Croatia by bus
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Bus is the most used form of public transportation in Croatia, as the country has an extensive network of long distance, intercity and international buses. All routes are operated by private bus companies, who have been issued licences to serve specific routes.
The main bus hubs in Croatia are Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, from those cities you can reach most other cities in Croatia.
International buses to and from Croatia:
From Croatia there are year-round connections to Germany, Austria, Italy, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and even Sweden.
During summer season, especially July and August, there is a large number of additional summer holiday bus routes to the Adriatic coast, from almost any country in Europe.
From Countries like Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the UK, there are a wide range of coach holidays to cities along the Adriatic coast.
Quality of bus service in Croatia:
Meanwhile the bus fleet in Croatia is quite new. Most long distance buses are equipped with comfortable seating and air-conditioning. The newest and most modern buses usually serve the most popular routes like Zagreb to Rijeka or Split.
Not all drivers speak English or other foreign languages, which can lead to misunderstanding in certain cases, but generally it’s not a problem in relation to travelling. The majority of the drivers are friendly and willing to help e.g. if you are not sure where to get off the bus.
Prices of bus service in Croatia:
Compared to other means of transport bus is fairly cheap, price on the most competitive routes are about 50-60 lipa (7-9 cent) per Km. on less competitive routes price is about 80 lipa to 1 Kuna (11-14 cent) per Km.
Return tickets with SAME COMPANY are discounted with up to 60% for the returning leg ticket. If you travel return with a different company, prices is like a single ticket.
Discounted ticket is usually available for kids and in most cases also pensioners. But the rules and discount scheme vary from company to company which can make it a bit complicated.
Buying a ticket:
Obviously the easiest way to buy a ticket is here on Getbybus.com, alternatively it is possible to buy ticket at the bus station and in most case also on the bus. Be aware that you are obliged to carry your ticket with you during the journey.
If you buy your ticket on the bus, make sure that the ticket is issued by the ticket machine which most buses have these days.
Good to know when travelling on bus in Croatia:
If you carry luggage for the hold, you will be charged an extra fee of about 1-2 Euro per piece.
During summer season buses can be delayed due to heavy traffic.
Pets are not allowed by all bus companies. You must check in advance.
During summer season there is normally no options to bring a bicycle.
Other Bus/Coach links:
Buses from the Zagreb region can be found here: Autobusni Kolodvor ZAGREB
Buses from (and to) the Split region can be found here: Autobusni Kolodvor SPLIT
Buses from the Dubrovnik region can be found here: Libertas DUBROVNIK