This page explains how to buy train tickets from Zagreb or Ljubljana to other European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information current for 2016.

I want to travel from Zagreb or Ljubljana to...

      Sarajevo   Budapest   Vienna   Belgrade   Sofia   Prague  
  Venice   Trieste   Berlin   Hamburg   Bucharest   Bratislava  
  Munich   Warsaw   Krakow   Moscow   Kiev   Istanbul  
  London   Paris   Brussels   Amsterdam   Copenhagen   Switzerland  
  Nice   Cannes                  

      Trains within Slovenia & Croatia

      Trains between Zagreb & Ljubljana

      Train from Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula, Vis, Brac

      Train from Ljubljana to Pula

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a 35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Buying train tickets for journeys within Slovenia & Croatia...

Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik & Croatian islands...

Step 1, Zagreb to Split by train...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

An ICN train to Splt at Zagreb station

 

1st class seats on the fast tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split

The daytime trains to Split:  These fast, tilting, air-conditioned ICN trains link Zagreb & Split once or twice a day through great scenery.  Above right, first class seats on the train to Split.  below left, second class seats.

2nd class seats on the tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split   ICN train to Split at Zagreb station

Option 2, by sleeper train...

3-bed sleeper on the Zagreb-Split overnight train   Refurbished sleeping-car on the Zagreb-Split overnight train

The overnight train to Split:  The overnight train from Zagreb to Split has a smartly refurbished sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3-bed compartments with washbasin.  Here, the night train to Split waits to leave Zagreb...

Step 2, onwards from Split to Dubrovnik by bus...

Or step 2, onwards from Split to Hvar, Korcula, Vis, Brac by ferry... 


Ljubljana to Pula...


Zagreb - Ljubljana...
  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

More scenery along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

More scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb along the river Sava...


Zagreb to Sarajevo...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Belgrade, Sofia, Istanbul...

  Meal in a Hungarian restaurant car
 

A meal in the restaurant car on the Citadella between Ljubljana & Budapest.  Courtesy of Kevin Coumbe

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Vienna...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Budapest...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Salzburg, Munich & Germany from 39

Travelling from Zagreb & Ljubljana to Munich by EuroCity train...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava at Zagreb.

 

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

More scenery along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Austrian restaurant car between Munich and Villach   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

Lunch in the Austrian restaurant car as the Alpine scenery flies by.  The next stage is on a smart Austrian EuroCity train from Villach to Munich...

 

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

Travelling from Zagreb to Munich by sleeper train...

This modern sleeper train is a pleasure to travel on, whether in the privacy of your own sleeper or in economical couchettes.  There's time for dinner in Munich before boarding.

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The sleeping-car on the Lisinski:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Above left, the sleeper arrived at Zagreb.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava...


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Zurich & Switzerland...
The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Zagreb-Zurich sleeping-car:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car from Zagreb to Zurich has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  It's identical to the Zagreb-Munich sleeper.


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Venice, Trieste & Italy...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Cologne or London...

Option 1, by comfortable daytime trains with an overnight stop in Munich...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Zagreb & Ljubljana.

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava.

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Option 2, by comfortable sleeper train Lisinski to Munich, then day trains...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Lisinski from Zagreb to Munich.  This is sleeping-car on the Lisinski at Zagreb.  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Zagreb to Munich has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Nice...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Prague, Bratislava, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen & Scandinavia...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Warsaw, Krakow, Bucharest, Kiev & Moscow...

Find hotels in Zagreb, Ljubljana & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least 1m or preferably 5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

 

 


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