Public bus transport in Zadar, Croatia – Liburnija

UPDATED: 23.6.2023.

Zadar is one of the biggest cities on the Adriatic coast, so it has its own local bus transportation. The city’s historic center is well connected with all other parts of the city.

The company in charge of public transport in Zadar is Liburnija d.o.o. Liburnija buses run on 11 city bus lines throughout the whole city of Zadar. In addition, they cover suburban (county) transport which is covered by 30 bus lines.

This guide on public transport in Zadar should help you use bus transport smoothly during your stay in Zadar.

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Liburnija – Public bus system in Zadar, Croatia

Main bus station in Zadar, Croatia – Autobusni kolodvor

Zadar Autobusni Kolodvor - Main Bus Station
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The main bus station in Zadar is 20 minutes if walking and 5 minutes if driving from the city center. It is very close to the train station.

Buses leave the main bus station every 20 minutes towards the city blocks and every 15 minutes towards the city center. They operate from 5:00 am until midnight and extend until 1:00 am during summer.

You can reach every part of the city from the main station. The starting station of all the local city buses is in front of the main bus station.

If you need to go to the city center, take the bus line number 2 or 4. Bus number 9 goes to the ferry port Gaženica. Take line 8 if you need to go to Puntamika, Borik, or Diklo, and 10 for Bibinje.

Liburnija Zadar city bus routes and timetables

The city bus line network with all the bus numbers, routes, and schedules can be found here. The list of all bus lines is also available here.

Most of the buses go through the Mala pošta station, which is located at the intersection of Ulica Josipa Jurja Strossmayera and Ulica Stjepana Radića. Mala pošta is 3 to 5-minute drive and 20-minute walk from the autobusni kolodvor in Zadar.

The timetables for bus lines are also listed at the main bus station or any tourist agency.

The local bus timetable and schedule for Sundays and holidays can be found here.

How much does a bus ticket cost?

Local bus tickets can be bought:

  • From the bus driver
  • At the bus station
  • At the Liburnija stand
  • At a Tisak stand
  • Via mobile app called Smartica – download it for Android here and iOS here

[Read: What is a Tisak and how it may just save your life]

The regular ticket price is 1,59 euros for one trip and 2,65 for two trips (popularly called the “karnet” card), which offers a discounted rate.

When you enter the bus, you must validate the ticket on the device behind the driver. Once stamped, the ticket is valid for 50 minutes. You can transfer to another bus line during the ride as long as you are going in the same direction as the first validation.

In addition to the standard pay-as-you-go ticket, you can also purchase the following monthly tickets:

  • For employees for 39,82 euros
  • For students for 23,89 euros
  • For retired people for 19,91 euros

The following groups are entitled to a free ride on Zadar public transport:

  • Children up to 5 years (up to 3 children)
  • Blind persons if they have an Association of Blind membership card
  • MUP members (if wearing the uniform)
  • Municipal workers
Liburnija Zadar Bus
Image by Antena Zadar

Zadar public transport in suburban areas and islands

There are around 30 bus lines to Zadar’s suburban areas that leave from the main bus station in Zadar. They drive to Kruščica, Obrovac, Karin, Polača, Radašinovac, Pakoštane, Vir, Vrsi, Miletići, etc.

The most popular suburban lines are to:

  • Biograd (platform 9)
  • Zaton (platforms 24 and 25)
  • Petrčane and Vir (platform 24)

The suburban bus routes, lines, and timetables are available here.

The bus lines are also available on islands Ugljan, Pašman, Dugi otok, and Iž.

The bus routes, lines, and timetables for the islands are available here.

Tips on a bus traveling in Zadar

If you buy the ticket from the bus driver, keep in mind that you can pay only in cash.

Ticket controllers frequently board buses to check for valid tickets. If requested, you must show the ticket to the public transport controller. If you don’t have a ticket, you’ll have to pay a penalty in the amount of approximately 14 euros.

More information on public transport in Zadar is available at Liburnija’s official pages here.

Contact information

Main Bus Station Zadar

Address: Ante Starčevića 2, 23000 Zadar
Phone: +385 (0)23 211 555, +385 (0)23 211 035

Public transport – Liburnija buses

Address: N. Jurišića bb, 23000 Zadar
Phone: +385(0)23 343 730

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Liburnija Zadar

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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