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 hours90 KN (€12)Check bus tickets
Catamaran6 hours220 KN (€29)Check Catamaran Tickets
Private Transfer3.5 hours1,515 KN (€202)Book a minivan
Day Trip13 hours975 KN (€130)Book a Day Trip

You have 4 options when crossing the 230km distance from Dubrovnik to Split: a 4-hour bus, a 4.5 to 6-hour catamaran, a 3.5-hour private transfer, and a 13-hour day trip. Rates range between 90 KN (€12) and 1,380 KN (€182).

The bus is the cheapest way to get from Dubrovnik to Split. Fares start from 90 KN (€12) for the 4-hour journey.

For the best coastal views, you can also travel by catamaran during the high season (April to October). Travel time is 4.5 to 6 hours, depending on which company you travel with. Ticket prices start from 220 KN (€29).

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 1,515 KN (€202) for a 3-seater car and 1,635 KN (€218) for an 8-seater minivan.

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 tour costs 975 KN (€130) 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

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Dubrovnik to Split by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 90 KN (€12)

Buses operate on the Dubrovnik to Split route all year round. Around 6 trips trips are available during the peak season from April to October, and at least 2 bus departures outside those months.

Ticket prices start from 90 KN (€12) and travel time is 4 to 5 hours. You can see below the bus schedules during the high season.

Bus schedule

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Croatia Bus08:00-12:15
4 hours 15 minutes
4 hours 20 minutes
121 KN (€16)
Promet Makarska14:15-19:004 hours 45 minutes121 KN (€16)
Autotransport13:00-17:254 hours 25 minutes144 KN €19)
Samborcek EU Grupa22:00-02:004 hours90 KN (€12)
Cazmatrans Promet11:00-15:404 hours 40 minutes127 KN (€17)

Buses depart from Dubrovnik Bus Station near the Port of Gruz. They arrive at Split Bus Station, around 1km south of the Old Town.

Tickets are available to purchase at the bus terminal. But if you want to be guaranteed a seat on your desired schedule, then it’s best that you book them online beforehand.

Check Bus Tickets on GetByBus

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Dubrovnik to Split by Catamaran

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 220 KN (€29)

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 220 KN (€29) and travel time is 4.5 to 6 hours. You can choose from 2 ferry companies. One is Krilo (Kapetan Luka), which is pricier but receives really great reviews.

The other one 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!

Ferry schedule

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Krilo (Kapetan Luka)
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4 hours 45 minutes
4 hours 25 minutes
285 KN (€38)
Jadrolinija07:00-12:555 hours 55 minutes220 KN (€29)

You can board your ferry from Gruz Pier, situated 4km north of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. They dock at Split Ferry Terminal, some 500m south of the town centre.

Check Catamaran Tickets on BookAway

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Dubrovnik to Split by Private Transfer

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: from 1,515 KN (€202)

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 1,515 KN (€202) for a 3-seater car, quite expensive for a small group. But if you’re travelling with more people, then you might be able to save some bucks. Minivans that can accommodate up to 8 persons are also available with rates from 1,635 KN (€218).

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 (€6).

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

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

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Split to Dubrovnik by Day Trip

Duration: 13 hours
Cost: 975 KN (€130)

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 the iconic Diocletian’s Palace as well as the surrounding Old Town – a well-preserved exhibit of ancient Roman architecture!

Rates start from 975 KN (€130) when you book with GetYourGuide.

Book a Day Trip with GetYourGuide


Our favourite places to stay in Split

Apartment and Room Stone House - Budget Friendly

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

Private apartments start at €32 per night

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Guest House Kala - Mid-Range

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

Privare start from €50 per night

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Luxury Rooms Lucija and Luka - Treating Yourself

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

Private room start from €93 per night

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