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An overview of how to reach the most-searched places from the former Dalmatian capital. Zadar to Pag (Novalja) and Dugi Otok, Sibenik, Split, Pula, Zagreb and Dubrovnik, as well as the national parks of Krka and Plitvice Lakes.

Here for the party? How to get from Zadar to Pag and Novalja

Taking the bus from Zadar to Pag and Novalja

Travel from Zadar to Pag has exploded in recent years, as Zrce beach in Novalja has established itself as the party capital of the Adriatic.

For those on a budget, bus travel is the best option from Zadar to Pag. There are several buses a day, with journey time about 90 minutes. Prices start at 9 euro. More details here.

Driving from Zadar to Pag

Although it is an island, Pag has a bridge which connects it to the mainland. The road is good and fast, and if you are driving, it should take about 75 minutes to reach Novalja, the party destination which attracts so many party tourists every year.

Private transfers from Zadar to Pag

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From Zadar and Zadar Airport to Split

From Zadar to Split by bus

Zadar has excellent national bus connections. There are many daily departures from Zadar to Split, for example. Prices start at 12 euro, with journey time varying from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. More info here.

There are currently no direct connections from Zadar Airport to Split. The best options are to go into the city, and then arrange onward travel. Alternatively, there are private transfer options, which will take you quickly and efficiently to your destination in Split.

Driving from Zadar to Split

Driving from Zadar to Split takes less than 2 hours and is largely by motorway (the main A1 Zagreb to Split motorway). If you have more time to spare, the coastal road is beautiful, but it will take around three hours.

Private transfers from Zadar to Split

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How to get to UNESCO stone heaven in Sibenik?

From Zadar to Sibenik by bus

Sibenik is the only destination in Croatia with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a gorgeous city of stone, also famous for its amazing fortresses. And the good news for tourists in Zadar is that it is also very accessible.

There are regular buses from Zadar to Sibenik, which take about an hour and a half, price 6 euro one way. More details here.

Driving from Zadar to Sibenik

Private transfers from Zadar to Sibenik

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Krka National Park from Zadar

From Zadar to Krka National Park by bus

Krka National Park is one of the top attractions in Croatia and well worth a visit. You can easily get there by bus from Zadar to one of its entrances in Skradin. There are several departures every day, and the trip takes about 50 minutes. Bus tickets are 10 euro. More details here.

Learn more about this magical part of the world in the TC Krka National Park in a Page guide.

Driving from Zadar to Krka National Park

Given its close location to Sibenik, the drive to Krka is almost exactly the same and should take you about 75 minutes if there is no traffic.

Private transfers from Zadar to Krka National Park

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How to visit Plitvice Lakes from Zadar

From Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus

It is possible to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus in a day trip, although a little longer is advisable. The bus journey takes under two hours and costs from 12 euro one way. More info here.

Driving from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes are among Croatia’s top attractions, and everyone should visit at least once. If you are driving from Zadar, you are about 1.5 hours away. Learn more about the magic of Plitvice Lakes in the TC guide.

Private transfers from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Island Paradise: Getting to Dugi Otok from Zadar

Dugi Otok is one of the most popular island destinations from Zadar is Dugi Otok. They are daily ferries from Zadar, with the journey time an hour and 10 minutes. To check the latest ferry schedule to Dugi Otok, click here.

Getting from Zadar Airport from Zadar

For more information on the options to get from Zadar Airport into the city, check out the TC Zadar Airport in a Page guide.

Can you get from Zadar Airport to Split directly?

Unfortunately, there is no direct connection from Zadar Airport to Split, which is perhaps surprising given the amount of tourists heading to Split from the Ryanair flights. The budget option is to head into Zadar and take a bus.

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How to get from Zadar to Split Airport?

You can drive from Zadar to Split Airport in about 90 minutes, but if you are looking for public transport options, then expect disappointment. Your best option on a budget is to take a bus to Split and then one out to the airport. More details in the TC Split Airport in a Page.

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International ferries from Zadar to Italy

Courtesy of Jadrolinija

Zadar also has its international peak season ferry connection from Italy, with the Jadrolinija ferry from Ancona to Zadar. 2021 summer details above. For the latest timetable updates, click here.

For more information about Zadar, check out Zadar in a Page.