Airport guide

Airports in Croatia

Thanks to its miles of luxury beaches and resorts, this country heavily relies on travelers booking flights to Croatia. Croatia flights are filled with holiday travelers seeking sun and surf during the winter months and cruise ships docks millions of travelers a year on Croatia’s coastline. The most alluring part of Croatia is its abundance of land – despite the hoards of travelers that book flights to Croatia every year there is always a secluded piece of land hidden among beach coves for visitors needing a little solitude. 

Step into Croatia’s medieval past and explore ancient ruins, castles and churches that ooze history. Take a walk through Croatia’s tiny villages or the capital city of Zagreb and dine at one of the locally owned-restaurants before rejoining the masses in one of Europe’s most magnificent countries. 

Book a flight to Croatia for utter relaxation in the midst of a rich culture.

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Croatia climate

Croatia has mild seasons all year, thanks to its coastal Mediterranean location. The summers are dry and hot, averaging temperatures around 80 F. The winters are fairly mild, with temperatures above freezing.

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Best Time to Fly to Croatia

There’s no wrong time to book flights to Croatia. Whether you’re planning to spend time basking in the Dalmatian sun or partying under the Zagreb moonlight, the flight to Croatia is just the first-step toward your memorable European vacation.   

Peak Season: As one of the most popular beach vacation destinations in Europe, most flights to Croatia are packed during the summertime. Sun-worshipers of all ages from around the world find their hot-spot along Croatia’s coastline.

Off-peak Season: Croatia experiences plenty of precipitation during the fall and spring seasons,  but these transitional periods make for the best time to find cheap flights to Croatia.

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Getting around Croatia

Flights to Croatia touch down at a number of airports, making travel within Croatia easy to navigate by land, air or sea.  Zagreb, Croatia’s capitol, is the transportation hub of the country, hosting an airport and a major bus station as well as serving as the meeting point for several rail lines.  Regular, efficient ferries in the summer time serve Croatia’s coastline, though in the off-season ferry schedules are restricted. The following chart gives approximate journey times from

Zagreb

(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Croatia.

 AirRoadRail
Dubrovnik0.5511.00-
Split0.455.005.25

The following chart gives approximate journey times from

Dubrovnik

(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Croatia.

 AirRoadRail
Zagreb0.5511.00-
Split0.354.159.45
Rijeka-12.0022.00

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Croatia Travel Information

  • Be sure to pack your bathing suit in your carry-on for your Croatia flight: Regardless of what time of year you’re traveling, Croatia’s 1,103 miles of attractive Adriatic beaches will have you hitting the sandy shore in no time.  Check out the pebbly shores of Makarska at Brela Beach, or head out to the island of Brac to spend a day in the sun on the gravel shores of Zlatni Rat Beach before returning to your Zagreb hotel or hotel in Dubrovnik.
  • The county of Dalmatia and Split makes up the largest region in Croatia, known for its ancient ruins and colorful history.  Dubrovnik is the ancient city of Dalmatia, and has hordes of history buffs booking cheap flights to Croatia in order to scale the old city walls and mosey in the footsteps of soldiers who defended the city hundreds of years ago. Split hotels make it easy to explore the nearby tourist attractions.
  • Makarska is a popular resort town and known for its weathered cobblestone streets, white pebble beaches and vibrant nightlife.  For interesting souvenirs to bring back on your return Croatia flight, pick up some seashells on Makarska shore. The shells are so revered there is a school dedicated solely to the preservation of the mollusk shell!
  • Still hungry after the in-flight service on your flight to Croatia? Croatian cuisine is hearty and predominantly fortified by heavy cheeses and meats.  Try Dalmatian or Istrian prosciutto, as well as sheep cheese from Pag and Lika.

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Croatia airports

With a multitude of airports receiving cheap flights to Croatia, travel within this Adriatic holiday hot spot has never been easier!

Zagreb (ZAG): The airport is located 10 miles southeast of the city.

Dubrovnik (DBV): The airport is located 11 miles southeast of the city.

Split (SPU): The airport is located 16 miles northwest of the city.

Pula (PUY): The airport is located 5 miles northwest of the city.

Rijeka (RJK): The airport is located 17 miles from the city on the island of Krk.

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Passport and Visa Information

Travelers need a valid passport to enter the country and proof of a return ticket home. No visa required.

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Entry requirements

American citizens need a valid passport to enter the country and proof of a return ticket home. No visa required.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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