliance member, links Croatia by direct flights to a number of European destinations: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Bucharest, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Vienna and Zurich. In the high season, the Croatian coast is linked by air with additional destinations in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain. In cooperation with its partners, Croatia Airlines enables its passengers to reach destinations across the world.
Tel: +385 (0)72 500 505 (for calls from Croatia), + 385 (0)1 6676 555
Arrival BY CAR
To enter the country and drive in Croatia you will need an insurance green card, a valid driving licence and a car registration card. The highway A1 Zagreb – Split, since being finished in 2005, supplemnets and connects the two vital European road routes (E 59) Maribor – Zagreb – Split and (E 65) Rijeka – Split – Dubrovnik.
Most gas stations are open from 7 am until 8 pm, some even 24 hours a day. A lead-free petrol, marked with green indication is sold in all of the gas stations.
For all road information call 01/4640800 or look at: Croatian automobile club (HAK).www.hak.hr
Arrival by road from Italy is possible by several routes. To Zagreb: Trieste / Villa Opicina / Ljubljana (SLO) / Zagreb (CRO); to Istria: follow the route to Kopar – Pula; To Dalmatia: You can join highway A1 Zagreb – Split (Dalmatina) at Rijeka, or take the main coastal road to Zadar, Split and all the way to Dubrovnik. You could also use the main road through Lika.
You can find toll rates at: www.HAC.HR
Arrival BY BUS
Regular international bus lines connect Croatia with neighbouring countries and the majority of Central European and Western European countries.
Information service for calls within Croatia: +385 (0)60 313 333
Information service for calls from outside Croatia: + 385 (0)1 611 2789
International lines (ticket office): Tel: + 385 (0)1 6008 631
National lines (ticket office): Tel: + 385 (0)1 6008 620
Autotrans: departure from Rijeka – www.autrotrans.hr
Zagreb: departure from Zagreb – www.akz.hr
SITA Padova: Rome – Zagreb, Torino – Zagreb; www.sitabus.it
SAF Udine: timetable Trieste – Pula, Rijeka, Split, Medjugorje; – www.saf.ud.it
Eurolines: Venice – Trieste – Medulin and Napoli – Rome – Firenze – Rijeka – Split – www.eurolines.hr
Arrival BY RAIL
Croatia has daily connections with Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Serbia. There are transfer connections with all other European countries.
Information: Tel: + 385 (0)60 333 444
(price from a landline is 1.74 kuna/ minute +VAT, price from mobile phone 2.96 kuna/ minute + VAT, Croatian Telecom, 01 3782 583), *VLAK (*8525 from mobile phones, price of the call is equal to the price of the call towards landlines, according to specific operator’s tariffs),
Tel: + 385 (0)1 3782 583
Arrival BY BOAT
Coastal Liner Services Agency
Tel: + 385 (0)21 329 370
Fax: + 385 (0)21 329 379
International ferry lines
Zadar – Ancona (Jadrolinija – www.jadrolinija.hr)
Split – Stari Grad – Ancona (SNAV – www.snav.it)
Split – Stari Grad – Ancona (Jadrolinija – www.jadrolinija.hr)
Dubrovnik – Bari (Jadrolinija – www.jadrolinija.hr)
Apart from ferry lines, fast ferry lines also operate between Croatia and Italy.
Jadrolinija – The main Croatian passenger line operates the largest number of international and national ferries, boats, and fast ferry lines. Its headquarters are in Rijeka.
Operators that participate in the maintenance of national ferries, boats, and fast ferries lines in the Republic of Croatia:
– Rapska plovidba d.d. (www.rapska-plovidba.hr)
– Linijska nacionalna plovidba d.d. (www.lnp.hr)
– G & V Line d.o.o. (www.gv-line.hr)
– G & V Line Iadera d.o.o. (www.gv-zadar.hr)
– Miatrade d.o.o. (www.miatours.hr)
– MB Kapetan Luka – Ivan Tomić t.p. (www.krilo.hr)
– Bura line & off shore (www.buraline.com)
– Nautički centar Komiža (Tel: +385 (0)21 713-849, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
– Ribarska proizvođačka zadruga Vrgada (www.vrgada-rpz.hr)
– Porat Ilovik d.o.o. (www.ilovik.hr)
– KTD Bilan d.o.o (Tel: +385 (0)20 713-073, E-mail: email@example.com)
– Gradski parking Šibenik (www.gradski-parking.hr)
Croatian Association of Shipping Companies
– Croatian Association of Shipping Companies and Shipbuilders ‘Adria’
– Coordination of Associations of shipping companies, shipbuilders, fishermen and seamen in Dubrovnik
– Association of Small Shipping Companies of the Northern Adriatic
Ports open for international traffic, for the entry of foreign passenger vessels and boats for sport and leisure, which provide customs formalities
– Permanent: Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Raša/Bršica, Rijeka, Mali Lošinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče, Korčula, Ubli, Cavtat and Dubrovnik.
– Seasonal (during the summer season): ACI Marina Umag, Novigrad, Sali, Božava, Primošten, Hvar, Stari Grad (Hvar), Vis, Komiža, Cavtat, Vela Luka (Summer season from 1st April to 31st October).
SAILING IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
The commander of a vessel entering the territorial waters of the Republic of Croatia by sea must carry out border control formalities, undergo border control, certify the list of crew and passengers on board at the harbourmaster’s office or branch office; pay the prescribed fees for the safety of navigation and sea protection against pollution; pay the tourist tax and register the stay of foreign nationals on board in accordance with special regulations.
The commander of a vessel, entering Croatia by land or which has been moored in the harbour or other approved location in the Republic of Croatia, must, prior to setting out to sea, pay the prescribed fees for safety of navigation and sea protection against pollution, pay a tourist tax and register the stay of foreign nationals on the boat in accordance with special regulations.
From 1 January 2014 foreign vessels, as well as vessels bearing the Croatian flag, are obliged to pay fees for the safety of navigation and protection from pollution. The fees depend on the length of the vessel and engine power. They are payable for the calendar year regardless of the period of navigation in the territorial sea and internal waters of the Republic of Croatia.
Sojourn Tax / Touirist Taxes
Owners or users of vessels and all persons which stay overnight on a boat which is more than 5 m in length and used for holidays, recreation or sailing are required to pay a flat rate sojourn tax.
The sojourn tax must be paid in the harbourmaster’s office (or its branch office) before the departure of the boat to sea, as a flat rate for residence periods of 8, 15, 30 or 90 days, or 1 year.
*** Source: www.croatia.hr