Airfare to Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb is a busy gateway city to the Adriatic, with more than one million residents. Top attractions in Zagreb include the Mimara Museum, with paintings by Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and French masters, the Archaeological Museum, with more than 400,000 artifacts, and January’s Ski World Cup competition.
Airfare to Zagreb will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Budapest, Hungary or Ljubljana, Slovenia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Germanwings and WizzAir fly to Zagreb. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Croatia Airlines is the national airline. However, Austrian Airlines, Air France and other airlines also stop in Zagreb.
The most expensive air tickets to Zagreb are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Budapest, Hungary or Ljubljana, Slovenia and traveling overland to Zagreb via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Zagreb, check out BootsnAll’s Zagreb Travel Guide.