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1. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi all, after a bit of info if possible. Was planning a trip to russia this summer for 17 days or so, but due to pressures at uni and uncertainty over timings of exams and such i fear that it is not going To happen and am trying to work on a back up plan. Am quite intersted in making my way down through Croatia and ending up in Athens. The only reason ive said to start in Ljubljana is becasue i know that easyjet flies there and this is probably the cheapest way of getting to the region. I travelled through eastern europe last summer and went to Pula in croatia but no further and i am quite interested to get to Split and Dubrovnik. My main concern is if i can get from the south of croatia to greece? I know that it would probably involve going through some of the former yugoslavia and wondered if anyone had done this before?

Any suggestions, or other itineries for 17 days would be most appreciated. Have spent 2 summers travelling through western and eastern europe so have done a lot of the major cities and countries of the region, and was hoping to go somewhere new.

many thanks in advance.


2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Nicola

From what I hear the rail network in Croatia is a pain in the ass to use. Apparently locals prefer to use buses. You can get from Llubjana to Zagreb by train...then bus it to wherever you want to get to in the south of Croatia. I think it's possible to train it all the way to Split. You can only get to Dubrovnik by bus or ferry from Split.

I'm not aware of any ferries to Greece from Croatia - as far as I know, you can get a ferry from Split to Ancona (Italy) and then get a ferry to Greece from the south of Italy. HOwever, I'm not 100% on this.

I'm not the best person to help you with this I'm sure, but hope that's of some assistance.


3. Posted by SashaSER (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

T%he best way from Ljubljana to Athens is by railway (Ljubljana-Yagreb-Beograd-Thesaloniki-Athens). But, you will not see Adriatic see.
There is a big problem to go from Split or Dubrovnik to Athens (no bus, train, no good road, nothing), maybe by ferry (and again no direct line from Split to Athens).
You must chose, Greece (and Serbia), or only Adriatic coast.
Good luck. :)

4. Posted by dejan123 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

hi from SLO,

If you concer to get from HR to Greece, you are every right to be concered of. You will have to go to Crna gora witch is still a part of Yugoslavia, well that is still civilazed country but then you will have to go throu Albanija to Greece, or Kosovo republic to Macedonia and then to greece. Well havent been to none of these countries, but would like to visit Crna Gora and grecce, as well. I would recommend you to try to find a ferry from Crna Gora-Yugoslavia to Greece.

Or you can go from Brnik where your plane will land to Trieste by train witch is right in the border of SLO but its in Italy, it was o long time ago our capital city there you can get a very cheap journey to Greece by water.


5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I know that it would probably involve going through some of the former yugoslavia and wondered if anyone had done this before?


My main concern is if i can get from the south of croatia to greece?

Depends what you want, but the easiest ways are either to bounce off Italy (note Dubrovnik ferry is only weekly), or get a bus from Dubrovnik to Bar or Podgorica, train to Belgrade (or Rakovica just before) and direct train to Thessaloniki, and on to Athens. If you time it right you go overnight Pod-belgrade, have an hour or so wait, then day train (13+ hours), then an hour in Thessa before overnight to Athens. In some summers they run the train through to Athens on certain days, so you can go direct Belgrade-Athens. It's still TBC if it will commence this year or not.

Other options are to make your way by bus to Skopje, although i've no idea if this is currently possible or if timings are of use, and then get the (same) train. Or you could loop around back North via Bosnia by bus before Belgrade, and there's possibly even a bus from Dubrovnik to Belgrade. I think it liklley that there will be one, but don't know.

6. Posted by SashaSER (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Theres no direct bus line from Dubrovnik to Podgorica (maybe in season from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi in Montenegro).
But, there is direct bus line only from Split to Belgrade, I think its daily. And from Belgrade by train to Thesaloniki and Athens. That could be very interesting route (beautiful landscape and a Grdelica gorge where in 1999. nato bombers distroyed a train from Thesaloniki to Belgrade and killed more then 100 travelers, civilans).
And again, welcome to Serbia. :)

7. Posted by georgel (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

I am also interested in this route. Only from Greece to Croatia. Seems like the route from Greece to Trieste would make an interesting journey. We will be going from Italy [Pulia 1st week in May]to Athens then to Spetse, Back to Athens and then to Croatia. Does anyone have suggestions as to ferry route?

8. Posted by SashaSER (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

As I know, there is no direct line between Patras (or Piraeus) to Dubrovnik or Split.
Try with that links that I left.

9. Posted by cro4u (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

You can travel safe and you see very nice cultural and nature but and many different national cultur.

so, you can go across Croatia, to Montenegro and than if you find some line to Tirana or Drac in Albania, or second choice: Montenegro take a bus to Belgrade and than train to Sofia and Greec.


[ Edit: sorry, no promos please ]

10. Posted by georgel (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

wizzair flys from Athens to Budapest. Cheap. 9 euro. They probably fly the other way as well, altho you would have to check. I am still researching the links between Budapest and Croatia. Anyone have info?