All the cars coming to the Conference must have car accreditation and must follow the parking procedure. All buses bringing people to NEXPO 2013 must follow the procedure about the schedule and the parking and have the accreditation NEXPO visitor attached!

Local transport between Rijeka NEXPO venues and Opatija will be provided by the City of Rijeka in two ways: NEXPO shuttle buses and regular public transportation. For registered NEXPO participants, with badges, local transport will be free of charge.

Detailed information about transport and parking could be found in the documents below:

NEXPO Parking, transfers and logistics-important notification

Accreditation for cars and busses

NEXPO Shuttle Time Table

Public Transportation

Plan for public transportation


The Cities of Rijeka and Opatija are located in the Gulf of Kvarner, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea, on 13 km of distance.

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). It has a population of 128,624 inhabitants (2011). Historically, because of its strategic position and its excellent deep-water Port of Rijeka, the city was fiercely contested, especially among Italy, Hungary, and Croatia, changing hands and demographics many times over centuries. The influences of numerous cultures and nations can be seen in the town, and Rijeka has to this day remained a town of tolerance and coexistence, a city in which more than ten minority communities thrive. Rijeka provides ample opportunities for amusement, relaxation and urban exploration. More than that Rijeka is a great place for a business event or sports training.

Opatija is elegant tourist destination that lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. The very attractive geographic position, lush green scenery and a pleasant climate were some of the main reasons for its beginning and the quick development of its tourism at the end of the 19th century. Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with Nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare", well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels that cater comfortably for over 6,000 guests.

More information about both cities can be found on the websites of their tourist boards:

Rijeka Tourist Board (

Opatija Tourism Office (


Getting there

Closest airports: Zagreb, Ljubljana, Trieste.

Airport name


City (Country)

Distance to



Pleso (ZAG)

Zagreb (Croatia)

170 km

180 km

Brnik (LJU)

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

137 km

131 km

Roncchi dei Leg. (TRS)

Trieste (Italy)

111 km

105 km

Croatia Airlines (Croatia), Adria Airways (Slovenia) and AlItalia (Italy) are the national flight operators. Hundreds of other airlines operate on these three airports, including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, etc.


Airport transfers: Participants shall organize on their own the transfers from airports to Rijeka/Opatija and vice versa. Globtour can also assist you with the airport transfers.

The prices that Globtour offers are the following:


car EUR 184 (max 3 people)

van EUR 240 (max 8 people)


Brnik, Ljubljana—Rijeka/Opatija

car EUR 145 (max 3 people)

van EUR 185 (max 8 people)


Public transportation from Zagreb Airport:

Every day at 15:30 there is a shuttle bus to Rijeka. Ticket price is 180 Kuna – 24 Eur.

Every 30 minutes there is a bus connection to Zagreb bus station (one way ticket costs 30 kn - 4 Eur). From Zagreb bus station there are regular bus connections to Rijeka and some to Opatija every 30 to 60 minutes. Ticket price ranges from 86 – 155 Kuna (12 – 20 Eur)


Local transport between Rijeka NEXPO venues and Opatija will be provided by the City of Rijeka in two ways: NEXPO shuttle buses and regular public transportation. For registered NEXPO participants, with badges, local transport will be free of charge. By the mid-September, participants will be provided a timetable for local transport during NEXPO.


Entering Croatia

Since Croatia joined the European Union on 1 July 2013, country’s visa policy is fully harmonized with that of the EU as of 1 April. This means that from that date onwards the classic visa regime will apply for the citizens of Russia and Turkey as well as citizens of all those countries that need visa for entering the EU member countries.

NEXPO 2013 participants arriving from following countries should apply for visa at the Croatian embassies in their (or neighbouring) countries:

  • KOSOVO (citizens with Schengen LTV visas do not need to apply for a new one);

For inquires about other countries, please visit the website of Croatian Ministry of foreign and European affairs (

For the visa procedure, participants should prepare the following documents:

  1. Valid travel document;
  2. 35x45 mm colour photo;
  3. Proof of travel health insurance;
  4. Proof of paid visa fee;
  5. Documents that prove - the purpose of the stay in Croatia (letter of guarantee); ensured accommodation (hotel reservation); means of subsistence to cover their stay in Croatia and the return to their country of origin; means of transport and their intention to return to their country of origin.

The letter of guarantee will be written and signed by the Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia and send to the address of the participant who is applying for visa. Participants requiring visas are requested to send the following information to the office of the Association of Cities in order to receive the letter of guarantee:

  1. Name
  2. Surname
  3. Date of birth
  4. Place of birth
  5. Citizenship
  6. Passport number
  7. Where was the passport issued
  8. When was the passport issued
  9. Until when is the passport valid
  10. Place of residence
  11. Profession
  12. Employment info: name and address of employer
  13. Dates: arrival in Croatia, departure from Croatia
  14. Duration of the stay (in days)
  15. Name and address of the hotel where they are staying

Due to the time required for the visa procedure the participants are kindly asked to send all the required information as soon as possible, preferably at least one month before the NEXPO, to Mr. Marko Ercegović, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (tel./fax. +385 1 4668 003).


Profiles and Matchmaking tool

Click HERE to access the online matchmaking tool, where you will be able to create your municipality, company or development agency profile, that will be used for the NEXPO 2013 exhibitors catalogue.

At a later stage you will be using this tool to identify potential partners to schedule bilateral meetings with in one of the eight NEXPO matchmaking offices or at your exhibitor's booth.

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NEXPO 2013 was organized under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, His Excellency Ivo Josipovic.


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“The important thing is that with NEXPO 2011 we put a landmark of friendship and cooperation between all municipalities in theregion”

Vladimir Moskov,
President of NALAS  during NEXPO 2011

“I personally think and hope that this event contributed to Europe’s true understanding of the situation on the Balkans when the local level is in question”

Vesna Travljanin,
Executive Director,

“The Hague Academy was impressed with the organisation and was honoured to meet different representatives of local governance in South Eastern Europe. We are delighted that new connections were made, and look forward to fruitful cooperation in the future.”

The Hague Academy for Local Governance

“One of the things I learned from the NEXPO conferences was on the issue of energy efficiency and local governance. Municipalities are committing themselves to become energy efficient...I have seen that there are different ways in which a municipality can be active in energy efficiency issues using local resources.”

Aurelia Ciornei,
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

„It is very important to communicate, to find the joint interests and to find the joint opportunities so we can become that real modern and efficient service to our citizens”

Mayor of Cazin,
Mr. Ogreševic
for an interview for Sarajevo television

“In an atmosphere full of humanity and enthusiasm... 21 new cities of the area committed themselves and 10 associations of local authorities became Supporters of the Covenant of Mayors.”

Floriane Bernardot,
Energy Cities

“I have learned that we can apply in Burkina [Faso] a similar approaches NALAS in the organization of such an event. It was important for me to come, to share and talk about issues like e-governance, where I learned was that it is important to build capacities of authorities at local levels before we ask the national level to support them. Additionally, before we transform our local governments into e-governments, there is a need for working first on issues like education, internet access and also access to electricity.”

Nathalie Nikiema,
SDC Burkina Faso

“Municipality of Bratunac is famous as the most important place of raspberry production in Bosnia and Herzegovina and through this fair we aim to promote the production of the raspberries, but also the agricultural production in general in our municipality.”

Mr. Vjekoslav Stevanovic,
Municipality of Bratunac, BiH




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