How to Get from Italy to Croatia by Plane, Ferry, Train or Bus
To find the reliable information on traveling from Italy to Croatia will interest not only Italian tourists but also those visiting Italy first and then traveling to Croatia or perhaps combining both countries, in one extraordinary holiday.
Croatia does not have direct flights from USA, Canada or Australia and many oversea travelers (Canadian and American visitors), for reasons of time&money saving will first fly to Italy to Rome, Venice or Milan. From there you can find different solutions to reach Croatia.
I am traveling at least a dozen times a year between these two countries and who better than me can give you useful tips how to reach Croatia from Italy or vice-versa.
It all depends on where you are in Italy and which part of Croatia you intend to reach. Considering this factor, it would be easier to decide which mean of transport is going to be more convenient to choose, considering both the time and costs.
Getting from Italy to Croatia
From Italy you can reach Croatia, either by plane, by ferry, by bus or driving. Examining one by one and taking in consideration the period of the year and the length of time you plan to spend in Croatia, here is the list of the best options.
By far the quickest way is flying. Recent years there have been introduced many low cost flight between Italy and Croatia.
Croatia Airline keeps a regular flight (all year round) from Rome – Split – Rome, but prices are rather high as it is a direct flight. Easyjet is flying to Split and Dubrovnik from Rome and Milan. It offers very low airfares and the first scheduled flight will start from June 2016 and this route will be on sale up to August 31 2016. The one way fare starts from € 58.
Spanish low cost company Vueling is also flying to Croatia from Palermo and Catania to Split, from Rome to Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula. All flights are seasonal from end of May to the end of August. The one way fare starts from € 44,99 ( Rome -Fiumicino to Split).
After Snav ferry company have cancelled (very popular), connections from Pescara to Hvar, Brac and Korcula islands, the good alternative will be to take a seaplane. European Coastal Airlines provides from Ancona a seaplane connection to downtown Split several times weekly.
Italy to Croatia by ferry
If you’re in central or southern Italy, and traveling by car, I would recommend to consider taking a car ferry either from Ancona to Split and Zadar or from Bari to Dubrovnik.
Are you coming from Italy to Split? Taking a ferry from Italy to Split Croatia is your best option if you are traveling from Italian Adriatic coast. There are several ferry companies on the line from Ancona to Split, or Ancona to Zadar.
Croatian national company Jadrolinija is the oldest and more reliable connecting Ancona to Split by ferries run year-round, Ancona to Zadar and Bari to Dubrovnik.
From Ancona there are also two Italian ferry companies, Blueline and Snav.
From Venice to Istria (Croatia)
Many travelers visiting Venice as a top Italian destination, have a chance to to hop over to Istria peninsula (see the map) to visit for a day or two, some Istria’s several highlight spots like Porec, Rovinj, Pula and Umag.
Venezia Lines is a high speed passenger ferry operator linking the North Adriatic coast of Italy with Croatia (Istria region). This company keeps regular connections to the Croatian coast (only passengers) in the period from the end of May to the mid of September.
From Italy to Croatia by bus and train
Taking a train from Italy to Croatia, is the worst option, I wouldn’t recommend in any case. It’s too slow and not reliable. I do mention this possibility but frankly I don’t have intention to go into details because it is not worth mentioning.
Traveling by bus is much more convenient solution. Buses are regular, comfortable and the cheapest way of traveling. The main Italian bus hub is Trieste bus station. From there you can take a bus to any destination in Croatia.
Autotrans bus company keeps regular bus connections from Trieste with many Croatian destinations: Umag , Porec, Opatija, Rijeka, Zagreb, Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Dubrovnik.
There are many other bus carriers from Italy to Croatia all starting from Trieste. From there you can find bus connections to Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. The most important Italian bus carriers from Trieste are SAF Udine and APT Gorizia. You can also consult all international bus departures from Trieste bus terminal website.
From Milan to Croatia by overnight bus
A new night bus from Milan to the Adriatic coast will depart each evening at 23.15 PM from the bus terminal Lampugnano (Milano), is operated by Croatia bus. The bus arrives at its first destination in Croatia, Rijeka, at 05:30 and continues from there to Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Sibenik and Split.
On return the bus will leave from Split to Milan each morning at 09:30 AM from the Split main bus station.
Ticket prices: one way ticket costs about € 39 to € 40 (return € 79 to € 80 from Milan to Rijeka. From Milan to Zadar the ticket is € 45 one way and € 92 return drive.