Two hotels plus bus travel in Croatia

By Deanna Palić
This item appears on page 26 of the November 2019 issue.

When traveling from city to city within Croatia, bus transportation should not be ruled out.

In August 2019, I landed in Zagreb and took the airport shuttle ($5) to the city’s main bus station, then made my way to Hotel Sliško (Ivana Bunica Vucica 7, Zagreb; phone +385 1 6184 777,, a short, 3-block walk away.

Having booked a stay there for a few nights later, I stored my large suitcase at reception, then walked back to the station with just my carry-on and took a bus to Crikvenica, on the Adriatic coast, to join my husband, Josip, at Hotel Crikvenica (Strossmayerovo setaliste 8, Crikvenica; phone +385 51 505 800,

We first stayed at this hotel back in 2004. At the time, it was categorized as a 2-star. Fast-forward 15 years and, after changes of ownership and several renovations, it is now a lovely 4-star property. In the heart of the action, it is best described as “boutique.”

It is hard to calculate what I paid there, as Josip stayed a week, but I stayed only three nights. Rates are seasonal. Checking online in September 2019, nightly rates for a double, with breakfast, ranged from 157 (near $173) for a standard to 337 ($371) for a “Delux” suite. However, you can take advantage of a special promotion — seven nights for the cost of six — if you book directly by email at

We added dinners to the package for about $17 per person per night. We found the dinners well prepared and tasty. In the mornings, after an ample buffet breakfast, Josip and I would take our macchiatos out to the patio, people-watch and enjoy the sea view.

Leaving Josip behind, I traveled back to Zagreb by bus. I was booked on a very early flight to Toronto the following morning, and that’s why I had booked a hotel near the bus station. (In 35 years of traveling almost every other year to Croatia, this was the first time that I stayed in a hotel near the bus terminal.)

I had found the 3-star Hotel Sliško on It was clean and comfortable and doing a bustling business when I checked in and retrieved my stored luggage. The outstanding reception staff was fluent in English and super-helpful.

I was pleased with my king-bed room, for which I paid, including taxes, $78.50 for the night (no breakfast included).

When facing Zagreb’s bus terminal, airport buses depart from the extreme right. They operate from 4:30 a.m., continuing every 30 minutes throughout the day. A bus to the airport costs HRK30 (near $4.50).

However, I decided to take a taxi, as it was not yet sunrise and walking with two pieces of luggage would be a burden. Prior to checking out, I called reception and they ordered a taxi, which was waiting for me when I got down to the lobby. My ride to the airport cost HRK100 ($14.70).

I can recommend both Hotel Crikvenica and Hotel Sliško.


Contributing Editor