The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, lies to the north of the country, making it easily accessible by rail from Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, Austria and Hungary. Overnight trains to Zagreb are also available from Germany. Direct trains arrive in Zagreb from regional Croatian cities such as Dobova, Rijeka and Oštarije. Indirect trains from Split, Pula and Zadar involve changing at Rijeka or Oštarije. From Ljubljana, there are around 4 or 5 services per day, taking just over 2 hours. From Vienna there is one daily train which takes 6.5 hours. From Budapest, there is one daily train which takes 5.5 hours.
Zagreb Railway Station (Glavni Kododvor) is the main transport hub for the city. Once a stop on the Orient Express, the station was built with a stunning neo-classical facade. It is located 2km to the south of the city center. The frequent No. 6 tram connects the station with the main center of Zagreb.
All national rail services and some international services are operated by Croatian Railways (Hrvatske eljeznice or HZ). The company offers fast, efficient, clean and safe rail travel to Zagreb. Unlike the bus operators, HZ allows passengers to take bikes onto trains, which is helpful for those in Croatia on a cycling holiday.
Zagreb, unlike Dubrovnik, enjoys excellent rail links with the rest of the country and beyond, making it an excellent way to reach the city. With a largely unspoiled mountainous landscape, most rail journeys to Zagreb allow passengers to enjoy breathtaking sights. The indirect journey from Split to Zagreb via Oštarije offers particularly stunning views, even taking in some of the beautiful Adiratic coastline.
After you've wandered around Zagreb's beautiful Old Town and taken in the most historic sites and famous museums, take a visit to the city's more unique attractions, such as the Museum of Broken Relationships. Another lesser known attraction is the haunting ruins of Villa Rebar, the one-time home of fascist leader Ante Pavelić. Still intact is a maze of secret tunnels.
To explore a bit of local Zagreb life, take a trip to the huge indoor/outdoor Mesnica NENO market.