About this trip
About travel route
Zagreb - Rijeka
The route Zagreb - Rijeka is one of the most popular in Croatia. There are over 30 bus lines that drive day by day, mostly by highway, from Zagreb to Rijeka. For a 165 km long ride, it takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes, but the summer crowds can significantly extend this time. However, we emphasize that, during the season, they usually put additional bus lines.
During the 2-hour bus ride, the driver stops maximum 2 times. Each stop lasts between 10-15 minutes. We recommend that you use that time to drink coffee, take a walk or eat a sandwich. Additionally, prepare some coins in case you'll need a toilet.
The one-way ticket Zagreb - Rijeka costs from 6 EUR to 16 EUR. The lowest price, more specifically the ticket which costs 6 EUR, is currently offered by the Autotrans carrier. It starts its drive at 5:10 am and gets to its point destination, Rijeka, around 7:15 pm.
As we all expect, the two-way ticket is much more profitable. So, in case you're buying the two-way ticket you'll pay from 11 EUR to 25.5 EUR, depending on the chosen date and time, and your carrier. Also, depending on possible discounts. Here we don't mean standard discounts for individual groups: children, students, and retirees.
The company Autotrans, besides offering the most affordable one-way ticket, also offers the shortest ride.
If you choose to depart at 4:00 am with one bus stop you'll be in Rijeka in 2 hours, or at 6:00 am. This route costs only 1.35 EUR more than the cheapest one, or in other words you'll pay 7.15 EUR.
The longest drive, on several daily terms, is offered by the Croatia Bus carrier. Two stops, 6.5 EUR, one way ticket - is the best description of the drives scheduled for: 8:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 10:30 pm. For the return tickets ask the person who works at the information office.
If you have any specific concerns, such as conditions for carriage of pets and additional bus stops, or you are interested in accurate notifications, discounts, news, actions, etc., please contact your chosen carrier.
List of carriers ZG-RI
- AP Varazdin d.d.
- Autotrans d.o.o.
- Brioni Pula
- Croatia Bus d.o.o.
- Crnja Tours d.o.o.
- Panturist d.d.
- Polet d.o.o.
Zagreb bus station
In and around the Zagreb bus station there is a multitude of contents. Bakeries, shops and kiosks. A few are in the bus station circuit. They offer their services to provide passengers with everything they might need while they wait for the bus. Don't worry. You won't be hungry or thirsty.
Furthermore, be free to place your luggage at the station in the wardrobe and go for coffee or for a walk.
If you need a toilet prepare some coins, which means around 0.5 EUR for use of toilet. All that you need you'll find at the Zagreb bus station. Let's say you forgot to change currency, pay a bill, or send a postcard. No problem, you can do that at the bus station.
If you go to the first floor there you'll find a post office. If you need ATM just walk around the Zagreb bus station and you'll find it as well as an exchange office.
There is a solution for every "bus station" challenge in Zagreb. In case you need train please note that the bus and train stations are located close to each other and are divided only by 3 tram stations.
This ride, which goal is to reach Rijeka from Zagreb, is 165 km long and the main part of the drive goes by highway. You'll spend on average 2 h and 29 min in the bus.
For the information, during the summer months and in the period of winter holidays, Christmas / New Year, traffic is noticeably more crowded so that the journey could be delayed and for this reason we suggest that you choose the earlier departure at that time - so you can be sure you won't be late.
Since it is a highway that is quite new and is in a good state there shouldn't be any unpleasant surprises. Clearly, this doesn't include unexpected delays affecting arrival at the destination, caused by adverse weather, car accidents, ect.
During the travel the bus stops at maximum twice. If we talk about the ride with two bus stops we are talking about one of these two combinations: Karlovac and Delnice or Vrbovsko and Fuzine. If there is only one bus stop, it is certainly in Karlovac.
Rijeka bus station
The bus station in Rijeka is situated on Zabica where you'll find: sandwich bar, bakery, two kiosks, toilets and a lot of cafes. Regardless of whether you are tired we don't recommend that you immediately settle where you left the bus. Preferably go to Riva where you'll see the Boonker restaurant / lounge bar / cafe. We suggest that you eat a sandwich, or drink coffee.
After that, go for a walk. Korzo is just five minutes away from the station. That way you'll easily find the accommodation if you haven't previously booked it.
It should be known that the Rijeka bus station doesn't have a waiting room, or wardrobe, or a toilet for its passengers. Until it is rebuilt which appears to be one of the city plans, order coffee in the nearby bar and allow yourself to be warm and dry in the otherwise often rainy Rijeka.
Bus operators information
Buses who drive on Zagreb - Rijeka route are well equipped. This means that the air conditioning cools the bus in the summer, and warms up the passengers during the winter months. It also means that you will probably be in a position to have some fun by watching a movie.
WiFi exists, but you must evaluate yourself how good it works. This service is free which means the carrier doesn't charge it extra.
Why you should travel from Zagreb to Rijeka by bus
Modern bus equippment is not the only reason why we think that the bus is the right choice. Pretty short distance, favorable one-way and two-way tickets, frequent lines and easy luggage transport. The list is really long. Anyway, it's best to compare it to other type of transport.
Personal car. If you have decided to travel by car, prepare 9.5 EUR for toll and about 15 EUR for gasoline. It's a total of 24.5 EUR.
So, when we compare it with the bus, we still notice that by choosing a car we choose to spend an average of 9 EUR more.
All right, the car's advantage is that you can listen to the music you like, stop whenever you want, etc. On the other hand, someone has to drive, right? It's a hassle. So there is no newspaper, book reading, and crossword puzzling. Just you and the highway.
Train. One way ticket price for this route is 15 EUR. The only exceptions are departures at 5:05 pm and 11:05 pm when the ticket costs exactly 1 EUR more. Specifically, 16 EUR. In this aspect, the advantage of the bus is already in view of the fact that ticket prices are considerably lower. Still not enough to pick a bus?
Pay special attention to the length of the train journey, ie the use of the railroad. You'll travel for a minimum of 3 h and 38 min, and maximum 13 h and 26 min. The primary reason for this are many train stops. But when we recall that by bus from Zagreb to Rijeka you'll spend about 2.5 hours, somehow all the reasons fall into the water.
Plane. Why not a plane? A short distance, a bus station location, cheaper bus tickets compared to a plane ... are just some of the reasons why, for example, Crnja Tours has a kind of advantage over Croatia Airlines.
Bus stops on the Zagreb - Rijeka journey
Starting from Zagreb to Rijeka, you will pass through Jastrebarsko, Duga Resa, Vrbovsko, Ravna Gora, Delnice, Lokve, Fuzine, Sobole, Trsat and many other areas. Consequently, there are three options available when it comes to the bus stops, including the four cities: Karlovac, Delnice, Vrbovsko and Fužine.
Karlovac is best known for its four rivers on which it stands. They are: Korana, Kupa, Dobra i Mreznica. So when you are in Karlovac, you should definitely ask about the nice beaches on the coast of Mreznica and Kupa.
Delnice is a small town located in the area of Gorski kotar. People are mostly fascinated by the greenery of this, somewhat wild, area. Otherwise, the prevailing vegetation is during the winter months replaced by the snow that children especially love.
Vrbovsko is like Delnice, which means it has an amazingly beautiful nature. If you are there, don't just sit there, go for a walk. Enjoy panoramas before you need to get back in the bus.
Fuzine - a place of long tradition, continuous attraction of tourists and excellent traffic connections. Since bordering the Kvarner Bay to the seaside, or in other words to the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera is 30 km away, while the island of Krk is only 22 km away. Rich in cultural and sacral attractions, sports and recreational amenities, Fuzine is often the ultimate destination of tourists, not just a passageway to Rijeka.
The capital of Croatia is characterized by beautifully landscaped parks, forests and green areas. In short, the source of natural beauty. Considering this, anyone who visits it should walk to Maksimir, Tomislavac, Zrinjevac, Ribnjak, Bundek and Jarun. About Sljeme and its beauties hidden away from the center itself we doesn't have to talk too much about.
If you're looking for a ZOO in Zagreb you'll find it in Maksimir. It is worth seeing it, since it has gone to renovation. Those who are fascinated by Jarun and Bundek are advised to travel to Plitvice Lakes for more of such beauty, depending on the time available. We guarantee that once you get there these 137 km of road distance will make sense.
If you are not a fan of nature you'll probably stay in the city center spending your time visiting its sights. And that's fine. But on the other hand, we suggest you to visit Upper Town where you can find: Markov trg, Church of St. Marka, Banski dvori - headquarters of the Croatian Government and headquarters of the Croatian Parliament.
Apart from these, there are: Stone Gate, Lotrscak Tower, Zagreb Observatory, Gric Tunnel, Old Town Hall, Zagreb Cathedral, Croatian National Theater in Zagreb (HNK) and many others.
During your visit to the center of Zagreb, you can be sure you won't be hungry or thirsty. There is a great number of restaurants in which local residents and tourists will be happy to return. For example: Tavern Didov San - Upper Town, Batak Grill and a restaurant called Under the Wall.
Finally, nothing is too far in Zagreb. Even if you need to go from one part of the city to the other - no problem. For a maximum of an hour you'll be there. If you want cheap accommodation visit the hostels and ask for free places. A large part of them are located in the center.
From Zagreb, using a bus service you can easily reach a whole range of destinations within and outside the country. For example: Osijek, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Mostar, Budapest, Ljubljana and Vienna locations require only one bus ticket. Don't forget that Zadar is not far from the island of Pag, Makarska is just next to Imotski and Biokovo, Sibenik is located close to Skradin - all of these locations are worth seeing.
Rijeka is a town and a famous port. Roman Arch, Judge Palace, Stendarac, Synagogue, City Tower, St. Patrick's Cathedral Vida is only a small part of what Rijeka, and then the whole of Istria, is proud of and what is to be seen in it.
Apart from the cultural uplift, Rijeka offers another convenience of retention in the city center. Free WiFi. Using this service is of great help to tourists and residents there. The covered area makes a kind of "circle": Adriatic Square - Korzo - Kobler Square - Ignacija Hencke Street - Riva - Splitska Street - Jadranska trg - Zabica and Ante Starcevic Street.
Destinations: Opatija, Lovran, Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Umag, Trieste (Italy) are only a few tens of kilometers away from Rijeka, and for a complete experience of Istria they should be definitely visit.
Pula is particularly interesting if you decide to sit on the boat and go to the Fratarski Island. There you will experience a whole new camping and vacation experience.
If you decide to return from Rijeka to Zagreb you won't miss any interesting content, because it is hard to believe that had just enough time to visit everything you wanted during your first visit.
Find out all the information and assistance on the safest, but also the fastest way to get to a variety of cities, as well as a timetable, at the Rijeka bus station, or visit the website. Ask whether there is a possible discount depending on a category. Further, check for irregularities and delays at the destinations.