Dubrovnik to Split

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How to get from Dubrovnik to Split?

Split is a coastal town on Central Croatia, located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. This makes it a popular transport hub to and from the nearby islands, such as Brac and Hvar.

A beautiful mix of old and new, Split is a great place to explore Croatia’s colourful history while also enjoying modern luxuries. Even if you’re just passing by after exploring Dubrovnik, we hope you can make a quick visit to the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. You can even climb the Bell Tower of St. Domnius for the best views.

4 ways to get from Dubrovnik to Split

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4-5 hours144 KN (€19)Check bus tickets
Catamaran4.5-6 hours280 KN (€37)Check
Catamaran Tickets
Private Transfer3.5 hours1,665 KN (€220)Book a minivan
Day Trip13 hours760 KN (€100)Book a Day Trip

You have 4 options when crossing the 230km distance from Dubrovnik to Split: a 4 to 5-hour bus, a 4.5 to 6-hour catamaran, a 3.5-hour private transfer, and a 13-hour day trip. Rates range between 144 KN (€19) and 1,665 KN (€220).

The bus is the cheapest way to get from Dubrovnik to Split. Fares start from 144 KN (€19), and the travel time takes 4-5 hours.

For the best coastal views, you can also travel by catamaran during the high season (April to October). Travel time is 4.5-6 hours, depending on the ferry you choose. Ticket prices start from 280 KN (€37).

Travelling with a group? If you split the cost, taking a private transfer from Dubrovnik to Split may not be that expensive. Rates start from 1,665 KN (€220) for a 3-seater car and 1,785 KN (€235) for an 8-seater minivan. Travel time is just 3.5 hours.

Day tours are also available from Dubrovnik to Split. This is a good option if you only have a day to spare and don’t want to be bothered by transport options. A 13-hour day tour costs 760 KN (€100) per person on GetYourGuide.

Immigration Tips

When travelling by land from Dubrovnik to Split, there’s a great chance that you’ll have to pass by the Neum Corridor. This is a 23km coastal strip in Bosnia, which lies between South and Central Dalmatia.

A lot of tourists are not familiar with this short border crossing, thinking that they are just travelling from one Croatian town to another. However, there have been some who were refused re-entry to Croatia after unknowingly violating the Neum Agreement.

If you’re a tourist carrying a passport from the EU, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, then you shouldn’t have any problem. If you’re not from any of those countries, you’ll need to present a multiple-entry Schengen visa. Otherwise, you’ll be a “trapped tourist” and won’t be allowed to go back the same way.

Check out the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs website for more info.

Itinerary from Dubrovnik to Split

Dubrovnik to Split by Bus

Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: 144 KN (€19)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: 144 KN (€19)

Buses operate on the Dubrovnik to Split route all year round. There are several departures daily during the peak season from April to October.

Ticket prices start from 144 KN (€19). A bus ride from Dubrovnik to Split can take 4 to 5 hours.

You can catch the earliest bus at 08:00, while the last trip is at 23:30.

Departure & Arrival station

Buses depart from Dubrovnik Bus Station is located near the port of Gruz. This port is 4km away from the Old Town.

They arrive at Split Bus Station. This terminal is conveniently located next to the train station and ferry terminal in Split town centre.

Below are the usual bus schedules during the peak season from April to October. Note that fewer buses operate outside these months.

Bus schedules from Dubrovnik to Split

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Arriva Autotrans08:00-12:25
09:00-13:30
144 KN (€19)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
Croatia Bus08:00-11:45
09:20-13:50
12:30-16:30
21:00-01:20
23:30-04:30
150 KN (€19.50)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
Promet Makarska14:15-19:00159 KN (€21)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
Cazmatrans Promet11:00-15:40162 KN (€21.50)
Buy Your Bus Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase at the bus terminal. However, if you want to be guaranteed a seat on your desired schedule, then it’s best that you book your ticket in advance.

Dubrovnik to Split by Catamaran

Duration: 4.5-6 hours
Cost: 280 KN (€37)
Duration: 4.5-6 hours
Cost: 280 KN (€37)

When travelling during the peak season from April to October, you can also take a catamaran from Dubrovnik to Split. We love this alternative option as it gives you a chance to enjoy a majestic view of the Croatian coast, although it can be quite expensive.

Ticket prices start from 280 KN (€37), and travel time is 4.5 to 6 hours.

You can choose from 3 ferry companies. The high-speed ferries on this route are Kapetan Luka and TP Line. Kapetan Luka is the most expensive but has the shortest travel time and gets really great reviews, while TP Line is a new ferry on this route.

The third ferry is the cheaper Jadrolinija. It’s slower as it makes a few pick-up and drop-off stops on Korcula, Hvar, and Bol before finally docking at Split — an interesting way to go island-hopping!

Departure & Arrival station

You can board your ferry from Gruz Pier in Dubrovnik. This pier is situated 4km north of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

Ferries dock at Split Ferry Terminal, some 500m south of the town centre. This harbour is within walking distance from hotels and establishments in the town centre.

Ferry schedules from Dubrovnik to Split by Catamaran

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Jadrolinija07:00-12:55280 KN (€37)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
TP Line 15:15-20:30294 KN (€39)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Kapetan Luka16:30-20:55332 KN (€44)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

We recommend taking the high-speed ferry Kapetan Luka for a shorter travel time from Dubrovnik to Split. You can book your ticket in advance for a hassle-free trip via BookAway.

Dubrovnik to Split by Private Transfer

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: from 1,665 KN (€220)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: from 1,665 KN (€220)

Taking a private transfer is a fast and convenient option when travelling with a group if you have the budget for it.

Rates start from 1,665 KN (€220) for a 3-seater car, which is quite expensive for a small group.

However, if you’re travelling with more people, then you might be able to save some more bucks. Minivans that can accommodate up to 8 persons are also available with rates from 1,785 KN (€235).

The journey from Dubrovnik to Split takes more or less 3.5 hours. You will be picked up and dropped off anywhere you want within the two towns’ central areas. It is also possible to be dropped off at Split Airport for an additional fee of 45 KN (€5.50).

For the best customer service, we highly recommend booking your ride online via BookAway.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

Dubrovnik to Split by Day Trip

Duration: 13 hours
Cost: 760 KN (€100)
Duration: 13 hours
Cost: 760 KN (€100)

If you don’t have much time to spend on Split, you can also join a 13-hour day trip from Dubrovnik. Keep in mind though that travel time alone will take about 8 hours back and forth, so that will leave you with just 5 hours to explore Split.

This tour features a visit to Split waterfront Riva and gives you time to explore on your own, as well as check out some Croatian organic products.

Rates start from 760 KN (€100) when you book with GetYourGuide.

Book a Day Trip with GetYourGuide

Hotel

Our favourite places to stay in Split


Important: Tourism in Croatia is very seasonal. While many accommodations in Croatia shut down during the winter months, most of the accommodations get fully booked in the summer. With July and August being the peak season, rates can rise 3 times as high as compared the low season or shoulder months. We recommend booking your accommodation at least 1 month in advance to lock in better rates.

Apartment and Room Stone House

These modern and airy apartments, situated in Split centre are just moments away from the famous Diocletian’s palace, Bacvice Beach and a not unimportant - a delicious local bakery. Watch the world go by on your own private balcony, or just relax after a day of exploring Split in your newly renovated, air-conditioned room. Nothing is too much for the host, Goran, who can give you the best insider tips.
  • Newly renovated
  • Short walk to famous landmarks
  • Very friendly host
  • Private balconies available

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Guest House Kala

Close to the hustle and bustle of Split, but still located within a quiet neighbourhood. At House Kala you do not need to worry about being kept up at night. The rooms boast a homely and charming ambience, utilising the rustic stone that Split is famous for. Each room has their own private patio, where you can enjoy your welcome drink and relax.
  • Modern and clean rooms
  • Welcome drink
  • Great location
  • Friendly and helpful hosts

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Luxury Rooms Lucija and Luka

Located within the pedestrian zone of Split’s Old Town, you can’t be closer to the centre than this hotel. The rooms offer a stunning blend of modern and old, with each one having a seating area, minbar and coffee machine. You’ll struggle to find a fault in this hotel, especially when the hosts are so incredibly kind and helpful.
  • Perfect location
  • Room views of Split’s landmarks
  • Friendly hosts
  • Large and clean rooms

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