Novalja is a small town on the island of Pag best known for the beautiful Zrće Beach where people come to the party. Here are some of the best summer clubs which host music festivals with world-famous DJs. Although crowded in the summer, there are also some hidden beaches where you can enjoy the sun and the sea while sipping on your favorite cocktail.
The nearest airport to Novalja is one in Zadar, 85 km away but many travelers choose Zagreb Airport as their starting point to Novalja because of better or cheaper flights.
Private transfer from Zagreb Airport to Novalja
The best selection for your transportation from Zagreb Airport to Novalja is Transferyst private transfer service with a fixed price of 1875 kuna (250€) for a vehicle for up to 8 passengers. This is the most comfortable transportation option for big families, groups of people, and all other travelers who are interested only in enjoying and relaxing while traveling to Croatia.
After you arrive at Zagreb Airport and after all border and customs formalities are done, your driver will meet you at arrivals, escort you to the vehicle, and help you with your luggage.
The distance from Zagreb Airport to Novalja is 322 km and the drive will take less than 5 hours. The route goes from Zagreb Airport through continental Croatia, Lika to coastal Croatia through the Velebit Mountains. Many people like to travel from Zagreb Airport to Novalja this way because there is an option for stopping and visit in Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is right along the route.
After a few hours of a comfortable ride, you will arrive in the city of Novalja. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel and your Novalja adventure can begin.
Route map from Zagreb Airport to Novalja
Taxi from Zagreb Airport to Novalja
You can take a taxi when you arrive at Zagreb Airport. Classic taxi drivers are offering to drive you from Zagreb Airport to Novalja but there are also Uber, Bolt and other taxi apps that are working just fine in Croatia. Taxies are parked in front of the airport arrivals and you shouldn't have a problem with finding your ride. Taxi prices from Zagreb Airport to Novalja are starting at 1234 kuna (166€) up to 2769 kuna (372€) depending on availability, type of the vehicle and how many passengers are traveling.
The biggest downside of hiring a taxi for your transportation from Zagreb Airport to Novalja is that you never can be 100 percent sure in pricing and there is always the possibility that taxi driver wants more money for his service. So, you should always agree on a price in front and try not to fall into taxi pricing scams.
Flight from Zagreb Airport to Novalja
You can take a flight from Zagreb Airport to Zadar Airport at a price starting from 290 kuna (39€) per person. The planes are relatively comfortable, and the journey takes no more than 1 hour. Zadar Airport is 85 km away from the center of Novalja and you will have to find transportation to your hotel.
Public bus from Zagreb Airport to Novalja
There is a public bus that runs regularly from Zagreb Bus Station to Novalja Bus Station at a price starting from 200 kuna (27€) per person. If you decide to take the bus, you will need to find transportation from Zagreb Airport to the Zagreb Bus Station on your own. The buses are relatively comfortable, the journey often takes more than 7 hours without stopping, and you will have to find your way from the bus station in Novalja to your hotel.
Public train from Zagreb Airport to Novalja
There is no direct train from Zagreb to Novalja. By train, Novalja can be reached closest to Gospic, some 68 km from Novalja at a price starting from 120 kuna (16€) per person. If you decide to take the train, you will need to find transportation from Zagreb Airport to the Zagreb Main Station on your own. The train is much less comfortable, the journey often takes more than 10 hours because there is a long waiting time at another train in Ogulin or at some other place, and you will also have to find your way from the train station in Gospic to your hotel in Novalja.
Public transportation is a common choice of backpackers, singles, and anyone who has the excess time or travels on a budget.
Places to visit on the way to Novalja
There are quite a number of interesting places you can make a stop and visit when traveling from Zagreb to Novalja. Here are some ideas:
Paklenica National Park