Kvarner newsletter / no 5

Rijeka and Opatija
Sightseeing by double-decker bus

From mid-April, tourists will again have the opportunity to see the sights of Rijeka and Opatija by double-decker bus, with information about the area’s history, landmarks and attractions offered in ten languages.

Sightseeing tours of Rijeka and Opatija in a double-decker tourist bus attractively decorated by the well-known painter from Rijeka, Vojo Radoičić, start again in mid-April. Since the tours started at the beginning of last year, the interest of visitors has been constantly increasing. Apart from tourists from Croatia and abroad, the greatest interest was shown by school groups, particularly in October, November and December. During December, the price of the ticket was only 20 kuna, and pensioners and owners of the monthly ticket could even travel around for free. The regular price for adults is 70 kuna, children from 4 to 12 years of age have a 50% discount, and children up to 3 years of age go free.
When entering the first tourist double-decker bus in Croatia, guests receive headphones that enable them to listen to interesting stories about the towns and their history in ten languages: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, Chinese, Japanese and of course Croatian. The stories are adapted to the children’s age and are available in the English, Italian, French, German and Croatian languages. Visitors also have a bus hostess at their disposal.
In addition to presenting the towns in ten languages, another distinctive feature of the 79-seat double-decker bus are the two further seats specially suited for people with disabilities. Guests can hop on the bus at four stops: Jadranski Trg Square in Rijeka, Slatina in Opatija, in front of the Ivan pl. Zajc theatre in Rijeka and the Dvorana mladosti sports hall in Trsat. Tickets for the ride, which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, can be bought on the bus, in the Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in Rijeka and Opatija, or in travel agencies or hotels in Rijeka and Opatija. Although the bus has an open roof, it can be covered in the event of rain so no one will get wet while seeing the sights of Rijeka and Opatija from a completely new perspective – a seat on the upper deck of the bus.