Meal in a Hungarian restaurant car
 

The civilised way...  Lunch in the restaurant car of the EuroCity train Citadella to Budapest.  Courtesy of Kevin Coumbe

This page explains how to buy train tickets from Zagreb or Ljubljana to other key European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.

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       Train information is current for 2017.

      Train travel within Slovenia & Croatia

      Trains between Zagreb & Ljubljana

      How to travel from Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula, Vis, Brac

      Trains 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
Scenery seen from the Zagreb-Split train

Scenery between Zagreb and Split seen from the train...  Photo courtesy of Pαraic Maguire.

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 - although you might now find it uses one of the modern air-con sleeping-cars like the one on the Zagreb-Munich train.  Above, 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...
2nd class seats in a Serbian air-conditioned train   The train from Belgrade to Zagreb & Zurich, about to leave Belgrade

The Ljubljana & Zagreb - Belgrade train at Belgrade.  Above left, 2nd class seats.

Morning train from Belgrade to Skopje   1st class compartment on day train from Belgrade to Skopje

The morning train from Belgrade to Sofia...

 

An old but comfortable compartment.


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Vienna from €29...
  Meal in a Hungarian restaurant car
 

A meal in the Hungarian restaurant car on the Citadella from Ljubljana to Budapest.  A similar restaurant car runs in the Rippl Ronai from Zagreb to Budapest. Courtesy of Kevin Coumbe


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Budapest...
EuroCity train Rippl Ronai from Zagreb to Budapest

The Intercity train Rippl Ronai at Budapest station, showing it's comfortable & modern air-conditioned coaches, both Croatian (foreground) and Hungarian (background).  A great way to travel.  Courtesy of Jonathan Hounsome.


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Bratislava & Prague...

Zagreb to Prague or Bratislava in a single day...

Ljubljana to Prague or Bratislava in a single day...

Zagreb to Prague or Bratislava with an overnight stop in Budapest...

Ljubljana to Bratislava or Prague with an overnight stop in Vienna...


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich & Germany from €39

Option 1, by daytime trains...

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...

Option 2, using the Zagreb/Ljubljana to Munich sleeper...

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...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train...

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.

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Vienna...


Zagreb or Ljubljana to Venice, Trieste & Italy...
Train from Villa Opicina to Ljubljana   2nd class seats on the train from Villa Opicina & Sezana to Ljubljana

The Slovenian local train from Ljubljana to Villa Opicina...

Trieste-Villa Opicina tram showing the tram buffered up to the drogue for climbing the escarpment   Trieste to Villa Opicina tram at the Villa Opicina tram terminus

The tram from Villa Opicina to Trieste...


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:  2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are 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, see the Croatian sleeper video.

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 Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen & Scandinavia...

Zagreb or Ljubljana to Barcelona & Spain...
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.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan...


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, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        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.

Get a spare credit card, designed for 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!

 


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