Despite that Croatia is not a big country, there are 7 international airports in Croatia that hold regular flight connections either seasonal or all year-round.
When visiting Croatia deciding on the closest airport can often save you both time and money particularly during the busy summer months when traffic on the Croatian roads can be overloaded.
A Map Of Airports In Croatia
Examining the map below, the first thing you notice that only two airports are located in Croatian inland (Zagreb and Osijek airports), while all others are scattered along the coast.
Along the Croatia Adriatic coast there are 5 airports located in four different coastal regions starting from Dubrovnik airport (Southern Dalmatia ), Split Airport (Central Dalmatia ), Zadar airport (Northern Dalmatia ), Rijeka airport (Kvarner region ) and Pula airport (Istria peninsula region ).
Besides these larger airports, there are 2 airports on Croatian islands. The first one is Brac island ( Bol town ) airport ( mainly for charters ) and second one is Losinj island airport. Many consider Rijeka airport as an island airport as it’s located on Krk island.
International Airport Codes
If you are planning a visit Croatia or travel to any city in Croatia, knowledge about the airport names and international codes will be of great help. Below is the list of international and domestic airports but if you are interested in all airports like military, private or sports airports, check here the full list of Croatia airports.
Airport – IATA CODE
Zagreb Airport – ZAG
Split Airport – SPU
Dubrovnik Airport – DBV
Zadar Airport – ZAD
Pula Airport – PUY
Rijeka Airport – RJK
Osijek Airport – OSI
Brac Airport – BWK
To Which Airports I Can Fly
To In Croatia?
This airport better known as Pleso airport is the largest among airports in Croatia, and the main hub for international flights to and from Croatia. Pleso airport is only 17 km outside of the city area, south of Velika Gorica settlement.
In early 2017 it was opened a new completely renovated airport with connections with more than 50 cities around the globe.
It is the main hub for the Croatian flag carrier Croatia Airlines, that connects Zagreb capitals with domestic destination along the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula.
This airport is optimal solution for travelers visiting Varazdin in Zagorje region, Plitvice lakes National park and towns in the north eastern part of Croatia like Slavonski Brod, Vinkovci and Vukovar.
If you decide to fly to Split, Split airport will be your entrance gate to Croatia and Dalmatian islands. Since Split Croatia the champion of tourism in Croatia, this airport has become the most important along the Croatian coast.
Your vacation will start the moment your airplane lands on sometimes called Resnik or Kastela airport as it is only 2 km from Kastela riviera , 5 km from Trogir and 24 km to Split center.
The airport is is particularly busy during the summer months when in peak season reaches to over 120 daily landings particularly on Saturdays.
Getting to Dubrovnik by plain is the fastest and the most convenient way to start your Croatia’s holidays just from Dubrovnik as the starting point.
Dubrovnik airport (DBV) has excellent flights connections with almost all European countries. Most of these flights are direct flights connecting Dubrovnik in high season.
Dubrovnik Airport is located about 22 km south-east from the city of Dubrovnik, in a village called Čilipi, which is also the unofficial name of the Dubrovnik Airport. This airport has the longest runway and is considered the third busiest among airports in Croatia.
Zadar airport is a small but modern airport in Zemunik Donji village, 8 km away from the city center, connecting Zadar with two domestic flights, one from Zagreb and the second one from Pula (Istria). Both flights are handled by Croatia Airlines.
This airport as the most airports in Croatia along the coast, is connected by a number of European destinations, particularly during the tourist season from April to October.
The most popular European capitals that are connected with the Zadar airport are London Stansted, Paris (Beauvais), Berlin, Stockholm, Brussels (Charleroi), Zurich, Warsaw and many others. Here is the list of all flights to/from Zadar airport.
Zadar has become a popular destination for travelers looking for affordable and cheap flights, mostly thanks to Ryan air, Europe’s largest low cost airline, that has selected Zadar airport as a new base.
Among airports in Croatia, Pula airport is the only airport on Istria peninsula. Pula has a small airport for domestic and international flights, located in Liznjan about 8 km northeast of the town.
Pula Croatia airport is very popular and frequently used by travelers flying from the UK with direct flights from May to October. Each year Jet2.com will have flights from/to Pula from Manchester, Leeds, London Stansted and Edinburgh while Jet2holidays.com offers very attractive holiday packages in Pula area.
Rijeka Krk Island Airport
Among airports in Croatia this airport is the biggest one located on Krk island. It’s officially called Rijeka airport but actually is located near Omisalj village, only 17 km from Rijeka railway station.
Most of the traffic to and from the airport takes place during the summer months, when it is used by several European low-cost airlines taking tourists to the northern parts of the Croatian coast.
In the past Rijeka city had its own airport called Grobnik but it had difficulty with larger planes, as its runways were close to the hills to the east of the city. This was the reason to dislocate the airport to new location on Krk island.