Concerning the planning of your flights, there are quite a few budget airlines now flying into Croatia. Most of these operate only between European cities, but if you are coming from outside Europe, you should still be able to take advantage of their cheap prices if you schedule your flights carefully. If you didn't already know, budget airlines flights never appear in general flight search engines. You will have to book directly with the airline. The web site URL's of the major budget airlines are as follows:
Euro Wings fly into Dubrovnik, Split & Zadar from Cologne-Bon, and to Split from Hamburg. German Wings offer flights to Cologne-Bon and Hamburg from most major European cities. In the UK, flights to Hamburg are from Londons Gatwick airport, and flights to Cologne-Bon are from Edinburgh and Londons Stansted airport.
Sky Europe flies into Dubrovnik and Split from Londons Stansted airport, and into Zadar from Bratislava (Slovakia). Sky Europe offers flights into Bratislava from most major European cities. In the UK, flights to Bratislava are from Londons Stansted airport.
Easy Jet flies into Split from Londons Gatwick airport.
Wizz Air flies into Split from Londons Luton airport.
Ryan Air flies into Zadar from Londons Stansted airport.
Please go to the web sites of each airline to see the other available routes, some of which may be more suitable for you. Please note, these budget flights will often book very quickly, so early reservation is recommeded. Apart from the budget airlines there are regular flights by most of the big carriers into Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar from most major European cities.
Booking flights is often much easier to arrange, and cheaper, if your arrival and departure airport in Croatia are the same. If your cruise is scheduled to start and finish in the same town (say, Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik or Split to Split) this is fine, but what if your cruise starts and finishes in different towns? You could get a connecting flight between the two towns but a cheaper alternative is go by bus. The journey between Split and Dubrovnik, for example, is quite long (about 4.5 hours) but the scenery along the way is really quite magnificent and is an excursion in itself. If this idea interests you, here is some information about bus routes and timetables:
TRANSPORTATION BY COACH/BUS
The bus service offers cheaper alternative for long distance travel across Croatia. In almost every larger town, there is a coach/bus station (Autobusna Stanica) where tickets are sold and timetables are clearly displayed. A very comprehensive coach/bus network connects all parts of the country, and there are regular international coach/bus services connecting Croatia with all neighbouring countries, including Switzerland, France, Germany and Slovakia. In Dubrovnik the main bus terminal is located in Gruz where both local and international buses arrive.
DUBROVNIK MAIN COACH/BUS TERMINAL
Put Republike 19. Tel: +385 20 357 088 or +385 20 357 020
The web site for the coach/bus terminal is in Croatian, so we have decided not published it here. However, most of the staff speak very good English, so don't hesitate to give them a call if you would like further information. The following are some coach/bus timetables we have got from the Croatian web site (we will try to keep this up-to-date but please call the Dubrovnik Coach/Bus Terminal to confirm departure times, just to be sure).
INTERCITY COACH/BUS TIMES
from Dubrovnik to Split or Zadar:
SPLIT: approximate trip duration - 4.5 h
5h00, 5h30, 6h00, 8h00, 9h00, 10h15, 11h00, 13h00, 15h30, 16h30, 17h30, 18h00, 19h00, 19h45, 21h00
ZADAR: approximate trip duration - 8 h
5h30, 6h00, 8h00, 11h00, 13h00, 15h30, 16h30, 18h00, 19h00, 19h45, 21h00
from Split or Zadar towns to Dubrovnik:
From SPLIT: approximate trip duration - 4.5 h
3h20, 3h30, 4h15, 5h00, 6h15, 6h40, 7h00, 8h00, 8h30, 10h00, 13h00, 13h30, 14h 00, 14h30, 15h00, 16h15, 17h15 (some lines are not direct. They depart from other towns and only stop in Split to pick up passengers)
From ZADAR: approximate trip duration - 8 h
3h10, 6h00, 10h00, 12h45, 13h45
PRIVATE COACH/BUS COMPANIES
The state owned coach/bus services referred to above don't at the moment offer booking online, but there are few private coach/bus companies that offer this, such as ARRIVA. Give them a try:)
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