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Zagreb - Ogulin - Split (HZ Train)

Rail

The Journey

While Croatian rail travel isn't quite as luxurious as its other European counterparts, it does still make an enjoyable way to travel between cities, and a sustainable alternative to air travel.

Some services do have sleeping accommodation, including services 824 and 825 as well as 1820 and 1821 (also known as 'Adria'). Services 1822 and 1823 offer second class couchettes.


Croatian Railways (HŽ)

Croatian Railways (Hrvatske željeznice, or simply HŽ) is the national rail operator for Croatia. In total, the network covers nearly 3,000km of track, although much of it is in need of upgrades.

There are a few principal rail routes that are operated within the country:

  • Dobova - Zagreb - Slavonski Bord - Vinkovci - Tovarnik;
  • Zagreb - Koprivnica - Osijek;
  • Zagreb - Rijeka;
  • Zagreb - Split;
  • Zagreb - Sisak; and
  • Zagreb - Varazdin.

In addition, there are a number of international routes that run to/from Croatia, some of which are operated by HZ.

The quality of trains in operation with HZ varies considerably. Whilst a number of newer trains have been introduced in recent years, a considerable number of older trains still remain in service.

On more modern services, both First and Second Class accommodation is available. These trains, which tend to operate on the more popular routes, offer passengers comfortable seats, with access to tables. Modern trains are air conditioned

Most trains have plenty of space for luggage, kept in racks above or below seats. On some routes, passengers are given complimentary coffee on-board. Trains don't offer any sort of food service, so passengers are advised to stock up in advance before boarding.

Timetable

In addition to those shown below, there are a number of additional services between Perkovic and Split each day. As days and periods of operation vary during the year, you are advised to check with the operator or a ticketing agent before travelling on this route, to make sure that the service you desire is operational on your day of travel.

A number of services included below are overnight services. These generally offer First and/or Second Class sleeping accommodation, as well as couchettes on some services.

Zagreb to Split by Train:

Station521152352318238251821
  A B C
Zagreb07.5010.5514.0421.4323.2000.20
Karlovac08.2911.4014.5022.2600.02-
Ogulin-12.47-23.2601.0502.12
Gospic10.4614.5217.1101.5103.55-
Gracac11.39-18.0602.2804.34-
Knin12.4217.0119.1003.5606.0207.02
Perkovic13.2717.5319.5505.1107.0708.04
Split14.0918.4720.3706.1408.1009.26

A: 16.06.12 - 02.09.12
B: 30.06.12 - 31.08.12
C: 'Adria' - Tuesdays and Fridays only, 15.06.12 - 31.08.12

Split to Zagreb by Train:

Station520152252418201822824
  A BC 
Split08.2509.2614.4118.4319.5221.18
Perkovic09.1910.2615.2519.5721.0922.33
Knin10.0411.1616.1021.1422.1623.41
Gracac11.09-17.17-00.0001.25
Gospic11.4213.2817.52-00.4002.23
Ogulin-15.42-02.3903.5004.48
Karlovac13.5716.4320.06-04.4605.43
Zagreb14.3617.4720.4504.1005.2806.26

A: 16.06.12 - 02.09.12
B: 'Adria' - Wednesdays and Saturdays only, 16.06.12 - 01.09.12
C: 01.07.12 - 01.09.12

Price

Fares for this journey are very reasonable, at about 170 (€25). You can book your tickets from the station at Split or Zagreb. You can check for the price of your exact journey date and time online through the Croatian Railways website, here.

A reservation is required for all tickets (including railpasses). Railpass holders may travel on the service free of charge, provided they pay this €1 reservation fee.

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