Since we’ve arrived in Croatia, we’ve been using Autotrans exclusively to travel between towns and I have to say they’ve been absolutely marvellous.
Cheap, reliable, (almost) punctual and highly efficient and we’d not be where we are now without them.
Until yesterday that is.
We needed to get from one side of Krk island to the other in order to catch our ferry to Cres and wandered down (in good time) to the Autotrans office where we were informed that there was a connecting route, via Malinska. Just the one change and the next coach even went directly onto the ferry and then onto Cres town, where we were hoping to stay; all for the princely sum of seven quid/head.
We were informed we would have a 20 minute wait for the connecting bus to arrive and we could even pay for our tickets all the way through, (including the ferry) right there. Job done and we arrived in Malinska as planned and waited for our next bus.
Half an hour later we figured the bus was late and located the Autotrans ticket office where another English speaking lady advised us (rather sheepishly) that the 12.10 from Malinska to Cres had in fact been discontinued and no longer ran. Apparently “everyone knows this” aside from the computer and the person who sold us the tickets in Krk!
To cut a long (and it was long) story short, we had another six hours before the next bus was due- they only run two a day; a morning and evening transfer and so we had an extended, unplanned stay at Malinska on the island of Krk and most enjoyable it was too.
So what if we had a few hours delay? We have all the time in the world…