Many travelers from North America use Italy as their gateway to Europe and then continue on to Croatia. There are 3 ways to get to Croatia from Italy: Airplane, Ferry, and Bus. The following is a brief overview of each mode of transportation:
Airplane: Croatia Airlines flies direct from Rome to Zagreb daily, to Split 5 days per week, and to Dubrovnik twice per week. This schedule is in effect until 24 October and service is reduced in the winter months, with most flights going through Zagreb. Schedules and online booking are available at www.croatiaairlines.com.
Ferry: There are 3 ports in Italy from which to depart to Croatia by ferry: Bari, Ancona, and Venice. Jadrolinija operates crossings from Bari to Dubrovnik and from Ancona to Split and Zadar. These routes are overnight and sleeping cabins or deck tickets may be booked in advance at www.jadrolinija.hr. Venezia Lines operates crossings from Venice to Pula and Rovinj. These routes take approximately 3 to 3 ½ hours and tickets may be purchased online at www.venezialines.com.
Bus: Traveling by bus is slow, but is often the most economical choice and sometimes the only choice. There is a daily bus from Venice to Pula operated by Eurolines from April to October; schedules and fares may be found at www.eurolines.it. There is also a daily bus from Trieste to Rijeka, Split, and Dubrovnik operated by SAF. The trip takes about 2 hours to Rijeka, 10.5 hours to Split, and 15 hours to Dubrovnik. Schedules may be viewed on the SAF website.