Although popular for years around the world they are only a relatively new addition to the tourist offering in the Croatian capital, but the open-air sightseeing bus tours through Zagreb are proving to be a hit.
First introduced to the city in 2009, thanks to an initivite between Zagreb Electric Tram (ZET) and the Zagreb Tourist Board, the ‘hop on hop off’ buses are booming, having their best year to date. The buses operate on two routes:
Red line – A 12.5 kilometres long trip that has six stops along the route. The bus departures are from Bakačeva Street on Kaptol, from which a bus departs every hour, starting from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The tour lasts for just under an hour and it includes Zrinjevac Park, the central railway station, Mažuranić Square, St. Catherine’s Square and the Illyrian Square, as well as Zagreb’s best known cemetery – Mirogoj, from where the bus returns to the starting point.
Green line – Is longer and it includes the best known green oasis of Zagreb, such as Jarun Lake, Bundek Lake, and Maksimir Park. The route is 32.5 kilometres long and it has seven stops along the way; it lasts for about an hour and a half in total. The departure point is also from Kaptol, every two hours, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The buses operate on a hop-on hop-off system with tickets valid for a 24 hour period. The buses are equipped with GPS and a virtual tour guide who presents the city landmarks along the route to tourists via headphones in eight different languages. The price for a one-day ticket is 70 kuna (9 euros), while children between the ages of 7 and 18 pay half price (only 35 kuna) (5 euros).