Croatia travel guide

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You're Going to Love Croatia

A Mediterranean country filled with blue waters and sandy beaches, Croatia is the perfect destination for anyone that loves activities like snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. Explore unique architecture, the region's rolling hills, and traditional Croatian restaurants.

What to do in Croatia

1. Hike Through the Mountains

To go on a scenic hike that will provide you with views of gorgeous waterfalls and greenery, make sure to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park.

2. Go Wine Tasting

If you are interested in trying some of the country's unique wine, go to Korčula, a popular island that contains several vineyards.

3. Tour a Roman Palace

For travelers that enjoy architecture, don't forget to tour Diocletian's Palace, an ancient building that dates back to the 4th century and can be found in the city of Split.

4. Relax by the Ocean

A trip to Croatia is not complete without enjoying the beautiful sea, and one of the best locations to do that is Mljet, a scenic island that is known for its clear waters, sailing opportunities, and historic monastery.

5. Learn About Dubrovnik's Rich History

If you enjoy museums and learning about history, you will love going to Rector's Palace, a building that can be found in Dubrovnik and contains a museum related to the history of the city.

When to visit Croatia

Croatia in January
Estimated flight+hotel price
£178
2 travellers
Flight to Croatia
3 nights at hotel
Croatia in January
Estimated flight+hotel price
£178
2 travellers
Flight to Croatia
3 nights at hotel

In order to have pleasant weather without it being too hot, the best time of the year to visit Croatia is between the months of May to June and September to October.

How to Get to Croatia

Entry Requirements

If you are from a country that is a part of the Schengen Zone, you are able to travel to Croatia without a visa and stay for as long as you like. Those from non-Schengen Zone countries, such as the United States, can go to Croatia with a standard passport and stay for a maximum of 90 days.

Plane

The most common way for visitors to travel to Croatia is by plane, with Dubrovnik Airport being one of the most popular destinations in the country.

Train

For those interested in using the rail system, it is possible to take a direct train to Croatia from several neighboring countries, including Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece.

Car

All visitors are allowed to freely drive across the borders of Croatia as long as they have a valid driver's license, insurance, and vehicle registration.

Bus

Buses are one of the most affordable forms of transportation for going to Croatia, and two are offered every day from Venice, with Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia also being popular departure points.

Boat

Regular daily ferries are offered between Croatia and Italy, with Blue Line International and Venezia Lines being two of the most common providers.

Popular airports in Croatia

PUYPula
BWKBol

Popular airlines serving Croatia

United Airlines
Good (69,543 reviews)
American Airlines
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Lufthansa
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Delta
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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
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Qatar Airways
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Iberia
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Air Canada
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Austrian Airlines
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Emirates
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Ryanair
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Finnair
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Vueling
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Where to stay in Croatia

While most visitors often choose to stay in a traditional hotel, there is the option of booking a lighthouse, which will provide you with a unique experience right next to the ocean.

Where to stay in popular areas of Croatia

Most booked hotels in Croatia

Rixos Premium Dubrovnik
Excellent (9.4, Excellent reviews)
£245+
Hotel Lone
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£245+
Dubrovnik Palace
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£162+
Hotel Esplanade Zagreb
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£93+
DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£74+
Hotel Adria
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£90+
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How to Get Around Croatia

Public Transportation

The most popular form of public transportation in Croatia is the bus, and a ticket will cost between kn10-15 ($1.50-2.25) in most places. In major cities like Zagreb and Osijek, it is also possible to use the effective tram system.

Trains

Trains are an affordable and efficient way to travel throughout Croatia, and you are able to use the rail system to reach most big cities, including Split and Zabreg.

Bus

Bus services between different cities in Croatia are very frequent, and the bus terminal in Zagreb is known for operating the most trips.

Car

If you decide to rent a car in order to travel throughout the country, keep in mind that you will have to purchase a "green card" for the vehicle if you plan on driving to any other countries within the EU.

Plane

One of the quickest ways to move from city to city is by flying and Croatia Airlines offers several daily voyages between the country's main regions, including Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, and Osijek.

The Cost of Living in Croatia

When you decide to dine at a traditional restaurant for lunch, you'll pay approximately kn60-80 ($9-12) for your meal. For a monthly transportation pass, the cost is around kn328 ($49), while groceries for the week will be around kn100 ($15) . Credit cards are accepted in hotels and bigger restaurants; however, cash is best for small transactions. You can exchange your money at the airport.

Popular cities in Croatia