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 smoke reducing visibility on the A1 motorway between Gospić and Gornja Ploča junctions (at 198th km) the driving speed has to be reduced. On most roads traffic is proceeding without particular restrictions. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. With the bad weather the headlights have to be on during the day as well. Tonight (30 March) 8pm-5am traffic is suspended on the part of the A2 Zagreb-Macelj motorway between Krapina and Trakošćan junctions in both directions, detour: DC1 state road. On Rijeka detour road (A7) traffic is suspended: - at Rujevica junction until 31 March at 5pm; - between Diračje and Orehovica junctions in direction Zagreb due to roadworks in Trsat and Škurinje II tunnels tonight (30 March) 10pm-6am. In Učka tunnel in Istria one lane is free only tonight (30 March) 10pm-6am. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče through Sveti Rok tunnel in both directions; -A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Zaprešić and Zabok junctions 20th-18th km in both directions; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 106th-108th km, 118th-121st km in both directions; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Roadworks on the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway (Zagreb detour road): - till 9 June traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes; - till 26 April traffic is suspended in the exit lane of Popovec junction from direction Goričan towards Popovec, detour for direction Vrbovec-Popovec: Sveta Helena junction (A4)-Sveta Helena-DC3 Goričica-Belovar-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec junction, for direction Goričan (A4)-Sveta Helena: Komin junction (A4)-DC3-Sveti Ivan Zelina-Donja Zelina-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec. Lepenica rest area (at 57th km) on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway is closed till 15 June, the previous rest area and petrol station is the one Ravna Gora (at 30th km), the next one Cernik-Čavle (17,8 km away from Lepenica). 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, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road at Tušilović and Mostanje; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Poličnik, on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC62 Veliki Prolog-Metković state road at Most Metković. 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 the outbound freight traffic there are delays at Bajakovo (the queue is 2 km long), Pasjak and Bregana. 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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  • Ferries operate according to timetable.
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