If you are planning to visit Croatia, you have 6 international airports that have regular commercial flights, whole or parts of the year. Despite the fact that Croatia is a small country, choosing the nearest airport can often save you quite a lot of travel time, especially during the hot summer months, when traffic on Croatian roads can be dense.
This airport is obviously chosen if you are traveling to the Croatian capital Zagreb, but it is also the best airport if you are traveling to cities such as Varazdin, Karlovac or Plitvice Lakes. Often, this is also the best choice when traveling to cities in northeastern Croatia, such as Slavonski Brod, Vinkovci and Vukovar, but Osijek Airport, which is much closer to these cities, may be an alternative option.
Zagreb Airport is the main hub for Croatian airlines that operate all domestic flights in Croatia, so if you cannot find an international flight to any of the other airports in Croatia, you may consider using Zagreb Airport as a center.
- Split Airport — IATA SPU code
Split Airport is located in Kastel, not far from Trogir and about 23 km from the center of Split. The airport is suitable if you are traveling to Dalmatian islands such as Ciovo, Solta, Hvar, Split or Brac, which have ferry or catamaran connections with Split. Split Airport is also the closest airport when traveling to cities along the Dalmatian coast between Split and Ploce, as well as Trogir and Sibenik. Thanks to its numerous international connections, Split also often chooses the best airport to travel to Mostar, Medjugorje and other cities in the western part of Bosnia. Split Airport is the fastest growing airport in Croatia in 2016, I surpassed 2 million people.
- Dubrovnik Airport — IATA code DBV
Dubrovnik Airport is the airport chosen when traveling to Dubrovnik, Cavtat, as well as the cities along the Dalmatian coast south of Ploce and the islands of Korcula, Mljet and Sipan. Thanks to numerous international connections, Dubrovnik Airport in many cases is also the best airport when traveling to Herceg Novi, Tivat, Budva or Kotor.
- Zadar Airport — IATA ZAD Code
When traveling to Zadar or in settlements of middle Dalmatia, for example, in Biograd, Sukusane or Nina, Zadar Airport is the best choice. This also applies if you are traveling to the northern islands of Dalmatia, such as Ugljan, Pasman and Dugi Otok, which can be reached via ferries and catamarans from Zadar. Zadar Airport is also the closest airport when traveling to popular festival cities; Novalja, which is located on the island of Pag and Tisno on the mainland.
- Rijeka Airport — IATA RJK Code
Rijeka Airport, despite its location on the island of Krk, the airport chooses when traveling to Rijeka. From the airport it is also quite easy to get to Opatija, Novi Vinodolski, Crikvenica, as well as other cities on the mainland Kvarner. If you are traveling on the islands of Cres, Rab, Veli or Mali Losinj, Rijeka Airport is definitely the best choice. Rijeka Airport is an alternative to Pula airport when traveling to the cities of Istria.
- Pula Airport — IATA PUY code
If you are traveling to Istria, the best airport is Pula airport; Especially in the summer season, there are flights from many destinations. For cities in the southern and eastern parts of the peninsula, Rijeka Airport can be used as an alternative; For cities in northern Istria, Trieste Airport is the second best choice.
During the summer season there are a large number of regular flights from the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, France and other countries to all 6 of the above airports. During the winter season, most international flights depart to Zagreb, but there are also several routes to Split and Dubrovnik, which operate year round.