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1. Posted by BKK-Babe (Budding Member, 27 posts) 30 Jan '07 06:24

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I'm planning a 10 day trip to Zagreb, Croatia. I'm hoping someone can help me with some questions I have. I'd like to visit Dubrovnik/Istria, Sarajevo, and Ljubjlana.

1. Is this do-able by car? Can you to tell me how many hours it would take to drive from Zagreb to Sarajevo, Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik to Split to Istria, from Istria to Ljubjlana, and from Lujubjlana to Zagreb?

2. Are there much to see and do in each of these locations...

3. Do you have any other suggestions in places to see in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia

4. What about taking the ferry to Italy? How many hours is this...and which ferry location would you recommend to depart from with a car?

5. Is driving easily navigatable in these countries...are the street signs and maps easy to read?

6. Would you recommend traveling to these cities via train rather than car...?

Thanks in advance ;-)

2. Posted by bobego (Budding Member, 18 posts) 30 Jan '07 07:30

my answers to you are in bold, below each of your questions.
I'm planning a 10 day trip to Zagreb, Croatia. I'm hoping someone can help me with some questions I have. I'd like to visit Dubrovnik/Istria, Sarajevo, and Ljubjlana.

First you have to know that your 10 day trip includes three former Yugoslavia countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.
1. Is this do-able by car? Can you to tell me how many hours it would take to drive from Zagreb to Sarajevo, Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik to Split to Istria, from Istria to Ljubjlana, and from Lujubjlana to Zagreb?

This is approximate value in hours +/- 1 hour.

Zagreb - Sarajevo 4 hours, Sarajevo - Dubrovnik 4- 5 hours, Dubrovnik - Split 2 hours, Split - Istra 7 hours, Istra - Ljubljana 3 hours, Ljubljana - Zagreb - 2 hours.
2. Are there much to see and do in each of these locations...

Yes there is much to see: Zagreb - capital of Croatia, Sarajevo - Capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dubrovnik - Split - Sibenik (with two National parks) - Zadar ....on the way to Istra, Opatija/Pula/Rovinj/Porec in Istra, Postojnska jama on the way to Ljubljana, Ljubljana - capital of Slovenia. 3. Do you have any other suggestions in places to see in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia

4. What about taking the ferry to Italy? How many hours is this...and which ferry location would you recommend to depart from with a car?

Yes, ferry is very good way to get to Italy, you can leave from Split or Zadar to go to Ancona or Pescara in Italy.

5. Is driving easily navigatable in these countries...are the street signs and maps easy to read?

Yes, driving is very easy, maps are easy to read, all is marked and when you decide your final itinerary, i can give you exact driving instructions.

6. Would you recommend traveling to these cities via train rather than car...?

For some parts of the travel in this region trains are good, but majority of the places you want to visit and especially if you go in order like you wrote above it would be easier to go by bus or car .
There is no good connection ie. no direct connection in train for those places: so Zagreb- Sarajevo - bus, Sarajevo - Dubrovnik - bus, Dubrovnik - Split -sibenik - zadar - Istra - bus, Istra - Ljubljana - bus,
Ljubljana - Zagreb bus or train.

3. Posted by bobego (Budding Member, 18 posts) 30 Jan '07 07:40

i forgot to answer the question number 3
suggestions for any other places, although i think it will be a bit too much for 10 days you decided to dedicate to this area, let me add: some islands in Croatia (like Hvar, Brac), National park Plitvice lakes (central Croatia), National park Brijuni in Istra; lake Bled and Bohinj in Slovenia.

4. Posted by mariaines (Budding Member, 39 posts) 30 Jan '07 09:28

i'm thinking of visiting croatia (haven't deciden when yet) so your questions and answers are a big help, thanks.
Ii think i have limited my trip only to croatia but after reading this thread i have some questions

1. I've planned a trip for 25 days, 2 of them for the flight (i'm from CHile so, long trip), and 4 or 5 days to Barcelona (have to come back there :) ), which leaves me 17 days to croatia.. is it enough to see the country properly? do i have time to see other cities like ljubljana?
2. What about the language? (i'm a native spanish speaker, i speak english and understand italian a little bit.. is that enough??)
3. I can't drive, so i'm planning to do the trip by bus or train. I've read there're good connections in croatia by bus. Do i have to buy the tickets in advance or it's possible to get the ticket in the station directly when i'm about to travel?
4. Does Pula worth a visit or a night staying there?

I'll be very thankful if someone can help me with this questions

5. Posted by BKK-Babe (Budding Member, 27 posts) 30 Jan '07 10:01

Thanks Bobego...once I figure out our schedule...I'll definitely post for your advice!

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru, 2457 posts) 2 Feb '07 10:36

which leaves me 17 days to croatia.. is it enough to see the country properly? do i have time to see other cities like ljubljana?

You can spend 13 or 14 days in Croatia and 3 or 4 in Ljubljana and Bled in Slovenia, which will give you a good overview.

2. What about the language? (i'm a native spanish speaker, i speak english and understand italian a little bit.. is that enough??)

No problem. English widely spoken and understood, and in Istria and parts of Slovenia, Most speak Italian as well

I've read there're good connections in croatia by bus. Do i have to buy the tickets in advance or it's possible to get the ticket in the station directly when i'm about to travel?

The bus network is very good, frequent on most routes and easy to understand. You can normally turn up and buy (or at worst, buy an hour or so before you leave). For certain overnight journeys, you may wish to book a day or so beforehand if its at peak time.

ALSO - Don't forget that Croatia has a long coast line with lots of stunning islands, and good boat/ferry conenctions, which in decent weather are eminently preferable to buses on coastal trips, and give you more options in terms of seeing different things, even if they are a bit slower

4. Does Pula worth a visit or a night staying there?

Yes. I personally prefer Rovinj, further up the coast, but Pula is lovely and worth a night. There are a few nice places in Istria, and if you prefer, it's easy enough to base yourself in one, and do a couple of day trips from there by bus (meaning you don't need to keep moving your stuff around or finding accom)

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru, 2457 posts) 2 Feb '07 10:50

This is approximate value in hours +/- 1 hour.

Zagreb - Sarajevo 4 hours, Sarajevo - Dubrovnik 4- 5 hours, Dubrovnik - Split 2 hours, Split - Istra 7 hours, Istra - Ljubljana 3 hours, Ljubljana - Zagreb - 2 hours.

Times by bus:

  • Zagreb - Sarajevo 8-9 (by car this will be a couple of hours quicker)
  • Sarajevo - Dubrovnik 5.5hrs
  • Dubrovnik - Split 4.5hrs
  • Split - Pula 10hrs
  • Pula - Ljubljana 6-7hrs (as you have to change in Rijeka, except in summer)
  • Ljubljana - Zagreb 2.15 (by train)

Be aware that the Croatian coastal road and internal Bosnian roads are generally hilly/mountainous, twisty and not hugely fast, so cars won't save more than maybe 20% of the time.

8. Posted by mariaines (Budding Member, 39 posts) 5 Feb '07 10:34

thanks for the tips Gelli, i'll check out about Rovinj

9. Posted by mashka (Budding Member, 8 posts) 20 Feb '07 07:11

Hy!

others have answered your questions about distances, driving etc. Definitely rather bus or car than train.
I could recommend you some extra places to visit in Croatia, and help you with decisions where to stay longer and where don't....you just have to tell me when are you planing to visit Croatia....i would be happy to help you
:)

10. Posted by in in (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 30 Apr '07 22:52

hi, I will visit Rovinj too, but after that, I will go to Slovenia. May I know are there any bus/train to travel between Rovinj/Rijeka/Pula and Koper/Piran/Postojna in Slovenia? I don't want go to Ljublijana after leaving Croatia.

Thanks