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Croatia’s striking Austro-Hungarian capital, Zagreb is an ancient city with a modern edge. Dating back to the Roman Empire, modern day Zagreb promises architecture from throughout the ages mixed with youthful energy and a thriving cultural scene. While many flock to Croatia’s Adriatic coast, Zagreb is fast becoming a top destination in its own right.
Just like Croatia’s popular coastal cities – Split and Dubrovnik – Zagreb is most popular in summertime. The weather here is deliciously warm, although this does mean that cheap flights are rather thinner on the ground during this time. However, unlike Croatia’s Adriatic resorts, which largely shut down over winter, Zagreb stands firm as a city worthy of a visit all year round. You’ll find flights to Zagreb from the UK a lot cheaper in autumn, winter and early spring.
While booking in advance and being flexible on dates will help you find cheaper deals to Zagreb, you can also do a few other things to broaden your search parameters. If you’re flying from London, be sure to select ‘All London airports’, one the auto-fill options on our search form. This will ensure you see flights from across the capital, allowing you to compare them like for like. Likewise, if you’re planning to fly from one of the UK’s regional airports, be sure to select ‘Nearby airports’ just underneath the box for your chosen departure location.
Direct London to Zagreb flights take just under two and a half hours. For flights departing from outside the capital, a connection is needed, so flight times will vary depending on airport and carrier. However, optimal travel times are:
Zagreb Airport, known locally as Franjo Tudman Airport, is Croatia’s largest and busiest. Located six miles from the city’s train station, the airport is very modern, having undergone major recent renovations in 2017. Around three million passengers pass through every year, with this number increasing due to Zagreb’s fast-growing reputation as a European destination.
Airlines flying to Zagreb from the UK include:
Once you land, the best way to get into Zagreb is using the Croatia Airlines shuttle bus. With tickets at around €4, the bus runs every half an hour to the city’s main bus station.
While the popular central tourist districts are small enough to explore on foot, there are also trams and buses available. And while you’re here, you might want to take a ride on the Zagreb funicular railway. At 66m long, it can’t really be described as transportation, but it’s definitely a lot of fun.
The city is most famous for its 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture. This proud imperial style gives Zagreb a real sense of authority. While the streets are dotted with beautiful residences, perhaps the best example of the style is the Croatian National Theatre, a building with countless columns and a distinctive copper roof.
For a little peace and quiet, head to Zagreb’s Old Town, where you’ll find a mixture of ruins, peaceful parks and medieval buildings like St Mark’s Church.
Farmers’ markets are in plentiful supply here too, although Dolac Market is one of the best. With a wide array of cured meats, wines and other local produce, it’s perfect for picking up an edible souvenir!
While you’ll require no visa to visit Croatia, it’s a good idea to take out travel insurance before you fly. Once you’re here, you should carry your passport with you at all times, since this is the only accepted form of identification. Of course, be sure to make a copy of it in case of emergency. Besides travel insurance, it’s also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. This entitles you to free emergency medical care in Croatia, should the need arise during your stay.