Croatia Airlines With Kids : Amsterdam to Zagreb

Croatia airlines with kidsIt was two nights before our 90 day stay in the Schengen area was coming to an end and we were seated in our GuestToGuest home exchange in Amsterdam when we made the impromptu decision to forget Scotland, by booking a Croatia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Zagreb. While I have always loved the thought of Croatia, I never thought we’d visit this beautiful country during this trip of ours, but here we are! I know some of you were curious about Croatia Airlines when I tweeted about our impromptu purchase so I thought I’d share our experience flying with Croatian Airline with kids in tow.




When it came to booking our flight, the hubs and I actually booked our flights separately. Why you ask? To save $50! You see, we realized that we could save some money by splitting up our fares. He and Baby Boy booked the FlyEasy option that came with no luggage while Little Monkey and I booked ourselves in FlyOpti which came with a baggage allowance of 23kg per person. We only had two suitcases so this worked out well and was cheaper than adding two bags if we all chose FlyEasy. It did take a couple extra steps but we saved $50 by both of us booking at the same time and both fares came with free seat selection so we booked seats next to each other. It is also good to note that  Croatia Airlines offers a 33% discount on international flights and a 50% discount on domestic flights for children between 2 and 12 years.  


flying croatia airlines with kids

We totally lucked out that Baby Boy isn’t 4 years old yet because only children up to 4 years of age are entitled to one collapsible baby stroller free of charge. PHEW! We were able to take our double stroller all the way to the gate and it was waiting when we disembarked as well. Some had mentioned that they are extremely strict when it comes to baggage allowances so we were very careful to stay within the limit. We even weighed our bag on the scale while waiting for the counters to open (ours was the first flight of the day!) and pulled out a couple items to balance things out at the very last second before it was time to check in.

schiphol airport with kids

We knew the Schipol airport was very fun and so I knew we’d find a nice play area for the kids while we waited to board our flight but I was very surprised when they allowed me to bring in liquids for the kids! Guess making them chug the half litre of milk wasn’t the best idea but we did bring in our juice bottles.  We got to our gate and then heard our names being called to come up. PANICK!! What happened? Oh wait, maybe we’re getting upgraded…. (HAH!). Well, it seems they were ready to pre-board families with kids! Now that was a nice touch as there was a long line up at this point.


The aircraft itself was pretty basic with small leather seats and no entertainment systems. The kids were allowed to use their iPads during the entire flight (yes, even for take off and landing) so that different! We were also surprised when we received a free snack on board. The Panchetta was absolutely delicious. Tiny but delicious!  I heard that on Business class infants receive special baby food that is pureed or mashed. Older kids get meat cut up into small bites or shapes. In economy the kids received the same things we did and they didn’t receive the kid’s colouring package some had mentioned either.

Croatia airline snacks

Our flight was pleasant and the kids were well behaved until it came time to disembark in Zagreb. OH My! We decided to hang back and let most of the flight empty out before we made our way out of our seats but Baby Boy decided to have a full on meltdown just at that moment. While Little Monkey and I walked ahead, the hubs had to deal with him and an older gentlemen behind them decided to just stand and watch them instead of passing by. Which in turn meant that the stewardess got on the intercom to tell us to hurry up and that we’re holding up traffic. Umm.. RUDE! It was less than 30 seconds while the hubs tried to gather their two bags and fling Baby Boy over his shoulder so I personally will class this one under our rudest flight experience ever. That said, everything else was good enough and it was the cheapest option we could find so I definitely would fly again.


flying croatia airlines with kids

  • paula schuck
    August 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Hmm…sounds like everything was perfect until the disembarking part. I can imagine that was frustrating. Sounds like a great option other than a rude comment at the end. Maybe they could have offered to help instead of singling parents out.

    • Yashy
      August 21, 2017 at 4:09 am

      That would have been helpful for sure!

  • Marina
    August 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Yashi, this is nothing comapred to what happened to us on our Lufthansa flight from Denver to Munich this June (about 11 hrs direct flight). So it was for the first time we took our,at that time 18 month old daughter, on a long flight. The first couple of hours were okay, she played, ate, wondered around a little etc. but then it was her usual bed time and she just couldn’t calm herself down to fall asleep (to note that she is a great sleeper otherwise but she was just overstimulated). We tried everything, walking around, ipads, snacks, she just kept wining and fussing (not even loudly crying). At one point a gentlman (not sure why am I even using this word for him) came up to my husband and said that we have to stop that behavior immediately! I still laugh when I think of it but at the same time I’m still pissed! My husband looked at him, got up and said “you seem to be under alcohol influence, please back up from my family” (my husband is an addiction psychiatrist and he deals with ppl like this all the time and I’m sure it was the right thing to do instead of getting into an argument with him). Then he went to the crew and said this guy is drunk, he is bothering us pls make sure he doesn’t come again”. They tried to calm the guy down but he just kept bitching and finally went to his seat and put earplugs (duh!). After about 20 mins our little one crashed and she slept for several hours. people are just rude sometimes, nothing to be done about that.

    • Yashy
      August 21, 2017 at 4:09 am

      Oh MY! Your hubby is a patient man! I would have been so tempted to thrust the kid into his hand and tell him to deal with it, I wouldn’t have even noticed he was drunk! Gah! There are plenty of rude people, that’s for sure!

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