When we travel to big cities around Europe, we always use airport parking to park our car. Parking options in the cities are usually limited, and very expensive. Airport parking, on the other hand, is relatively cheap, and it's safe. Here we'll cover airport parking options in Croatia, at two major Croatian airports: Zagreb, and Split Airport.
A look into the parking options in Croatia’s major airports
Croatia is rightfully regarded as one of the most unforgettable destinations in all of Europe. From Mediterranean-inspired architectural marvels and old-fashioned cultural attractions to stunning beaches and secluded coves, Croatia offers an amazing diversity of landscapes and sights just waiting to be discovered and explored. The vast majority of tourists arrive to Croatia from the Zagreb International Airport, which comfortably served more than 2.3 million passengers in 2013.
The Zagreb International Airport offers 642 parking spaces spread across three major parking areas. Parking Area 1 has 321 spaces, Parking Area 2 has 196 spaces, and Parking Area 3 has 125 spaces. Additionally, Parking Areas 1 and 3 have spaces reserved for disabled people. You'll pay 18,00 kn per hour for the first three hours, every additional hour is 3 kn (up to 24 hours). If you plane to leave your car for 2 days, the total cost is 190,00 kn, while every extra day cost another 65 kn. The daily parking ticket in Zone I in Zagreb downtown will cost you 100 kn.
These days, it’s not uncommon for major international airports from all over the world to offer multiple parking options for all sorts of preferences. For example, most Argentine airports offer Valet, Long Stay, and Short Stay parking options. UK parking service company Parking4less describes the most commonly used parking options available in most UK airports: On-Airport, Off-Airport, Valet Meet and Greet, and Hotel parking. Airport parking facilities across the globe have also increased their security measures. The Aberdeen Airpark inside Scotland’s Aberdeen Airport is widely renowned for its 24-hour CCTV cameras, regular patrols, and security fencing. However, Croatian airports don't yet offer these multiple parking options like you'll find in the other big cities across globe.
Another prominent airport in Croatia is the Split Airport. It was hailed as the second-busiest airport in Croatia when they successfully handled more than 1,581,734 passengers in 2013. The Split Airport car park currently offers 502 parking spaces. There are 384 spaces for passenger cars, 118 spaces for rental vehicles, 31 spaces for tour buses, and five spaces for disabled people. The construction of a new terminal will start in the fall of 2014 as part of Split Airport’s expansion plans. You'll pay 8 kn for an hour of parking. If you decide to leave your car for up to three days, it'll cost you 56 kn per day. Every additional day, up to seven days, you'll pay 52 kn per day. Additional 7 days cost 45 kn per day. Just to compare, if you park your car in the Zone 1 in the town, the daily parking ticket for a street parking will cost you 75 kn. Split lacks parking spaces in the high season, and airport parking can be a good alternative for a care-free holidays.