Zagreb Tourist Info
The city tourist board has installed its info centers at the city airport, main railway station, main bus station, and on the main square. Feel free to enter and ask any information you'd like to know. They're pretty informed of all sorts of events in Zagreb. You can get many free brochures about Zagreb, upcoming events, and you can get your free city map there.
Tips for services
Tips are not obligatory, but are more then welcome. In restaurants, the tradition of leaving about 10% of total price has pretty much been lost. People usually leave up to 30 HRK to the waiter.
Barmens and waiters in coffe bars often get to keep the coins.
Taxi drivers and tour guides aren't getting much extra for their services from the locals. But they are well-acquainted with customs of other nations, so they expect to get a tip according to a stereotype of your own country's generosity.
In Zagreb, everyone speaks Croatian. You won't find as many English signs and translations as you might expect from a growing tourist destination.
Good news is that many people speak English, too. If you need help with anything, don't hesitate to ask around in English. There's a great chance the first person you bump into will be able to help you out and point you in the right direction.
There are quite a few big public toilets in the city center - in the passage near the main railway station, on the open air market Dolac, to name just a few. Price for using the public toilet is usually 2 HRK.
They don't even charge their services in the one in Cesarceva Street near the main city square.
Toilets in bars are also pretty clean because of strict sanitary regulations.
When in Zagreb, have coffee like a Zagreber
Cafe bars (and every other bar or pastry shop) in Zagreb mostly serve wonderful coffee. Most people order "coffee with warm milk" which is similar to Italian caffee latte and than enjoy it for at least half an hour. It's a perfect social drink used for everything from business meetings to get-togethers with old friends. Average prices are from 10-16 HRK.
Interesting fact is that you cannot find international coffee chains in Croatia like Starbucks, Costa etc. Croats like their coffee more genuine mixed with milk or whipped cream only, no sirups, liquors or other additives.
If you arrive to Zagreb with a car and care to find parking in the center, I recommend parking garages to public parking, easier to find and prices are same or less. Public parking is divided into 3 zones:
1.zone - 6 kn/hour - maximum stay 2 hours
2.zone - 3 kn/hour - maximum stay 2 hours
3.zone - 1,50 kn/hour - maximum stay 3 hours
Parking in all zones is free on Sundays and public holidays.
Parking is charged from 7:00-15:00 on Saturdays.
Work days parking is charged
1. zone 7:00-15:00
2. and 3. zone 7:00-20:00
Parking can be paid with SMS as well:
ZONE I ZONE II ZONE III ZONE
SMS NO. 700101 700102 700103
Parking in garages costs between 4-5kn 8:00-18:00 and 1,5-2kn 18:00-8:00.
These are prices for public garages.
There are private garages around the city as well whose prices are around the same range or a bit higher.