How to get from Zagreb Airport to the city centre

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and its most populous city. Inhabited since the times of the Roman Empire, is a city that distills history and archaeological beauty on all four sides. However, after the Balkan War, what really makes Zagreb one of the most attractive places in this part of Europe is its people and the feeling of vibrant capital you’ll find in its neighbourhoods.

Zagreb is a cosmopolitan city, a melting pot of cultures in which you will find endless curious things to live and investigate. One of those places where sitting in a market to watch life go by often brings substantial rewards.

Zagreb is also Croatia’s busiest airport. If you want to visit this exciting city, or any of its attractive surroundings, you must fly to Zagreb Airport.

Zagreb Airport serves as a base for Croatia Airlines and other flag carriers.

Zagreb (Pixabay)

Zagreb Airport is very modern, as the new terminal has only been operating since 2017. It is located about 15 km from the city center and to get there you have different options:

If you don’t want to complicate your life, here you can book your transfer directly from Zagreb Airport to your final destination:

Bus to go from Zagreb Airport to the city centre

If you want to get from Zagreb Airport to downtown Zagreb by bus, you will have to take one of line 290.

Itinerary: Bus 290 connects Velika Gorica and Kvaternikov trg Square, located just east of the city centre. On the way to the airport. At the airport, the stop is behind the car park on the main road. If you want to go the other way, you will find the stop in the same square Kvaternikov trg. From the square you can get to the centre by taking tram lines 11 or 12. If not, you can always walk as it takes no more than 20 minutes to Ban Jelacic Square, already in the center.
Duration: If you want to go from Zagreb Airport to the last stop, it will take you about 35 minutes.
Prices and tickets: to get from Zagreb Airport to the city centre you will need to buy two tickets (each has a cost of 4 HRK). You can buy them at the kiosks in the Arrivals or Departures area. Once in the bus, you must validate the first ticket in the yellow machine and, once you have crossed the river Sava, you will have to validate the second ticket. The subject is quite original, but it is because when you cross the river you go to a different area. If you want to go by tram from Kvaternikov trg square to the centre, you will have to buy another 4 HRK ticket (valid for 30 mminutes).
Timetables and frequency: bus 290 operates every day of the week, with a frequency of one service every half hour.

Bus Pleso Prijevoz to go from Zagreb Airport to the centre of Zagreb

Another option to get from Zagreb Airport to the city centre by bus is the company Pleso Prijevoz, which has an agreement with Croatian Airlines and takes directly from the airport to the city bus station.

Frequency: one service every 30 minutes, every day of the week.
Itinerary: from the Zagreb bus station you only have a 20-minute walk to the centre.
Timetable: the last bus leaves Zagreb Airport at 22.30. The first bus leaves the city centre at 4.30 am.
Prices and tickets: the ticket is considerably more expensive than the bus line, costing 30 HRK per journey.

Taxi from Zagreb Airport to the city centre

A taxi from Zagreb Airport to the city centre can cost about 180-220 HRK and the journey, depending on the traffic, takes between 25 and 35 minutes.

Travel insurance for travel to Croatia

Are you one of those who still thinks that travel insurance is something dispensable? An insurance for a family with two children who wants to make a one-week trip to any European destination can cost around 45 euros (it doesn’t even reach 7 euros per day). Travel in family, couple or alone, we recommend arriving at the destination with a standard insurance that includes a minimum of 60,000 euros in hospitalization, repatriation, theft and cancellation costs. We have tried several companies and the last few times we have repeated with Iati because everything has gone perfectly. In addition you have a 5% discount to come from us through this link.

Car rental at Zagreb Airport

If you have enough time and don’t mind driving in a foreign country, the best way to get to know Zagreb and its surroundings is to rent a car.

If you’re looking for rental companies at Zagreb Airport you’ll have names like Alamo, Europcar, National, Sixt or Avis… But also many other smaller operators. Therefore, the best way to get the best value for money when looking for a car rental in Zagreb is to use our car rental comparator:

Rent a car with a discount of up to 15%: