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How To Reach Croatia
Croatia, a sea-side country in Europe is a dramatic mix of islands, mountains, deep blue oceans and the legendary Adriatic Sea. The country is small, but its tourism is not proportional to its size. In fact, Croatia makes for a wonderful summer holiday destination because of its myriad beaches, beautiful port cities and contemporary chic hotels on pebbled old streets. Today it is a breeze to reach Croatia from India. Hop onto a flight and viola! Read on to know more about the other means of transport.
Croatia boasts of many international airports in various cities - viz a viz, Dubrovnik Airport, Zagreb Airport, Split Airport and Pula Airport. From India, you have airline carriers like Air India, Jet Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Etihad, Qatar etc that fly from Mumbai as well as Delhi to Croatia with one or two stops in-between. No direct flights are available. Once in Croatia, you can book another domestic flight to hop across cities. Croatia Airlines is the national carrier of the country.
The collection of islands that is Croatia has a very well developed network of roadways, like most European nations. You can drive into Croatia from neighbouring countries like Hungary, Bosnia, Serbia etc directly by either one of the many buses operating, or by hiring a car. You will need your international driving licence and other relevant documents in place if you want to drive the said hired car into Croatia. Eurostar buses frequent the routes between Croatia and Germany, Croatia and Bosnia and Croatia and Hungary.
Croatia has a strong network of rail-lines to the surrounding European countries, making it a breeze to travel here from places like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece etc. You can also find non-direct connecting railway lines from West-European countries too. Eurail is the most active railway line and discounted passes for tourists can be availed by booking online. You can also travel between cities by train and enjoy the dramatic brilliance of the country’s central landscape. Coastal areas are not well connected by trains, so roadways and airways are the best option to reach the seaside.
Croatia is a small country, so air travel is just as short as train travel most of the time. Driving is also a lot easier to move around the country on a smaller budget. And island-hopping becomes easier with only a car to carry on the ferry. You will discover that travel by sea to the islands is a very entertaining way to move around and regular Catamarans, boats, yachts, ferries etc ply between main port cities and islands. You can also use Hydroplanes between Pula, Split, Lastovo and Mali Losinj on the Dalmatian Coast. Within cities and islands, walking is the best way to get around as most of them are small.