Public Transportation in Zagreb: A Guide to Getting Around in the City
Here are useful directions of the best ways to get around Zagreb city using several Zagreb public transport options.
Zagreb Croatia is easy to navigate via public transportation if you have a good map and know a few key Croatian terms so you can decode directional signs on the trams and buses, but you can walk to almost every destination worth of attention.
Zagreb is flat, not too big city but it’s first of all, a great place to walk around. To visit the most important Zagreb sights, everything is a 30 minutes walk from Jelacic Square.
Public Transport to get around Zagreb
Zagreb is served by an extensive network of buses and trams which are operated by Zagreb Municipal Transit System (ZET).
Trams in Zagreb
Zagreb’s electric tram system is quick, efficient, and reliable, and it runs 24/7. Tram routes cover mainly central Zagreb area and connect to buses that run to outlying areas and suburbs.
Most lines go to the main train station, Zagreb bus station and Trg (square) Ban Jelacica.
The city is covered by 15 tram lines that run from 04:00 AM to 24:00 PM and 4 night tram lines that run from 24:00 PM to 04:00 AM. Tickets cost 10 KN for daily transport and 15 KN for night rides, each is valid for 90 minutes, while daily tickets are 30 KN. Children under six ride free
Each ticket must be validated with a time stamp at the orange machines on board. There are random tickets control checks. If you are caught without a ticket or with an invalidated ticket, the fine is 250 KN (€ 34) on the spot, more if you don’t have the money immediately.
Where to buy the tram or bus tickets to get around Zagreb? Since the ticket can’t be purchased on board, find the nearest newspaper (Tisak) kiosk and ask for a “tramvajska karta” (tram ticket).
If you aren’t familiar with the city or the language, it can be difficult to figure out whether a tram goes to your destination because only the final destination and a stop or two are listed on the tram or bus itself.
Tips: Almost none of the tram operators speak English. Ask the younger or middle generation as the most of them speak, a good English (German or Italian). Remember, locals are very polite and ready to help you!
Full details of the tram system can be found at the Zagreb tram website.
Buses in Zagreb
In addition to the tram traffic, to get around Zagreb you can use buses for the same price like trams. The Zagreb bus network is more widespread with 133 day lines and 4 night ones.
You will notice that the Zagreb center (Upper and Lower town) isn’t covered by bus service. Buses operate more to connect surrounding city districts. Comparing tram and bus service, the second one runs less frequent and you’ll wait much longer for the next bus than for a tram.
There are several important bus terminals around Zagreb to visit some sights near Zagreb:
- From terminal at Britanski Trg (British square), take bus line N° 102 to Mihaljevac and from there bus line N° 140 to Sljeme Ski Center.
- From Kaptol terminal you can take bus N° 106 to famous Mirogoj cemetery.
- From terminal Ljubljanica you can take a bus N°113 to the Jarun lake.
- Take a bus 105 from Britanski Trg (Square) for a day tour to Medvedgrad Tower.
- If you are in the center, from Ban Jelacic Square to come to the Maksimir park and NK Dinamo football stadium than use the tram line number 11 and 12.
Zagreb tourist buses to get around Zagreb
If you are one of those tourists who do not like to walk than sightseeing tours on open-top buses, may be for you.
In the period May-October Zagreb’s transport company provides two tourist buses that take visitors in the main sights of the city, in Upper and Lower towns. These buses are based on the ‘hop-on, hop-off’ principle, as many time you like, with the virtual tour guide which explains the city sights on eight different languages.
There is a ‘red line bus’ and a ‘green line bus’. Both lines start from Bakaceva Street, below Kaptol (Upper Town), near Zagreb’s cathedral. The start of the red line is at 10 and 12 AM and at 02 and 04 PM and it’s 12.5 km long with six stops. The green runs two time a day, at 12 AM and 03 PM and it’s 32.5 km long with seven stops.
The red line is shorter but to get around Zagreb for the first time is more convenient. It covers the most important Zagreb attractions. The green is longer covering also, so called Zagreb’s green oasis like Jarun, Zagreb’s famous lake with beaches and numerous sports facilities, as well as to Maksimir Park in the northern part of the city.
The price of the day ticket is 7O Kuna, children between 7 and 18 years of age pay the half . The tour is free for children under 7 years of age. The tickets can be bought directly from the driver.
Free train ride
If you are visiting Zagreb with children, ZET (Zagreb Electric Tram company) organizes a free train ride for kids and parents. It’s a good introduction to get around Zagreb city center.
This free tourist train rides every weekend from 10 AM to 19:20 PM starting from Ban Jelacic square. The train covers only the narrowest city center, moving always from the same place and returns to the starting point.
It runs every 40 minutes crossing some the most important Zagreb central streets from Ilica, Frankopanska, Masarykova, Nikole Tesla, Prague (Praska) and Jurisiceva street, returning to the starting position. See the below map!
You won’t have to much benefit of using this Zagreb funicular to get around Zagreb. It’s the shortest in the world with the length of the track of just 66 meters.
Built in 1890, is still in use mostly because of its original appearance and construction. The Zagreb cable car is under protection as a cultural monument.
It connects the Lower and the Upper Town every working day, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 6:30 AM to 10 PM. It runs every ten minutes and the price of one ride is 4 Kuna.
It’s a real tourist attraction, useful as a starting point for your Upper Town sightseeing to
Zagreb attractions with a great views of the city like Strossmayer promenade) and Lotrscak tower.