Zagreb International Airport is also known as Pleso Airport. It is the main airport of Zagreb, Croatia serving over 10, 000 domestic and international flights. It has one terminal with a capacity for 2.5 million passengers. A second terminal is estimated to be completed in 2016.
How to get around
The airport is located 12km from the city centre. Journey there takes less than 30 minutes via driving. With many places of interests located near each other, it would be good to explore this cultural city even if you are only in Zagreb for a few hours.
There is an airport bus departing every 30 minutes that connects you to the main bus station. A single-journey ticket costs less than NZD7. Taxi services are also available to bring you to the city centre and fares range from NZD30-40, depending on your destination. You can also consider renting a car at the airport to get to the city centre.
Zagreb’s public transport system consists of trams, busses and trains. The iconic blue trams in Zagreb operate from 4am to midnight everyday whereas buses have day and night-time routes.
Tickets can be bought from newsstands, or from drivers. However, tram tickets can only be purchased from tram drivers if there is a sticker at the driver’s window. Tickets cost less than NZD3 and can be used for 90 minutes for one direction upon purchase.
If you intend to travel a lot, get the Zagreb Card. It entitles you to unlimited tram, bus and train rides. It also offers discounts on places of attraction. The 24-hours and 72-hours Zagreb cards are available for under NZD20. Alternatively, you may wish to take a taxi.
What to see and do
Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia. It is home to over a million residents and is one of the largest cities in Croatia. Zagreb was originally made up of two rival medieval settlements: Gradec and Kaptol. These districts merged in mid 16th century. Over the years, the city has expanded and these districts are now part of Zagreb’s upper town.
A must-visit place in the upper town is the Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, featuring a blend of neo-Gothic, medieval and ornate architecture. There are also several museums in the old town: Croatian Natural History Museum, Croatian Historical Museum and the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art. Drop by these museums to learn about Croatian history and pioneering art trends. Do not forget to visit Meštrović Atelier, comprising of artworks from famous 20th century sculptor Meštrović.
At the lower town, you will find the Modern Art Gallery, Croatian National Theatre and Ethnographic Museum. Immerse yourself in the Croatian culture and catch an opera or ballet performance in the theatre.
Drop by Ilica, Zagreb’s main shopping district. Notable shops include I-GLE. Gharani Štrok and Victor, Croatia’s homegrown fashion brands.
Despite its burgeoning cultural scene, the city also has parks for recreational activities. Drop by the scenic Maksimir Park. This verdant retreat features the picturesque Bellevue Pavilion and Echo Pavilion. Or take a walk through the Botanical Gardens, home to over 10, 000 species of floral and fauna.
For film buffs, do not miss the Zagreb Film festival that occurs in mid-October. Every July, Zagreb also stages concerts. Jazz, blues and classical music are performed during the Zagreb Summer Evenings festival.