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Basic info and car hire in Zagreb Airport

  • IATA airport code: ZAG

  • ICAO airport code: LDZA

  • Full name: Franjo Tuđman International Airport also known as Zagreb Airport

  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia

  • Hub for: Croatia Airlines, Trade Air

  • Website: Zagreb Airport

  • Contact: +385 1 4562 170, info@mzlz-zagreb-airport.hr

  • Elevation: 353 ft/ 108 m

  • Number of runways: One

About Zagreb Airport

Zagreb Airport is a half an hour drive, precisely 10.8 miles/17.5 km from the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb. The airport’s full name is Franjo Tuđman International Airport, after the first president of Croatia. It is the largest and busiest airport of Croatia and as the airport’s location is in the suburbs of the capital, a car hire at Zagreb Airport is a convenient and comfortable solution for every traveler.

Drive your rental car around Zagreb Airport

If you decided on a car hire at Zagreb Airport, you made a wise decision as roads are very well maintained in Croatia and Zagreb has excellent connections with other parts of the country. From Zagreb Airport, you have an easy access to the Zagreb bypass, which is a U-shaped motorway around the city of Zagreb.

You can choose to visit the southern coastline (Dalmatia) and head on the new Zagreb – Split motorway, with connections to Zadar (177 miles / 285 km) and Šibenik (211 miles/ 340 km). The distance from Zagreb to Split is 254 miles/409 km. If you are an adventurous traveller, Dubrovnik is a bit further along the coastline (143 miles /230 km from Split), however, you must cross the Croatian border, as the road stretches through Bosnia and Hercegovina. Ask at the car hire in Zagreb Airport if the company allows you to cross borders with a hired car.

Unfortunately, the car ferry between Split and Dubrovnik has been cancelled and another option that enables you to arrive to Dubrovnik by car is to take the Split-Korčula Island ferry. There you can decide to perhaps stay a night or two and then take a ferry from the island to Orebic, which is a town approximately 70 miles/112 km away from Dubrovnik.

You must not forget the northern Croatian coastline (Istria) which is also worth a visit and from Zagreb, you can continue your way towards Rijeka and then head either to Pula or Umag. From Umag, you can take a car ferry and visit some of the beautiful Istrian islands.

Services in Zagreb Airport

In 2017, Zagreb Airport is planning to unveil a new passenger terminal bringing all the facilities of a modern airport. After the opening of a new terminal, the old Terminal 1 will be in use for low cost flights.  Until then, Zagreb Airport features one smaller terminal with all the facilities required for modern functioning.


Zagreb Airport offers an elegant business lounge located in the transfer area of Terminal 1 with free Wi-Fi service and several other commodities available for business-class passengers.


Travelling with small children is not an easy task and keep in mind that the Terminal 1 is an older building, providing some of the basics for your baby/toddler. You may find a baby changing facility by the duty free and two children’s play areas, found next to the gate 12/13 and gate 4/5. For more comfort for your little travellers try to pack some finger foods and small toys to keep them occupied while waiting. If you chose to hire a car in Zagreb airport, do not forget to book a baby car seat or a booster seat under the extras option in the booking process. You collect the extras at the pick-up location.


The internet service is available for a free in the internet corner in the Terminal 1. The currency exchange office is located in the international arrivals hall and there are several cash machines on the ground floor. There is a small chapel on the first floor of the Terminal 1.

History of Zagreb Airport

Zagreb had the first airfield in 1909 and it was in use for both military and civilian purposes. In 1966, Zagreb Airport got its first modern passenger terminal building that went through several expansions and modernisations in the years following. In 2013, constructions of a new terminal building began and Zagreb Airport announced its opening in March of 2017.

Petrol stations near Zagreb Airport

If you picked a car hire in Zagreb Airport and are heading towards the city of Zagreb, the nearest petrol station is the Croatian “INA” opened from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Zagreb is full of petrol stations, so you shouldn’t have any trouble in finding one.