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Trains in Croatia


The Croatian railway network (HZ Putnički Prijevoz) is centred around the capital Zagreb. Attractively situated, Croatia acts as an intersection of routes from Europe's west to east and from north to south.

Train types in Croatia

Croatia's national rail network is run by Hrvatske željeznice (HZ). To look up train times, you can use the Interrail timetable. Some Croatian cities (like Zadar) aren't mentioned in our timetable. Use the HZ timetable instead.

Map with main train connections in Croatia

Domestic trains in Croatia

  • HZ connects most major towns in Croatia.
  • Both regional trains and express trains run within the country.
  • Bikes are allowed on certain trains. You'll need to buy a bike ticket in advance.
  • Long distance trains
    • Zagreb – Rijeka
    • Zagreb – Split
    • Zagreb – Vinkovci
    • Zagreb – Osijek
  • Domestic Night trains
    • Split – Zagreb – Osijek (Mo-Sa. July 1st till September 1st)
    • Split – Zagreb – Sisak -  Vinkovci – Vukovar (July 1st till September 1st)

International trains in Croatia

  • Croatia has direct international connections with Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Switzerland.
  • International trains
    • Zagreb – Ljubljana – Salzburg – Munich – Frankfurt
    • Vinkovci – Zagreb – Ljubljana – Villach
    • Zagreb – Maribor – Graz – Vienna
    • Zagreb – Siófok – Budapest Delí
  • International night trains
    • Zagreb – Salzburg – Munich – Stuttgart
    • Zagreb – Zurich
    • Rijeka – Munich – Stuttgart
    • Split – Zagreb – Vienna – Bratislava (June 22nd till September 2nd)
    • Split – Budapest Keleti (Not daily. June 20th till September 22nd)
    • Split – Prague (Regiojet) not valid for passholders



Popular connections

What are the train travel times between Croatia's major cities? You won't need to make reservations if you use regional trains for the following routes:

Route Travel time Reservations
Zagreb to Split 6h 30m Required
Zagreb to Osijek 5h 30m Optional
Zagreb to Rijeka 4h 24m  Not possible
Zagreb to Sisak 50m Optional
Zagreb to Vinkovci 4h 15m Optional


Zagreb to Split takes 6.5 hours by InterCity train, and 8 hours by Night Train. Reservations are required for both journeys.


To visit Dubrovnik, you can travel by train to Split and then take a bus.

Route Which train? Travel time Reservations
Zagreb to Budapest (Hungary) InterCity 5h 50m Optional
Zagreb to Vienna (Austria) EuroCity 7h Optional
Zagreb to Ljubljana (Slovenia) InterCity / EuroCity 2h 15m Optional
Zagreb to Munich (Germany) EuroCity 8h 30m Optional (Required June 1st till September 1st) / Optional
Zagreb to Frankfurt (Germany) EuroCity 12h 35m Optional
Zagreb to Zurich (Switzerland) EuroNight 13h 40m  Required
Rijeka to Stuttgart (Germany) EuroNight 13h 50m  Required
Split to Bratislava (Slovakia) EuroNight 18h 12m Required
Zagreb to Stuttgart (Germany) EuroNight 13h Required



Interrail reservation self-service system

  • Interrail
  • International only: IC, EC, Nightjet, EuroNight

Administration costs when booking through Interrail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here: How do I book my reservations


Locally at the train station in Croatia


Good to know

Reservations are required for the following Intercity train route:

  • (IC) Zagreb - Split


View reservation fees in Croatia


Get your Pass for Croatia

Interrail Croatia Pass

  • Get extensive train travel across Croatia

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Additional benefits including a 20% discount on ferry crossings between Split and Ancona, Italy.

  • Prices from € 58


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Interrail Global Pass

  • Travel by train in up to 33 countries in Europe including Croatia

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Additional benefits including a 20% discount on ferry crossings between Split and Ancona, Italy.

  • Prices from € 212


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Tips and tricks for Croatia

Croatia's main train station

  • Zagreb central station: Zagrebački Glavni kolodvor.

  • To reach the station from Zagreb airport, take a bus to the city terminal, then a tram to the central train station.

  • Interrail Passes are not valid on the bus or tram.

Go the Last Mile

Found yourself at the end of the line, but not at your destination? When public transportation ends, it's time to take matters into your own hands: rent a car for the last kilometers!


Interrailers get up to a 15% discount on all Avis retail prices. 


You can find more information in the Terms & Conditions


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