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:
- British Airways have twice-weekly flights from London Heathrow from the end of June to mid September
- Ryanair have flights two times a week from London Stansted from the end of March to the end of October
- Easyjet have services from London Gatwick (4x/week during peak summer), London Southend (2x/week) and Liverpool to Pula (2x/week)
- TUI also have flights from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to Pula – all operating twice a week (3x from London Gatwick) in peak season. They also have a new for 2019! route from Doncaster Sheffield that operates once a week
- Jet2.com have flights from London Stansted, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Edinburgh to Pula
- Aer Lingus operate a route from Dublin to Pula three/four times a week
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.
Getting to Istria – Flights from Europe
The majority of the flights listed below only operate during summer months.
Flights from Belgium to Pula:
- Ryanair from Brussels Charleroi
Flights from France to Pula:
Flights from Finland to Pula:
Flights from Germany to Pula:
- Croatia Airlines Frankfurt
- Easyjet from Berlin
- Eurowings from Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf
- Lufthansa from Munich
- Ryanair from Frankfurt Hahn
Flights from The Netherlands to Pula:
Flights from Norway to Pula:
- Norwegian from Oslo
Flights from Russia to Pula:
- S7 Airlines from Moscow
Flights from Serbia to Pula:
- Air Serbia flights from Belgrade
Flights from Sweden to Pula:
- Norwegian from Stockholm
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.