Travelling by train in Croatia

A train operated by Croatian national rail operator HZPP at Zagreb's main station A train operated by Croatian national rail operator HZPP at Zagreb's main station

A train operated by Croatian national rail operator HZPP at Zagreb's main station

General information

The national operator is HZPP and its website has now been translated into English.


Tickets for domestic journeys can be booked online here 

Tickets aren’t discounted if you purchase them in advance, but if you know you want to travel on a specific date, there are other advantages to buying online.

·         If you’re booking an ICN train for a journey such as Zagreb – Split, then on the easy to use system you can choose your seat

·         Queues can build up at the ticket counters at ticket counters, particularly at the stations in Zagreb and Split

·         You can avoid language barriers.

HZPP has published an excellent guide to how to use its site to book tickets online here

·         Remember that the prices shown will be in kunas and not euros

·         Ticket conformation and the e-tickets themselves will be emailed to you

·         Print the e-ticket off and take it with you when heading to the station to board your train

Or you can also buy tickets for domestic journeys within Croatia if you download its app
An advantage of using the app is that you don’t have to print your e-tickets.
The tickets and its bar code will be on your phone so you can simply hand your phone to the on board train conductor who will confirm the purchase.

Tickets for international journeys cannot be booked on the hzpp website or app, you have to call +385 (0)1 3782 583.
Unlike the train tickets for domestic journeys, limited numbers of discounted tickets for international journeys are available.

Prices can be cheaper than on the websites in the countries where the international trains originate.


Croatian national rail operator, HZPP, has evidently been investing in new trains, particularly for its long distance ICN services.
So expect to be travelling on comfortable air-conditioned trains, that are amongst the best in Europe.


However, aside from most of the ICN daytime trains on the Zagreb – Split route there are no on board catering facilities on any domestic train.

Also plan your journey before heading the station – you can use the journey planner on the HZPP site – you don’t have to buy a ticket.
Long distance trains in particular, don’t operate particularly frequently.

However, the journeys can be spectacularly scenic – and contradictory to Wikipedia, that includes much of the journey between Zagreb and Split.


National rail operator HZPP has evidently opted to invest in trains rather than stations, so those in Croatia can be comparatively basic.

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