Friday, June 17, 2016

Croatia Road Trip: Travel Guide

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There are many ways to visit and explore Croatia. One of the most popular, and my favorite, is by car.

A road trip through Croatia is amazing. Beautiful destinations, scenic drives, and unique experiences throughout the regions are just three reasons why you should take a road trip through Croatia.



By going on a Croatia road trip, you'll get to see parts of Croatia that you would miss if you stayed in one place or one region of Croatia, or traveled by plane, train, bus, or boat.

It's also affordable. Driving in Croatia has been getting cheaper as prices have fallen a lot over the past two years, and most of the cars run on diesel which gives you twice the distance you get with gasoline.

If you have kids, it's even more fun. Kids love road tripping as they get to discover new places and try new things.

See some amazing destinations in Croatia below (see additional pics on ART Instagram).

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Seriously, can you pick just one destination to visit from places above?

Croatia Road Trip: Airport Arrivals

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When flying to Croatia, you have a choice of arriving at numerous airports in Croatia, and could also arrive in Italy or Slovenia, depending on the road trip you have planned.




Croatia airports

Croatia has 8 main airports. They are located at Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula, Osijek and Brac.

Five of them serve international flights: Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, and Dubronik. The main international airport in Croatia is the Zagreb Airport.

Zagreb Airport
Tel. +385 (0)1 4562 222
www.zagreb-airport.hr

Pula Airport
Tel. +385 (0)52 530 140
www.airport-pula.hr

Rijeka Airport
Tel.+385 (0)51 842 134
www.rijeka-airport.hr

Split Airport
Tel. +385 (0)21 203 555
www.split-airport.hr

Zadar Airport
Tel.+385 (0)23 205 800
www.zadar-airport.hr

Dubrovnik Airport
Tel.+385 (0)20 773 333
www.airport-dubrovnik.hr

Brač Airport
Teł.+385 (0)21 559 701
www.airport-brac.hr

Osijek Airport
Tel.+385 (0)31 514 402
www.osijek-airport.hr

Slovenia airports

Slovenia's main airport is in Brnik, 25 kilometers from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Several foreign carriers fly from the airport but the largest number of flights are operated by Slovenia's only airline, Adria Airways.

Portoroz is Slovenia's second international airport. Maribor airport has only national flights.

Aerodrom Ljubljana/Ljubljana Airport
Zg. Brnik 130a 4210 Brnik
Tel. +386 4 206 19 81
www.lju-airport.si

Aerodrom Portorož/Portorož Airport
Sečovlje 19; 6333 Sečovlje
Tel. ++386 5 617 51 40
www.portoroz-airport.si

Aerodrom Maribor/Maribor Airport
Letališka cesta 10; 2312 Orehova vas
Tel. +386 2 629 11 75
www.maribor-airport.si

Italy airports

You can also fly in to Italy, at the International airports of Venice or Trieste. Trieste is closer to Croatia but Venice has more flights and has arrivals from more destinations.

You can rent a car at either airport.

Venice Marco Polo Airport
Via Galileo Galilei, 30/1, 30173 Tessera, Venezia VE, Italy
Tel. +041 2603610
www.veniceairport.it

Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
Via Aquileia, 46, 34077 Ronchi dei Legionari GO, Italy
Tel. +39 0481 773224
www.aeroporto.fvg.it

Best of Croatia Interactive Google Map

As you plan your Croatia road trip, you'll want to pick a few main destinations where you'll spend the nights during your road trip.

The two Google maps below show the best of Croatia and best of Istria (northern part of Croatia) with most popular destinations, attractions, and places to eat and stay. Use them for trip planning ahead of the road trip, but also use them while on the road trip to see what's nearby.

You'll get the best experience from the Croatia road trip if you follow a planned route but stay flexible as you travel.

Croatia Road Trip Map




Istria Road Trip Map




Croatia Road Trip: Index of Destinations

For additional information about all major destinations in Croatia, including personal recommendations of best things to see and do, visit the index of places webpage.

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Croatia Road Trip: Route Planner

The road trip route that you choose will vary depending on your arrival point, your interests, your schedule, your budget, and preferences of traveling companions.

To help get you started, here are some popular routes that you can use to plan your journey. All of these routes are also mapped in the ART Google Map below (click on the map to see all routes).



Slovenia & Croatia: 7 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Ljubljana.
- Explore Ljubljana.
- Spend the night in Ljubljana.

2nd Day
- Trip to Portoroz.
- Explore Koper, Izola, Piran, and Portoroz.
- Spend the night in Portoroz.

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3rd Day
- Trip to Opatija.
- Explore Rovinj, Pula, Medveja Beach, Lovran, and Opatija.
- Spend the night in Opatija.

4th Day
- Trip to Plitvice Lakes.
- Explore Rijeka and Plitvice Lakes.
- Spend the night in Plitvice Lakes.

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5th Day
- Trip to Zadar.
- Explore Pag Island and Zadar.
- Spend the night in Zadar.

6th Day
- Trip to Split.
- Explore Biograd na Moru, Sibenik, Trogir, and Split.
- Spend the night in Split.

7th Day
- Return to Ljubljana.

Slovenia & Croatia: 10 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Ljubljana.
- Explore Ljubljana.
- Spend the night in Ljubljana.

2nd Day
- Trip to Lake Bled.
- Explore Triglav and Lake Bled.
- Spend the night in Lake Bled.

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3rd Day
- Trip to Portoroz.
- Explore Koper, Izola, Piran, and Portoroz.
- Spend the night in Portoroz.

4th Day
- Trip to Pula.
- Explore Rovinj, Medulin, and Pula.
- Spend the night in Pula.

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5th Day
- Trip to Krk Island.
- Explore Opatija, Rijeka, and Krk Island.
- Spend the night in Krk.

6th Day
- Trip to Plitvice Lakes.
- Explore Plitvice Lakes.
- Spend the night in Plitvice Lakes.

7th Day
- Trip to Zadar.
- Explore Pag Island and Zadar.
- Spend the night in Zadar.

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8th Day
- Trip to Split.
- Explore Biograd na Moru, Sibenik, Trogir, Split.
- Spend the night in Split.

9th Day
- Trip to Dubrovnik.
- Explore Makarska and Dubrovnik.
- Spend the night in Dubrovnik.

10th Day
- Return to Ljubljana.

Slovenia & Croatia: 14 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Ljubljana.
- Explore Ljubljana.
- Spend the night in Ljubljana.

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2nd Day 
- Trip to Lake Bled.
- Explore Triglav and Lake Bled.
- Spend the night in Lake Bled.

3rd Day 
- Trip to Portoroz.
- Explore Koper, Izola, Piran, and Portoroz.
- Spend the night in Portoroz.

4th Day 
- Trip to Pula.
- Explore Rovinj, Medulin, and Pula.
- Spend the night in Pula.

5th Day 
- Trip to Mali Losinj.
- Explore Cres Island and Mali Losinj.
- Spend the night in Mali Losinj.

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6th Day 
- Trip to Krk Island.
- Explore Krk Island.
- Spend the night in Krk.

7th Day 
- Trip to Plitvice Lakes. 
- Explore Crikvenica, Senj, and Plitvice Lakes.
- Spend the night in Plitvice Lakes.

8th Day 
- Trip to Zadar.
- Explore Pag Island and Zadar.
- Spend the night in Zadar.

9th-10th Day 
- Trip to Split.
- Explore Biograd na Moru, Sibenik, Trogir, Split.
- Explore Brac Island and Hvar Island.
- Spend the night in Split and one of the islands.

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11th-13th Day 
- Trip to Dubrovnik.
- Explore Makarska and Dubrovnik.
- Explore Elaphite Islands.
- Explore Kotor Bay.
- Sleep in Dubrovnik and Kotor.

14th Day 
- Return to Ljubljana.

Istria Road Trip: 7 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Zagreb.
- Explore Zagreb.
- Spend the night in Zagreb.

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2nd Day 
- Trip to Opatija.
- Explore Rijeka and Opatija.
- Spend the night in Opatija.

3rd Day 
- Trip to Umag.
- Explore Buzet, Motovun, Groznjan, Buje, Umag.
- Spend the night in Umag.

4th Day 
- Trip to Rovinj.
- Explore Novigrad, Porec, Funtana, Vrsar, Rovinj.
- Spend the night in Rovinj.

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5th and 6th Day 
- Trip to Pula.
- Explore Brijuni National Park.
- Explore Kamnik, Medulin, and Pula.
- Spend the night in Pula.

7th Day 
- Return to Zagreb.

Kvarner & Dalmatia Road Trip: 7 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Zagreb.
- Explore Zagreb.
- Spend the night in Zagreb.

2nd Day 
- Trip to Krk Island.
- Explore Rijeka and Krk Island.
- Spend the night in Krk.

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3rd Day 
- Trip to Plitvice Lakes. 
- Explore Crikvenica, Senj, and Plitvice Lakes.
- Spend the night in Plitvice Lakes.

4th Day 
- Trip to Zadar.
- Explore Pag Island and Zadar.
- Spend the night in Zadar.

5th Day 
- Trip to Split.
- Explore Biograd na Moru, Sibenik, Trogir, Split.
- Explore Brac Island and Hvar Island.
- Spend the night in Split or one of the islands.

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6th Day 
- Trip to Dubrovnik.
- Explore Makarska and Dubrovnik.
- Spend the night in Dubrovnik or Kotor.

7th Day 
- Return to Zagreb.

Dalmatia Road Trip: 7 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Zagreb.
- Explore Zagreb.
- Spend the night in Zagreb.

2nd Day 
- Trip to Zadar.
- Explore Pag Island and Zadar.
- Spend the night in Zadar.

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3rd Day 
- Trip to Split.
- Explore Biograd na Moru, Sibenik, Trogir, Split.
-  Spend the night in Split.

4th Day 
- Stay in Split.
- Explore Brac Island and Hvar Island.
-  Spend the night on one of the islands.

5th Day 
- Trip to Peljesac Peninsula.
- Explore the Peljesac Peninsula and Korcula Island.
- Spend the night in Orebic or Korcula.

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6th Day 
- Trip to Dubrovnik.
- Explore Makarska and Dubrovnik.
Spend the night in Dubrovnik.

7th Day 
- Return to Zagreb.

Island Hopping Road Trip: 7 days

1st Day
- Arrive in Zagreb.
- Spend the night in Zagreb.

2nd Day 
- Drive to Krk Island.
- Spend the night in Krk.

3rd Day 
- Take the Krk-Rab ferry to Rab Island.
- Spend the night in Rab.

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4th Day 
- Take ferry to Pag Island.
- Spend the night in Pag.

5th Day 
- Drive to Zadar.
- Explore nearby islands: Ugljan, Dugi Otok, and Kornati.
- Spend the night in Zadar.

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6th Day 
- Drive to Split.
- Explore nearby islands: Brac and Hvar.
- Spend the night in Split or one of the islands.

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7th Day 
- Return to Zagreb.


Additional Tips for the Croatia Road Trip

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Do you have other questions about planning your Croatia road trip? Visit the Croatia Road Trip FAQs webpage that has additional information about road tripping and traveling in Croatia.

You can also post your comments and questions below or contact me via e-mail.

Additional Resources

Here are additional resources that will come handy for your Croatia road trip:



Happy road tripping, and please don't forget to come back to share your Croatia road trip experiences!

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