Zagreb is a fairly easy city to navigate, whether by car or public transport. Traffic isn’t bad, there’s sufficient parking and the efficient tram system should be a model for more polluted, traffic-clogged European capitals.
Public transport is based on an efficient but overcrowded network of trams, although the city centre is compact enough to make them unnecessary. Zagreb has installed tram maps at most stations, making the system easier to navigate. Trams 3 and 8 don’t run on weekends. Buy tickets at newspaper kiosks for 6.50KN or on the tram for 8KN. You can use your ticket for transfers within 90 minutes, but only in one direction. A dnevna karta (day ticket), valid on all public transport until 4am the next morning, is available for 18KN at most Vjesnik or Tisak news outlets.
Zagreb is a fairly easy city to navigate by car; boulevards are wide and garage parking only costs 5KN per hour. But watch out for trams buzzing around. The Hrvatski Autoklub (HAK; Croatian Auto Club; 46 40 800; www.hak.hr; Draškovićeva 25) helps motorists in need.
The following international car-hire companies are represented in Zagreb:
Avis (46 73 603; www.avis.com.hr; Hotel Sheraton, Kneza Borne 2)
Budget Rent-a-Car (45 54 936; www.budget.hr; Hotel Sheraton, Kneza Borne 2)
Hertz (48 46 777; www.hertz.hr; Vukotinovićeva 1)
Bear in mind that local companies will usually have the lower rates. Try H&M (37 04 535; www.hm-rentacar.hr; Grahorova 11), which also has an office at the airport.
Zagreb’s taxis all have meters, which begin at 19KN and then ring up 7KN per kilometre. On Sunday and at night from 10pm to 5am there’s a 20% surcharge. Waiting time is 40KN per hour. The baggage surcharge is 2KN per suitcase. At these rates, you’ll have no trouble finding idle taxis, usually at blue-marked taxi signs, or you can call 970 to reserve one.