Getting To Zadar Travel Planner

There are different ways of getting to Zadar, whether by land, sea and air. As Zadar is located in the middle of the Adriatic coast, it's one of the easiest reachable summer destinations.

If you look at Zadar map you can see that Zadar is closest to Zagreb capital and to Split, capital of Dalmatia. If you are traveling by land, Zagreb is less than three hours drive to Zadar.

If you decide to fly from Zagreb to Zadar, Croatia Airlines has convenient 45 minutes flights at reasonable price of € 53 ($ 58), one way or € 100 ($ 109) for R/T.

Getting to Zadar by plane

Zadar's small but modern airport in Zemunik Donji  is 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.

Zadar's airport 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.

Zadar airport taxi transfers!

Order in advance low-cost taxi transfer from Zadar Airport to the city center, comfortable car transfer for the family with children, economy minivan for a tourist group or a luxury transfer.

Zadar Airport bus connections

Buses from Zadar airport to the city center are running regularly in conjunction with flights arrival schedule. On the Zadar airport website, you can check 'how to reach us' page with all bus timetables.

Buses depart from Zadar old town bus terminal. Buses from the Zadar Airport depart from the international arrival terminal gate. One way bus ticket price is 25 kuna, baggage fee is included.

Zadar airport rent a car

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Useful Zadar airport information

  • Parking - number of parking places - 425; car parking price the first 10 minutes free, one hour 20 Kuna, second hour additional 10 kuna.
  • Taxi stand is opposite the exit of the Zadar Airport international arrival. Taxi price: airport - city center 150 Kuna. It is advisable to agree upon the price before entering the taxi.
  • By car - Zadar Airport is located 8 km from the city of Zadar.

Getting to Zadar by sea

Zadar is connected with Italian port Ancona by car/passenger ferry service, running from Ancona port to Zadar ferry Gazenica port.

On this line operates Jadrolinija company from June to September each year, with crossing time of nine hours.

 Search and book passenger & car ferry Zadar/Ancona/Zadar


Getting to Zadar by bus

Traveling to/from Zadar by bus is the safest and most economic way of traveling. If you are looking for timetables for buses to and from Zadar you can find all updated schedules on the Zadar bus terminal website.

Zadar bus online booking

Zadar is connected with all the major towns in Croatia, such as Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Sibenik and many others.

Pick one of our most popular destination from the bus station in Zadar, buy your tickets online for extra discount!

On this website you can book online your ticket to all domestic and international bus connections:

  • Zadar - Zagreb, Zadar - Split, Zadar - Dubrovnik, Zadar - Pula, Zadar - Opatija, Zadar - Sibenik, Zadar - Trogir, Zadar - Navalja, Zadar - Pag.
  • International departures to/from Zadar - Zadar to Italy (Trieste) , Zadar to/from Germany, Zadar to/from Switzerland.

Zadar by train

It would be improper not to mention possibility of getting to Zadar by train but honestly speaking, it's the slowest way of traveling. Actually there is only one train from Zagreb to Zadar. I wouldn’t recommend traveling by train to Zadar, the bus is far quicker!

On the way from Zagreb to Zadar, the train stops so many times that the journey turns into a very long travel. There are two trains to Zadar, one at 7:34 AM arriving at Zadar railway station at 14:18 PM (almost sever hours).  There is also a night train with sleeping car at 23:05 PM, arriving in Zadar at 07:24 AP. Check Croatian Railway Company for more info!

Getting to Zadar from Split

Traveling by bus between these two cities is the cheapest way. From Split to Zadar you have a myriad number of buses on this route. All buses start from main Split bus station, located at Split harbor.

Be careful when you travel by bus as there are two routes the buses will take from Split. The first one is taking the fast highway route, that takes about 2.5 hours while the route along the coast, the slow route, will take more than four hours, with a numerous stops on the way.

A bus ticket from Split to Zadar costs from 80 to 95 Kuna, plus a small fee for the luggage which varies from the company. The bus will take you to Zadar bus station. In case you are flying from Zadar to your destination, Zadar airport is about 11 km from the city bus station.

You can take a taxi (around 150 Kuna) or a regular bus service to Zadar airport (Zemunik) that charges about 25 Kuna. You can check the time table here !

Is it possible to get by ferry from Split to Zadar? There is no ferry service from Split to Zadar because of considerable distance and time it would take getting to Zadar from Split. It's more attractive to charter a yacht, as many tourist do, planning their vacations on this route.

So, in short, three best options to travel from Split to Zadar (or vice versa) are: take a bus , rent a car or take a private transfer.

Getting to Zadar from Plitvice Lakes NP

If you are visiting Plitvice Lake National Park, it will be useful to know how to reach Zadar from there. During summer season there is quite a few bus departure from Plitvice lakes to Zadar, while during winter season there are fewer buses.

Be warned: There is no bus station at Plitvice Lakes but you can take one on at entrance 1, some also from entrance 2 and Mukinje. If you are traveling from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes, you can get more information about exact location of the stops to proceed to Zadar.


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