Europe Trains Guide

Croatia (HZ)

Country info: Croatia (Hrvatska)

Rail companies: HZ (Hrvatske željeznice)

Croatian Rail Network Map

Currency: 1 euro= app. 7,50 Croatian Kuna (HRK) 


Train travel in Croatia: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other useful info


National Train Service:

Train types in Croatia: Passenger (Putnički), Fast (Brzi), Express (Ekspresni), Intercity (InterCity/InterCity Nagibni) & international (EuroCity/EuroNight) trains

  • Passenger (marked as 'P' on HZ website): local train service all over Croatia, no seat reservation required (base fare applies)
  • Fast train (marked as 'B' on HZ website): long-distance national & international service, no seat reservation required (however special 7 HRK supplement to base tariff applies)
  • Express (marked as 'E' on HZ website): long-distance domestic service, no seat reservation required (however special 13 HRK supplement to basic tariff applies)
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  • InterCity (marked as 'IC' & 'ICN' on HZ website): intercity service connecting major Croatian cities & towns (currently from Zagreb to Split (ICN), Koprivnica, Osijek, Rijeka, Čakovec, Vinkovci), seat reservation can be made, but not required, except for ICN trains Zagreb-Split-Zagreb where seat reservation is compulsory. For InterCity trains special 18 HRK supplement to base tariff applies.
  • EuroCity / Euronight (marked 'EC' & 'EN' on HZ website): international daytime & overnight trains, seat reservation can be made, but not required (unless couchette/sleeper car)

Validity of Trains Tickets in Croatia: domestic one-way tickets for journeys <100 km are valid for one day, for journeys >101 & <400 km - 2 days & 4 days for journeys >401 km. Return tickets are valid either during one day (for journeys <50 km), 2 days (journeys >51 & <100 km) or 6 days (journeys >100km)

Seats & Sleeper reservations on domestic journeys: 8 HRK (seats), 113 HRK (6 berth couchette), 159,60 HRK (3 bed sleeper), 239,90 HRK (double bed sleeper) and 465,40 HRK (single sleeper)

Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling by trains in Croatia (HZ):

  1. Passengers purchasing return tickets (trips >25 km) in Croatia receive 20% discount from the standard ticket fare
  2. Passengers holding ISIC cards receive 25% discount for domestic one-way or return tickets
  3. HZ from March 1, 2016 till May 31, 2016 offers a promo fare (50% discount from standard price) for journeys on line Zagreb-Rijeka/Rijeka-Zagreb (55,60 HRK) & Zagreb-Split/Split-Zagreb (98,50 HKR), discounted tickets can't be returned or exchanged.
  4. Another simple and relatively easy way to save on rail travel in Croatia is to avoid expensive ICN and IC trains, while instead give preference to cheaper (although a bit slower) Fast and Passenger trains.
  5. Passengers planning to visit more than one destination in Croatia (e.g. day trip) can take advantage of the fact that Croatian Railways allow one stopover for any domestic journey done with one-way ticket or two stopovers with any return ticket (one stopover during outward & one during return trip). It means that passenger holding ticket from destination A to destination C can travel from A to C with stopover in destination B, thus instead of two separate tickets purchase one through ticket and, as result, save money thanks to regressive nature of HZ domestic tariff.

International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

  • 60% discount off SCIC-NRT tariff price for return tickets from Croatia to Hungary
  • 30% discount off SCIC-NRT tariff price for return tickets from Croatia to Serbia, Montenegro & FYR Macedonia
  • 20% discount off SCIC-NRT tariff price for return tickets from Croatia to Slovenia (30% off for youth & senior travelers)
  • 20% discount off SCIC-NRT tariff price for return tickets from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina (including Republika Srpska)
  • from 10 to 65% discount (depending on destination) off SCIC-NRT tariff price for groups of 6 or more passengers
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b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

Ticket offers with limited number of tickets per each departure (purchase in advance required):

  • Austria: from Zagreb to Vienna (seats for 29 euro), from Zagreb to Villach/Graz (seats from 19 euro), from Vinkovci to Villach (seats for 29 euro)
  • Switzerland: from Zagreb to Zurich (seats for 29 euro, couchette from 39 euro, sleepers form 59 euro)
  • Germany (SMART): from Zagreb to Munich (seats for 39 euro, couchette from 59 euro, sleeper from 79 euro), from Zagreb to Frankfurt (seats for 49 euro)
  • Slovenia: from Zagreb or Rijeka to Ljubljana (Ljubljana Specijal, seats from 9 euro), from Zagreb to Maribor (Maribor Specijal, seats from 12 euro)

Ticket offers with unlimited number of tickets per each departure :

  •  Munich Special: 50% discount on return ticket from Zagreb to Munich
  • Budapest Spezial: 29 euro return ticket from Zagreb to Budapest

c) CityStars

Croatia Railways offer CityStar tickets for connections from Croatia to Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, FYR Macedonia & Montenegro (every 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th passenger pays only 50% from standard full price fare, except CityStar to Switzerland where additional passengers pay 90%, thus receive only 10% discount). CityStar tickets to Austria, Germany & Switzerland need to be purchased at least three days before the journey

It is possible to purchase Rail Plus Card in Croatia (allows 25% discount on any international tickets between almost all European countries)

Rail Plus Card prices: <26 and >60 – 15 euro or 25 euro for adult passengers


How to Buy Train Tickets in Croatia:

Currently it is not possible to purchase national (domestic) or international tickets online directly via Croatian Railways (HZ) website, so passengers will have to visit HZ ticket counter

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