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This busy Croatian airport is the gateway into the country as well as to Medvednica Mountain, riverbank beaches and historical cities, plus the vibrant capital city. It is located in Pleso, just over six miles from the Zagreb city centre, with car hire in Zagreb Airport the best way to make this 25-minute drive. Shuttle buses also connect the airport with the city and there is a taxi rank outside of the terminal building.
Who to Book With
Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty all offer car rental at the airport, with counters in the public area of the passenger terminal. For convenience, vehicles are collected right on site, though reservations are highly recommended as this is a popular way to tour around the country.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents will need to be shown in order to collect your vehicle:
- Both parts of a valid UK driver’s licence
- The credit card that was used to make the reservation
- A second piece of identification
- Confirmation of booking
It is not recommended to drive in the city itself as parking is not easy to come by and heavy traffic very common. Still, it is the best way to explore outside of the city centre to visit picturesque towns and villages. A number of motorways serve the city; all are toll routes. Tolls can be paid in Croatian kuna or by credit card, though most car hire agents will provide drivers with electronic toll collection devices. Petrol can also be paid for in Croatian kuna or by credit card, though not all stations will accept UK-issued cards.
For more information on driving here see our Guide to Croatia.
Passengers can access the city quickly by self-drive as well as getting to other cities in central Croatia. Shuttle buses leave for the city centre every 30 minutes, while taxis are faster and more comfortable but also more costly.
There is no train service at Zagreb Airport though city’s train station can be reached by taxi. As well, shuttle buses that leave the airport stop at the bus station, which is two tram stops away from the train station. From here trains travel to many major European cities as well as other destinations within the country. Domestic train service is run by Croatian Railways, with the route between Zagreb and Split being the most popular. There are also commuter trains that connect the city with its suburbs.
A taxi rank is positioned outside of the international Arrivals area next to the bus stop, to the left of the doors.
Zagreb Airport to Zagreb city centre is about £30
Shuttle buses between the airport and the city centre are provided by Pleso Transport. These run every 30 minutes from 08:00 to 19:00 and terminate at the city’s main bus station. Buses after 20:00 leave after the arrival of all Croatian Airlines flights. The shuttle bus costs just over £3 for a one-way trip. Buses that leave the city for the airport depart from the main bus station and run every 30 minutes between 05:00 and 21:00. Pleso Transport also operates shuttle buses to Split and Rijeka.
Zagreb Airport has just one terminal building that is divided into two areas: one for domestic travel and one for international. It is the busiest airport in the country, with an annual passenger throughput of over two million and it is the hub for national carrier Croatia Airlines. Flights arrive here from major European destinations as well as from Qatar, Tel Aviv and Istanbul. There are also seasonal flights between here and Monastir (Tunisia) and Antalya (Turkey).
There are three car parks at Zagreb Airport that combined provide a total of 642 spaces. P1 and P3 are the closest to the terminal building and are the more expensive lots, with rates starting at around £1.70 per hour. P2 is further away and parking here will cost around £1 per hour.
Passengers can use Wi-Fi in Zagreb Airport free of charge for 15 minutes, after which it can be used for around £3 per hour. Those that are not travelling with their own electronic device can access the internet at one of the terminal’s internet kiosks.
There is an information counter in the public area of the terminal building opposite the check-in desks.
General Information: +385 1 4562 170
The airport has a meet and assist program that provides assistance to travellers with reduced mobility; assistance should be arranged before arrival. There is also an information area next to the entrance of the terminal building where assistance can be had. Toilets and shuttle buses are wheelchair friendly and there are spaces reserved for passengers with reduced mobility in P1 and P3.
Restaurants and Bars
There is a full-service restaurant in the public area of the terminal that overlooks the runway. There are also three lovely cafés on site that serve up snacks and beverages.
There are three VIP lounges at Zagreb Airport: one for business-class passengers, one for Diners Club members and an additional VIP lounge that can be rented out for parties, meetings, conferences and other events.
Money and ATMs
There are three ATMs in the airport, with one located in the public area and one each in the domestic and international areas. There is also a currency exchange kiosk in the international Arrivals hall.
Travel necessities and reading material can be purchased at the Welcome Shop next to the entrance of the domestic area. There is also a gift shop in the public area that sells souvenirs, gifts and other products. Passengers departing on an international flight can also take advantage of the airport’s duty-free shop.