Primorje-Gorski Kotar County covers an area of 3.588 km2 which is 6,34% of Croatian territory, and has a population of around 296 000, which is around 6,91% of the total Croatian population, making it the 5th most populated county in Croatia.
The city of Rijeka is the regional centre. It has a population of around 128 000, which makes it the 3rd largest city in Croatia.
The transport infrastructure system consists of all transport branches interconnected with the aim of providing a safe, efficient and competitive unique function of the provision of transport services. The traffic system of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is structured into the Rijeka Traffic Node and a series of traffic routes. The Rijeka traffic hub consists of: Rijeka port terminal; Rijeka railway junction; Rijeka road junction and the network of airports (Rijeka, Mali Lošinj and Grobnik).
Croatia’s regional public transport is mainly based around central cities of counties, which serve as regional hubs. The largest amount of public transport connections in Croatia is based on the system of public transportation of passengers by bus.
There are multiple operational bus lines going to and from the towns of PGŽ, with the main regional hub being the city of Rijeka. This includes bus travel within PGŽ, between PGŽ and other Croatian regions, with some transport providers offering cross-border travel tickets.
The TEN-T Mediterranean corridor passes through the county, combining components of all transport modes – road, rail and maritime modes, and connects them to major traffic hubs.
The backbone of the Rijeka traffic junction consists of railway lines of significance for international traffic on the Vb branch of the Pan-European Corridor, from the state border with Hungary, and towards Botovo - Koprivnica - Zagreb - Rijeka – Šapjane.
Croatia’s railway public transport provider HŽPP offers daily services with multiple lines going to and from Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, as well as travelling within the county, every day. The county has 32 official train stops for reception and dispatch of passengers. The trains used are the electric locomotive HŽ series 1141 with the classic wagon system and the new EMV 6111 and EMV 6112 which is equipped with automated heating and air conditioning, a high level of comfort, bicycle area, wheelchair entry and exit ramp.
The port of Rijeka is the largest port in Croatia, and its impact is immediate on all traffic modalities. In addition to the Port of Rijeka in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County area, there are 55 sea ports open for public traffic, 5 of which (Mali Losinj, Merag, Misnjak, Porozina and Valbiska) are of county importance.
The other 50 ports are of local importance, positioned in the centres of their cities and municipalities, which all together create the so-called "Blue Highway".
The public passenger transport in maritime transport focuses on connecting the islands to the mainland. Public maritime transport in the North Adriatic is provided through 6 state ferry lines, 3 state express lines and 3 shipping lines. Public transport is entirely carried out using vessels from the national fleet.
Rijeka and Mali Lošinj airports are used for regular international and domestic air traffic (network, charter and low-cost airlines), as well as for irregular air traffic especially during the tourist season (summer, part of spring and autumn).
There are regular flights to major neighbouring airports and international hubs such as Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Munich and London. Rijeka Airport is predominantly of international character, while Mali Lošinj Airport is of local character.
Rijeka Airport is predominantly of international character, while Mali Lošinj Airport is of local character. In addition to those 2 main airports, the following approved airports are also in use: Grobnik Airport; Rijeka-Port Rijeka Airport (on the water); Mali Lošinj Airport (on the water); Rab Airport (on the water).
City and suburban
Rijeka’s city and suburban public transport is based around bus lines organized by Autotrolej KD. There are 18 city and 31 suburban bus lines in the city of Rijeka.
Autotrolej website: autotrolej.hr
Urban Mobility Rijeka is a free Android app for information on public transport in the City of Rijeka. The users can find information on bus positions, timetables, routes and bus stops for the entire city as well as the county bus lines. The basic information about the app and the download link are located here: rijeka.smart-solutions.hr
Additional information on public transport in Rijeka, as well as transport services such as bus rentals can be found on: rijeka-plus.hr
The town of Bakar has its own public transport provider – GKD Dobra, along with the aforementioned services of Autotrolej KD. GK Dobra’s services are of local character, the company has three minibuses that perform transportation in accordance with the current timetable.
GK Dobra public transport website: gkd-dobra.hr
Vrbovsko also has a minibus public transport service. Komunalac Ltd. performs the public transport service in the area. On weekends and holidays, it provides transport services at the request of associations, clubs, citizens and all others who require organized minibus transport.
Komunalac Vrbovsko public transport website: komunalac-vrbovsko.hr