Croatian airports by the sea – all the amenities for a good rest

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Croatia is a small country: with a population of only about four and a half million people and the area of 56 thousand square kilometers, and there are as many as seven international airports all of which were built in the 60-70s of the last century when the current sovereign Croatia was part of Yugoslavia. In 2000, the revival of the tourist business began, and with it, the Croatian international airports experienced a rebirth: now they are gradually starting to meet the high requirements of the Western standards.

Now the total passenger traffic in Croatian airports is estimated at millions of people who arrive every year to the famous Croatian resorts or for business purposes.

There are two fully “land-city” airports in the country, and the other five serve the coastal cities of Croatia.

See the location of the airports of Croatia on the map below:

Map of International airports of Croatia

Land-City Airports

Zagreb Airport (Pleso)

Get directions

The metropolitan Airport is located in the small village of Pleso, which gave the airport a second name.

You can get there from the center of Zagreb by taxi or by bus in 20 minutes.

It is possible to use the Croatian Airlines bus departing from the central bus station and running from 4.30 to 20.00 local time with an interval of half an hour.

If you arrive to Zagreb by train, you can quickly get to Pleso on good highways: the distance between the railway station and the airport does not exceed 10 km.

Prohibited items for luggage:

  1. explosives, including detonators, grenades, mines;
  2. gases, propane, butane;
  3. flammable liquids;
  4. flammable substances and materials, such as magnesium;
  5. radioactive substances;
  6. oxidizing agents and organic peroxides;
  7. toxic and infectious substances;
  8. corrosive chemicals, including mercury; and
  9. system components for fuel supply to the engine.

Airport facilities and infrastructure

Despite the rapid development of the tourism industry and its metropolitan location, the airport itself has only one takeoff runway, where planes arrive from all major European cities.

The capacity of the Zagreb airport is 4 thousand people per day.

From here you can fly not only to thirty large European cities but also to all Croatian cities located on the Adriatic coast:

  • Dubrovnik,
  • Split,
  • Zadar, and
  • Pula.

At the Zagreb airport, there are duty-free shops, a cafe, a small waiting room, a first-aid post, and a currency exchange point.

The airport operates 24/7.

Osijek Airport

It is the country’s second “land-city” international airport.

It is located in the village of Klisa, which is 20 km from Osijek – the fourth largest city in Croatia.

The Osijek Airport accepts flights from Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Cologne, and Frankfurt.

Get directions

The shuttle bus from the Osijek center is the only way to get to the airport. Of course, you can take a taxi, but 20 km will cost you a lot.

Also, you can get here by road from other cities, namely:

  • Vukovar (18 km),
  • Zagreb (289 km),
  • as well as from the Serbian border town of Ilok (55 km).

Airport facilities and infrastructure

The Osijek Airport has everything you need for the convenience of passengers: a cafe, bar, medical center, duty-free shop, bank office, and parking.

The airport itself has two runways.

Operation mode – from 6.00 to 22.00 local time.

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Seaside-City Airports

Pula Airport

Line aircrafts from Zagreb and foreign countries fly here, bringing tourists to rest in Istria – the Croatian peninsula.

Get directions

The airport is located six kilometers from the city.

Probably, a small distance is the reason that there is no established communication between them: most often, tourists who want to get to the airport have to take a taxi for 20 kunas (about three Euros per kilometer of way) or special transport of receiving travel agencies.

1 Croatian kuna is approximately equal to 0.131 Euros!

Airport facilities and infrastructure

Pula Airport has one takeoff runway, capable of receiving large aircrafts such as Boeing and IL-86. You can get there on a private or a small rented plane.

This airport accepts about half a million passengers per year.

The airport infrastructure includes:

  • shops,
  • duty-free shops,
  • cafes,
  • bar,
  • medical center,
  • the VIP lounge, and
  • parking.

The airport operates 24/7.

Zadar Airport

Rebuilt after the war at the beginning of this century, the Zadar Airport is gradually increasing its capacity and is already receiving up to 300 thousand passengers a year.

Aircrafts from many European countries, as well as from Zagreb and Pula arrive at the airport.

Get directions

The airport is only eight kilometers from the city of Zadar located in the center of the Adriatic coast.

You can get there by bus from the old bus station in Zadar for 25 kunas or by rented cars offered by many local transport companies.

Airport facilities and infrastructure

Zadar is the only airport in Croatia having a business terminal. Its two-story building accommodates not only a cafe, a bar, but also apartments for those tourists who need to rest before a new flight.

The airport infrastructure includes:

  • medical center,
  • duty-free shops,
  • bank branch,
  • lost luggage office, and
  • parking, where you get for free the first 15 minutes of your stay, and after that time the place costs 12 kuna/hour.

Operation mode – from 6.00 to 22.00 local time.

Allowable weight of baggage
The maximum weight of checked baggage depends on the class you fly in.
For example, the most common is the business class where the maximum weight is 30 kg, and in economy class, it is 20 kg.
Carry-on baggage weight should not exceed 8 kg.

Split Airport

Split is one of the largest cities in Croatia, located in the middle of Dalmatia.

Its airport is connected with the nearby Kastela and Trogir. From here you can fly not only to Zagreb or other Croatian cities, but also to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Rome, and Paris.

Get directions

European tourists can fly to Split by low-cost flights, Lufthansa, as well as Croatian air carriers. The journey takes about five and a half hours with transfers in:

  • Munich,
  • Frankfurt,
  • Vienna,
  • Budapest, and
  • Zagreb.

Tourists travel to the airport by comfortable buses from Trogir, which is closer to the airport than Split itself.
You can get here from the center of Split by regular buses in a half an hour, paying 30 kunas, or take a taxi for 270 kunas.

From Split, you can fly to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Rome, and Paris.

Airport facilities and infrastructure

In 2011, the Split Airport, which is already considered to be the second largest one by the passenger traffic after the capital, the overhaul and construction of a new terminal with four air bridges and a large airside was completed.

The infrastructure includes:

  • shops,
  • duty-free shops,
  • parking,
  • cafes,
  • the medical center, and
  • branches of banks.

Operation mode – from 6.00 to 22.00 local time. At the request, the airport may receive aircrafts round-the-clock.

Dubrovnik Airport (Čilipi)

The Dubrovnik Airport is only 15 km away from the city center, in the village of Čilipi, being the reason why the terminal has the same name with it.

Dubrovnik is one of the most popular resorts in the southern part of Croatia – Dalmatia, therefore, thousands of people from different countries of Europe come here every year to rest. It also serves the nearby cities of Herceg-Novi and Cavtat.

You can also fly here in one hour from Zagreb (flights are operated several times a day).

During the season there are direct charters from European cities twice a week.

How to get to the airports of Croatia

The airport is located just over 20 km from the center of Dubrovnik, so you can get here by transfer buses of Croatia Airlines for 45 kunas, as well as by taxi for 180-200 kunas.

Airport facilities and infrastructure

Dubrovnik Airport is small, but a new terminal is being built, which will significantly expand its capacity.

Now it has one airstrip and receives up to one and a half million tourists per year.

The infrastructure includes:

  • cafes,
  • duty-free shops,
  • the medical center,
  • waiting hall,
  • parking,
  • travel agency, and
  • baggage packing service.

In the summer, the Dubrovnik Airport operates from 4.00 to 21.00, and in the winter – from 5.00 to 21.00 local time.

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Rijeka Airport

The Rijeka Airport is about 30 km from the city, which is one of the most popular resorts on the northern coast of Croatia. The airport itself is located on the island of Krk and is connected to the Krk bridge.

Get directions

From Zagreb, you can get there by train from the railway station and by bus from the bus station, and from Pula – by bus in 2.5 hours.

Shuttle Buses and Croatia Airlines transport run from Rijeka itself to the airport. The trip will cost about 30 kunas and take half an hour.

Airport facilities and infrastructure

The airport in Rijeka has one runway and one terminal.

The infrastructure includes:

  • shops,
  • the medical center,
  • currency exchange point,
  • ATMs,
  • bank branch,
  • cafes, and
  • parking.

The airport operates 24/7.

The rules for check-in, luggage storage, and carry-on baggage at the Croatian airports are the same as at airports in other countries of the world.

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