Croatia quick facts

  • Population: 4.2 million

  • Language: Croatian

  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)

  • Dialing code: +385

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Places to visit

Amphitheater Pula
Amphitheater Pula

Ancient relics and splendid palaces

Spend a few days on the Istria peninsula, and make a visit to Pula, at its tip. Wander around this vibrant riviera town, taking in the sixth largest surviving Roman amphitheatre that graces its centre. The ancient Diocletian’s Palace in Split is also a must-see. Step inside the palace walls and come across Roman relics buried among cobblestone alleyways. As the sun sets the palace area becomes a really romantic spot.

The amphitheatre is a 10-minute walk from Pula’s train station. Diocletian’s Palace is a 10-minute walk from Split’s main train station.

Hvar, Croatia
Hvar, Croatia

Enviable island hideaways

Hvar island will instantly have you hooked thanks to its Venetian charm and rolling hills. A short ferry ride off the coast from Split brings you to one of Croatia’s most adored islands, cloaked in lavendar fields, olive trees and vineyards. Discover Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and along the way stop off at a terrace to enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine from Vrboska or Jelsa.

From the centre of Split it's a 5-minute walk to the ferry terminal, where you can purchase a ticket to Hvar island.

Bar in Zagreb, Croatia
Bar in Zagreb, Croatia

Party like there’s no tomorrow

Some of Croatia’s best nightlife can be found in the northern peninsular of Zadar. The most buzzing area is in the historical centre, which is littered with outdoor cafes and lively bars. The Garden is a hip lounge bar atop of the city walls offering an eclectic mix of jazz, electronic and latin beats. In Zagreb, hit Purgeraj – a popular venue with a mix of rock, jazz and blues tunes. During the summer months the fun spills out onto a large outdoor terrace.

The Garden is a 15-minute walk from Zadar’s main train station. Purgeraj is a 20-minute walk from Zagreb’s Glavni Kolodvor train station.

Dalmatian coast
Dalmatian coast

Play in the crystal clear Adriatic

The Dalmatian coast is a water sport wonderland, with plenty of opportunities to windsurf, kitesurf, wakeboard or take a motorboat for a spin around the Adriatic. There are also a number of cycle and hiking trails around both Braĉ and Vis. Croatia’s Adriatic is a popular location among scuba-diving enthusiasts and has great wrecks, coral reefs and caves to explore. Just off Premuda island, at the top of the Dalmation archipelago is the famous wreck dive, Szent Istvan – an 153m long Austro-Hungarian battleship that sunk in 1918.

Many of Croatia’s islands can be reached by boat from Dubrovnik – there is no train station in this city, so you must take the train to Split and then a take a bus from there. Please note that this bus is not included in your Interrail pass.

Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb
Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

Zagreb - Croatia’s cosmopolitan capital

With a mix of Eastern and Western Europe, Croatia’s capital is a lively metropolis with a vibrant cafe culture. Hit Gornji Grad (the upper town) with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture and find the city’s top attractions, as well as a pool of bars and restaurants teeming with young and old alike. The main cemetery, Mirogoj, is one of Zagreb’s most fascinating sights and perhaps one of the most beautiful resting places in the world.

From Zagreb’s main train station it is a 10-minute walk to the main square, Trg bana Josipa Jelačića. To reach the cemetery take bus 106 from the central square. Please note that this bus is not included in your Interrail pass.


Electric elephant festival
Electric elephant festival

Electric Elephant

July 7 - July 11, 2016

Great summer festival on the stunning Adriatic coast with DJs, boat parties and great live tunes.

Take a bus or taxi from Zadar’s train station to Petrčane.

Rijeka Carnival, Croatia
Rijeka Carnival, Croatia

Rijeka Carnival

January 17 - March 1, 2017

Carnival is celebrated in towns across Croatia, but Rijeka is the liveliest location. Watch out for masked characters walking the street and the burning of an effigy to represent the start of a new beginning.

Carnival is held all over the centre of Rijeka, which is a 5-min walk from the main train station.

The Garden festival, Croatia |photo David Bowen
The Garden festival, Croatia |photo David Bowen

Love International Festival

June 28 - July 4, 2017

Live shows and DJ sets, delicious local food, lively boat parties and an abundance of sunshine – this is a highlight of the Croatian festival calendar. Formally known as The Garden Festival, Love International has been labelled its "spiritual successor".

Take a bus or taxi from Zadar’s train station to Petrčane.

Pula film festival  | Kopiraj
Pula film festival | Kopiraj

Pula Film Festival

July 8 - July 15, 2017

Croatia’s annual film festival held in Pula’s spectacular amphitheatre.

The amphitheatre is a 10-min walk from Pula’s train station.

Interrail passes for Croatia

Most popular passes with Croatia

Interrail Croatia Pass from € 59

The Interrail Croatia Pass is the easiest way to travel by train to Croatia's highlights, like Zagreb, Split and Pula.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 206

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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