Access from Poland to Croatia

Journey from Poland to Croatia.
Plane. Croatian airports serving foreign flights are in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Puli, Words, Zadar and Osijek, however, charter planes or planes flying as part of Croatian national transport land most often there. Line flights from Poland to Croatia (Zagreb) runs LOT (current flight schedule, booking and purchase of tickets: www.lot.pl; Cali Center: 24h reservation and telephone sale of tickets, tel.0801/300952, 300953, subscribers of the mobile network, tel. 22/9572, 9573).
According to schedule, from 28 marked 30 On October, planes from Warsaw to Zagreb fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Further – to Dubrovnik, Puli, Split and Zadar - you can fly with Croatia Airlines (information: www.croatiaairlines.com).
Wanting to get to Zagreb, residents of southern Poland may consider a flight from Prague (Czech Airlines, information: www.csa.cz), and people living in the western part of the country - from Berlin (Lufthansa, information: www.lufthansa.de).
At the beginning of October, a return ticket from Warsaw to Zagreb (LOT), reserved at least 14 days before scheduled departure, costed 688 PLN.

By train. For years, the most popular railway routes from Poland to Croatia have led through Budapest and Vienna. Unfortunately, none of the Polish cities has a direct connection with Zagreb or Rijeka. Using timetables (available incl. on the website www.pkp.pl), you can plan your trip to Croatia in different variants.
By far the best route from Warsaw to Zagreb is via Budapest (only one change). The journey lasts 19 at. 20 minutes. Departure from Central Warsaw, Fr. 20.50 by train P337 to Budapest, by Zawiercie (22.52), Katowice (23.30), Bielsko-Biala (0.44), Zywiec (1.21), then via Slovakia and Hungary to Budapest (station Budapest-Kelenfóld p 9.38). O 10.31 the P5609 train to Zagreb runs from Budapest-Kelenfold station. In Croatia, he passes, among others. via Koprzywnica and reaches the main Zagreb station, Fr. 16.11.
Another option is to travel through Vienna on Eurocity and Intercity trains. It only lasts 15 at, but it is quite expensive.
O 7.30 the EC131 train starts from the Warszawa Centralna railway station, m.in. by Katowice (9.57), Ostrava (11.44) and Breclav to Vienna (at Wien Sudbf Ost station there is Fr. 15.00). O 15.57 from the distant fr 10 min. Sudbanhof Sud train IC159 starts, driving, among others. via Maribor to Zagreb (at the main station in the Croatian capital is Fr. 22.30). In October, the price of the return ticket, valid for a month, for one person (Croatia Specjal offer) from Warsaw via Vienna to Zagreb was 683 PLN plus seats (52 PLN both ways). It was possible to additionally buy a couchette or a sleeping place.
In Zagreb, you can change to the local train or bus (Croatian train timetable: www.hznet.hr, timetable of buses from Zagreb: www.akz.hr).

Coach. Several carriers offer trips to Croatia. Jordan office in Krakow (the. Goose 8, Cracow, tel.12/ 4224033, office@jordan.pl, www.jordan.pl; Bus Transportation Center, phone: 12/4 293 628, fax 4293626, cpm@jordan.pl) maintains connections from Warsaw to Pula via Łódź, Katowice, Cracow, Chyżne, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia, and in Croatia via Zagreb, I opatiate, Porec and Rovinj. In the season (18 VI-5 IX) buses departed from Warsaw on Fridays 6.00 (from boat 8.20, from Katowice 11.00, from Krakow 12.30, from the border crossing in Chyżne 14.00). On Saturday, Fr. 2.30, to Opatija Fr. 5.50, from Poreća the 7.20, of Rowinja the 8.05, a do Puli o 8.40. One-way ticket prices to Pula, Poreč and Rovinj: from 269 PLN (from Krakow) do 338 PLN (from Warsaw), both ways respectively 430 i 541 PLN.
Glob Tourist company from Kołobrzeg (the. Wojska Polskiego 28a, tel.94/ 3545419 fax 3542677, www.globtourist.com) runs courses from Słupsk to Zadar / Sukosan / Šibenik / Split (from the beginning of May to the middle of. X; in the season 4-5 times a month, usually on Thurs.. or pt.). In Poland, buses (in the case of lower attendance, minibuses) pass through Koszalin, Bydgoszcz, Toruń, Płock, Warsaw, Częstochowa and Katowice. Trips from Gdynia are also organized, Gdansk, Kołobrzeg, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Bristles, Of Warsaw, Włocławek and Wrocław. One way price is: from 240 PLN (from the south. Polish) do 400 PLN (with the north. Polish), both ways respectively 340 i 550 PLN.
POLBUS-PKS based in Wrocław (the. Kosciuszko 135, tel.71/ 3467533, 3467534, fax 3677660, www. polbus.pl) offers journeys from Gorzów Wielkopolski to Sibenik.
In high season, buses leave Poland on Tuesdays and Fridays, Fr. 7.00. They pass, among others. through Zielona Góra, Legnica, Wrocław and Kłodzko, by ok. 2.00 reach Zagreb at night, O 6.00 to Zadar, to the 8.30 to Šibenik. One way tickets cost: from 200 PLN (from Wroclaw) do 240 PLN (from Gorzów Wlkp.), both ways respectively 280 i 340 PLN (from Gorzów Wlkp.).
You can also use connections from neighboring countries, like Germany (from many cities) or the Czech Republic (m.in. Brno-Zagreb). Valuable information at www.akz.hr.

Car. A car gives you independence, it is also cheaper, if the costs are distributed among the passengers. From 1 May 2004 r. traveling by car, incl. around Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia or Hungary, you no longer need a Green Card, proof of the conclusion of civil liability is enough (national). However, you must take the Green Card, planning a trip through Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The route can be traveled in many ways. The first option is to travel through Slovakia and Hungary: from Chyżne through Ružomberok, Banska Bystrzyca, Elected, Budapest, Szekeszfehervar and Nagykanizsa to the Croatian border in Gorićan (520 km, travel time approx. 9—10 hours). The second option - through the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia: from Cieszyn through Olomouc, Brno, Vienna, Graz and Maribor to the Slovenian-Croatian crossing in Gruśkovje (650 km, 8-9 at). Some go through Klagenfurt, Ljubljana and Koper to Istria (830 km, 11-12 at). There are also transit options through Bosnia and Herzegovina with two attractive routes to Dalmatia. The main transit road goes through Banja Luka and Mostar. On the second of them, via Osijek and Sarajevo, the last one 15 km before the border from Bosnia and Herzegovina (on the road from Sarajevo-Niksic) however, it is basically impassable. This section runs along the mountain slopes, and the surface of the narrow road is of extremely poor quality (it has been undergoing renovation for a long time).

When you take into account road tolls and other expenses (meals in restaurants by the road, etc.), the most profitable route is through Slovakia and Hungary. The route through the Czech Republic and Austria is the least tired.

Gas stations are densely located on the main routes in Croatia and all transit countries. The exceptions are Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina - in these countries you should not wait until the last minute to fill the tank. There are no problems with refueling gasoline and diesel fuel, while gas (LPG) in most of the countries mentioned it is less frequently available than in Poland.

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