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How to Get from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka City Centre

While it may have escaped your travel radar until now, the seaport town of Rijeka, situated on Kvarner Bay in Croatia, has plenty of reasons to make you want to visit and stay. To get acquainted with the city, make your way to the top of Trsat Castle, the 13th-century fortress that overlooks the city and its turquoise beaches. To cool down, take a dip at nearby Sablićevo Beach before spending the afternoon wandering along Korzo promenade, enjoying one of its many bars and restaurants or splurging on some holiday shopping.

If you want to travel directly from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka city centre, the main transport options are a taxi or private transfer, or an airport shuttle bus. The fastest and most convenient options are to take an airport taxi from the taxi stand outside the airport terminal, or to book a private transfer in advance with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups, both of which have a journey time between 22-35 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. A more affordable option is to take the 40-minute shared shuttle service which costs €10 for each traveller; however, this service does not run regularly and is less reliable.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Rijeka at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Taxi €35 22min 24/7
Bus €20 40min 10:45–16:15

How to get from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka by taxi

The quickest and easiest way to get from Rijeka Airport to the city is to take an airport taxi. Local airport taxis are available 24/7 and the journey downtown will take around 22 minutes, if traffic conditions are favourable. A door-to-door transfer guarantees you travel as effortlessly as possible to your accommodation downtown, so that you can start off your adventure on the right foot.

Taxi fare from Rijeka Airport to the City Centre

While official local taxis are equipped with taximeters, most will charge a flat rate fee from Rijeka Airport to the Rijeka city area. Although prices vary between each company, you can expect to pay between €35 and €55 during the day (06:00-24:00) for up to 4 passengers, with a 20% surcharge fee outside of these hours. Drivers may also charge an additional baggage fee for each luggage item.

If you’d prefer to plan ahead and be given an up-front price with no hidden costs, it’s best to book a private transfer in advance and avoid any unpleasant surprises.



Trip Duration

22 Min.

During periods of heavy traffic the journey time can increase to 35 minutes.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Rijeka International Airport.

Where can I take a taxi from?

Airport taxis are conveniently located outside the airport terminal and only drivers who have gained legal permission from Rijeka Airport can provide services from this location.


If you are travelling in a group, taking an airport taxi from Rijeka Airport to the city is not only more economical and faster than taking the shared shuttle bus, but it also provides a door-to-door service so that you can arrive at your destination seamlessly and comfortably.

Editor’s Note

Official Rijeka taxis should be all white and have the words 'RIJEČKI TAKSI' displayed on both sides of the vehicle, as well as the company details.

Useful Tips

It is common practice to tip your driver 10% of the final fare price.
Be sure to agree on a price with your driver before departing.
In case your driver doesn't speak English, have your address written down in Croatian to help direct them to your destination.

How to get from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka by bus

The cheapest transport option from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka bus terminal (Jelačić Square) is the Rijeka Airport shuttle service. The shared shuttle bus makes three stops on its run and has a journey time of about 40 minutes.

Keep in mind that this service only operates a couple of times a day on select days of the month so be sure to check that your flight connects with the timetable offered. For a more reliable option where a driver will meet you as soon as your plane lands, we recommend pre-booking a private transfer.

How much is the bus from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka?

The cost of the bus from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka for each traveller is €10, including taxes. Tickets can be purchased at the dedicated ticket counter upon arrival using a debit/credit card or cash.



Trip Duration

40 Min.

The shuttle bus generally offers one service in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Value for Money

The shuttle bus timetable changes monthly and may not run every day of the week.

Where do I take the bus from?

The bus from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka departs from the station in front of the terminal building. The van will display a sign with each of the three stops it makes on the 40-minute journey – Omisalj, Kraljevica, and Rijeka.


The shuttle bus from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka city centre takes twice as long as a taxi and doesn’t drop you directly at the door of your hotel or apartment, however, it is a much more affordable transport option, especially if you are travelling on your own.

If you are travelling with a lot of luggage or aren’t staying near the drop-off location at Jelačić Square, a private transfer is a more convenient option without any of the stress of an onward journey.

Editor’s Note

Other bus companies offering services from near the airport do not depart directly from the terminal and you may need to walk up to 20 minutes.

Useful Tips

The shuttle bus timetable is updated monthly so be sure to check the website to confirm connection times before travelling.
Rijeka Airport also provides shuttle services to other nearby towns.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka city centre?

When travelling from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka city centre there are two means of transportation; a taxi or private transfer which takes as little as 22 minutes in light traffic, and the airport shuttle bus which takes closer to 40 minutes, not including wait times. Both options take longer during peak traffic.

What’s the taxi fare from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka?

Taxi fares from Rijeka Airport to Rijeka city centre are generally flat-rate fees set by each taxi company. The price for up to 4 travellers can range from €35 to €55 and can increase by up to 20% when travelling at night (24:00-06:00). To secure a competitive price that won’t change with the time of day, you can book a Welcome private transfer in advance.

How far is Rijeka city centre from Rijeka Airport?

The distance from Rijeka Airport to the city centre is 25 km, which has a journey time of approximately 22 minutes when travelling in normal traffic conditions by a local taxi or private transfer

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