GETTING AROUND IN CROATIA
Croatia Air has a near monopoly on flights that travel among Croatia's seven airports (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula, Zadar, and Brac), and unless one of these is your final destination, you'll have to transfer to some other mode of transportation to finish your trip. Domestic flights booked on Croatia Air from outside the country cost nearly twice as much as flights booked at a Croatia Air office in the country unless they are part of a multi-city international ticket.
Due to the comparatively short distances and relatively high hassle of air travel - especially when you travel with luggage - domestic air travel is used mostly for getting to end points - e.g., Zagreb to Dubrovnik and vice-versa.
Ferries and catamarans are a way of life on Croatia's coast. There is no other way to get to the islands (except Pag and Krk, which are linked to the mainland via bridges). For some, ferries are the transport of choice between some mainland cities like Rijeka and Dubrovnik. Croatia's ferries vary in size and type: Some are huge ships that carry people, cargo and vehicles. Others are small taxi boats, and yet others are speedy catamarans. Jadrolinija, Semmarina, and SNAV are the major operators. In summer, ferry schedules are beefed up to handle increased traffic, but in winter some lines cancel certain runs altogether and reduce their schedules.
The network connects all major cities except Dubrovnik. However, it is often quicker to travel by bus. If you want to visit Dubrovnik, you will have to travel by train to Split, and then go on the bus for Dubrovnik.
Rail is still the cheapest connection between inland and coast. As of 2004 you can ride on the new 160kph Ã¢â‚¬Å“tilting trainsÃ¢â‚¬