How to get from Split to Dubrovnik?

Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, the striking Dubrovnik will enchant you with its ancient, walled medieval city. Almost like it is pulled from a book, Dubrovnik’s baroque architecture and limestone streets, backdropped by the ever-glistening Adriatic, is a sight to behold.

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.

Bus, Catamaran or Private Transfer?

There are 4 ways to travel the 230km distance from Split to Dubrovnik: a 4 to 5-hour bus, a 4.5-hour catamaran, a 3.5-hour private minivan transfer, or a 12-hour day tour. Fares range between 98 KN (€13) and 1,472 KN (€194).

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4 - 5 hours98 KN (€13)Check bus tickets
Catamaran4 hours220 KN (€29)Check catamaran tickets
Private Group Transfer3 hours 25 minutes1,472 KN (€194)Book a minivan
Day Trip12 hours505 KN (€67)Book a day trip

The bus is the cheapest and most convenient way to get from Split to Dubrovnik. Also, it’s available all year round. Ticket prices start from 98 KN (€13) for the 4 to 5-hour journey.

During the peak tourist season from June to September, there is also an option to take a catamaran. These stop at several islands along the way so travel time can take from 4.5 to 6 hours. Fares start from 220 KN (€29).

Are you travelling with a group? You can get a private minivan transfer from Split to Dubrovnik for 1,472 KN (€194). This can accommodate up to 8 persons and travel time is around 3.5 hours.

If you plan on visiting the old town for just a day, you can also join an organized day tour from Split to Dubrovnik. This normally takes 12 hours, including travel time, and rates start from 505 KN (€67).

Immigration Tips

Depending on which route your transportation will take, you may pass Neum Corridor from Split to Dubrovnik. Neum Corridor is a 23km coastal strip in Bosnia and lies between Central and South Dalmatia. Many tourists don’t take into consideration that Croatia’s territory is interrupted by this short border crossing.

Tourists carrying passports from the EU, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand shouldn’t have any problem crossing the borders. If you’re from other countries though, 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.

For more details, you can visit the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

 

Itinerary from Split to Dubrovnik

 

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Split to Dubrovnik by Bus


Duration: 4 – 5 hours
Cost: 98 KN (€13)

The bus is a cheap and easy way to get from Split to Dubrovnik. Split Bus Station is conveniently located next to the train station and ferry terminal in the town centre. Dubrovnik Bus Terminal, on the other hand, is located near the port of Gruz, some 4km from the Old Town.

There are several bus companies that you can choose from. Ticket rates start from 98 KN (€13) and buses depart as early as 02:35. Travel time is around 4 to 5 hours, depending on traffic and border queues going through Neum Corridor.

If you are taking luggage with you, you may be charged an extra 7 KN (€1) per suitcase.

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

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Croatia Bus02:35-06:45
06:00-10:15
12:30-16:35
15:45-19:30
18:45-22:45
4 hours 10 minutes
4 hours
120 KN (€16)
Samoborček03:45-08:004 hours 15 minutes98 KN (€13)
Arriva06:15-10:45
17:15-21:45
4.5 hours130 KN (€17)
Promet Makarska08:00-12:00
11:45-15:20
4 hours
3 hours 35 minutes
120 KN (€16)

Check Bus Tickets with GetByBus

 

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Split to Dubrovnik by Catamaran


Duration: 4.5 – 6 hours
Cost: 220 KN (€29)

If you’re travelling from Split to Dubrovnik within the busiest season from June to September, you also have the option to take a catamaran. It’s more expensive than the bus, but you’ll get to enjoy a beautiful view of the Croatian coast.

Also, the ferries 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.

Kapetan Luka and Jadrolinija each operate 1 daily ferry trip during this time. Ticket prices start from 220 KN (€29) and the journey takes 4.5 to 6 hours.

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Kapetan Luka
Book with BookAway
07:40-12:054 hours 25 minutes246 KN (€32.50)
Jadrolinija15:30-21:255 hours 55 minutes220 KN (€29)

Check Catamaran Tickets on BookAway

Catamarans depart from Split Ferry Port on the southern edge of the Old Town. They arrive at Gruz Port, 4km north of Dubrovnik’s fortified city.

 

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Split to Dubrovnik by Private Transfer


Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 1,472 KN (€194), 8 pax

If you are with a group of up to 8 persons, you can also consider booking a private minivan from Split to Dubrovnik. It’s a very comfortable way to travel with family or friends, and a bit faster than the bus or the catamaran.

More importantly, you will be picked up and dropped off anywhere 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 (€6).

You can get a private transfer from Split to Dubrovnik for 1,472 KN (€194). Travel time is around 3.5 hours.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

 

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Split to Dubrovnik by Day Trip


Duration: 12 hours
Cost: 505 KN (€67)

Travellers who won’t stay for long in Dubrovnik are suited for day trips. These are organized tours that provide a great introduction to the old coastal town.

Day tours from Split to Dubrovnik take a total of 12 hours. But considering the distance between the 2 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.

But if you really have limited time, rates for a day trip start from 505 KN (€67). You can also check GetYourGuide for other tour options.

Book a Day Trip with GetYourGuide

 

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