2019 Guide On How To Get From Split To Dubrovnik (& Dubrovnik To Split)

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2019 Guide On How To Get From Split To Dubrovnik & Dubrovnik To Split

One of the questions we get asked the most is: “how can I get from Split to Dubrovnik?” or “how to get from Dubrovnik to Split?” It’s an important question. Travel between Dubrovnik and Split is probably the most popular route on the Croatian coast given so many people want to visit both Dubrovnik and Split.

Both home to UNESCO World Heritage SitesDiocletian’s Palace and the Dubrovnik Old Town respectively—and boasting amazing waterfronts and beaches, superb seafood restaurants, centuries-old architecture and incredible accommodation options, Dubrovnik and Split are absolute top destinations. 

With that in mind, Split and Dubrovnik will no doubt be the anchor points of your itinerary. You will, therefore, need to know your options for travel from Dubrovnik to Split.

You have various options to get from Split to Dubrovnik, some more complicated than others. Whether you take a private transfer, flight or the bus from Dubrovnik to Split, the choice is all yours.   

We’ve compiled all the options into this post to assist you in making the best decision for your Dubrovnik to Split transfer. Please note that schedules may change. You should, therefore, always check the transportation company’s website for the latest, up-to-date travel information.

Split To Dubrovnik Drive

How Far is Split To Dubrovnik?

If you look up the route for driving from Dubrovnik to Split on Google Maps, it will seem like a pretty straightforward, three and a half hour drive. However, things are not as easy as they seem when traveling from Split to Dubrovnik by car.

The distance from Split to Dubrovnik is about 229km and the drive will take you about 3.5 hours subject to traffic and border delays which primarily occur between June and August and more severely on weekends.

Taking the A1 Motorway from Split to Dubrovnik

The is the most direct route to Dubrovnik from Split. From the centre of Split, you head to Dugopolje and get onto the A1 Motorway and follow it for about 100km until you reach its end at Ploce. Tolls will cost you 55 Kuna. From there its the coast road all the way to Dubrovnik not before crossing the borders at Neum. Construction of a bridge has commenced to connect the Peljesac peninsula with the mainland so that having to go through Bosnia will not be required once the bridge is complete.

Crossing the Neum Corridor

The little catch with the Dubrovnik to Split drive taking the shortest, most direct route is it involves two border crossings—into Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is not an EU member state, and back into Croatia. Known as the Neum Corridor, this extremely short stretch of coastline can pose significant problems if your documents are not in order. 

Questions like “do you need a visa?” and “do you need extra insurance” are valid ones. There is an agreement between the Croatian and Bosnia-Herzegovinian governments that allows tourists to cross this section without border control, with the condition that they don’t stop on the way. The legal details, however, are somewhat vague.

This agreement was never officially ratified, and border officials may still interpret the law in different ways. Also, the agreement would only apply to cars registered in Croatia. So, if you’ve rented a car in, say, Italy or Slovenia and are driving along the Adriatic coast, you may not be allowed to cross the border without a visa, extra insurance or another document. Always check with your car rental company to see whether or not you’re allowed to leave the European Union.

More than 99% of the time, however, there will not be a problem to travel from Dubrovnik to Split by car and vice versa via the Neum Corridor. There have, however, been documented cases of people who were stopped. Also, EU residents, as well as people from Switzerland, Norway, and Liechtenstein, can cross the border with just a passport or ID card. 

Residents from other countries will need a passport and will get a stamp each time they cross a border. If you have a single-entry visa for Croatia, you may want to avoid this route. 

Drive From Split To Dubrovnik Without Crossing The Bosnian Border

Luckily, there is an alternative, which is a lot longer but also a lot more scenic. Once you get to Ploce, you can hop on the ferry to Trpanj on the Peljesac Peninsula and continue your drive eastward on the peninsula and toward Dubrovnik. This way, you won’t have to cross any borders at all. This beautiful detour will make getting from Split to Dubrovnik about four hours long.

 

Private Transfer From Split To Dubrovnik

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For those of you that like to travel in style, don’t want the stress of driving in a foreign country, and like to have someone knowledgeable taking care of the journey, a private transfer from Dubrovnik to Split is what you’re after.

A Dubrovnik to Split transfer is a superb way to travel, and best of all, it takes away the stress of worrying about border crossings, insurances, and navigating foreign roads.

A Split to Dubrovnik transfer will pick up from your accommodation. No need to hunt down taxis or hike to the bus station. Then, you just sit back and enjoy the Split to Dubrovnik drive. You also have the freedom to make any stops you’d like along the way. Heck, it’s a private transfer, that’s what you’re paying for!

For more information about private transfers from Split to Dubrovnik see the best private transfer rates from our company Octopus Transfers herePrivate Transfer Dubrovnik to Split start at 210€

Split to Dubrovnik Coastal Road

If time is on your side and you want to cruise along the stunning Dalmatian coast then simply take the coast road all the way from Split to Ploce. Taking this route you’ll travel through Omis, the and the beautiful Makarska Riviera. During summer these roads are very slow going so expect the journey to take 5-6 hours.

Split To Dubrovnik Excursion

Increasingly, many travelers are taking advantage of having a driver and making the private transfer from Split to Dubrovnik into an excursion. Rather then going direct they choose to stop along the way taking in the beautiful Dalmatian coastline and its charming towns. Some like to take the Split to Dubrovnik coastal road which takes you through Omis, the Makarska Riviera down to Ploce and then through Bosnia onto Opuzen and all the way to Dubrovnik. A stop or perhaps lunch in Ston is also a must here where you can sample Croatia’s best oysters and walk those impressive walls. Alternatively, many choose to head to Mostar and spend a few hours there before continuing to Dubrovnik. Whatever the choice, it is a cost and time effective way to see more of Croatia. Just be aware that in summer the coastal road takes significantly longer due to all the traffic in the seas side towns so you’ll need to add another 1 to 1,5 hours to the journey.

Split To Dubrovnik Taxi

Taking a taxi between Dubrovnik and Split sounds like a good idea as there is an abundance of taxis in Dubrovnik and Split and all of them would love to switch that meter on and take you for a “ride”! In short, a Split to Dubrovnik private transfer is cheaper with a better class of vehicle so do not even consider a Dubrovnik to Split taxi unless you want to pay lots of money!

Split To Dubrovnik Car Rental

Don’t want to take the bus and don’t have the budget for a Dubrovnik to Split transfer! Perhaps rent a car in Split and drop it off in Dubrovnik. There are dozens of Dubrovnik and Split car rental companies offering this service. 

Catching The Dubrovnik To Split Bus

How to Get from Dubrovnik to Split

Backpackers and budget travelers may want to catch a Split to Dubrovnik bus, and they’re in luck. Whether you want to catch a Split bus or Dubrovnik bus, there are numerous options when traveling from Dubrovnik to Split by bus. You can find information on Split and Dubrovnik bus timetables at  and the websites. When traveling from Split to Dubrovnik by bus your journey will begin at Split Bus station or Dubrovnik bus station if you are headed the other way.  Both bus stations are conveniently located with the Split Bus station located at the Split port, a short walk from the Riva, and Dubrovnik bus station located in Gruz Port.

With so many buses from Dubrovnik to Split it makes bus travel from Split to Dubrovnik very easy and affordable. Buses between the cities are very frequent, every 30 mins or so, so you won’t have any trouble in getting a bus ticket however we recommend buying your ticket online in advance so there is no risk and you can get the bus you want. Try  or .  In addition, if you are on your way back to your home country, you can easily then jump on the Split or Dubrovnik airport bus to get you to Dubrovnik or Split Airport from the respective bus stations.

The average travel time is approximately four and a half hours on a bus to Split from Dubrovnik but during summer you can experience delays at the Bosnian border of up to 1 hour.

Note, that busy summer traffic may slow down the bus from Dubrovnik to Split. Additionally, there may be delays at the Neum Corridor as well. This is especially true if “that person” on the bus does not have the correct paperwork. Or as was the case one time for us, someone forgot where they put their passport. 

When taking the bus to Dubrovnik from Split, make sure to have your passport ready. Don’t put it in your checked luggage because you will need it twice. Again, make sure you don’t have a single-entry visa for Croatia. Nationals from the EU, USA, Canada, and Australia won’t have any trouble at these border crossings, though.

There is usually also a break in Neum, giving you the chance to stretch your legs, go to the bathroom, buy a basic snack and take a quick photo of yourself in Bosnia-Herzegovina. So if you have time on your side, and are looking for the cheapest way to get to Dubrovnik, taking the Split to Dubrovnik bus or the Dubrovnik to Split bus will be your best bet.

 

Flights From Split To Dubrovnik

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The fastest way to travel from Split to Dubrovnik is by plane. The flight time is around 40 minutes. Croatia Airlines operates direct flights from Split to Dubrovnik however these are not so frequent.

Also, note that there are no direct flights from Dubrovnik to Split—that would require a stopover in Zagreb. Therefore, if you need a Dubrovnik to Split flight, you are out of luck. The fastest option is to use a Split to Dubrovnik transfer.

Catching The Split To Dubrovnik Ferry

You might have assumed that catching the Dubrovnik to Split ferry, a region well-known for its beautiful islands, is easy. Unfortunately, there is no direct ferry between Dubrovnik and Split. There is however a Catamaran from Split to Dubrovnik which takes passengers only and has a few stops along the way.

The good news is, if time is on your side and you would like to catch a ferry from Split to Dubrovnik, it’s just under a 5-hour journey with four stops along the way. Krilo offers 2 Split to Dubrovnik catamaran services. The first being Split – Brac –  Hvar – Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik and Split – Brac – Makarska – Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik. Krilo ferry services run from April until the end of October and cost 170 kuna.

Jadrolinija also offers a Dubrovnik to Split catamaran service with 3 stops along the way. This service runs from June until the end of September and costs 220 kuna. It is also worth noting that these ferry services fill quickly so get in early to buy your Dubrovnik to Split ferry tickets. They can be purchased online which is the best way to secure your catamaran ticket. 

If you are planning on visiting a few islands on your Croatian holiday as you travel from Split to Dubrovnik a great idea is to use the catamaran services. E.g. Catch the Split to Hvar catamaran, which takes you right into Hvar town, spend a few days in Hvar and then catch the Hvar to Dubrovnik catamaran. In addition, many people like to use the catamaran services for a day trips e.g. Split to Hvar day trip,  Dubrovnik to Korcula day trip or other Dubrovnik and Split day trips.

For more information on prices, and the Split to Dubrovnik catamaran and ferry schedule check out the  and websites.

Split to Dubrovnik Private Yacht Charter

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Is there anything more romantic than sailing from Dubrovnik to Split? If you love sailing you can arrange a  to reach Dubrovnik from Split (or the opposite) via Click&Boat, the leading boat rental platform in Europe.

Seasoned sailors can book a bareboat charter and spend their days sailing from Split to Dubrovnik and explore the Adriatic Sea at their own pace on an island-hopping trip that can take them to some of Croatia’s brightest gems, such as Hvar, Korcula and Brac. If you don’t want the responsibility of sailing then Skippered yacht charters are also available in both Split and Dubrovnik.

Split To Dubrovnik Train

Is there a train between Split and Dubrovnik? Unfortunately taking a train from Split to Dubrovnik is not possible! There is no Dubrovnik to Split train, making a train trip between Split and Dubrovnik impossible!

With that said, getting from Dubrovnik to Split still has lots of options, so take your pick as to how you plan on traveling from Dubrovnik to Split in 2019!

Transfer from Split Airport t0 Dubrovnik

Sometimes when it comes to booking flights your options are limited and end up flying into another city. This is actually quite common with people traveling to both Split and Dubrovnik. If this is you then your best and fastest option is taking a Split Airport to Dubrovnik transfer followed by renting a car at Split Airport and driving to Dubrovnik yourself.

Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Split

The same applies to Dubrovnik Airport. Take a Dubrovnik Airport to Split transfer or rent a car from Dubrovnik Airport and drive yourself. If you attempt public transport it’s going to take considerably longer to get to Split.

Things To Do When Traveling From Split To Dubrovnik

As we mentioned earlier in this post, making stops when traveling between Split and Dubrovnik has become extremely popular as its both a cost and time effective way of seeing many additional sites on your Croatian holiday. So what are some of the things to see between Dubrovnik and Split? Here you go:

  • Stunning beaches along the Makarska Riviera
  • Omis where you can go rafting on the Cetina river or perhaps zip lining
  • Visit the beachside towns of Brela, Tucepi, Gradac, Baska Voda, Podgora
  • Bacina Lakes
  • Narona Archaeological Museum
  • Head to Bosnia and visit Mostar, Kravice waterfalls, Blagaj or Vjetrenica caves
  • Check out the Trsteno Arboretum and the Game of Throne film location
  • Ston where you can have lunch, try oysters or even walk the 5km walk fortification
  • Perhaps some wine tasting in Komarna or lunch at Rizman winery

Split to Dubrovnik Day Trip – Yes or No?

If you are short on time and really want to see Dubrovnik or Split, then absolutely yes. Just be prepared for a really long day! A Dubrovnik to Split day trip will take you about 7 hours in drive time and then you typically get 4 hours to explore the city. If you have a bit more time up your sleeve then plan to spend some time in either Split or Dubrovnik.

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  1. I really need help in trying to decide how to get from Split to Dubrovnik. we are coming from 4 days on Vis and taking the early ferry across. I have some options and would like to take the ferry to Dubrovnik. Can we get a ferry upon arrival in Split from Vis early in the Morning? Or we miss the ferry. The second would be to take the bus, but that sounds long and might not be good for us. I did just look up a private transfer and that would be around $280.00 I looked up your husband company. Not sure that is fesible for us. Can you explain if a ferry would work coming that day from Split.

    1. I really don’t know the ferry times off my head, you’d need to look the timetable up and see if there is one that coincides with when you get to Split.

  2. Hello – would love any advice!

    We are traveling to Croatia in August 2019. Our flights are in and out of Split and we are planning to visit Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar. Would it be easier to fly into Split and then take a direct flight (Croatia airlines?) to Dubrovnik, spend 3 nights and 2 full days there, then ferry to Hvar on the morning of the 3rd day. Spend 2.5 days, 3 nights there. Lastly ferry over to Split and spend 2 full days and 2 nights there and then fly out the day after. I understand that during the high season there are nonstop flights available (Split-Dub), but since it’s quite early, that info isn’t posted yet.

    Does this itinerary make the most sense, so there is less “airport time”? We have to do Hvar in the middle because of a prior engagement and I don’t necessarily want to do the travel to/from Dubrovnik by ferry twice, so I figure we would take advantage of being in the airport at the beginning already, and start by “traveling down” and then “traveling back up.” We also have to travel in and out of Split airport because we are using points and our airline unfortunately does not offer flights from the US to Dubrovnik.

    Thank you in avance!

  3. During peak summer tourist season (15/7-15/8) border crossing To Neum Bosnia gets very busy. Busy means waiting for few hours on the border crossing.
    The same applies to ferry Ploce-Trpanj – you need to get there at least one hour earlier.

  4. I have done Zagreb-Dubrovnik more times that I can remember (I can remember 35, most times work).

    Zagreb-Rijeka train, Rijeka-Dubrovnik ferry (I miss that ferry).

    For the most part I have done Zagreb-Split then bus Split-Dubrovnik. This year I am going to try the ferry. Technically speaking I have done Split-Dubrovnik ferry ride but it was from Rijeka and stopped in Split on it’s way to Dubrovnik. However on September 26 I arrive in Zagreb, will take the 23:00 train, arriving at 06:45 in Split. The sunrise is awesome.

    Krilo has the ferry at around 07:30, Jadrolinja has it’s ferry at 16:15. so Krilo it is.

    The bus, there are essentially once an hour (roughly) going Split-Dubrovnik.

    The bus station is next to the train staiton. Ferry is down the street somewhere.

    I so want to take the ferry, NOTHING beats arriving in Dubrovnik by Ferry. Obviously bus is cheaper and if I miss Krilo, the next ferry is the Jadrolinja, or Krilo next day. But the bus has every hour for the most part, and it stops at Neum, at that hotel, with the view of the Peljesac peninsula.

    What if the train is late? I will miss the ferry, I don’t know ho to get from the train station to where Krilo boats leave. #Stress

  5. Hello!

    Thanks for the advice! are you aware of the timetables changing for the ferry after October 1st? I want to travel from Dubrovnik to Split on Sunday 7th October. Any suggestions?

  6. in my opinion, chasingthedonkey is one of the best travel blogs.
    Thank you very much for this useful article

  7. Hi all,

    How do you book bus tickets from Split to Dubrovnik? Been looking here but to no avail.

    Many thanks,

    Yas

  8. If I’m staying in brac by Milna, would it be better to go Dubrovnik to split and then ferry to brac, Or ferry from Dubrovnik to brac? Thanks!

  9. Hello, heading to Croatia in July. Any chance we can book our car transfer from Split to Dubrovnik in advance (if anyone’s got a reliable website?)

    Thanks!

  10. We took the bus from Dubrovnik to Split yesterday, it took nearly 6 Hours. 1 of those hours was spent on the two BiH borders. The second stop was delayed while the border guards obviously had their lunch. Awful experience.

  11. I used octopus transfers, after reading about them on here – they were so great. i say you wont regret paying the extra for the transfer from split to dubrovnik.

    1. Hi,
      I’m planning a travel to Croatia. Can you please tell me how much on average is the taxi fare from split to Dubrovnik by Octopus Transfers.

      Thanks in advance

  12. Just arrived in Split this morning from Ancona. Great overnight trip. Thanks for the info on getting to Dubrovnik.

  13. Is it true that there is only Krilo doing ferry transfers now from Dubrovnik to Split via the islands? We are travelling in August and wondering if we should bus or boat? We would be travelling on Fri/Sat depending on time tables, our cruise starts Sat afternoon from Split.

  14. We did it by bus. Our passports were in the checked baggage underneath, but the border patrol people just rolled their eyes and let us through. Apparently, that’s not the usual reaction. The bus stopped in Bosnia-Herzegovina for a coffee break. After the stop, the bus door wouldn’t properly shut so the “spare” driver had to hold the door closed so the alarm would stop buzzing. Croatia remains one of my most favouritest places ever.

    1. Oh lordy, you are one of ‘those’ people David hahahaha – you got away with it – bet it was the Aussie charm>
      BTW, FWIW, I would never leave my passports in checked luggage even if it was not needed – what if someone at one of the stops took your bag? Yikes that would be a real vacay killer. YOu’ll be pleased to know we now do private transfers so next time you need to get from Rovinj to Zadar, one of our drivers can take you.

    2. where do we ring or email for private transfer Chasing the Donkey? My parents are coming again in a few weeks, and they take taxis and some buses around croatia and bosnia, thank god that the taxis are a lot more reasonable than they where years ago

      1. You can phone Mr. CtD on +385 99 6755 831 or email him at info at octopustransfers dot com. Yeah, taxi prices are okay but still too high – and some scrupulous drivers charge extra when they can get away with it – at least here in Zadar anyways.

    3. Sandra Božić You can phone Mr. CtD on +385 99 6755 831 or email him at [email protected].
      (His company is Octopus Transfers)
      Yeah, taxi prices are okay but still too high – and some scrupulous drivers charge extra when they can get away with it – at least here in Zadar anyways.

    1. Yeah being driven is always better than being the driver – thats why we started a transfer company 😀

  15. If you do bus, be aware there are several companies. We had online tickets, got on a bus, confirmed it was going to Dubrovnik, they said they’d be around to check tickets. When they got to us, they were for a different company! We were already 20 minutes down the road. Faced with getting out and hoping our bus was coming along behind, or buying more tickets, we paid.

    1. Oh dear, what a mistake to make. Yes there are dozens of bus companies in Croatia, you have to look at which bus company you booked with. I guess you wont make that mistake again. – and even luckier there was space on that bus for you. In summer some buses, get sold out.

  16. Last summer we took the high speed ferry. Highly recommended. And don’t pay attention when they say they are sold out online… They are not. Go down to the harbor directly.

  17. Last summer my wife, our daughter and I took the speed catamaran one way from Split to Dubrovnik. There were 4 stops in between (Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet) and it proved to be very easy and relaxing. Comfortable seating and the 4 hour 20 minute trip is only 200 HRK (about $30 USD). I would suggest this route for anyone want carefree travel. We purchased tickets at the Kapetan Luka ticket booth in Split. I hope this helps.

  18. I’ll be travelling from Split to Korcula to Dubrovnik at the end July to August, so it’s boat trip for me/us unless you have any better suggestions

  19. Do NOT ever drive over the weekend (Fri-Sun) unless it is very early in the morning. Traffic is insane through the border crossing, turning a 15/20 min drive into hours.

  20. During our holiday last September we dropped off our car in Split and caught the bus to Dubrovnik. The bus ride was very comfortable, on time, and very cheap!

    1. It was easy too, booked it online at home. Arranged for our pickup in Dubrovnik, and enjoyed the ride!

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