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Croatia's train network is limited and trains are less frequent than buses. Delays are also a regular occurrence on Croatian trains, sometimes for a number of hours. For information about schedules, prices and services, contact HŽPP.

No trains run along the coast and only a few coastal cities are connected with Zagreb. For travellers, the main lines of interest are Zagreb–Osijek; Zagreb–Varaždin; Zagreb–Rijeka–Pula; and Zagreb–Knin–Split (change in Knin for Zadar or Šibenik).

Baggage Bringing luggage is free on trains; most stations have left-luggage services.

Classes Domestic trains are either ‘express’ or ‘passenger’ (local). Prices quoted by Lonely Planet are for unreserved, 2nd-class seating. Express trains have 1st- and 2nd-class cars; they are more expensive than passenger trains and a reservation is advisable.

Passes Travellers who hold a European InterRail pass can use it in Croatia for free travel. Those travelling only in Croatia are unlikely to do enough train travel to justify the cost.

Useful Train Terms

Some terms you might encounter posted on timetables at train stations include the following:

brzi – fast train

dolazak – arrivals

polazak – departures

ne vozi nedjeljom i blagdanom – no service on Sunday and holidays

poslovni – business-class train

presjedanje – change of trains

putnički – economy-class/local train

rezerviranje mjesta obvezatno – compulsory seat reservation

vozi svaki dan – daily services