Croatia Rail Passes and Train Tips

By Rick Steves

Are rail passes a good value for Croatia?

Not for most trips: Since trains don't run along the Dalmatian Coast, most travelers wind up getting around primarily by ferry and bus (or rental car), which aren't covered by rail passes. Moreover, point-to-point train tickets are pretty affordable, making a pass worthwhile for very few travelers.

How do I see whether a rail pass makes sense for my trip in particular?

Use this map to add up approximate pay-as-you-go fares for your itinerary, and compare that cost to the price of a rail pass for the number of days you expect to spend on the train. Dotted lines show ferry routes and dashed lines (Split–Dubrovnik) show bus routes, neither of which are covered by rail passes. Also, follow the links below for:

What are my options for rail passes that cover Croatia?

Choose one of the passes below to check prices and to buy your pass (orders are fulfilled by Rail Europe).

Single-country Croatia Eurail Passkey details

Austria–Croatia–Slovenia Eurail Passkey details

Croatia–Slovenia–Hungary Eurail Passkey details

Eurail Select Passread more about this pass

Eurail Global Passread more about this pass

Rail shopping cart: Have an order underway? Review and complete it here.

Do I need to make seat reservations on Croatian trains?

For the most part, you can hop on nearly all Croatian trains with just your rail pass in hand. Only overnight trains, and some international routes, require reservations (as indicated in online train schedules).

Any tips for getting around — or getting to — Croatia, given that train service is so limited?

Renting a car is probably the easiest way of getting around Croatia. Otherwise, you'll be able to get just about everywhere trains don't go by bus, albeit not as conveniently. Either way, ferries are the way to reach the islands that dot Croatia's coastline. Find bus info locally or in a guidebook, and ferry info through Jadrolinija's site.

Many travelers begin or end their Croatian trip in Dubrovnik, which is served by bus, ferry, and planes...but not by rail. There is no easy transport from Dubrovnik to Greece, so flying is the best option, with a connection usually required.

Any tips for buying point-to-point train tickets in Croatia?

If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, see our general tips for buying point-to-point tickets.


Croatia Rail Passes: Key Details

Single-country Croatia Eurail Pass: This pass offers either 3, 4, 6, or 8 days of train travel within a one-month window, whereas multi-country passes offer a two-month window of travel.

Multi-country Eurail passes: These passes are only available in second class for travelers under 26.