General information & Tips

  • Travel documents

    A passport is required. For some countries an identity card will be enough. Usually foreign visitors do not need a visa to enter Croatia – if you are not sure whether you need one or not, visit the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' web page (www.mvp.hr). If you need a visa, contact the Croatian Embassy in your country for more information about how to obtain it. The Croatian currency is Kuna. You can calculate various world currencie rates on our currency converter on the main page on our web site.

  • Getting around Croatia: bying tickets

    Getting around can sometimes be tough. Here’s a little cheat-sheet to make buying tickets easier.

    BUS
    Bus tickets in Zagreb can only be bought at the main station, in person, with cash. You can make reservations (call + 385 1 6008 600) but need to pick up the tickets 24 hours before the bus is scheduled to leave. The bus terminal in Zadar is a little different. You don’t necessarily have to pay cash, but the only credit cards accepted are Maestro, Mastercard, and Visa, and you can’t use them to buy tickets for buses operated by Brioni Pula (http://www.brioni.hr) or Croatia Bus (http://www.croatiabus.hr/index.php?lang=en). You can make reservations by phone (060 30 3010) or via email (info@autotrans.hr). You will need to pick up the tickets an hour before departure for domestic lines and six hours before departure for international lines. The Split terminal is, like in Zagreb, cash-only. If you reserve a ticket (+385 21 329 199) you will have to pick it up an hour prior to departure.

    TRAIN
    Cash is accepted everywhere, and only major cities will accept credit cards. Although you can’t buy tickets online you can make reservations at www.croatia-express.com.

    AIRPLANE
    Buying a ticket online is pretty straightforward. Just go to www.croatiaairlines.hr, pay with your Amex, Diners, Visa, Mastercard or JCB credit card, and you’re good to go. You can book up to 6 tickets (062 500 505) as late as 12 hours prior to departure.

    SHIPS
    Tickets for ferries and catamarans can be paid for with both credit cards and cash. Online purchases are possible exclusively for international lines, at www.jadrolinija.hr

  • Shops and public services working hours

    Most shops are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, during the summer season even longer. Public services and business offices work from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

    Always ask for a discount when paying cash. As a rule it will bring you additional 10% discount. Shops are paying 7-10% to credit card companies and by giving you, what they have to pay anyway, they get less administartion and happy customers.
Custom regulations

Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonized with the standards of EU. member states. Foreign currency may be freely taken in and out of the country; local currency up to an amount of 15.000 Kuna. More valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared at the border. Tax refund when leaving the country is made to foreign nationals for individual goods purchased in Croatia for amounts in excess of 750 Kuna, by presenting a “Tax-check” form. This form is provided by a sales assistant, when items are purchased.

By clicking on "Info brochure" bellow, you can download a 52 pages Tourist info booklet with all the information you need. Tourist info booklet is available on following languages: HR, EN, IT, DE, NL, SE, FR, ES, CZ, PL, HU, RU, JAP, CHN, SI.

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  • Restaurants

    Restaurants that we have tryed ourselvs and we can recommend.

    Pizzeria "Jupiter" - Pula down town Restaurant "Nina" in Banjole7 km. from Pula. You can enjoy cheap meal at "Mercator" supermarket cantina-retaurant and the local (former workers) restaurant near the green market in Pula. In both cases you can get a 3 course meal for 6-7 €uros and you can taste local dishes made by local cooks.

  • Biking

    Biking info, brochures, routes of most of the Istria. facilisi.

    It is free of charge so feel free to downlad biking or any other brochure we have on our site. None of of the brochures on our ste are ViaKon production. For further information please contact the agency on the brochure. Thank you.

  • Diving

    Download Diving in Istria and Diving Croatia brochures, its free!

    Adventure that will reveal all the underwater beauty of the Istrian peninsula – the abundance and diversity of its well-preserved plant and animal life, as well as its multitude of underwater walls and reefs, caves and shipwrecks.

    Dive centres throughout Istria provide diving courses (CMAS, PADI, NITROX, APNEA) that take you to exciting underwater sites. At these centres, you can rent top-quality and tested equipment or have your own equipment repaired and maintained. The vicinity of a hyperbaric chamber located in Pula adds to your safety in diving.

    Diving in Istria is possible all year round due to favourable sea temperatures, and especially between the months of May and November. The ''Istra diving'' brochure contains the 23 most attractive locations of sunken ships and 40 submarine reefs. Apart from useful information and Croatian laws and regulations, it also contains the list of diving centres authorized for tourist recreational diving which offer to tourists various possibilities of exploring the Adriatic off-shore.

Things know about Croatia...

Troughout the history a lot of Croatians left a mark on the world we live in.

It is Croatian ingeneer that invented a pen you are writing with, Marco Polo and Nikola Tesla wore borne in Croatia. Inventors of Mag Light and first working parachute are Croatians. White House in Washington (USA) is build of white stone from island of Brač in Dalmatia/Croatia. Neck tie, Von Trapp family, founder of San Marino and The Dalmatian dog also originate from croatia. Croatia also has the first theater in Europe and the smallest town in the World.