Trains and Railways in Croatia

Interior of Croatian TrainCroatian Railway's (Hrvatske Zeljeznice) network is not the huge one.Train network in continental part of Croatia is extensive and connects most of the major towns.
Besides local transport it's main route is from Zagreb to Split. Istria is connected by rail to Slovenian network only. Dubrovnik isn't connected to railroad network at all, since early 60's.

The most popular route by tourist and travellers is one that connects croatian capital Zagreb with Split and Adriatic Coast.

The railway is a sustainable mode of transport and it's probably the best way of travel in terms of nature preservation.

 

How to come to Croatia by Train:

Almost all international trains to Croatia go to Zagreb, one is going to Rijeka. Bellow is daily train connection info to Croatia from neighbouring countries:

  • Trains from Austria to Croatia : Vienna to Zagreb trains are served with 2 trains daily + Vienna to Rijeka trains - only 1 train daily
  • Trains from Italy to Croatia: Venice to Zagreb trains - servis : one train daily
  • Trains from Slovenia to Croatia: Ljubljana to Zagreb trains - served by 12 trains daily
  • Trains from Hungary to Croatia : Budapest to Zagreb trains - served by 3 trains daily
  • Trains from Serbia (Srbia) to Croatia : Belgrade (Beograd) - Zagreb trains - served by 5 trains daily

Maps of Croatian Railways

Railway Map Train Map Croatia
Map of train network in Croatia

Railway Map of Croatia

Map of train network in Croatia

Trains in Croatia Travel Forum:

Ask questions and find answers about your trains to and within Croatia at our Croatia Train Travel Forum. Bellow are recent topics from the forum:

Best way to get to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Zagreb
Pula to Zagreb by train
Trains to Plitvice
How long to drive: Opatija to Plitvice?
Split to Plitvice
How long to drive: Plitvice to Rab?

Croatia by InterRail Train Pass:

Rail EuropeThe InterRail Croatia Pass is a Flexi Pass valid for unlimited travel on Croatian Railways' network (HZ) subject to the terms and conditions of the pass.
This Flexi Pass allows you to choose the days of travel (between 3 and 8 days) at your own convenience within the overall validity of the pass which is one month.

If you are planning to travel beyond Croatia or intend on exploring various countries in Europe over a longer period of time, then you may want to consider purchasing an InterRail Global Pass which allows unlimited and cost effective rail travel on the complete network of the participating railways including Croatia (subject to the terms and conditions of the pass).

Latest News about Trains in Croatia:

trainsRailway tunnel Ucka part of program for railway infrastructure - At its meeting at the beginnig of March this year, the Croatian Government took a stand regarding the amendments referring to the Proposal of the national railway infrastructure program 2008-2012.. read more

Free Travel Day at Croatian Trains with Eurail Select Pass- Eurail Group announced that it is offering an extra day of rail travel on all six, eight and ten day Eurail Select Passes purchased up until the end of March 2008. Customers will then have up to six months in which to start traveling. This promotion is being offered to all customers worldwide, outside of Europe in order to encourage travelers to choose Eurail Pass and buy early...read more

trainsCroatia included in Euroail Global Pass :Some good news for railway travellers who would like to visit Croatia: In response to the growing interest in Eastern Europe, in 2008 Eurail’s classic and long standing pass, the Eurail Global Pass, will welcome Croatia and Slovenia. This brings the total number of countries to 20, making the pass even more flexible and better value ... read more

New Train Line Zagreb - Sarajevo - Zagreb: As already announced back in February,  the new night train service between Zagreb and Sarajevo has started last night (16.04.07) with it’s first run. Beside already existing daiytime train service  Ploce - Sarajevo - Zagreb and vice -versa, there is now night train services too... read more

trainsCroatia Trains : New tilting train connects Zagreb and Pozega : As of yesterday, 16.04.07,Zagreb,the capital of Croatia and Pozega, the town in Slavonia, are connected by a new Intercity train. The state-of-the-art tilting train with capacity of 110 seats in the second class and 24 seats in the business class, total 134 seats. This train will run between Zagreb and Pozega in 2.5 hours, which i 1 hour faster then older trains that used to connect these two destinations... read more

Very good website to research train travel is Die Bahn (see link bellow) where one can search for timetables for most of the journey in Europe, including journeys to Zagreb and other Croatian places.

Croatian Railways Links:

We used following sites to find info about trains in Croatia:

  • Die Bahn - searchable website for train journeys around Europe - includes fares too.
  • Croatian Railways - searchable Croatian railway network, includes Tickets Price Guide - it used to have following railway info, but is now discontinued:
  • Croatian Railway Museum - Hrvatski željeznički muzej - The Croatian Railway museum was founded in 1991 and has a collection of any items relating to the Croatian railway. There are over seven thousand photographs of railway vehicles, signs, tracks, etc. The museum also has a video library of over 51 video recordings and 52 CDs that relate to the Croatian railway. The museum’s collections are divided up into the railway vehicles, their equipment, uniforms, documents, items used for construction and telecommunication equipment: Croatia Railway Museum, Mihanoviceva 12, Zagreb - Croatia - Phone: +385 (0)145 77 111
  • Croatian Railway Cultural Association - Organized activities of the Croatian Railways employees in cultural and sport fields have their roots in nonprofessional singing, acting and sport activities dated at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Trainspotters Page - interesting info about railways and trains in Croatia
  • Railway House - Dom Zeljeznicara - old luggage label

Direct railway routes:
Croatia’s direct railway routes are networked with Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro and Switzerland. They are indirectly connected with the other European countries. Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s., in cooperation with Českými dráhami, is preparing the possibility of traveling from Bratislava to Split by train. The train operates on a daily basis, and tourists are allowed to transport their bikes. The fast train operates on a daily basis from June to September. www.slovakrail.sk

Croatian Railway Offices in Europe:

Hungary – Budapest
Ž- Horvát Vasutak
MAGYARORSZÁGI KÉPVISELETE
1053 BUDAPEST
SZÉP Ú. 5.II
p.f. 1617
Phone: +36 1 3382-609
Fax: +36 1 3180-700

Germany – Munich
REPRÄSENTATIONS - UND INFORMATIONSBÜRO
DER KROATISCHEN EISENBAHNEN MÜNCHEN
LUISE-KEISSELBACH-PLATZ 34
D-81377 MÜNCHEN

Phone: +49 89 7100-0965
Fax: +49 89 7100-0967

Austria - Vienna
GENERALVERTRETUNG DER KROATISCHEN EISENBAHNEN
OPERNGASSE 5
A-1010 WIEN

Phone: +43 1 5817-166
Fax: +43 1 5858-253

Serbia and Montenegro – Belgrade
ZASTUPSTVO HRVATSKIH ŽELJEZNICA U BEOGRADU
NEMANJINA 4/VI
11000 BEOGRAD
SRBIJA

Phone: +381 11 684-344
Fax: +381 11 688-585
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