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Travelling to Novalja

Travelling to Novalja by Air

Zadar Airport to Novalja

Zadar airport is the nearest airport to Novalja. It is approximately 80km away. Many airline operators from all around Europe fly directly to Zadar airport directly. If possible we always recommend flying to Zadar when travelling to Novalja or anywhere on the island of Pag as it has the easiest, cheapest and shortest transfer time to the island. With good traffic conditions (and no slow coaches or caravans) you can easily make the journey from Zadar airport to Novalja in 90 minutes. And the drive’s views are simply sensational.

Split Airport to Novaja

Split airport is also another popular option when travelling to Novalja. This is the second closest airport and the transfer takes around 2.5 hours. Transfer times do vary depending on traffic and weather conditions at the time.

Rijeka and Pula Airport to Novalja

Pula and Rijeka airports service visitors arriving from the North of Croatia. It is a simple connection and Pag island is reached via a very short ferry crossing from 

Prizna, on mainland Croatia, over to Žigljen which is only a few kilometers from the centre of Novalja. The ferry operates from 0530 to 2230 in both directions.

Travelling to Novalja by Bus

Zadar Airport to Zadar to Novalja


There are regular shuttle buses that run from Zadar airport to Zadar bus station. The approximate shuttle bus price is 30kn (4€) for a one-way trip from the Airport to Zadar or from Zadar to the Airport.

Buses depart from Zadar old Bus Terminal to Novalja a few times a day

Buses from Zadar Airport to the old Bus terminal depart from the front gate of the international arrival terminal. 

The buses to Novalja are operated often by Antonio Tours bus company. Tickets for this journey are approximately 75kn (10€).

This is the timetable.

https://getbybus.com/en/bus-novalja-to-zadar

Taxis from Zadar Airport to Zadar

If you decide to take a taxi, the best idea is to take the taxi to Zadar and then search for a direct bus to Novalja from Zadar'sold Bus Terminal. It can save you a lot of money.

Please make sure the taxi is official since there can be illegal taxi operators touting for business. Plus, always make sure you agree on the fare with the driver before you start the journey as some unscrupulous drivers can make up the price after the ride. It is better to be safe.

Travelling to Novalja by Taxi

Zadar Airport to Novalja


If you are wanting to save some money, and are confident in doing so, we would definitely recommend using a public bus service or take a private transfer. But if you wish to take a taxi make sure it is legal and marked as illegal operators are common.

Secondly, agree on the fare with the driver before you embark on any journey. This prevents any problems or disputes at your destination. You will be looking at around 100 euros for a fare from Zadar to Novalja

Travelling to Novalja by Private Transfer

The best and most comfortable way to get directly to your Novalja accommodation is by arranging a private transfer. Many hotels and accommodation providers organize reliable transfer services so remember to enquire with them, to begin with. 

You will arrange with them the pick-up time and location. On arrival, your transfer shuttle or minibus will be waiting, simply jump in when you arrive, and relax all the way to Novalja. 

Novalja Local works with several respectable transfer agents. For more details don't hesitate to contact us at novaljalocal@gmail.com.

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