Istria Croatia

How to arrive to the Istrian peninsula

How to arrive to Istrian peninsula by car?

If you are coming by car you can find all the necessary information on Croatian highways and tolls at

The main Istrian highway is the "Istrian Y" (Istarski ipsilon). Its eastern expressway (A8) connects Istria trough UÄŤka Tunnel via Rijeka with Dalmatia and Zagreb. At Kanfanar it joins the western expressway (A9) running through the hinterland towards Slovenian border in the north, or the Pula in the south.

Useful information for drivers:
For driving in the Republic of Croatia you need to have a valid driving and registration license and the Green Card as proof of car insurance.

Traffic regulations in the Republic of Croatia:
-You drive on the right side of the road.
-The maximum speed limit in inhabited areas is 50 km/h (if not specified otherwise by traffic signs).
-The maximum speed limit outside inhabited areas is 90 km/h (if not specified otherwise by traffic signs).
-The maximum speed limit on highways is 130 km/h.
-The maximum permitted blood alcohol limit is 0.5 %.

If you need any kind of immediate assistance, urgent medical help, police assistance, fire department, mountain rescue service or any other type of assistance, you can dial the free-toll number 112 at any time of day or night, regardless of your location in Croatia. The calls can be made through land lines or cell phones and from all phone booths.
-Road assistance – HAK – available 24 hours at number 1987.
-In case of an accident you can dial the police number 192.

Gas stations:
Gas stations on major highways work around the clock and in villages from 7 am to 7 pm (up to 10 pm during the summer months). All gas stations sell Eurosuper 95, Super 98, Normal and Euro Diesel whose current prices you can check at

Information on Croatian roads:
Croatian road assistance Hrvatski autoklub:

How to arrive on the Istrian peninsula by airplaine?

The Croatian national airline carrier is Croatia airlines and during the season it connects Croatia with all significant European centres: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milano, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Tel Aviv, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Vienna, Zurich and Manchester. You can find more information on Croatia Airlines flights at or by phone: +385 1 4819 633 or +385 1 0800 7777.

If you are planning to visit Istria, you could fly to Pula, because the airport in Pula is the only airport in Istria.

If there is no direct flight from your destination to Pula, then you can organize your flight through Zagreb that has multiple daily flights to Pula.

Pula Airport
52100 Pula, Valtursko polje 210, Tel: +385(0)52 530 105.

Zagreb Airport
10150 Zagreb, Pleso bb, p.p. 40 - phone: + 385 (0)1 45 62 222,+ 385 (0)1 62 65 222,
fax: + 385 (0)1 45 62 033, +385 (0)1 45 62 297,

International airline companies also connect Croatia with world destinations:
- Adria Airways,
- Aeroflot,
- Austrian Airlines,
- Air France,
- Avioimpex,
- British Airways,
- Crossair,
- Lufthansa,
- LOT,
- Malaysia Airlines,
- Malev,
- Swissair,
- Turkish airlines,

How to arrive on the Istrian peninsula by bus?

Croatia is connected with Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Germany, France and many other European countries with regular international connections. Places in Istria are well connected by bus, and there is a bus connection with all major Croatian (Rijeka, Zagreb, Zadar, Split, etc.) and European towns (Venice, Padova, Trieste, Frankfurt, etc.).

You can find information on the schedule of bus lines, as well as ticket prices at or by phone:
for international traffic +385 1 6157 938 and for national traffic 060 313 333.

Pula Bus Terminal
Šijanska cesta 4, Pula, Tel: 052/500 012, 060 304 090

Rovinj Bus Terminal
Trg na lokvi 5, Rovinj, Tel: 052/811 453

Poreč Bus Terminal
Rade Končara 1, Poreč , Tel: 052/435 153

How to arrive on the Istrian peninsula by train

Croatia is very well connected by direct trains with Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, whilst with other European countries it has connecting railway lines. The Croatian railway traffic includes local and fast trains and there are EuroCity and InterCity lines on the following routes:

- EC "Mimara": Berlin - Leipzig - Munich - Salzburg - Ljubljana – Zagreb
- IC "Croatia": Vienna - Maribor - Zagreb
- IC "Kvarner": Budapest - Zagreb – Rijeka
- IC "Drava": Budapest - Čakovec - Ljubljana - Venice

If arriving by train, there are regular railway lines from Slovenia via Buzet to Pula, or from Zagreb to Rijeka and further to Pazin and Pula.

Pula Railway Station
Kolodvorska 7, Pula, Tel: 052 / 542 733, 060 333 444

You can find information on railway traffic in Croatia at
or by phone for national traffic: 060 333 444, and for international traffic: +385 1 4573 283