Getting there

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Passanger terminal - Port of Rijeka Authorities

Port Rijeka
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In order to improve Croatia’s trade competitiveness when it comes to the international transport chain for both freight and passengers operations, the Rijeka Gateway Project which has seen major improvements to port and road connections opened in 2009 a new Passenger Terminal in the very heart of the city. In accordance to tradition, Rijeka is known as the central and major sea port in Croatia and has the intention of becoming the dominant traffic route throughout the entire region, connecting seaways with European road and railway corridors. The terminal is equipped with all the necessary facilities to suit passenger requirements including the sale of passenger tickets, a tourist’s information point, accommodation reservations, restaurants, coffee bars, and travel and rent-a-car agencies. It is envisaged that Rijeka will soon become an integral port and starting point for future cruise travels within the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea’s, with a deep and thorough understanding of safety as well as environmental awareness.

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By boat

An arrival by boat in Rijeka gives you a great view of the grand old buildings lining the quayside and puffing their way up the hillside, with myriad shutters lending a Mediterranean feel.
You’re right in the heart of the city, with the coach and local bus stations close at hand and a taxi rank right there – see the map of the city centre at the back of this guide. Local ferries (trajektne linije) and passenger boats (brodske linije) run from Rijeka to the surrounding islands. The islands are simply gorgeous, and tickets for foot passengers are absolutely affordable, while you can expect to pay about 100kn (15€) to take your car across.

By bus

Though small, the long-distance bus station (autobusni kolodvor), right in the city centre, is a real hub and has everything you need. Bus travel is the preferred method of long distance public transportation: it’s cheap, relatively quick and usually comfortable. A large number of Croatian destinations are served, as well as a growing number of foreign destinations on all points of the compass. Ticket office: open 05:30 - 22:30, tel. 060 30 20 10 (automated service, press 2 to contact the operator) for reservations and info.
Outside opening times, you can buy tickets on board, but during summer it’s best to reserve in advance. Changing money: there are exchange bureaux on Platform 1 and ATMs by the big church you see there. Left luggage (garderoba): tel. 33 63 47 the garderoba is inside the station building and is open 06:00 - 22:00. Toilets: inside the station. Getting to town: See the waterfront? Hang a left. The main street Korzo is just behind the waterfront buildings. Taxis: There’s a taxi rank at the station, or call (051-if you are calling from mobile) 970 (check Getting around for other taxi companies).

By car

From Italy: E70 motorway to Trieste, look for signs for “Fiume” and route number E61 / local route 7, which crosses Slovenia and enters Croatia at Pasjak. Route E61 / local road 8 lead you into Rijeka. The signs for the ferry, marked “Trajekt”, are a good orientation point for the centre.
From Slovenia: From Ljubljana follow route number E70 via Vrhnika and Postojna. Join local route 6 through Ilirska Bistrica. You’ll cross the border at Rupa and join the E61 which drops directly down into Rijeka.
From Zagreb: The E65 / A6 motorway runs directly from Zagreb to Rijeka.
Watch the signs where motorways merge at Bosiljevo. The motorway toll costs 60kn in one direction, payable in most currencies and credit cards. If you are headed to islands take the exit at Oštrovica.
From Split: We recommend taking the new A1 motorway from Split, turning off at Bosiljevo for the A6 to Rijeka. The A8 coast road is spectacular, and great if you have plenty of time, but if you’re in a hurry its sharp bends can be fatal.
Be aware that at weekends in August, traffic in coastal areas and on the main routes into Croatia can be very heavy. For the latest traffic information, check out the Croatian Automobile Club website at www.hak.hr.

By plane

Rijeka airport (zračna luka Rijeka) near Omišalj on Krk island serves Rijeka and the Kvarner coast. It’s a tiny airport, but has a bar with sandwiches, a tourist information point, an ATM, a small duty free shop (open prior to flights), toilets, payphones, a post box, and parking. Getting to town: Autotrans buses  take you to Rijeka’s city bus station on Trg bana Jelačića for 50kn one way. Check with your airline for the timetable. Taxis await your hailing outside the airport.

By train

Rijeka’s train station has all the basic services you need. Train services are rather slow, but it’s a relaxing and inexpensive way to travel. The HŽ (Croatian Railways) website has good English and German pages featuring ticket prices and connections for domestic and international routes.
Ticket office: In the central lobby you’ll find the ticket office including the international (međunarodni) and domestic window, open 05:15 - 20:50. You can buy tickets on board out of hours, but it’s best to reserve in advance for international journeys. Changing money: There’s a cash machine en route to the Zagreb platform and 24-hour cash machine outside the station building. There’s a small exchange bureau in Nikola Tesla Street opposite the train station. Left luggage: Lockers; 04:30 - 23:30, cost: 15 - 20kn per day. Toilets: on Platform 1, lovely and clean. Public phones in front of the station and on platform 1. 
Getting to town: The bus stop to the centre is directly in front of the station (two stops, take lines 1, 1A, 2, 6, 7, 7A or 32). If you cross the street, bus no. 32 heading west takes you to Opatija.
Taxis: There’s a taxi rank outside the station, or call (051-if you are calling from your mobile) 970 (check Getting around for other cab companies).

European Coastal Airlines Seaports

Now it’s easier than ever to get from the mainland to the islands in Croatia. The European Coastal Airlines offer daily hydroplane transfers from Split, Jelsa (Hvar), Pula and Rab. With these multiple flight connections throughout the Adriatic, you can even discover some of the most secluded islands along the coastline. 
At this time, the ECA has the following Seaside Airports up and running:​

Seaside Airport Resnik
Put Divulja 17, Kaštel Štafilić, tel. (+385-21) 89 50 10, resnik@ec-air.eu, www.ec-air.eu.

Seaside Airport Jelsa
​Mala Banda bb Jelsa, tel. (+385-21) 76 20 24, jelsa@ec-air.eu, www.ec-air.eu

Seaside Airport Rab
Ivana Dominisa 4, Rab, tel. (+385-51) 21 41 87, rab@ec-air.eu, www.ec-air.eu

Seaside Airport Pula, Riva 1/a, Pula, tel. (+385-52) 64 74 16, pula@ec-air.eu, www.ec-air.eu

In addition to the above, starting from July, there will be seaside airport: Split downtown, Lastovo, Vela Luka, Mali Lošinj, Novalja and Cres. FlyIn Caffe Bar is located at the airports in Resnik, Rab, Jelsa and Split where they will have a dock. The Outdoor Sundeck & Lounge Bar is located at the airports in Resnik, Rab, Split and Jelsa for now, and will soon be opening at the other locations. Souvenir shops are located at all of the airports. At the souvenir shops you can buy interesting souvenirs featuring hydroplane designs and useful beach products. Passengers at the Resnik Seaside Airport, which is located beneath the Split Airport, have a free shuttle transportation service from the Seaside Airport to the Split Airport and vice versa (about a 5 minute drive). Passengers can purchase tickets at any dock at the addresses mentioned above, as well as in the Split Airport, where they will also have a ticket office. And, of course, online at www.ec-air.eu. Working Hours for the Ticket & Check-in Offices, Put Divulje 7, Kaštel Štafilić: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 16:00, Dr. Franje Tuđmana Street, Kaštel Štafilić: Open 09:00 - 17:00, Jelsa (Island of Hvar) Lučice Street Open 07:00-20:00. During the summer months the Ticket Offices will be open even longer. The flight schedules can be viewed online at www.ec-air.eu or printed copies are available at the docks. 

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