Here’s the assorted Zagreb public transport options – including information on how to travel from Zagreb Airport to the city centre.
Zagreb Public Transport
Travelling to/from the airport
If you’re arriving in or departing from Croatia via Zagreb Airport, see our page on Getting to and from Zagreb Airport.
Trams in Zagreb
Trams are undeniably the best way to get around Zagreb – a (reduced) service even runs at night. There are 15 routes in Zagreb, and many stop either at Trg bana Jelacica (the main square) or at the main train station. Full details of the tram system can be found at the Zagreb Tram website – here’s the tram map for daytime routes, as well as the map for nighttime services.
Almost all visitors are puzzled as to how to obtain tickets for trams as they are not sold on-board! Walk to the first newspaper kiosk and ask for a “tramvajska karta” (tram ticket) which are sold singly – obviously, you can buy however many you want.
Once you board the tram, you must remember to validate your ticket in the machines – the machines for these are near the very first and very last doors of trams. (Note: in the more old fashioned trams, there is only such a machine by the front door.) These tickets cost 4 Kunas, and once validated can be used as many times as you need within 30 minutes.
It is also possible to purchase a ticket from the driver – obviously, you will need to board at the very front of the tram. A ticket purchased from the driver costs 6 Kunas.
Buses in Zagreb
There is also an extensive bus service in the city, with a few routes also operating at night. On this Zagreb Transport page you can see a full list of all bus routes, or see this page for the handful of nighttime routes.
Tourist Buses in Zagreb
Zagreb’s public transport system includes two tourist bus routes that operate a hop-on/hop-off service. The red route operates in the heart of the city, whilst the green route operates on a much longer route, taking in places such as Maksimir and Lake Bundek. Both routes operate several times a day, although these (open-air) buses only run from May to October. Tickets cost 70 Kunas (approximately £8/€9/$12) for adults or 35 Kunas (£4/€4.50/$6) for children 7 and over for a full day; tickets can be purchased from the driver.
“A tourist train – how does that work?!” you might think. Well, okay, it’s not really a train but a vehicle designed to resemble a train. It runs on a small route in the centre of the city, starting and ending on Ban Jelacic Square. It only runs on weekends, every 40 minutes from 10am to 7.20pm; rather delightfully, it is free! More details and the full route can be found here.
Zagreb’s Funicular Railway
This isn’t really a way of ‘getting around’ Zagreb as it only runs on a 66m track from the Lower Town to the Upper Town. However, we’ve included it here firstly as a reminder (to visit it!) and secondly because the funicular railway is in fact the oldest Zagreb public transport component – the funicular (or uspinjača in Croatian) first started operating in 1890.
Visit it for a ride (by Ilica in the Lower Town, or near the Lotrscak Tower in the Upper Town). A one-way ticket costs 5 Kunas, and it can be purchased from the ticket office at either end.
Zagreb Cable Car
Zagreb’s new cable car opened in February 2022, transporting passengers on a 5km route from Gracansko dolje in the north of the city to Sljeme – at a height of 1,030m above sea level – at the top of Medvednica mountain, via intermediate station Brestovac. (A cable car – called žičara in Croatian – also existed up to Sljeme several decades ago.) The total ride from the base station to the top takes 16 to 22 minutes, depending on how fast the system is being operated. 84 gondolas run on the cable car, each with 10 seats, meaning about 1500 people can travel on the cable car every hour. Each car is also equipped with outside storage for skis, as it’s possible to go skiing up on Sljeme!
The cable car starts operating at 9am on weekdays and 8am on the weekend. Tickets cost 75 Kuna one way or 125 Kuna for a return for adults aged 24+; tickets for those aged 15-24 and seniors 65+ cost 50 Kunas one-way and 75 Kunas for a return; children aged 0-15 pay 20 Kunas one-way or 30 Kunas return.
Cycling in Zagreb
Hot on the heels of many a European city, Zagreb also has a small cycle hire scheme in operation. It’s 5 Kunas per 30 minutes of hire; you first need to register an account online, on the app or at a rental terminal. Find out more at www.nextbike.hr/en/zagreb/.
Taxis and Uber in Zagreb
Take a look at our guide to taxis in Croatia, which also has information on taxis in Zagreb.
Uber is available in Zagreb (and other Croatian cities). Just open up your app and get an Uber taxi!
Planning journeys on Zagreb public transport
Google Maps now shows transport (or ‘transit’) options on its maps when you look up directions for routes in Zagreb; this includes trams and buses. A useful tip in finding out how to get around the city!