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
Consider flying to… From… Airline… Year round? How do I reach Croatia
IstriaUmag, Porec,
Rovinj, Pula
Venice Marco Polo London Gatwick, London Luton, London Southend or Manchester Easyjet Yes (All)


London Gatwick & Manchester Thomsonfly No
Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle or Edinburgh No
London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester Monarch Yes (London Gatwick & Manchester)
Venice Treviso London Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol, Leeds or Dublin Ryanair Yes (London Stansted & East Midlands) Venice
Trieste London Stansted Ryanair Yes Trieste
Kvarner RivieraRijeka,
Opatija, island of Krk
Trieste London Stansted Ryanair Yes Trieste
Northern Dalmatia
Zadar, island of Pag
Ancona London Stansted Ryanair Yes Ancona
Makarska, Brac, Hvar, Korcula
Ancona London Stansted Ryanair Yes Ancona
Pescara London Stansted Ryanair Yes Ancona
South DalmatiaDubrovnik,
Bari London Stansted or Dublin Ryanair Yes (London Stansted) Bari
London Gatwick Easyjet Yes Bari
Zagreb Ljubljana London Luton Wizz Air Yes Ljubljana
London Stansted Easyjet Yes
North and Eastern Croatia
– Varazdin, Cakovec, Koprivnica…
Budapest London Gatwick Easyjet Yes Hungary
London Luton Wizz Air Yes
London Gatwick Norwegian Yes
London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester & Dublin Ryanair Yes (All)
Manchester, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford or Edinburgh Yes (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.