Almost every city has its own public transportation system and some of them are pretty useful and cool, and some of them are better to avoid 😊 In Zagreb, we are very proud of the Zagreb trams and we love to take a ride in the tram.
When first trams in 1891 started to operate in Zagreb, no one could have assumed that it would become something that the residents of Zagreb would be very proud of. In fact, the first tram was horse-car tram and the first line was lengh approximately 8 kilometers or 5 miles. Almost 20 years later, in 1910, the first electric tram ran in Zageb. In 2018, it was reported that 2.5 million passengers used Zagreb public transportation system, of which 65% of the transport was by tram.
During the last 129 years, several different generations of trams were used in Zagreb and they were produced in Croatia, Germany and Czechoslovakia. From the oldest ones as such as two-axle TMK 101 trams, over ČKD Tatra T4YU from Czechoslovakia to the latest ones as such as low-flor TMK 2200 trams produced in Croatia. Each generation of trams has a special stories and memories for its residents.
The Zagreb tram network, run by the Zagrebački električni tramvaj (ZET) includes 277 trams which operate on 15 day lines and 4 night lines (plus one tourist tram). All 19 lines cover approximately 116 kilometers (apx. 72 miles) in total.
So, what do you need to know about some practical tips during your sta yin Zagreb and wish to take a ride in the tram?
First of all, there are several different tickets. The cheapest one is ticket which costs 4 Croatian kuna (HRK) and it allows you to take a 30-minutes ride. In that time, you can exit and enter in the other trams till your time runs out. This one is most used ticket and definitely a recommendation for tourists who want to move around inner-city center. The 4 HRK ticket is possible to buy at kiosk near tram station as well in a tram but in that case you will pay for it 6 HRK. If you want to take a ride for 60 minutes you will pay 7 HRK (10 HRK in tram), for a 90-minutes ride you will pay 10 HRK (15 HRK in tram), for 24h ticket you will pay 30HRK, 70 HRK for 72h ticket and for a night-line-regime ticket 15HRK. Children 7 years and younger can ride for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Second of all, tram track are generally positioned at the outer edge od the roadway, rather than in the middle of the street. This is not the case in all European countries.
Third of all, each line has its own number and all are operating in two-side direction.
The last thing to know, during the day tram runs every 5-10 minutes and during the night-time regime it runs about every 40 minutes.
At the end, Zagreb Funicular is also something that make us very proud when we are talking about public transportation system in our city and it is also a part of the Zagreb tram network, but this will be separate topic in the future.