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How to get from Split to Dubrovnik
Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the striking Dubrovnik will enchant you with its ancient walled city. Almost like it is pulled from a book, Dubrovnik’s baroque architecture and limestone streets, backdropped by the ever-glistening Adriatic, is a jaw-dropping sight.
If you’re a fan of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, then you’ll find most of its streets familiar. Dubrovnik was the main location for the show’s King’s Landing, including the alley where they shot Cersei’s iconic walk of shame.
While both Split and Dubrovnik are coastal towns, the latter gives a more ancient and somewhat magical vibe.
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4 ways to get from Split to Dubrovnik
There are 4 ways to travel the 230 km distance from Split to Dubrovnik: a 4 to 4.5-hour bus, a 4.5 to 6-hour catamaran, a 3.5-hour private transfer, or a 12-hour day tour. Fares range between 150 KN (€19.50) and 1,670 KN (€220).
The bus is the cheapest and most convenient way to get from Split to Dubrovnik. It’s also available all year round. Ticket prices start from 150 KN (€19.50) for the 4 to 4.5-hour journey.
There is also an option to take a catamaran but only during the summer season (April to October). These catamarans stop at several islands along the way, so travel time can take from 4.5 to 6 hours. Fares start from 280 KN (€37).
Are you travelling in a group? A private transfer from Split to Dubrovnik takes only around 3.5 hours, making it the fastest option. Rates start from 1,640 KN (€215) for a 3-seater car and 1,790 KN (€235) for an 8-seater minivan.
If you plan on visiting the old town for just a day, you can also join an organised day tour from Split to Dubrovnik. This normally takes 12 hours (including travel time), and rates start from 525 KN (€69).
Immigration tips for Split to Dubrovnik
If you travel from Split to Dubrovnik, you can take the Neum Corridor. Neum Corridor is a 23 km coastal strip in Bosnia and lies between Central and South Dalmatia.
Passport holders from the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand should not have any problem crossing the borders. If you are from other countries, you’ll need to present a multiple-entry Schengen visa.
The last time we checked (July 2022), private vehicles and public buses now travel through the newly built Peljesac Bridge. While it seems like a longer way, the travel time is just the same because you won’t be stopped for visa checks.
They arrive at Gruz Port, 4 km north of Dubrovnik’s fortified city.
Jadrolinija ferries from Split to Dubrovnik drop off passengers on various islands along the way, such as Brac, Hvar, and Korčula. This makes it a sort of island-hopping trip except you can’t get off the catamaran.
If you are in a group of 8 people, you can also consider booking a private transfer from Split to Dubrovnik.
It’s a very comfortable way to travel with family or friends, and it’s also a bit faster than the bus or the catamaran. Travel time is around 3.5 hours.
Another advantage is that you will be picked up and dropped off anywhere and anytime you want within the town centres of Split and Dubrovnik. They also offer airport pick up/drop off with an extra charge of 43 KN (€5.50).
Private transfer rates start from 1,640 KN (€215) for a 3-seater car. With minivans, rates start from 1,760 KN (€230). Split the cost, and it’s even a couple euros cheaper than a catamaran ticket.
Split to Dubrovnik by Day Trip
Duration: 12 hours
Cost: 525 KN (€69)
Duration: 12 hours
Cost: 525 KN (€69)
Travellers who won’t stay for long in Dubrovnik are suited for day trips. These are organised tours that provide a great introduction to the old coastal town.
Day tours from Split to Dubrovnik take a total of 12 hours. However, considering the distance between the two cities, you’ll most probably be able to spend just around 4 hours in Dubrovnik. That’s not enough time to really get to know this beautiful town, if you ask us.
If you really have limited time, rates for a day trip from Split to Dubrovnik start from 525 KN (€69). You can also check GetYourGuide for other tour options.
Important: Tourism in Croatia is very seasonal. Much of the available accommodation in Croatia is fully booked in the summer, but many sites are closed in the winter months. 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.
Rooms Franica is a great choice if you’re travelling on a budget. The rooms are surrounded by gardens flourishing with flowers, plus your own patio. The beach is within walking distance and the Old Town is only 10 minutes away by bus.
The bonus of staying in a guesthouse is that you’re instantly made to feel at home. The hosts are super helpful and the rooms are comfortable and clean, offering everything you need.
This guesthouse is a magical blend of the old and the new. It boasts a modern flare, whilst still celebrating its origins with its exposed stone walls.
The hotel is located within Dubrovnik’s UNESCO- listed Old Town. You can’t really get a better location than this. Plus, the beach is also only 130 meters away! The owners treat you like their own family offering you apples, coffee and other treats.
If your heart is set on staying here, make sure to book it straight away as this Villa gets booked up fast! And for good reason.
Everything is at your doorstep, as you’ll be situated within the Old Town. This means that any window you look out of, offers you stunning views of Dubrovnik. The star of the show has to be Villa Four’s host. She takes the hotel to another level!