Arriving by plane
As a country located in Europe according to threergroup, Croatia’s national airline Croatia Airlines (OU) (Internet: http://www.croatiaairlines.hr) offers flight services from numerous European cities several times a week, including Frankfurt / M. (daily), Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna (daily) and Zurich (daily).
Lufthansa (LH), Germanwings (4U), Austrian Airlines (OS) and British Airways (BA) also regularly fly to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.
Etihad Regional (formerly Darwin Airline (0D)) flies from Zurich to Dubrovnik during the summer months.
Frankfurt – Zagreb: 1 hour 20 minutes; Berlin – Zagreb: 1 hour 20 minutes (3 hours 20 minutes with a stopover); Vienna – Zagreb: 50 min.; Zurich – Zagreb: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Arrival by car
Car: Croatia has a good network of motorways. Motorway 2 is now continuously passable between Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Zagreb and thus enables a direct connection to Central Europe from Passau via Graz and Maribor to Zagreb. The A3 motorway from Zagreb to Belgrade (Serbia) is also continuously passable.
Taxi: Taxi rides to neighboring countries are extremely cheap. Long-
Flixbus (Internet: www.flixbus.de) and Eurolines (Internet: www.eurolines.com) travel to and from Croatia. Timetable and tariff information is available from the Croatian Eurolines general agency, Autotrans Croatia(Internet: http://www.autotrans.hr/).
Arriving by train
The railway network (Internet: www.hznet.hr) connects all major Croatian cities, with the exception of Dubrovnik. There are direct lines to Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Austria, France, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Switzerland, Serbia and Slovakia. In almost all other European countries there are train connections with transfer options. Daily ICE connection from Munich via Salzburg to Zagreb.
Nightjet – night trains (Internet: www.oebb.at/de/angebote-ermaessigungen/nightjet) run from Germany and Switzerland to Croatia.
InterRail – passports (s details. In Croatia valid Germany). More information from the Croatian National Tourist Board in Frankfurt / M., Vienna or Zurich (see addresses) and from the railway companies (Internet: www.bahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.sbb.ch).
Arrival by ship
The Danube (Internet: www.danube-river.org) connects Croatia with the Danube countries.
Passenger and car ferries operate between Croatia and Italy, Serbia and Montenegro and Albania. The main routes are Ancona – Split, Zador – Ancona, Dubrovnik – Bari and Rijeka – Bari.
Fast hovercraft operate on some of these routes.
The most important ferry lines are Jadrolinija (Internet: www.jadrolinija.hr), Snav Aquila (Internet: www.splittours.hr/), Venezia Lines (Internet: www.venezialines.com/) and Snav (Internet:www.snav.com).
advice from the Federal Foreign Office: Status: 02/01/2017
Unchanged valid since: 01/25/2017
Due to the current refugee situation, short-term obstacles in travel, in particular temporary closures of border crossings as well as temporary suspension of rail traffic to the countries bordering Croatia and the associated waiting times, cannot be ruled out.
Up-to-date information in German on the traffic situation in Croatia is available on the website of the Croatian Automobile Club at External Link, opens in new window http://www.hak.hr/de.
Country-specific safety information
Although extensive mine clearance operations have been carried out in Croatia since the end of the Balkan War, there is still a risk from mines in some parts of the country, especially in the areas contested until 1995 and along the front lines at that time.
The following areas are affected: Eastern Slavonia (30 to 50 km from the border with Serbia and on the border with Hungary, in particular areas around Vukovar and Vinkovci); West Slavonia (Daruvar, Pakrac, Virovitica area); the western and southwestern border area with Bosnia and Herzegovina (the area south of Sisak and Karlovac, east of Ogulin, Otocac, Gospic, on the eastern outskirts of Zadar and in the hinterland of the coast between Senj and Split and in the mountains southeast of Dubrovnik).
Warnings are given in these areas against leaving roads and paths. Warning: mines were often laid close to the roadside. Known minefields are indicated by triangular signs with warning imprints (Ne Prilazite). They can also be cordoned off with yellow plastic strips or marked with signs or posts with plastic strips. Sometimes, however, there is no marking. Rubble and vacant buildings should never be entered.
As an incident on the island of Vis in the summer of 2005 showed, individual landmines may also have been laid in other areas that are not listed in the official Croatian survey.
More information is also available in English on the homepage of the Croatian mine clearance agency Hrvatski Centar za Razminiranje (external link, opens in new window www.hcr.hr). A link on the HCR website (external link, opens in new window https://misportal.hcr.hr) shows the endangered areas on the basis of a detailed map.