Traveling by train in Croatia

Map of Croatia with capital city Zagreb

Your Croatian rail adventure will open up a whole new world. Use your Eurail Croatia Pass to see all the sights, and travel with a convenient and frequent train service. Some spectacular cities and great views await you, including the views from the train windows as you travel.

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Quick facts
Trains in Croatia
Places to visit
Events
Eurail passes for Croatia
Pass benefits in Croatia

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View of Zagreb

View of Zagreb

View of Split

View of Split

Fort Lovrjenac, Dubrovnik

Fort Lovrjenac, Dubrovnik

Sunset at the coast of Pula

Sunset at the coast of Pula

Plitvice national park

Plitvice national park

Croatia quick facts

 
  • Capital: Zagreb

  • Population: 4.2 million

  • Language: Croatian

  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)

  • Dialing code: +385

Trains in Croatia

 
Logo of HZ bus

Trains in Croatia are managed by Croatian Railways (HZ - Hrvatske željeznice). There are three types of trains: local trains usually have only unreserved 2nd class seats, but reservations may be required on express trains. ‘Executive trains’ only have 1st class seats.

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Places to visit

 
Scenic view of the port of Dubrovnik
Scenic view of the port of Dubrovnik

A stunningly beautiful coastal city

The magnificent coastal city Dubrovnik is surrounded by fortification walls and boasts lovely marble streets and an endless array of cafés and shops. Step outside the city, and you’re in a beautiful beach paradise. For a nearby paradise retreat head to Mljet Island – the national park, salt water lakes, vineyards, lush forests and a 12th century Benedictine Monastery should keep you busy.

The Dubrovnik area is not connected to the railway network. You can travel by train to Split, and then take a bus to Dubrovnik. Please note that this bus is not included in your Eurail pass.

Diocletian palace in Split
Diocletian palace in Split

Ancient palaces and modern indulgence

In Split (Spalato), start with Diocletian's Palace, in the heart of the city. It’s the biggest tourist attraction in Split. Step inside the palace walls and you’ll find cobblestone alleyways, shops, cafes, ancient Roman relics and a stunning cathedral. Next, visit the oldest museum in Croatia, the Archaeological Museum.

From Split's main train station it's a 10-minute walk to Diocletian's Palace.

National Theatre, Zagreb
National Theatre, Zagreb

Croatia's cultural mecca

Before heading to the tempting Croatian coastline, visit Zagreb, the capital city. The center of culture and cuisine, Zagreb will delight and surprise you. Among the medieval architecture, you’ll find a cultural, religious and commercial hub. Don’t miss the Cathedral and 16th century fortification walls, and sample the cuisine, heavily influenced by Croatia’s Mediterranean neighbors.

When you step out at Zagreb’s Glavni Kolodvor station, Zagreb Cathedral is a 15-minute walk through a lovely, green municipal park.

Dalmatian coast
Dalmatian coast

Seaside serenity

A coastal area not to miss is Dalmatia (Dalmacija), rich in ancient ruins, sandy beaches, old fishing ports and stunning architecture. Plus, there are countless ferries to take you to the islands off of Dalmatia’s brilliant coast. Hvar Island especially is well worth a visit. Spend the day discovering the Romanesque and Renaissance architecture nestled in this Mediterranean paradise. Be sure to taste the famous wines produced in the towns of Vrboska and Jelsa. 

A short ferry ride from Split brings you to Hvar Island. The ferry port is close to Split’s main train station.

Events

 
Rijeka carnival
Rijeka carnival

Mardi Gras

January 17 - March 5, 2014

Known as Karneval or Maškare, this annual celebration seems to gain momentum every year. With specific Croatian traditions and costumes, this is a Mardi Gras/Carnival unlike any other. Although Carnival activities take place all around Croatia, the best city to celebrate this feast is Rijeka.

Rijeka can be reached by train. All Carnival activities take place within walking distance of the train station.

Film festival at Amphi theater in Pula
Film festival at Amphi theater in Pula

Pula Film Festival

July 13 - July 27, 2014

Croatia’s annual film festival, held in Pula’s spectacular amphitheatre.

The amphitheatre is a 10-minute walk from Pula’s train station.

Fire Juggler performing in front of Diocletian Palace, Split
Fire Juggler performing in front of Diocletian Palace, Split

Split Summer Festival

July 16 - August 30, 2014

The 2 months of high summer are the setting for Split’s widespread celebration of music, theater, opera and art. International and local artists, stunning costume and beautiful music abound.

Split can be reached by train from Zagreb or by bus from almost every Croatian city. The festival takes place in the city center of Split.

Eurail passes for Croatia

 

Most popular passes with Croatia

Eurail Global Pass from USD$536

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Croatia Pass from USD$95

The Eurail Croatia Pass is your key to uncovering Croatia's fascinating history and beautiful landscape. Wander through Zagreb's medieval streets, go island hopping from the Mediterranean city of Split and admire Roman ruins in Pula. 

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Eurail Austria - Croatia - Slovenia Pass from USD$227

The Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass is your key to discovering these three beautiful countries by rail. Go on the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg, watch the world go by at a café in Zagreb and wander around the charming city of Llubljana. 

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All Eurail passes with Croatia

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 380
USD$ 536
USD$ 95

Pass Benefits in Croatia

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Croatia, including special hotel and hostel fares.


Eurail benefits in Croatia

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