The coastal city of Zadar is a popular summer destination thanks to its historic old town and nearby beaches. The quickest and most convenient travel option is by direct flight with a journey time of only 45 minutes. Traveling the 178 miles from Zagreb to Zadar is also relatively easy by private transfer or rental car; a journey of three hours.

There are many direct bus connections from Zagreb to Zadar and the bus trip is only slightly longer than a car journey. Traveling by train is not a good option because of long travel times.

This 12-day Dalmatian Coast Self-Drive Tour begins in the capital city of Zagreb, before taking in sights like the castles of Zagorje, the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park, the 4th century Diocletian's Palace in Split, the famous Zlatni Rat beach on Brač Island, and the UNESCO-listed city of Dubrovnik.

By Plane

Duration: 45 minutes

The quickest and most convenient way to get from Zagreb to Zadar is by plane. Croatia Airlines offers daily direct flight connections between these two destinations. A frequent airport bus service links Zagreb bus station to the airport.  

By Private Transfer

Duration: 3 hours

A private transfer from Zagreb to Zadar is the ideal option for travelers who prefer not to drive, and want to avoid the hassles of traffic and finding parking. This option also offers the possibility of making stops along the way. Ask your local travel specialist for details of companies offering transfer services.

By Rental Car 

Duration: 3 hours

If you're travelling from Zagreb to Zadar by rental car, take the E65 toll highway west towards Rijeka. At the Bosiljevo interchange, head south on the E71 toll highway to Zadar.

By Bus

Duration: 3.5 hours

There are close to a dozen bus companies offering services on the Zagreb to Zadar route with buses leaving almost every hour from Zagreb's main bus station. The bus journey takes only slightly longer than by car and buses in Croatia are generally comfortable. 

During the busy summer months you want to book ahead if you have a certain departure time in mind. Note that Arriva, Puntamika Line and Črnja Tours offer free wifi, while Puntamika Line and Črnja Tours also have toilets on-board. 

By Train

Duration: 7-16 hours

There is a train connection from Zagreb to Zadar but this travel option is not recommended because the journey can take up to 16 hours and requires a change of trains in Knin.


Map of How to Get from Zagreb to Zadar
Map of How to Get from Zagreb to Zadar
Written by Isabel P, updated Jul 27, 2019