Getting to North Dalmatia

Rather understandably, getting to North Dalmatia is easiest by air – with the main airport in the region being Zadar Airport.

Depending on what your final destination is, you could also fly to Split and then travel northwards to this region. See our Getting to Split page for details of what airlines fly there.

If you’re getting to North Dalmatia through other means, it is still best to head to Zadar first and then make the journey to your final destination accordingly.

Getting to North Dalmatia – Flights from the UK & Ireland to Zadar

Ryanair fly from London Stansted, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Dublin Airports to Zadar. They will also have a new for 2024! route from Cork to Zadar.

Easyjet fly from London Gatwick to Zadar.

You can also fly to Zadar via Zagreb with Croatia Airlines – there are daily flights to Zagreb from London Heathrow year-round, and daily flights between Zagreb and Zadar.

See our Flights to Croatia page for more details of all of the above routes.

Alternatively, you might like to fly to Ancona in Italy (Ryanair also fly to here from the UK) and then get one of the ferries across to Zadar – read more about reaching Croatia from Ancona.

Finally, because Zadar is well connected by air to the rest of Europe, you could also reach the town via a stopover using one of the below airlines.

Getting to North Dalmatia

Getting to North Dalmatia – Flights from Europe to Zadar

Flights from Austria to Zadar

Flights from Belgium to Zadar

Flights from Bulgaria

Flights from the Czech Republic to Zadar

Flights from Denmark to Zadar

  • Ryanair from Aarhus and Copenhagen new for 2024!
  • SAS from Copenhagen

Flights from Finland to Zadar

Flights from France to Zadar

  • Ryanair from Bordeaux new for 2024!, Marseille and Paris Beauvais
  • Transavia from Paris Orly

Flights from Germany to Zadar

  • Croatia Airlines from Munich year-round and Frankfurt
  • Easyjet from Berlin
  • EuroWings from Stuttgart, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf and Hamburg
  • Lufthansa from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich
  • Ryanair from Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dusseldorf Weeze, Frankfurt Hahn new for 2024!, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Memmingen, Munster and Nuremberg

Flights from Hungary to Zadar

Flights from Italy to Zadar

Flights from Lithuania to Zadar

Flights from Luxembourg to Zadar

  • Luxair flights from Luxembourg

Flights from The Netherlands to Zadar

Flights from Poland to Zadar

  • LOT from Warsaw and Rzeszow
  • Ryanair from Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Rzeszow, Warsaw and Wroclaw

Flights from Romania to Zadar

Flights from Slovakia to Zadar

Flights from Spain to Zadar

Flights from Sweden to Zadar

  • Ryanair from Gothenburg, Stockholm Arlanda and Vaxjo

Flights from Switzerland to Zadar

Getting to North Dalmatia – By Bus and Train from Europe

Although Zadar does have a train station, this method of transport isn’t a particularly good option as you’ll most likely have to make quite a few changes along the way.

There are some daily international buses to Zadar. Routes include a service from Trieste (as part of the routes that go on to Split and Dubrovnik), plus services from Basle, Munich, Vienna and Ljubljana. You can look up bus times and book tickets for some of these routes on the Arriva website.

Depending on where in Europe you’re travelling from, it is advisable to get a bus to – say – Pula, Rijeka or Zagreb (or possibly even Split, although you’d then have to travel back up the coast) and then change for a bus to Zadar.

Getting to North Dalmatia – By Ferry from Europe

Jadrolinija run ferries from Ancona in Italy but only from the beginning of June to the end of September each year. (Near-daily sailings in August.)

Gomo Viaggi have a summer service from the ports of Cesenatico and Pesaro (both are close to Rimini) to Zadar. Services run from June to August inclusive.

As an alternative, you could take one of the year-round ferries from Ancona to Split instead, and then travel up the coast to Zadar by bus.

Getting to North Dalmatia from elsewhere in Croatia

Croatia Airlines has direct flights from Zagreb (flight time is 45 minutes) and Pula (40 minutes) that operate year-round.

Kapetan Luka has a catamaran from Pula to Zadar (stopping off at Losinj and other islands along the way). This is a useful – and only direct sea – connection for those travelling from the north Croatian coast (Istria) to Dalmatia. This connection also operates year-round, with a higher frequency in summer.

Jadrolinija has ferries from and to the local islands around Zadar.

G&V Line Iadera have a summer route connecting Zadar with Rijeka, which stops off at Novalja (Pag), Lopar (Rab), and Krk along the way.

G&V Line Iadera also have routes connecting Zadar and the local islands, as do MiaTours.

You can see timetables for buses to and from Zadar at the Zadar Bus Station website.