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Zagreb is the hub for Croatia's less-than-extensive train system. Because the network was put in place in the 19th century, when Croatia was still part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the main routes were designed to link Croatia with its former overlords rather than to link Croatian cities with each other. You'll notice that no trains run along the coast and only a few coastal cities are connected with Zagreb. For travellers, the main lines of interest run from Zagreb to Rijeka and Pula, Zagreb to Zadar Sibenik and Split, Zagreb to Varazdin and Koprivnica, and Zagreb to Osijek.

Trains are slower and less frequent than buses but cheaper and more comfortable. Domestic trains are either 'express' or 'passenger' (local). Express train have smoking and nonsmoking as well as 1st and 2nd class cars. A reservation is ad visable and they are more expensive thai passenger trains which offer only unreserved 2nd-class seating. Prices in this book are for unreserved 2nd-class seating.

There are no couchettes available on anj domestic services but there are sleepinj cars on the overnight trains between Zagret and Split. Baggage is free on trains an most train stations have left-luggage office charging about 10KN apiece per day (passport required).

EU residents who hold an InterRail pass can use it in Croatia for free travel, but it is unlikely that you would take enough train in the country to justify the cost.

There are at least two daily trains from Zagreb to Zadar and Split stopping at Knin where you can change to Sibenik. Other trains include Zagreb to Osijek (five hours, 280km), Koprivnica (hours, 92km), Varazdin (three hours, 110km), Ljubljana (three hours, 160km), Rijeka (five hours, 182km) and Pula. There are also trains from Rijeka to Ljubljana (2 hours, 155km). There are also faster express trains on the above routes.

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