Pula is a lively Roman outpost
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 45 minutes (total distance 1033 miles)
No of flights per week: 3
Airlines that fly direct: TUI, Jet2.com
No. of Airports in Warsaw: Pula Airport
Seasons: High = May - July; Low = November - March
Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Fly to Pula from Birmingham Airport for a seamless journey. With a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and places to rest, you’ll enjoy your time at the airport before you fly. Why not treat yourself and book into one of our five airport lounges? Receive complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly.
With great transport links and a central location within the UK, Birmingham Airport is easily accessible from wherever you are in the UK. You will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail link from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of 7 car parks, which are all easily reachable from the terminal by foot or via a free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%.
If you’d like to get something to eat whilst you’re waiting to board your flight, we’ve got some great cafés, bars and restaurants for you to choose from. Celebrate your holiday with an alcoholic beverage and a bite to eat from Wetherspoon, All Bar One or Frankie & Benny’s. There are plenty of coffee shops and if you’d like to grab something to take on board with you, you can’t go wrong with a Boots meal deal.
Once you’ve eaten, have a look round the shops, there are plenty of shops to choose from. Don’t miss the deals at World Duty Free – with discounts on everything from liquor to confectionary, you’ll want to stock up. Dixons Travel has all your last-minute travel electricals and you can even have a beauty treatment at Aerospa. Need some light reading for the plane or for when you’re by the pool? Get yourselves to WHSmiths.
Arriving at Pula Airport
Pula Airport is the international airport serving Pula, Croatia, and is located 6 km from the city centre.
One of the easiest ways to travel from Pula Airport to Pula city centre is via the airport shuttle bus, which departs from outside the terminal building. The scheduled departure time from the airport is always 30 minutes after the arrival of the several low-cost airlines, so check before you travel. You will also find shuttle buses travelling to other destinations within Croatia too.
A taxi stand can be found in front of the airport, make sure to agree on a price before you leave the airport. Alternatively, you can rent a car at the airport.
What to expect in Pula
Set beside the glittering Adriatic Sea, Pula is home to world-class festivals, fresh and affordable cuisine, and the most complete Roman colosseum in the world. The capital of Istria is packed full of stunning architecture and boasts an enlightening history, and just a short drive or bus ride away lie the beach destinations of Verudela and Medulin.
The official language in Pula is Croatian but English is widely spoken.
Pula has a Mediterranean climate. There is not much rain, however November is the wettest month. The best travel time to Pula in Croatia is May, June and September. The summer is wonderfully hot, with long, warm evenings and it is even nice to swim at night. Typically, winters in Pula are a little warmer than in the rest of Croatia.
Culture in Pula
Pula is a city with a wealth of Roman architecture and its old city centre is full of culturally and historically valuable attractions. The star of the show is the remarkably well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, and there are lots of other interesting sights like The Triumphal Arch of Sergil, The Gate of Hercules and the Twin Gates and the small Roman Theatre.
Throughout the summer, Pula transforms into a city of festivals, with every public space hosting international concerts, plays and films. Ravers have known about Pula for a while, as its amphitheatre, and surrounding coastline, hosts Dimensions and Outlook festivals in late August and early September.
Istria was part of Italy until 1947, and the influence of Italian cuisine is still apparent in Pula. Pizza, pasta and gelato are staples. At times it feels that you are dining in a far-flung corner of Tuscany. Pula is also a major fishing port, so the seafood is excellent too.