Pula Airport is the gateway to Istria. Learn more about flights, transfers, bus and taxi options, as well as onward journeys to popular places like Rovinj and Poreč.
- Getting from the airport to Pula – bus transfers
- Taxi from Pula Airport
- Private transfers to the airport from Pula
- Driving to Pula Airport
- Parking at Pula Airport
- Who flies to Pula?
- Which destinations connect with Pula?
- Airport car rental in Pula
- Getting from the airport in Pula to Rovinj and Porec
- Arrivals at Pula
- Departures from Pula
- An overview of facilities at the airport in Pula
- Hotels near the airport in Pula
- What is the airport code for Pula?
- Airport statistics for Pula
- Pula Airport – useful numbers
- History of the airport in Pula
Shuttle bus transportation connects Pula airport with the following destinations:
Pula – main bus station
Pula – Verudela
Pula – Puntižela
The shuttle bus operated by the Airport itself transports passengers from the airport to the Pula bus station, and the ticket price is 30 kuna. The shuttle goes to and from the town in time to board the flights currently operating or after a flight has landed.
You can see the prices for the more distant transfers on the airport website (all transfers except for the Pula town centre are operated by a different company). Pula shuttle bus timetables are available on the airport website.
There is only one licensed official taxi company at the airport, which helps to make decisions a little easier. You can find the taxis outside the terminal next to the bus stop. Prices into the city are in the region of 120 kuna, but check the company website, as they sometimes offer sizable discounts for online booking.
The airport is located about 8.5 kilometres north-east of Pula, and driving time is about 15 minutes. If you are coming from Zagreb or the south, follow signs to Pula, and then turn left before you come to the city.
Airport parking in Pula is probably the cheapest in Croatia. After the initial free 15 minutes, the first 3 hours are charged at just 5 kuna each, 2 kuna thereafter. Cash and credit card payments are allowed, but contact the airport information if paying by card. More information about airport parking here.
Before the pandemic, Pula was beint served by the following airlines – easyJet, Croatia Airlines, BRA, Transavia, Volotea, SAS, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, British Airways, CityJet, Thompson, RyanAir, TradeAir, AirSerbia, ArkeFly, Swiss, Eurowings, Norwegian, Globus, Finnair, Aer Lingus and SilverAir.
Currently, in March 2021, it’s only served by the two Croatian companies, Croatia Airlines and TradeAir, which connect Pula to Zagreb, Osijek and Split. Many more international lines have been announced, including direct flights to the UK, a new, aggressive new Croatian company, flights to Kyiv and some Ryanair lines!
As one would expect for such a busy tourist airport, there is plenty of choice for renting a car on arrival. There are no less than 16 car rental companies at the airport – choose the one to suit you.
Two of the most popular destinations from Pula Airport are Rovinj and Poreč, and the good news is that both are available by shuttle bus transfer. If you need a private transfer organising, contact us at [email protected]
Pula offers a live feed service for information on arrivals, so you can track the progress of your loved ones before setting out to collect them. Follow the arrivals live updates here.
You must arrive two hours before an international flight, while check-in for domestic flights is one hour. For the latest departure news, follow the live feed on the airport website.
A new, expanded cafe opened recently at the airport, offering snacks as well as drinks. Other facilities include money exchange, a shop and duty-free, baby care and a business lounge.
There are no airport hotels in Pula, and with the city so close, there is no real need. The closest hotel to the airport is Hotel Aurora.
The airport code for Pula is PUY.
Of all the impressive passenger increases at Croatia’s airports in the last five years, perhaps the story of Pula is the most praiseworthy. Prior to Croatia’s EU entry in 2013, about 40% of Pula’s passenger traffic came from Russia. But this number was slashed when Croatia joined the EU, due to a new visa requirement.
During an interview with Svemir Radmilo, the director of the airport, for Google News back in May 2014, Radmilo explained to me the urgent need to diversity. And diversify he most certainly did. A quick look at the statistics of the last few years show traffic doubling. And with so many more European destinations now on offer, the choice of flights to Pula is much more attractive. You can follow the latest statistics on the airport website.
Information/flight enquiries – 060 308 308 (price of call 1,74 kn/min from a fixed line and 2,96 kn/min from a mobile network).
Operational enquiries – Fax. + 385 52 550 925 [email protected]
Lost luggage – +385 99 211 4870 [email protected]
Pula’s airport dates back to 1911, when some pilots and engineers from the Austro-Hungarian army took to the air from a grass field. This is the present location of the airport.
Civilian flights began in 1924 with a seaplane service. Seaplanes reappeared briefly to Pula in 2015, but European Coastal Airlines stopped flights in 2016.
The current airport was turned over to civilian use back in 1967, and it proved very successful. 1987 saw Pula handle over 700,000 passengers, a number that would not be bettered until 2018.
As elsewhere in Croatia, the war years had a catastrophic effect on passenger numbers. There was also a change in the type of tourist using the airport after 1999. British and Western tourists became less prominent than those from Eastern Europe and countries of the Soviet Union. So much so, in fact, that Russians made up 40% of passengers by EU entry in 2013. As shown above, the new Russian visa requirements have resulted in a return to more British and Western tourists to Pula.
For more information, visit the official airport website.
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