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There are 5 ways to get from Venice to Novalja by train, bus, ferry, bus and ferry, car, car ferry or shuttle

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Recommended option

Train, bus, Catamaran  •  8h 47m

  1. Take the train from Venezia S. Lucia to Trieste Centrale Re
  2. Take the bus from Trieste Central Bus Station to Rijeka Central Bus Station
  3. Take the Catamaran from Rijeka to Novalja

241 kn - 384 kn

Cheapest option

Train, Catamaran  •  11h 16m

  1. Take the train from Venezia S. Lucia to Cervignano-Aquil.-Gr Re
  2. Take the train from Cervignano-Aquil.-Gr to Pivka Re
  3. Take the train from Pivka to Rijeka 483
  4. Take the Catamaran from Rijeka to Novalja

184 kn - 363 kn

3 alternative options

Bus, bus and ferry  •  10h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Venezia - Tronchetto to Zagreb
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Zagreb to Novalja

395 kn - 544 kn

Drive, car ferry  •  5h 7m

  1. Drive from Venice to Prizna
  2. Take the car ferry from Prizna to Zigljen 335

342 kn - 493 kn

Shuttle, Catamaran  •  8h 55m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Venice Airport to Rijeka
  2. Take the Catamaran from Rijeka to Novalja 9309

391 kn - 2.545 kn

Italy → Croatia
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International entry into Croatia from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Croatia from Italy

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days prior to boarding
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days prior to boarding
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Rules to follow in Croatia

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Considerations leaving from Italy

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Croatia from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Novalja is 00385 91 468 30 32.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Novalja is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Novalja is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 00385 91 468 30 32.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Croatia.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Venice to Novalja is to train and Catamaran which costs 24€ - 50€ and takes 11h 16m.

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The fastest way to get from Venice to Novalja is to drive and car ferry which takes 5h 7m and costs 45€ - 65€.

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No, there is no direct bus from Venice to Novalja. However, there are services departing from Venezia - Tronchetto and arriving at Novalja via Zagreb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 20m.

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The distance between Venice and Novalja is 223 km.

The best way to get from Venice to Novalja without a car is to train and bus and Catamaran which takes 8h 47m and costs 30€ - 55€.

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It takes approximately 8h 47m to get from Venice to Novalja, including transfers.

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Venice to Novalja bus services, operated by Vincek Autobusi ltd., depart from Venezia - Tronchetto station.

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Venice to Novalja bus services, operated by Autobusni Promet, arrive at Novalja station.

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There are 108+ hotels available in Novalja. Prices start at 750 kn per night.

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Map of how to get from Venice to Novalja.
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  • Distance: 223.3 km
  • Duration: 8h 47m

What companies run services between Venice, Italy and Novalja, Croatia?

There is no direct connection from Venice to Novalja. However, you can take the train to Trieste Centrale, take the walk to Trieste Central Bus Station, take the bus to Rijeka Central Bus Station, take the walk to Rijeka, then take the Catamaran to Novalja. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Venice to Novalja via Zagreb and Zagreb in around 10h 20m.

Train operators
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S. Lucia to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
80 kn - 160 kn
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
140 kn - 160 kn
Train from Venezia S. Lucia to Cervignano-Aquil.-Gr
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
55 kn - 120 kn
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
105 kn - 120 kn
Train from Cervignano-Aquil.-Gr to Pivka
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45 kn - 100 kn
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
85 kn - 100 kn
Slovenian Railways (SŽ)
Phone
+386 129 13 332
Email
potnik.info@slo-zeleznice.si
Website
potniski.sz.si
Train from Pivka to Rijeka
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30 kn - 80 kn
Website
Slovenian Railways (SŽ)
Intercity 2nd Class Ticket
45 kn - 55 kn
Regional Train Ticket
30 kn - 40 kn
Intercity 1st Class Ticket
60 kn - 80 kn
Bus operators
Autotrans d.d.
Phone
+385 (0)72 660 660
Email
info@arriva.com.hr
Website
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Trieste Central Bus Station to Rijeka Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
110 kn - 160 kn
Website
Autotrans d.d.
Vincek Autobusi ltd.
Phone
0800 1992
Email
Gradski-bus@autobusi-vincek.com
Website
autobusi-vincek.com
Bus from Venezia - Tronchetto to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
250 kn - 290 kn
Schedules at
autobusi-vincek.com
Autobusni Promet
Phone
+385 (42) 372 803
Email
info@ap.hr
Website
ap.hr
Bus and ferry from Zagreb to Novalja
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
140 kn - 260 kn
Schedules at
ap.hr
Ferry operators
Jadrolinija
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Contact Details
Phone
+385 51 666 111
Website
jadrolinija.hr
Ferry from Rijeka to Novalja
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50 kn - 65 kn
Website
Jadrolinija
Passenger Fare
50 kn - 65 kn
Car ferry from Prizna to Zigljen
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
14 kn - 18 kn
Website
Jadrolinija
Passenger Fare
14 kn - 18 kn
Autobusni Promet
Phone
+385 (42) 372 803
Email
info@ap.hr
Website
ap.hr
Car ferry from Prizna to Žigljen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
ap.hr

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