Unlike coastal Croatia, Zagreb has been a latecomer on the apartment rental scene. There are now rooms and apartments to rent throughout the medieval Upper Town and dynamic Lower Town but fewer than you might think.
Don't expect any great deals on Zagreb private accommodation. The cheapest accommodation (often rented through an agency) may involve sharing an apartment with the owner. Having your own digs with a kitchenette and all can be pricey. This kind of arrangement makes more sense if you'll be in Zagreb several weeks. Budget-hunters are well-advised to check out Zagreb's burgeoning hostel scene. Naturally, prices are cheaper the further out of town you get and Zagreb's public transportation is excellent.
Here are some highly-rated and centrally-located options:
City Classic Apartment
Elegant and in Zagreb's Lower town.
Apartments Academia Tkalciceva
Spacious and in Zagreb's Upper town on exciting Tkalciceva street.
Apartment Quiet Center Zagreb
Beautifully decorated and, of course, in the center.
There's a great deal of private accommodation in Novi Zagreb (new Zagreb) south of the Sava river and near the Zagreb Fair Grounds. It sounds far but the Zagreb tram system is excellent. (see more on where to stay in Zagreb).
Otherwise, I suggest you look into a cheap hotel or hostel.
There are a few agencies that find private accommodation for visitors. Most are closed on Sunday and most require you to be on site in order to reserve. Don't be surprised to find a surcharge for a one-night stay.
Zagreb's tourist office maintains a list of accommodation agencies and private rooms and apartments. The tourist office will not arrange accommodation for you.
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