Here are the best ways of getting to the Kvarner Riviera from the UK, Ireland and Europe, with flights, bus and train options.
Flights from the UK to Rijeka
There are, unfortunately, no flights from the UK to Rijeka Airport scheduled for 2021. Previous year’s flights – run by Ryanair and TUI – will not be operating this year. You may like to instead fly to Pula, Zagreb or even Zadar Airports and transfer to Rijeka/the Kvarner Riviera by bus. See our Getting to Istria, Getting to Zagreb and Getting to North Dalmatia sections for details of flights to these regions.
Note: Rijeka Airport is actually near Omisalj on the island of Krk. However, it is an easy transfer to Rijeka and other places in the Kvarner Riviera. See the airport website for bus timetables (under the “How to Find Us” heading).
If you want a few more options for reaching this part of Croatia if you’re travelling from the UK, the best idea would be to fly to Trieste in Italy (see below) and travel to Rijeka from there. Alternatively, you could fly to Zagreb itself and then utilise the daily Croatia Airlines bus which transfers passengers directly from Zagreb Airport to Rijeka (no need to go to Zagreb Bus Station!). See Flying via Zagreb.
If you’re travelling during spring/summer, you can also fly to Pula Airport, transfer to the main bus station in town and then take one of the numerous daily buses from there to Rijeka. See our Getting to Istria page for details of flights from the UK and Europe to Pula, and search for bus timetables on the Arriva website.
Getting to the Kvarner Riviera via Italy
If you fly from the UK to Trieste with Ryanair – which operates year-round, near-daily services on this route – there are regular bus services from the main bus station in downtown Trieste to Rijeka. The journey takes between 2 to 3 hours, depending on which bus you take. See our Travelling from Trieste page for full details.
Flights from Europe to Rijeka
Flights from Germany to Rijeka
- Croatia Airlines from Munich year-round
- Eurowings from Dusseldorf year-round and Hamburg
- Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Munich year-round
Flights from Latvia to Rijeka
- Air Baltic from Riga
Flights from the Netherlands to Rijeka
- Transavia from Eindhoven
You can take advantage of the year-round, daily flights to Zagreb and then get a bus direct from Zagreb Airport to Rijeka – there is a daily bus that departs the airport at 3.30pm. A one-way ticket is 150 Kunas (about £17.50/$22/€20) and a return is 250 Kunas (£29/$37/€34); journey time is about 3 hours. See details at Pleso Prijevoz.
Getting to the Kvarner Riviera by Bus or Train from Europe
There are train services from several major European cities to Rijeka, including direct services from Munich and Ljubljana. See the Die Bahn website for timetable details.
Getting to the Kvarner Riviera by Ferry from Europe
Unfortunately, there are no international ferry services to Rijeka!
Getting to the Kvarner Riviera from elsewhere in Croatia
Rijeka is pretty well connected by train and bus from other parts of Croatia. Arriva Autotrans, one of the main bus operators in Croatia, are based in Rijeka and operate numerous routes from the city. For train timetables, check the Croatian Railways website.
Trade Air fly once a week to Rijeka from Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb (and vice versa, of course) during summer – these flights can also be booked on the Croatia Airlines website. As mentioned at the top of the page, there is also a Croatia Airlines flight once a week on Wednesdays from Zagreb to Rijeka.