The travelling distance between Zagreb and Novalja is about 225 km following the route via the highway, till the exit point to Senj, from here the route goes along the coast till Prizna, where the ferry crossing is to Zigljen on Island Pag, from Zigljan there is only about 10 km to Novalja.
Alternative route by car, goes on the highway to the exit point Posedarje, from here road continues to “Paski most” the bridge connecting main land and Island Pag, well arrived on island Pag, there is about 45 km to Novalja, total length of this route is about 325 km, travelling time with car about 3.5 hours.
Travelling by bus from Zagreb to Novalja:
There are some seasonal direct connections between Zagreb and Novalja, you can see the connections below . The buses departure from the main bus station in Zagreb, which is not that far from the main train station (stations connected with tram system). All buses travel via the first route mentioned above.
Alternative to the direct routes, is to travel to Zadar and then catch a bus to Novalja from there, you can see bus connections between Zadar and Zagrebhere, and here you find bus connection between Zadar and Novalja.
If you arrive to Zagreb Airport, you first have to take the airport bus to the main bus station in Zagreb and then change to bus for Novalja (or Zadar). Information about getting from Zagreb airport you can find hereAccommodation in Novalja: The accommodation offer in Novalja, includes, Hostels, bed and breakfast, campsites, hotels and of course private apartments. During month number 7 and 8 it can get crowded, which means booking ahead, is not so bad and idea.
Other means of Transportation:By Car: Travelling by Car from Zagreb to Novalja, is fairly easy as roads are in good condition, remember that toll apply to the Highway, and if you travel via route number one, you also have cost for ferry. If you wish to rent a car in Zagreb centre or Airport you can find car rental offers here.
Catamaran from Rijeka: there is a daily catamaran connection from Rijeka to Novalja, as buses between Zagreb and Rijeka are quite frequent you may consider this as a travel alternative, you can see bus connection between Zagreb and Rijeka here, and the departure time of the catamaran you find here.