Travel Tips for Croatia
So, you decided to vacation in Croatia, lucky you! Traveling to somewhere you have never been can be a little daunting, but don't worry, we have got you covered! Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make traveling to this beautiful destination as relaxing as possible.
When booking a flight:
- There are no direct flights to Croatia from the U.S. at this time. You will have to have a connecting flight at least once to get to the country.
- From the East Coast of the U.S. it takes roughly 12+ hours to get to Croatia, including your connection.
- You can either fly into the capital of Zagreb, Croatia- Franjo Tuđman Airport or into Trieste, Italy- Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia. From Zagreb airport to Crikvenica is a 1.5 hour drive. From Trieste's airport to Crikvenica is a 2 hour drive and you will have to cross the border through Slovenia and then into Croatia.
- Most common connecting airports in Europe are through Munich or Frankfurt, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland; or Paris, France.
What to pack?
- Important documents like a valid passport is needed to enter the country. Croatia does not require any visa or other documents if you are visiting for less than three months for U.S. Citizens.
- Prescription medication(s)- Croatia has several options for over-the-counter medicine, but it will be very difficult to get a prescribed medicine from a different country.
- Specific toiletries- Croatia has a wide array of toiletries that can be found at places like DM, Bipa and others, but many brands are different from the ones in the U.S. due to the European Union having stricter guidelines on chemicals in products.
- Bathing suit- if it's summer, you're probably going to go swimming at some point in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, it's really a must!
- Even though Croatia is part of the European Union, Euros do not work in the country yet. The official Croatian currency is Kuna.
- It is very common to pay in cash, especially in bars.
- If you are driving in Croatia, they drive on the same side of the road as in the U.S.
- At the gas station, you fill your tank by yourself and you must pay inside at the counter either with cash or card.
- Fuel is double price compared to the U.S. and it is in liters rather than gallons.
- Road signs and your car odometer are in kilometers rather than miles.
- Scooters are very popular to drive instead of cars.
- In the cities, you have very good and cheap public transportation either with buses and/or trollies.
When traveling to Croatia, it is important to be open minded to differences whether it is customs, food, the measurement system or other. Discovering ways other people live is one of the greatest pay offs from a vacation to another country.