Getting to Istria

Here’s a rundown on getting to Istria from the UK and Ireland and Europe by air, bus or sea (from Italy), and reaching Istria from the rest of Croatia. You might also like to utilise flights from the UK to airports in Italy that are close to Istria, such as Trieste and Venice.

Getting to Istria – Flights from the UK and Ireland to Pula

The only airport in Istria is Pula Airport, to where the following airlines all fly:

  • Ryanair have flights two times a week from London Stansted from the end of March to the end of October, with four flights a week during August
  • Easyjet have a service from London Gatwick to Pula; it operates twice a week from mid-June to the end of October
  • Norwegian also have a service from London Gatwick to Pula operating once a week from mid May to Mid October
  • Croatia Airlines have direct flights from London Gatwick once a week to Pula
  • Thomson also have flights from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to Pula – all operating twice a week (except from Bristol – only once a week)
  • have flights from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Edinburgh to Pula – all flights operate once a week, apart from flights from Manchester will operate twice/three times a week during peak season
  • Aer Lingus operate a route from Dublin to Pula

All of the above flights only operate during ‘summer’ i.e. April/May through to the end of September/October. See our Flights to Croatia page or the Pula section for more details.

Getting to Istria – Flying to Italy from the UK

Before the advent of low-cost flights direct to Croatia, many visitors to Istria would often fly to one of the nearby Italian airports (Trieste is the closest, Venice is also reasonably near) and then make their way to their chosen Istrian resort. This is still a suitable option if you’re trying to reach Istria out of season, or simply want more options in getting to the region.

See our guides on Travelling from Trieste and Venice for full information on how to take advantage of flying to one of these airports.

Getting to Istria – Flights from Europe

The majority of the flights listed below only operate during summer months.

Flights from Belgium to Pula:

Flights from Finland to Pula:

Flights from Germany to Pula:

Flights from Italy to Pula:

Flights from The Netherlands to Pula:

Flights from Norway to Pula:

Flights from Russia to Pula:

Flights from Serbia to Pula:

Flights from Sweden to Pula:

Getting to Istria via Zagreb

If you can’t find a direct flight from your home city – whether that’s in the UK or elsewhere in Europe – to Pula, try flying via Zagreb with Croatia Airlines.

Getting to Istria by bus or train from Italy

Bus is really a much better option for getting to Istria rather than train. Due to its proximately to Italy, there are a number of bus routes from Trieste – see timetables on the Trieste Bus Station website. Buses stop at Buje, Porec and Rovinj (as well as some other places) along the way to Pula – but please check timetables carefully!

There is also a bus from Venice to Pula that is run by FILS. Brioni also run a service to Pula (which stops at Vodnjan, Rovinj and Buje along the way) that starts in Padua (Padova) with stops also in Venice and Trieste.

Getting to Istria by Ferry from Italy

Venezia Lines have fast catamaran services from Venice to Porec, Rovinj, Pula and Rabac during summer.

Getting to Istria from elsewhere in Croatia

Croatia Airlines have direct flights from both Zagreb and Zadar. There are buses from various Croatian towns and cities to Pula and elsewhere in Istria – you can find timetables on the websites of Pula-based bus companies Brioni or FILS.