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Best way to get around Croatia, and then head to Italy

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Best way to get around Croatia, and then head to Italy

Hi everyone

Two friends and I (all 21 yr old girls) are looking to travel through Croatia and then head to Italy. We were looking to spend a few days in Croatia and were thinking of spending time in Split and Dubrovnik. We would probably be flying in to Zagreb. What are the best ways to get between cities, how long would it take, and is it possible to get a ferry to Italy from Dubrovnik/how long would the ferry take? We really want to visit Croatia but right now it's not seeming very feasible because we also would like to go to Italy and Greece. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Best way to get around Croatia, and then head to Italy

From Dubrovnik you can ferry to Bari in Italy and from Split you can ferry to Ancona.

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2. Re: Best way to get around Croatia, and then head to Italy

It is hard to suggest anything without knowing how much time you have, when you are planning this trip for and what your interests are. If you only have a few days in Croatia, IMO it is not worth it.

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3. Re: Best way to get around Croatia, and then head to Italy

If you are flying into Zagreb and have so little time you either have to fly on from there to Dubrovnik or Split, or maybe restrict yourselves to northen Croatia, specifically Istria which is not so far from Zagreb and near Italy (even boats over to venice)

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4. Re: Best way to get around Croatia, and then head to Italy

I also think Istria would be your best bet, if coming to Zagreb, not having much time and wanting to go to Italy as well. The best way would be to rent a car, which would enable you to see all the great places in Istria, especially the medieval hilltop towns of Motovun (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od8WboFtnWU) and my favourite - Grožnjan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obZhjAH3Nh8). If that would interest you. Also, Trieste (Italy) is close and I think worth the visit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DNfYc02Kzw). Especially the Miramare castle you can't see in that movie. :)

If not renting a car, the best way to get around Croatia is bus. In the Balkans, you should forget about trains. Cheaper than buses, but travel at speeds that can match some of the fastest snails on the planet. Some, not all.

You could also start from Italy, go through Croatia, then to Greece (either bus or plane), but connecting north and south along the Croatian coast takes a lot of time. At least if you want to see some of the nice and interesting places. You could even consider sticking to just Italy and Croatia, forgetting about Greece. Generally speaking, Greece is far cheaper (but not the islands, which is where most young people go), but also hotter, which may or may not be to your liking. Depends on the time of the year, too.

P.S. In high season, many young people like to head for Zrće beach in Croatia.

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