Traveler information & Tips

Need to know when visiting Pula?

Pula, a historic gem nestled along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, welcomes travelers from around the globe. If you’re planning to set foot in this ancient city, here’s a handy guide with essential tips to enhance your visit:

General Information

  • Currency: The official currency used in Pula is the Euro (€). On January 1, 2023, the Republic of Croatia transitioned from the kuna to the euro, becoming the 20th member of the euro area.
  • Language: The primary language spoken in Pula is Croatian. However, the city, also known as Pola, is officially bilingual. Both Croatian and Italian are recognized languages, making “Pula” and “Pola” its official names respectively.
  • Time Zone: Pula follows Central European Time (CET) and observes Daylight Saving Time.
  • Safety: Pula is generally safe for tourists. However, like any other city, it’s wise to remain cautious, especially in crowded areas or late at night.
  • Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, and Diners are the most frequently accepted credit cards.
  • Schengen area: Travelers from Schengen countries don’t need to show ID when entering Croatia. However, it’s advised to carry a passport or identity card for identification purposes.
  • Shopping hours: In compliance with the new Trade Act, shops in Croatia will generally remain closed on Sundays. But fret not! Traders have the flexibility to open their doors on 16 specific Sundays throughout the year.  We recommend checking with local shops or your hotel concierge to find out the exact Sundays shops will be open during your stay.
  • Parking “Permit Holders Only”: If you’re parking in Pula, keep an eye out for the red sign that states “Permit Holders Only” 🚫. This important indicator means that the parking space is reserved exclusively for local residents who have a special permit. If you’re not a permit holder and you park in one of these spots, you could be facing a fine. So, to avoid any unnecessary headaches or costs, make sure to park your car in a designated area that’s open to the public. Always double-check the parking signs to ensure you’re in the clear!

Practical Tips

  • Drinking Water: The tap water in Pula is safe to drink. It’s held to high-quality standards, so you can refill your bottles without concern.
  • Electricity: Pula uses the standard European electrical voltage of 220V. Outlets are of the type F, which is the two round pin plug/socket combo, common in Europe. If you’re traveling from outside Europe, you might need an adapter.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi is widely available in most hotels, restaurants, and popular tourist areas. Mobile connectivity is reliable, with several local and international networks providing coverage.
  • Tipping: Tipping is appreciated but not mandatory in Croatia. In restaurants, it’s common to leave up to 10% of the bill if you’re satisfied with the service. For taxi drivers, rounding up to the nearest whole amount is a kind gesture.
  • Pharmacies: “Istarske Ljekarne Pula Centar” is a 24/7 pharmacy, ensuring uninterrupted access to medications and health products.
  • Smoking Rules: Bars in Pula permit smoking. However, smoking is prohibited inside restaurants and shopping centers.
  • VAT Refund: Prices in Croatia incorporate a 25% Value Added Tax (VAT). Non-EU residents traveling to non-EU destinations can claim this back. Many major shops in Pula offer tax-free shopping. Look for the Tax-Free logo or inquire with sales assistants.

Emergency Contacts

Mobile & Telephone Providers in Pula

  • T-Com: Special visitor offers available
  • A1 and Vodafone: Special visitor deals on offer
  • Tele2: Special promotions for tourists

Travel & Entry

  • Visa Requirements: EU citizens do not require a visa for short stays. However, for non-EU citizens, it’s essential to check visa requirements beforehand. Many countries have visa-free arrangements, but it’s always good to confirm.
  • Local Transport: Pula has a reliable public transport system, including buses. Renting a bike or scooter is also popular among tourists for short city trips.
  • Weather: Pula enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. Packing light layers for summer and a jacket for cooler evenings is advisable.

Getting to Pula:

Introduction: Discover the myriad ways to reach and traverse the breathtaking landscapes of Croatia. From its international airports to coastal drives and unique bus adventures, Croatia promises an enriching journey for every traveler.

  • Air Travel
    • Getting to Croatia Through Its Airports:
      • Overview of Croatia’s accessibility with its nine international airports.
    • Coastal vs. Continental vs. Island Airports:
      • Coastal Airports: Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar
      • Continental Airports: Zagreb, Osijek
      • Island Airports: Mali Lošinj, Brač
    • Croatia Airlines: Europe and Beyond:
      • Introduction to Croatia Airlines and its offerings.
      • Featured European Cities: Overview of major cities connected to Croatia.
      • Seasonal Flights: Additional destinations during the high season.
      • Global Connections: Worldwide connections through partnerships.
    • As the Croatian flag carrier and a proud member of the Star Alliance, Croatia Airlines provides direct flights connecting Croatia to numerous European cities including: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Bucharest, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and Zurich. During the high season, additional destinations from the Croatian coast include cities in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain. Furthermore, in collaboration with its partners, Croatia Airlines offers its passengers connections to destinations across the globe.
    • Contact Croatia Airlines:
  • Road Travel
    • Travel by Car:
      • Overview of Croatia’s modern highway network.
      • Speed and Safety: Maximizing the efficiency and safety of your journey.
      • Traffic Regulations: Importance of safe and responsible driving.
    • Travel by Bus:
      • The Bus Adventure to Pula: An experience unlike any other.
      • Spontaneity and Affordability: Emphasizing the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of bus travel.
      • Coverage and Quality: Highlighting the extensive routes and standards of bus services.
    • Travel by sea
      • Permanent border crossing points for international transport of passengers in maritime traffic are: Umag, Pula, Ubli, Cavtat, Vis, Mali Lošinj.