Reaching Croatia's Dalmatian coast couldn't be easier, with plenty of flights touching down at Zadar every day and budget options available to keep costs low. Flights arrive in the coastal city year-round, and with services from a number of UK airports, finding convenient departure slots should be simple.
The major airport in Zadar is Zadar Airport, which is actually located in the town of Zemunik Donji, around 5 miles from Zadar itself. When they touch down, passengers can take buses to the city centre or bus station, or they can alight at the ferry port to make onward journeys to islands off the Dalmatian coast. Taxis and hire cars round off the transport options from the airport.
Most flights to Zadar are operated by the budget carrier Ryanair, which flies a year-round schedule from London Stansted. During the peak holiday season, easyJet offers flights from London Luton and Gatwick airports, while Jet2 offers seasonal services from Manchester and London Stansted.
Flying to Zadar makes plenty of sense for a variety of reasons. The best justification is simple. Flights will reach the Dalmatian city within around two hours 25 minutes, while trains and buses will take much, much longer. Flights are basically the only option for regular holidaymakers who have limited time at their disposal. Moreover, budget flights are available year-round, keeping transport costs low, and arrival at Zadar Airport makes it easy to join up with ferries to the islands, buses to the city, or shuttles to coastal resorts. So all-in-all, flying is easily the best transport option.
Many people will pass through Zadar on their way to nearby islands like Hvar or Brac. In that case, it helps to book ferries in advance, and taxis may be required to be sure not to miss sailings. But it's a good idea to spend some time in Zadar itself. The pedestrianised Old Town is a delight, boasting the Byzantine Church of St Donatus and the similarly ancient Cathedral. Kolovare Beach is a stunning urban beach within ten minutes of the centre, and guided tours will also reveal legacies of the Roman city. Tourists can enjoy a rich mix of historic attractions and beach relaxation, all within 15 minutes of the airport.