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Getting around in Zagreb: info, costs and tips


With over 800 inhabitants, Zagreb is the largest city in Croatia, as well as its capital. It is full of attractions to visit and the metropolitan area is lively and populous. The city, despite being divided into 17 districts, is well served by public transport, which guarantee a full-time service to move from the center to the more peripheral areas, while the historic center can be explored on foot.

The Croatian capital is all to be explored and known, in a peaceful and at the same time lively atmosphere. Here's one guide on how to get around Zagreb: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Zagreb
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Moving within Zagreb will result simple and comfortable. Public transport is only trams and buses. The fare system is based on a zone system. To move around the city it is sufficient to buy tickets for one area only, if you move to the suburbs or to more distant areas, you will then have to buy tickets for two or more areas. If you are short on time or want to enjoy a panoramic tour, we recommend the evergreen Hop On Hop Off panoramic bus, you can get on and off without limits and reach all the attractions of your itinerary! You can still visit the historic center on foot: for a first approach to the center, we recommend that you take a guided walking tour that also includes the ascent by funicular, in order to identify the landmarks and at the same time learn about the history and anecdotes about the cities and main attractions.

To facilitate your stay in Zagreb, we recommend that you purchase the Zagreb Card, with which you will have access to some services for free or with discounted prices, such as admission to museums or the use of vehicles. 24 h (98,00 HRK / € 13,00) or 72 h (135,00 HKR / € 18,00) is available.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, tram, bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: bike
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Zagreb Card (from HRK 98,00 / € 13,00 -), weekly tram and bus booklet (from HRK 150,00 / € 19,90)

How to get from the airport to the center of Zagreb

L'Zagreb International Airport, also called Zagreb-Pleso-Velika Gorica Airport, is located 14 kilometers south of the city. It is currently being expanded, with the aim of making it a crucial hub not only for Croatia, but for the entire Balkan area. From Italy, the only direct flights are operated by Croatia Airlines.

Once landed, to reach the center, it is possible to take the service of bus of Croatia Airlines, the stop is located at the main exit of the terminal (30 min, € 25,00 HRK, € 3,30). Alternatively, you can take advantage of the taxi or book your private transfer conveniently online before leaving.

Zagreb-Pleso-Velika Gorica Airport

  • Distance from the center: 14 km / travel time: 20 min
  • By taxi: average cost HRK 200,00 (€ 26,50) / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost HRK 25,00 (€ 3,30) / line 290
  • Private transfer: One way private transfer from / to Zagreb airport

How to get around on foot

Give yourself one walk through the streets of the center Zagreb is certainly something to do, but the ideal is to alternate the usual two steps in the city with the use of public transport. Given its extension, in fact, Zagreb cannot be completely covered on foot, even if some areas seem to have been specially designed for the most hardcore walkers. Among these we point out the ancient part of the Croatian capital, between the districts of Gornji Grad (Upper Town), Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Kaptol, in a hilly area, north of the famous Ban Jelacic square.

For a first approach to the city, the best thing is to take a guided walking tour, to identify the landmarks and be able to ask for advice from an expert guide. To discover the tumultuous past of the city, we recommend the tour on the Croatian war of independence which also includes the exploration of the underground tunnels dating back to the Second World War and an authentic refuge used during the air raids on Zagreb.



Con i mezzi pubblici

The Zagreb public transport network is managed by the ZET company (Zagrebacki Elektricni Tramvaj) and mainly comprises trams, buses and a funicular. The most used are tram and bus, which also guarantee night service. The funicular is instead a real tourist attraction.

If you are short on time, maybe you stop in Zagreb just for the day, or you still want to enjoy a panoramic tour, we recommend the Hop On Hop Off panoramic bus, which will allow you to get on and off at the various stops without limits for the duration of your ticket (generally one day) and reach all the attractions on your itinerary!

Tram

The tram is one of the means most loved and used in Zagreb, with over 100 years of life. In the Croatian city they are operational 15 daytime lines, with frequencies between 5 and 10 minutes and connect the center and peripheral districts in a widespread manner. Most of the stops are also served by two lines, thus allowing for easy interchanges. After 23:00 the night service, during which lines 31, 32, 33 and 34 circulate, with frequencies from 30 to 40 min.

Tickets have a duration that varies from 30 to 90 minutes and it is also possible to buy them on board with a surcharge and with the right cash money, for this reason it is recommended to buy them at the special machines or from authorized dealers. It is also possible to buy tickets valid for 24 hours, for 3 days, or the weekly booklet.



  • Downloadable map: zagreb-tram-map
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: daytime 30 min HRK 4,00 (€ 0,50), 60 min HRK 7,00 (€ 0,90), 90 min HRK 10,00 (€ 1,30); overnight 15,00 HRK (€ 2,00)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 24 h ticket € 30,00 HRK (€ 4,00), 3-day ticket HRK 70,00 (€ 9,30), weekly ticket HRK 150,00 (€ 19,90)

bus

Buses also run day and night, with beyond 110 lines urban and interurban during the day, which allow you to move around Zagreb in the center, in the suburbs and in the surrounding areas. After midnight night service is guaranteed from 4 lines (116, 172, 212, 268). By bus you can get anywhere, including the Central Railway Station and the international airport. Zagreb buses are operational tutti i giorni, also on Sundays and holidays.

I ticket they have a duration that varies from 30 to 90 minutes and it is also possible to buy them on board with a surcharge and with the right cash money, for this reason it is recommended to buy them at the appropriate machines or from authorized dealers. It is also possible to buy tickets valid for 24 hours, for 3 days, or the weekly booklet.

  • Downloadable map: zagreb-bus-map
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: daytime 30 min HRK 4,00 (€ 0,50), 60 min HRK 7,00 (€ 0,90), 90 min HRK 10,00 (€ 1,30); overnight 15,00 HRK (€ 2,00)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 24 h ticket € 30,00 HRK (€ 4,00), 3-day ticket HRK 70,00 (€ 9,30), weekly ticket HRK 150,00 (€ 19,90)

Funicolare

The funicular is not just a simple way to get around Zagreb, but a real one journey through history. It is the oldest means of transport in the city and, with only 66 m in length, is one of the shortest in the world. Thanks to the preservation of its original appearance and structure, the Zagreb funicular has become a protected cultural heritage.

In just over a minute, it connects the lower and upper parts of the city. It works tutti i giorni, including holidays, with runs every 10 min. The ticket can be purchased at the entrance to the funicular and costs 5,00 HRK (€ 0,65) one way.

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  • Ticket / single ride cost: 5,00 HRK (€ 0,65)

By car

Many tourists prefer to move around Zagreb rent a car (affordable prices, from € 25,00 / day), rather than using public transport, even if finding parking is certainly not an easy task. Traffic is not typical of large European cities, but it is always a capital, so you need to drive carefully and carefully.

Within the city there are no ZTLs (Limited Traffic Areas), despite being a large capital, it has not yet been invaded by mass tourism and therefore is far from the idea of ​​the chaos of large crowds on the street. You just have to stay beware of pedestrian areas, those are not lacking.

Stops and parking

Reminding you that the city of Zagreb is divided into zones, the average hourly price of the parking areas along the roads in the first zone is HRK 6,00 (€ 0,80), while in the second it is HRK 3,00 (€ 0,40).
As for i parking-garages, the cost varies between HRK 4,00 (€ 0,60) and HRK 12,00 (€ 1,60) per hour and are located in different parts of the city. They are the best solution if you have to leave your car parked for a long time.

You can find all the information on duration, prices and places on the official website of the city of Zagreb dedicated exclusively to parking, also available in Italian.

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