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Bus services are excellent and relatively inexpensive. There are often a number of different companies handling each route, so prices can vary substantially. Luggage stowed in the baggage compartment under the bus costs extra (around 10KN a piece). Note that buses between Split and Dubrovnik pass through Bosnian territory so you'll need to keep your passport handy.

Major Bus Companies

Autoherc Extensive services in Dalmatia and to Zagreb.

Autotrans Based in Rijeka but with services throughout most of the country; part of the Arriva group.

Brioni Pula Based in Pula. Connections throughout Istria and to Split, Zagreb, Vukovar, Trieste, Venice and Padua.

Clissa Only operates on the Zagreb–Trogir–Split route, but has electrical sockets, wi-fi, newspapers and water for passengers.

Croatia Bus An extensive network linking Zagreb to most of the country.

Čazmatrans (www.cazmatrans.hr) Buses from Zagreb to Slavonia and Dalmatia.

Samoborček Connects Zagreb with towns in Dalmatia.

Tickets & Schedules

  • At large stations, bus tickets must be purchased at the office, not from drivers.
  • Try to book ahead to be sure of a seat, especially in summer.
  • Departure lists above the various windows at bus stations tell you which window sells tickets for your bus.
  • On Croatian bus schedules, vozi svaki dan means ‘every day’, and ne vozi nedjeljom i blagdanom means ‘no service on Sunday and holidays’.
  • Some buses travel overnight, saving you a night’s accommodation. Don’t expect to get much sleep, though, as the inside lights will be on and music might be blasting the whole night.
  • Take care not to be left behind at meal or rest stops, which usually occur about every two hours.
  • Useful websites offering schedules and bookings include www.vollo.net and www.getbybus.com.