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.
Croatia by train
Croatia in images
Train types in Croatia
Croatia's rail network connects all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik. If you want to visit Dubrovnik, you will have to travel by train to Split, and then go on the bus for Dubrovnik.
There are direct lines from Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia.
Since 2004, the new 160kph "tilting trains" that connect Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Rijeka and Osijek have been progressively introduced. This results in higher levels of comfort and significantly faster journeys between cities (Zagreb-Split is now 5.5 hours instead of 9, Osijek is now 3 when other trains take around 4.5 hours).
Some Croatian cities (like Zadar) aren't mentioned in the DB timetable. Use the timetable on the HZ website.
Most domestic trains in Croatia do not require seat reservation. Exceptions:
the Intercity (IC) Zagreb – Rijeka/Osijek/Cakovec
the fast ICN train Zagreb – Split
Reservation fees are about € 1 when made locally.
Split – Ogulin
Split – Knin – Zadar
Airport - station link
From Zagreb airport there are 1 or 2 buses per hour to the city bus terminal. Here you can take a tram to the central train station. Eurail passes are not valid on the bus or tram.
Eurail aid office in Croatia
For questions about Croatia, visit the international ticket office at Zagreb Glavni kolodvor (main railway station). It is open 24 hours daily. See the page Eurail aid offices for more aid offices in Europe.
Places to visit in Croatia
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.
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.
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.
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 in Croatia
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.
Pula Film Festival
Croatia’s annual film festival, held in Pula’s spectacular amphitheatre.
The amphitheatre is a 10-minute walk from Pula’s train station.
Split Summer Festival
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.
More about Croatia
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