We will be spending some time in Italy during early July this year, and we will be finishing up in Verona.
The next part of our trip involves getting into Croatia from here which is proving to be slightly complicated whilst keeping to a travel preference of train over bus.
Originally I had planned to use a route I found using OBB's journey planner:
Verona -> Venice -(OBB ICBus)-> Villach -(EC 213)-> Zagreb
I've just had another look now and put in my travel dates, but I don't see this route in the route planner anymore so I'm trying to find alternative methods just in case.
I know there is a bus that runs from Trieste, so it could be possible for us to take a train to Trieste and then a bus to Croatia. According to this website there is a couple of buses which run along this route http://www.buscroatia.com
Either way, both methods will take roughly the same amount of time (leaving at approximately 10am and arriving at 8:30pm)
So my questions:
- Am I by any chance looking too early for my original route to show up on the journey planners, or have the timetables been changed?
- Heading into Austria seems a bit out of the way, is there an easier way? I'm aware that there are no direct trains between Italy and Slovenia.
- If we take a connecting train in Austria, what happens in regards to 'entering the country/crossing the border' on arrival to Austria? We will only be in there for a couple of hours maximum until the connecting train comes. I don't believe we need a visa. (We're Australian)
- Weighing up the options, the bus from Trieste is seeming to be the most stress-free choice. Would it be wise to ditch my original plan and look at this option?
I've read the question How to get to Ljubljana (Slovenia) from Trieste (Italy) by Train? and to me some of the answers to connect between Italy and Slovenia seem to be a bit more involved than what I've planned out above.
I hope this question isn't too broad for this site, this is the only part of the trip left which is still a bit cloudy.