As we’ve explained in our Getting to Croatia introduction, some of you may consider travelling to Croatia indirectly to maximise your travel options. There are two ways of doing this: either travelling to an airport just outside Croatia (in Italy, Slovenia, Austria or Hungary); or flying to Croatia via a stopover in another European country.

Here’s our guide to help you make head or tail of where to fly to – or through – in order to reach your final destination in Croatia.

Okay, I need to travel to Croatia indirectly. But how do I know what city I need to fly in to?

Good question! Ryanair fly to numerous towns and cities along the eastern coast of Italy. Depending on where you’re headed, we wouldn’t really recommend considering all of them! For example, if your final destination is somewhere in Dalmatia, it’s not the best idea to fly to Venice; Ancona or Bari are more suitable, as from either of these you can get ferries across to Dalmatian ports.

We’ve really only included low-cost airlines in this table; there are, of course additional services via airlines such as British Airways and other national carriers.

Last updated 1st January 2015
My final destination
is…
Consider flying to…From…Airline…Year round?How do I reach Croatia
from…?
IstriaUmag, Porec,
Rovinj, Pula
Venice Marco PoloLondon Gatwick, London Luton, London Southend or ManchesterEasyjetYes (All)

Venice

London Gatwick & ManchesterThomsonfly No
Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle or EdinburghJet2.comNo
London Gatwick, Birmingham, ManchesterMonarchYes (London Gatwick & Manchester)
Venice TrevisoLondon Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol, Leeds or DublinRyanairYes (London Stansted & East Midlands)Venice
TriesteLondon StanstedRyanairYesTrieste
Kvarner RivieraRijeka,
Opatija, island of Krk
TriesteLondon StanstedRyanairYesTrieste
Northern Dalmatia
Zadar, island of Pag
AnconaLondon StanstedRyanairYesAncona
Mid-DalmatiaSplit,
Makarska, Brac, Hvar, Korcula
AnconaLondon StanstedRyanairYesAncona
PescaraLondon StanstedRyanairYesAncona
South DalmatiaDubrovnik,
Cavtat
BariLondon Stansted or DublinRyanairYes (London Stansted)Bari
London GatwickEasyjetYesBari
ZagrebLjubljanaLondon LutonWizz AirYesLjubljana
London StanstedEasyjetYes
North and Eastern Croatia
– Varazdin, Cakovec, Koprivnica…
BudapestLondon GatwickEasyjetYesHungary
London LutonWizz AirYes
London GatwickNorwegianYes
London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester & DublinRyanairYes (All)
Manchester, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford or EdinburghJet2.comYes (All)
PLEASE NOTE! You shouldn’t encounter any problems in reaching Croatia in this way. However, careful travel planning is a must: flight arrival times don’t always correspond with times for bus departures to Croatia; some ferry lines don’t operate daily, some only in high season…you get the picture.