From Zadar, it takes about 90 minutes to drive to Novalja. You can rent a car or pre-book a taxi to pick you up at the airport when you arrive.
💡 Uber is unavailable in Croatia but there are alternative trusted transport options:
Intercity transport is mostly by bus. There’s a bus service that runs several times a day from Zadar to Novalja and Pag Town. You can take a bus from the airport to Zadar’s main bus station, then hop on the bus to Novalja. The journey is a little longer, but it’s a lot cheaper. You can find out more at www.buscroatia.com.
Novalja is small enough to easily get around on foot. Rent a car or scooter if and explore other areas of the island, or take a taxi.
💸 Average cost of transport
- Single bus journeys in Zagreb, Split, or Dubrovnik, are typically priced at US$1-2.
- 24-hour public transport passes can be bought for around US$5. This gives you access to buses, trains, and trams; signage is in both English and Croatian.
- Rental car prices are usually around US$8-120 for a four-day rental, excluding insurance and fuel.