How to Get from Italy to Croatia: The 2017 Guide

By , 12 Feb 2017, 12:16 PM Travel

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Summer is coming - an overview of how to get from Italy to Croatia for season 2017. 

Summer is coming, and that means that Croatia's roads, ports and airports will once more fill up with visiting tourists. 

Visitors - both Italian and from further afield - are using Italy as an entry point to Croatia more and more, and with excellent flight, ferry and catamaran connections, there is enviable choice. 

Here is an overview of how to get from Italy to Croatia for season 2017. Please note that this will be updated as more routes are announced. Most of these routes are seasonal only, so we are providing links to the transport  providers for the very latest information. 

PLEASE bear in mind, that Croatia is not yet in the Schengen zone, so you will need to show documentation when crossing the border.

By Sea

Italy and Croatia are connected all year by sea, with the Jadrolinija ferry from Split to Ancona, but the options increase considerably as the season approaches

Three companies offer overnight car ferry services from Ancona to Split, with a small diversion to Stari Grad on Hvar included during the peak season. 

Check the schedules here for Jadrolinija from Ancona to Split, as well as SNAV here, and Blue Line here

Zadar is also connected by Jadrolinija car ferry from June 2 to September 26. Timetable here.

And Dubrovnik also has a direct Italian car ferry route to Bari, from April 10 to October 26. Timetable here.

For prices and online booking of Jadrolinija ferries, click here

There are lots of other seasonal options for foot passengers.

Venezia Lines connects Venice to several places in Istrian - Umag, Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Mali Losinj and Rabac. Get the latest timetables on the Venezia Lines website.

Trieste Lines offers seasonal connections from Trieste to Rovinj, Pula and Porec. Learn more on the Trieste Lines website.  

SNAV also usually offers fast hydrofoil routes in peak season from Pescara to Bol on Brac, Stari Grad on Hvar, and Vela Luka on Korcula, but these have yet to be announced. Check the SNAV website for the latest.

By Plane

Links between the two countries are slowly increasing as the budget airlines expand their interest in Croatia. Routes and timetables are subject to change (and this article will be updated with new announcements), but here is a list of routes and airlines, with links to their websites for the latest. (If we have missed some, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will update).


Dubrovnik - Naples, Milan
Zadar - Milan
Split - Naples, Milan


Dubrovnik - Catania (Sicily), Milan, Venice, 

Zagreb - Milan, Bologna, Catania (Sicily), Cagliari (Sardinia)
Osijek - Rome
Rjeka - Milan, Cagliari (Sardinia)
Pula - Brindisi, Milan, Cagliari (Sardinia)
Split - Batica (Corsica), Catania (Sicily), Cagliari (Sardinia)


Dubrovnik - Venice
Split - Venice

Croatia Airlines

Zagreb - Rome, Milan
Dubrovnik - Rome
Split - Rome


Last year the two countries were connected by seaplanes from European Coastal Airlines, with regular flights from Pecara and Ancona to Pula and Split. ECA has stated its intention to resume services in 2017 after suspending flights in October, but no concrete announcement has been made so far. 

By Bus

There are plenty of bus connections between the two countries, and most of your needs will be serviced by the following companies:

Eurolines has the most extensive network in Europe, including good connections between Croatia and Italy.

Flixbus is growing quickly in Croatia, recently adding 450 connections from Zagreb.

Trieste Bus station has a selection of bus companies which offer routes to Croatia.  

By Train

The journey time between Zagreb and Venice is about seven hours, and usually involves 1-2 changes. For the best information about connections, check the excellent 

By Car

Although the two countries are not connected directly by road, driving to Croatia from Italy is a very popular option, a journey which includes crossing a small part of Slovenian territory. With so many destinations serving north-eastern Italy (particlarly Trieste and Venice), a popular option for some visitors to Croatia is to pick up a hire car at these airports, then drive to Croatia on a one-way rental. With flight prices varying wildly in high season, this can be an economical option, and it always pays to do 15 minutes of online research when booking.

Private Transfers

There are, of course, plenty of private transfer options, from helicopter and private plane, to speedboat and chauffered car. Please contact for more details on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Please note that the information above is published as a guide only - you should follow the links to the transport providers to check the current situation before making plans to book. 

Any additional info/ommissions/errors, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will fix immediately. 

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Croatia Traffic Info

  • Due to a freight vehicle accident on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj motorway at 35th km in direction Zagreb one road lane is free only. Due to strong wind on the A7 Draga-Šmrika motorway and the part of the DC8 Adriatic road Bakar-Karlobag traffic is suspended for: doubledeckers, trailers and motorcycles, on the section of the DC8 Adriatic road Karlobag-Sveta Marija Magdalena for delivery vans and freight vehicles with covered cargo area too. Wind is blowing also on the A1 motorway from Božići viaduct to Sveti Rok tunnel (driving speed limit of 60 km/h). The roads are wet and slippery in Gorski kotar and Lika mountain areas and in Dalmatia. Rock and land sliding is possible. Due to winter driving conditions there is a traffic ban on freight vehicles with trailers and all other vehicles have to use the winter equipment in Lika mountain area on the DC42 at Poljanak. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Drivers are invited to keep distance, to adjust the speed to road conditions and not to start the journey without the winter equipment. The headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče at Božići viaduct in direction Split, between Novigrad and Karlovac junctions 42nd-40th km in direction Zagreb; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 118th-121st km in both directions; -A4 Zagreb-Goričan at Kraljevečki Novaki junction 93rd-94th km in both directions till 13 March; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -Rijeka detour road in the exit lane of Rujevica junction in direction Rupa till 16 March; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje till 10 April; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing till 15 March, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor; -on the DC34 Valpovo-Josipovac state road; -on the DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko state road; -on the DC228 Jurovski Brod-Ozalj-Karlovac state road at Ozalj. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road at Tušilović; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC303 Rovinjsko Selo-Brajkovići-Kurili state road. 15 November 2016-15 April 2017 winter equipment is mandatory on the winter sections of the state roads in Croatia (it includes four winter tyres or four summer tyres with chains ready for use).
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  • In outbound freight traffic there are delays at Bajakovo (the queue is 3 km long). Due to roadworks at Županja and Slavonski Brod border crossings delays can be expected. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • Split-Hvar-Vela Luka-Ubli and Novalja-Rab-Rijeka catamarans do not operate. On Monday (27 February) Vis-Split ferry departs Vis port at 4.30pm (instead at 3.30pm) and Split port at 7pm (instead at 6.30pm).
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