About 15% of tourists come to Croatia by plane. Probably those who come on a plane, in the same way, are going back. So, the topic of to and from Croatia airports can be quite interesting.
Airports in Croatia
In Croatia, there are seven airports that can accept conventional aircraft almost without restrictions and have the status of an international airport. Two are in the continental part of Croatia, Zagreb and Osijek-Klisa, and five along the coast, Pula, Rijeka (located on the island of Krk), Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik.
Eleven airfields are also registered (for airplanes with up to 50 seats or less). The first four are international: Brač, Lošinj, Osijek-Čepin, Vrsar, Lučko, Varaždin, Čakovec, Sinj, Grobnik, Otočac, and Ploče.
Traffic of passengers
Through the Croatian airports in the year 2018, there were a total of 10.5 million passengers or 10.2 percent more than in the 2017. According to data of the State Bureau for statistics (CBS).
At the Zagreb Airport, Dr. Franjo Tuđman, passenger traffic throughout the year is fairly uniform, while in coastal airports it is not the case. Split Airport in 4 months, from June to September, achieved over 72% of annual traffic, and Dubrovnik Airport over 67%.
Zagreb Airport Franjo Tuđman
The “Franjo Tuđman” airport is the largest and most significant airport in Croatia. He was named after the first Croatian President Dr. Franjo Tudjman (1922-1999). The airport is located 10 kilometers southeast of the center of Zagreb in the area of Velika Gorica.
Significant active air carriers in this airport: Aeroflot, AIR CANADA, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Sas, Swiss, and many others.
Zagreb airport is connected with many Europen cities, like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Milan, Moskva, Paris, Prag, Zurich and outside Europe to Doha, Dubai, Tel Aviv, and Toronto.
To and from Zagreb airport you can of course with the car, but you have other options.
The scheduled airport shuttle is operating between the Airport and the Zagreb Central Bus Terminal (locally Autobusni
By Taxi / Rent-a-car. The taxi stand for arriving passengers will be available at the Passenger Terminal, located in the vicinity of the Ground Floor, Arrivals level of the Terminal. My recommendation is to rent a car at the airport and use it until you return home.
Public transport line 290. Within the 19 kilometers long route it will cover two tariff zones and will stop at 20 stations. Departures are scheduled every 35 minutes.
Split Airport is located in the area of Resnik, 6 km away from Trogir and 25 km from Split. After the “Franjo Tuđman” airport, the second is the busiest airport in the country. The Split Airport opened on November 25, 1966. In September 1991 he was detained for war, and in April 1992 he was again open.
The connections are fantastic with Scandinavia, England and Germany.
Destinations in Scandinavia: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Stavanger, Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, Trondheim.
England destinations: Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, London, Southampton.
Destinations in Germany: Hamburg, Hannover, Dortmund, Cologne, Berlin, Nurnberg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich.
You can reach the airport by direct bus to the airport, which is usually waiting near the Ferry Port in Split. You can wait for the Split public transport line no. 37 and no. 38. All taxis are easily accessible, and there is also the option of private seaport connections directly to the south of the new airport bus terminal. My recommendation is to rent a car at the airport and use it until you return home.
Dubrovnik Airport is the third busiest airport in Croatia. It is located in Čilipi, 22 kilometers from Dubrovnik. It has the country’s longest runway, allowing it to
The connections are fantastic with Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and France. With Great Britain connections are outstanding.
Destinations in Great Britain: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Doncaster, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham.
Dubrovnik is an exceptionally seasonal airport based on the most important source tourist markets, but not so much as Split.
For to and From Dubrovnik Airport you have few options including car.
By Airport bus service. Upon arrival, buses meet all scheduled flights at the Dubrovnik Airport for a transfer to Dubrovnik Main Bus Station. The trip duration is 30 to 40 minutes. Departures from Dubrovnik to the airport are from the Main Bus Station in Gruž Port, usually 90 minutes before regular domestic flights, and 2 hours before regular international flights.
By local bus, lines 11, 27, 31 and 38. For those not in such a great rush, there are local buses that travel to/from the airport which obviously
By Taxi / Rent-a-car. The taxi cost about 30-40 Euro. My recommendation is to rent a car at the airport and use it until you return home.
To and From Croatia Airports Conclusion
If you come to Croatia with a plane everything should go quite comfortable and without any complications. When you land the best solution is that the car that you rented is already waiting for you. Make sure you rent a car at least 30 days before arrival, to get the car you want and avoid the crowd.
And then head towards Vela Stiniva Bay. Drive safely and without hesitation. We look forward to your arrival and we believe that you will have good holidays.