When my friends heard I was taking a long weekend in Zagreb, they thought I was crazy. Seattle to Zagreb is an extremely long distance to travel for just a couple days. However, my flight was cheap because of an error fare, and well, I am a bit crazy. Regardless, my two days in Zagreb, were exceptional. I ate some of the best food of my life and explored a city full of life and history. But all trips must come to an end, and it was time to say goodbye to Zagreb. So I grabbed an Uber to the airport, and arrived a couple hours early for my flight. As always, it was time to head to a lounge. In this case, there is only one Priority Pass Lounge at Zagreb Franjo Tudman Airport, the Primeclass Lounge.
The Primeclass Lounge Zagreb is through security as you exit customs. This means you can only access it if you are flying on an international flight. Once you are through security, just take a right and the lounge is all the way at the end of the terminal across from gate 23. Though new, Zagreb Airport is relatively small, so it isn’t too long of a hike from any of the international departure gates.
The Primeclass Lounge is open from 5 AM to 9 PM daily.
Primeclass Lounge: Zagreb
My first impressions of the Primeclass Lounge in Zagreb were a bit meh. It looked decent and comfortable, but there was nothing about it that stood out. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. What I am looking for in a lounge is a nice relaxing environment to have a drink or snack before a flight. So sometimes the gaudiness our loudness can take away from relaxation. Remember the Colorful Aviator Lounge? Yeah I will take comfortable albeit a little bit boring any day.
Primeclass Lounge Zagreb Size and Seating
For a lounge in a smaller airport like Zagreb, the Primeclass Lounge is surprisingly big. It consists of two main rooms. The first room, directly in front of you as you walk into the lounge contains their buffet, drink refrigerators, beer tap, and self serve bar. There are also two large televisions and a solid amount comfortable seats at tables. The second room is immediately to your left as you walk in. It is a very similar room to the first seating area without the food and drink. There are two large televisions and good amount of table seating.
Unfortunately, one of the things this lounge is missing compared to other lounges is comfortable lounge chairs. There are only a few such chairs scattered around the lounge, so you will be hard pressed to catch a quick nap before your flight. Additionally, there is a massive lack of power outlets throughout the lounge. Other than the odd outlet or two along the wall, there are no outlets. Don’t expect to catch a quick charge.
The Zagreb Airport’s size made for little to no wait to get through security. You really don’t need to get to this airport as early as a major airport. So unless you have a long layover, there is no need to potentially spend an extended time in a lounge. So despite its short comings, the seating in this lounge is good for its limited purposes.
Food and Drink
Like most lounges, the Primeclass lounge offers a selection of food and drinks. However, this lounge’s food selection was one of the more limited I have seen in the lounge. For breakfast the lounges small buffet consisted of a selection of fresh pastries (including burek yummmm), prepackaged salads, sandwiches, and a small selection of desserts. The pastries were delicious. The other options, while limited, was one of the smarter, most traveler friendly, spreads I have seen in a while.
The prepackaged nature of these items were perfect for the traveler who spends a short time in the lounge and wants to grab something in the lounge. When flying a low cost carrier even a major airline like British Airways, you are not going to get food on your intra-Europe flight. So being able to grab a fresh mozzarella salad to go, was a nice little healthy snack on my 3 hour flight.
To the left of the buffet was a large open air refrigerator which was reminiscent of a convenience store. There they offered a large selection of sodas, smoothies, juices, and water. All of these, except the juices, were the right size to grab and take with you to the plane if you wanted. Again, extremely traveler friendly. The size of the airport can, again, be seen in the alcohol selection. Not expected to spend a long time in the lounge, the PrimeClass lounge had a very limited selection of beer, wine, and liquor. I only saw one beer option, one red wine, one white wine, and a handful of liquors.
The Primeclass Lounge in Zagreb had a few additional amenities to note. Other than the standard wifi and newspapers available, they also had a few computers set up to allow you quickly browse the web. While I don’t see these getting tons of use because they have wifi, it is a quick alternative if you don’t want to dig through your bag for your laptop. They also had a couple massage chairs available for use. While not much, these small amenities may come in handy.
The PrimeClass lounge in Zagreb Airport is most definitely designed with the grab and go traveler in mind. With a decent selection of prepacked foods and drink, don’t hesitate to stop by and grab a snack to bring on the plane.