Visitor Information -- The Pag Town Tourist Board (www.tzgpag.hr; tel. 023/611-286) is at Ulica Od Špitala 2 in Pag Town. Novalja’s tourist office (www.visitnovalja.hr; tel. 053/661-404) is at Trg Bršćić 1.
Getting There -- If you are traveling to Pag Island from Zadar and points south, the island is reachable from Posedarje on the mainland via Pag Bridge, which takes visitors to the island’s south end. Jadrolinija ferries make regular runs from mainland Prizna to Žigljen on the island’s north end, depositing visitors about 4.8km (3 miles) from Novalja.
Backups at the Pag Bridge are rarely more than half an hour, except for weekends during July and August, when they can be much longer. Unless you’re coming from Zadar and points south, getting to the bridge involves a few extra driving hours. During the summer, a fast boat (catamaran) runs between Novalja and Rijeka, with stops at Rab Island three times a week. Several daily buses from Rijeka stop in Pag Town and Novalja and go on to other stops along the Dalmatian coast.
Tips Bura Winds
Check the weather reports before you head out for a weekend on Pag. Ferry traffic (and sometimes bridge traffic) is halted when the bura winds are strong.
Getting Around -- Except for private taxis and intercity buses that run from the mainland and between Pag Town and Novalja, there is little public transportation on Pag. Luckily, both Pag Town and Novalja are compact enough to explore on foot, as are their waterfronts—although most visitors spend just a few hours touring in town before heading to the beach. Travel between the two towns can be time-consuming unless you have your own car, therefore private vehicles are the transportation mode of choice. You’ll need a rental car or motor scooter if you intend to explore more than one area of the island or if you want to go beach-hopping. Rental agencies, including Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and Avis, have kiosks at the Zagreb airport and in other major Croatian cities.