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Ancient cities, crystal-clear water, spectacular beaches – Croatia might not be one of the best kept secrets in the Mediterranean these days, but it still has enormous appeal. And, at just a few hours flight time from the UK, it’s a really convenient destination.
The hot summer months of July and August are the busiest time to visit Croatia, with UK travellers taking advantage of the short flight time to enjoy their summer holidays. The Adriatic Sea sparkles and the hot sun keeps its waters warm, but it means that flights get booked up earlier and ticket prices go up.
If you want the biggest choice of cheap flights to Croatia, then think about visiting in May to June or September to October. The weather is still likely to be pleasant and there are fewer crowds at this time of year, which means you can get better deals on both flights and accommodation.
If you’re planning on travelling in the school holidays in July and August, then it’s well worth booking in advance to get the cheapest flights to Croatia. However, no matter when you book, you can use Expedia to get the best deals.
If you can be flexible on dates, then click the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ button and see what’s available on the days either side of your chosen departure and return. Often, you’ll find cheaper tickets on certain days of the week, even in summer.
Try and be flexible about which airport you fly from and you could also save. Click the ‘Nearby Airports’ option to see tickets from a choice of convenient departure points.
There are numerous departures from the UK to Croatia, with often several options for flights each day.
The three main airports in Croatia are located in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Of the three, the busiest is Franjo Tudman International in the capital of Zagreb. This handles more than two million passengers each year.
Both Split and Dubrovnik deal with around one million people each year. All three are well located for easy access to the city.
Other airports can be found in Zadar, Pula and Rijeka.
Direct flights to Croatia from London are available from a number of different carriers.
Croatia’s main cities are linked by internal flights mostly provided by Croatia Airlines but, due to the proximity, it can be just as easy to take buses or trains.
Train travel has vastly improved in recent years, with an upgrading of the Croatian rail infrastructure. All major cities except Dubrovnik are linked on the network, as well as some international destinations in Slovenia.
There is a comprehensive bus network that connects all parts of the country. Several companies compete for routes, keeping the prices down.
And if you’re travelling from north to south, or vice versa, then there are ferry and boat services offering a great way of seeing more of the coastline as you sail past many of the beautiful islands.
The Dalmatian Coast stretches from Zadar down to Dubrovnik in the far south of the country. It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful coastlines in Europe, with its rocky coves and secluded beaches.
Other major attractions and must-sees include the unique Plitivice Lakes National Park, a series of terraced lakes linked by waterfalls. The Krka National Park has some similarly beautiful water features.
The old, walled town of Dubrovnik is a Unesco Heritage Site, and a beautifully preserved ancient port, although it can get very busy in the summer. Likewise, the centre of Split is largely built within and upon the old walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a Roman Emperor from the 4th century.
British passport holders don’t require a visa to travel to Croatia for tourism or business trips. You can stay for up to 90 days in any six-month period. You may be asked to provide evidence of funds for future or onward travel and if you want to extend your stay you should seek advice at the nearest police station.