Known for its spectacular coastline and almost endless choice of picturesque islands, Croatia makes a fantastic destination for a summer beach break. As well as sun and sea, Croatia is home to a number of historic cities, a great cuisine and a rich culture, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
If you’re traveling to Croatia in order to explore its beaches and islands, the best time to fly is between June and September. Although the warm weather can begin earlier and finish later in the year, you’re only really guaranteed high temperatures in the summer months.
If you’re planning on visiting the country’s cities or hiking in its beautiful countryside, book your flights to Croatia in the spring or fall. Lower temperatures and sparser crowds will make it a lot easier to get out and explore.
Winters in Croatia can be surprisingly cold, even in the south of the country. However, if you do choose to travel between November and March, finding cheap flights to Croatia should be fairly easy.
If you’re booking flights to Croatia during the peak season, you’ll need to be flexible if you want to secure a great deal. As the price of airfares to Croatia can vary considerably during the week, you may find you can save money by flying on a different day. Click the ‘Show flexible dates’ link on the Orbitz results page to see if you could find a cheaper deal.
In some cases, the airport your fly from can have a big impact on the cost of your airfare. Low cost airlines often fly from regional hubs, so you might be able to find cheaper flights to Croatia by changing your departure point. Click the ‘Nearby airports’ link on the results page to see if there are any other terminals within easy reach.
Located around six miles from the center of Zagreb, Franjo Tuđman Airport is the busiest aviation hub in the country. One of the newest airports in the region, the terminal was only opened to the public in 2017. Most of the flights that depart from Franjo Tuđman Airport are bound for short haul destinations in Europe, however some long haul destinations are also available.
As Split is one of the main departure points for ferries traveling to Croatia’s islands, the city’s airport is an incredibly popular destination during the summer months. The majority of the flights that depart Split Airport are seasonal services, with just a few routes available throughout the year.
Like Split, Dubrovnik Airport is a major destination for summer visitors to Croatia. Located around 10 miles from the city center, the airport offers a wide choice of seasonal services throughout the peak season.
A number of airlines offer connecting services from US airports to Croatia, these include:
Although driving in Croatia is fairly easy, you don’t need a car to get out and explore the country. An excellent network of ferries links most of the islands along the coast. Regular, affordable and easy to navigate, these ferries offer the perfect way to explore Croatia’s incredible archipelagos.
Buses link many of the country’s towns, cities and destinations. A train network connects most cities in Croatia, with the exception of Dubrovnik which is only accessible by bus.
Internal flights are also a good option if you’re traveling between cities in Croatia.
Located in the far south of the country, Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The center of the city is a Unesco World Heritage Site and you can easily spend a day lost in its narrow alleyways and winding streets. Walk the old city walls for spectacular views of the Adriatic and the city itself.
Built in and around the remains of the 4th century palace of Diocletian, the center of Split is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Once you’ve spent a day exploring the restaurants, shops, bars and museums that now inhabit the former royal residence, head to one of the nearby city beaches for a refreshing dip in the sea.
One of Croatia’s most exclusive islands, Hvar is home to luxurious hotels, great restaurants designer shops. Yachts clog the main harbor and Hvar Town can become very busy in peak season. However, if you catch a bus or take a taxi away from the main tourist hub, you’ll find a fantastic choice of beaches, beautiful countryside and some incredibly picturesque towns and villages.
US passport holders traveling to Croatia need to ensure their passport is valid for at least three months from the date they arrive in the country.