How to get to Istria

how to route 1

Route 1: Salzburg - Villach - Ljubiljana - Koper

  • The fastest, but also the most expensive route, as you need to pay, in addition to the Austrian and Slovenian motorway vignette (toll sticker), an additional fee for the 'Tauernautobahn' and the 'Karawanken tunnel'.
  • From Munich you drive via Salzburg on the Austrian A10 ('Tauernautobahn') to Villach. By passing the 'Karawankentunnel' you reach Slovenia. From here, continue via Ljubiljana to Koper, where you leave the motorway at the exit 'Pula'. Now it is a few kilometers (well signed) on a country road to Croatia. Just across the border starts the Croatian motorway A9, which you can follow to your holiday destination.
  • If you arrive from the east of Austria, we recommend you to go via Graz and Maribor to Ljubljana. From there continue as described above.

    • Vignettes: Motorway vignettes for Austria and Slovenia
    • additional toll: Tauernautobahn (A10), Karawanken tunnel, motorway Croatia

 Map Route 1 (external link to Google Maps)

how to route 2

Route 2: Kufstein - Felbertauern - Udine - Trieste

  • This route is 60 km shorter than route no. 1, but the travel time is a little longer. You do not need a motorway vignette (toll sticker) in Austria and Slovenia, you will only pay fees for the Felbertauern tunnel  in Austria and the Italian and Croatian motorway toll. In addition, this route is very scenic.
  • From Munich you follow the A8 to the motorway junction 'Inntal', where you should turn towards Innsbruck on the A93. Leave the A93 at the exit last German exit Kiefersfelden. From Kiefersfelden continue to Kufstein and follow the signs to the Felbertauern. Via Kitzbühel, Matrei and Lienz continue to Kötschach-Mauthen from where you cross on the Plöckenpass the Italian border. In Tolmezzo you reach the Italian motorway. Stay on the motorway until it merges into the freeway RA13 just before Trieste (do not follow the signs to Slovenia!). At the exit Basovizza - Padriciano you leave the freeway and follow the SS202 and SS14 in direction Basovizza and Kozina / Slovenia. From Kozina a road runs parallel to the highway (first follow the yellow signs 'Koper', later turn towards Buzet / Croatia. Stay on this road, following the signs to Rijeka, until Lupoglav. Here you can drive onto the A8 motorway in the direction Pula / Pazin .

    • Vignettes: no
    • Toll: Felbertauern tunnel, motorways in Italy and Croatia

  • Alternative from Trieste: A shorter, but also more difficult route to bypass the Slovenian motorway vignette runs from Trieste on country roads parallel to the Slovenian highway to Koper. To do so, follow the  freeway in Trieste until the exit Muggia / Koper (SLO). Immediately (about 50m) behind the border crossing you must leave the Slovenian motorway by turning  to the service station (OMV). Directly behind the gas station, you can turn right onto the country road towards Skofije that runs parallel to the highway to Koper (initially follow the signs Skofije, 1st roundabout to   Dekani, at the 2nd roundabout to  Bertoki, at the 3rd roundabout (after passing Bertoki) to Sv. Anton, then follow the yellow signs to Koper, where Pula is signposted). From Koper to Pula see  Route 1 .


map route 2 (external link to Google Maps)

map alternative route from Trieste (external link to Google Maps)

Arrival by plane

By plane

The Airport Pula is served during the summer months by many European airlines  (including Ryanair, Jet2Com, Lufthansa, SAS, Norwegian, TUI, Croatian Airlines...).
In the terminal building numerous car rental companies offer their services. Especially in the months of July and August, we recommend you to book the rental car already from home.

If you are traveling to Pula, Rovinj or Porec you also can use a bus shuttle for the transfer.

If you rent a car at the airport, then leave the airport area in the direction of Pula (D66). Now there are two options:

  • For the destinations Fazana, Rovinj and Bale stay on the D66 until the big roundabout in Pula. From there, follow the D21 towards Buje / Rovinj to Bale and  Rovinj
  • For other destinations we recommend you to take the motorway A9.


A summary with all flight connections to Pula can be found here: :

Toll charges

Toll charges 2019


Austria - motorway vignette and additional toll charge for cars
10-days-vignette: 9,20 €
2-months-vignette: 26,80 €
Tauernautobahn: 12,00 € per trip
Karawanken tunnel: 7,40 € per trip
Felbertauern tunnel: 11,00 € per trip
Switzerland - motorway vignette for cars
Annual vignette: 36,50 €
Slovenia - motorway vignette for cars
7-days-vignette: 15,00 €
30-days-vignette: 30,00 €
Attention (for SUVs and vans): height up to 1.30 m, measured at the front axle from the ground to the top of the car body - otherwise the vignette is much more expensive!
Italy - motorway toll for cars
Distance-based charges will apply: When joining the motorway you get a ticket that you pay when you leave the motorway section (cash in Euro, as well as by credit or debit cards)
Sample price: Section Tolmezzo - Trieste (travelling via Felbertauern) 7,00 €
Croatia - motorway toll for cars
The fee is calculated distance-based. When joining the motorway you get a ticket that you pay when leave the motorway section  (cash in Kuna or Euro, as well as by credit or debit cards)
Sample price: From border crossing Kastel to Kanfanar/Rovinj about 4,40 €


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