photo by János Tamás

Getting there

The adjacent bus and train stations are about 15 minutes walk from city centre. There are frequent buses and taxis too.

Taxi Transport services Whether you arrive in Zadar by airplane, bus or a ferry boat and you need transportation to your final destination (hotel, apartment or private accommodation) you can use taxi service by calling 970. Taxi usually comes within 10 to 15 minutes from the call except in busy summer season where it depends on how much business they have. When calling taxi service from a cellular phone you need to dial Zadar city area code 023 .

By bus

Frequent buses run to and from Zagreb (3h 30 min), Rijeka (change for Trieste in Italy), Pula, Sibenik, Split and on to Dubrovnik. Information: +385-23-211555. Reservations by phone are possible with some operators, e.g. Contus: +385-23-314477. connects Zadar with several German cities.

About half the buses for Zagreb pass through the stunning Plitvice National Park.

By train

A few slow trains a day run to Knin and connect into trains for Zagreb and Split. Virtually nobody uses this train to get to these cities. Train to Knin is one carriage long with no air conditioning and can be quite uncomfortable, however the scenery is beautiful and will leave you in wonder at the numerous stations which appear to be in the middle of nowhere.

By boat

Large Jadrolinja ferries run every few days up and down the coast between Dubrovnik and Rijeka, stopping off at ports (including Zadar) and islands on the way. They also run almost daily ferries in summer to and from Ancona in Italy.

Local Boats - Zadar is also a hub for local boats and hydrofoils in Northern Dalmatia. Services run to and from Olib, Mali Losinj, Ugljan, Dugi Otok, Premuda etc. For timetables and prices

By plane

There is an evening flight from Zagreb. During the summer seasons there are also various tourist flights from several European cities. Cheap flights exist but may be hard to find. AdriaJet sells tickets on charter flights: tel. +385 48 240600. Ryanair has added a low cost flights from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Bari, Frankfurt Hahn and Dublin to Zadar.

Traveling around

The centre is easy enough to get around on foot. To reach the bus & train stations or Youth Hostel you will probably need to catch one of the frequent local buses.


  • Walk around the atmospheric streets of the old town, located on the peninsula. There are 34 old churches situated on the peninsula, and all of them with a very rich history. The oldest is St. Simeon (Sv. Šime).

  • St. Donat's

  • Remains of The Roman Forum

  • St. Anastasia (the Cathedral)

  • St. Mary & St. Simeon

  • University of Zadar - originaly founded 1396., which makes it the oldest university in Croatia, and one of the oldest universities in Europe.

  • The Archaeological Museum

  • Enjoy the otherworldly sounds of the Sea Organ(Croatian: Morske orgulje) on Zadar's Riva. This man-made organ works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape.

Things to do

Sit for hours in one of the cafes and enjoy the city, the sun, and the people. There's very few Internet cafes. For more information visit the tourist office:

Take a dip in the beautiful clear waters. Amazing.

Take a walk along the paved seafront on a summer evening for one of the best sunsets in Europe and listen to the relaxing sounds of the rather original 'sea organ' set into the harbour wall.


  • Restaurant Kornat, near the harbour, excellent Croatian Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Restaurant Nika, beside the harbour in the Puntamika district, fantastic food and service in a beautiful setting for low prices by Western standards.


  • The Garden, Bedemi zadarskih pobuna, tel. +385 23 254509. A fancy open bar with a lovely view over the harbour, opened by UB40 drummer James Brown

  • The Arsenal, Trg tri Bunara, +385 23 253 820, . A 17th cent. Venetian Naval Warehouse, now a cool Restaurant-Bar-Club.


  • Hotel Kolovare, . The only hotel close to the city center.

  • The Youth Hostel Obala kneza Trpimira 78, +385-23-331145. Friendly, 5 km from the city centre by the marina in Borik. Take buses 5 or 8.

  • Hotel Adriatic, on the beach Biograd 30 km south of Zadar, +38523383556, . Three-star designer hotel, great pool.


If you are looking for a good printed tourist guide try the Petar Zoranic bookstore, Knezova Subica Bribirskih 10

  • Visit the stunning waterfalls and lakes of the Plitvice National Park.

  • Rent a boat and explore surrounding islands, especially Kornati.

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