Split Riva
© Matt Field/Time Out

Split transport guide

How to get to Split and the islands of Hvar, Vis, Trogir and Brac


Split airport is 23km (14 miles) north-west of town between Kaštela and Trogir. A Pleso prijevoz bus (6-7 times daily; 30kn, 30min journey time; check timetables on Pleso prijevoz) will take you to Split bus station. In addition, the No.37 Trogir-Split bus passes the access road to the airport (about 500m from the arrivals terminal), but doesn’t take you directly to Split bus station –  it goes to the terminal on the corner of Domovinskog rata and Gundulićeva.

A taxi from the airport costs 280kn-350kn.

There are three InterCity trains a day from Zagreb, journey time 6.5 to 8.5 hours. The station is on the Riva side of the bus station, diagonal to the port, with left-luggage facilities.

Frequent buses run from Zagreb (five hours) and Dubrovnik (four-and-a-half hours) – keep your passport handy from Dubrovnik as part of the journey goes through Bosnia.

Split is a major port, with frequent services from Rijeka in the north, and Ancona in Italy. Hops to the islands of Hvar, Brač and Vis require a couple of hours and a nominal foot passenger fare from between 33kn and 60kn. The ferry terminal is a short walk from the Riva, a large building you can’t miss diagonally opposite the bus station. Catamarans and hydrofoils leave from the Riva, behind a building surrounded by cafés on the main waterfront. Tickets and information are available at the harbour terminal or the Jadrolinija and Split Tours kiosks at the Riva end of the harbourfront.

With the arrival of UberBOAT – an on-demand speedboat service that’s just as easy as hailing a cab home after a night out, you can take in all the city has to offer at your own pace – before jaunting off to the sparkling pearl necklace of Adriatic islands Šolta, Brač, Vis and Hvar.

Once you request a boat for between eight and 12 passengers, the app guides you to a nearby pick-up point where your captain will be waiting.

There are two services to choose from: you can glide off to the nearby islands, or book your boat for a half or full day's worth of adventuring. The fare for the transfer from Split to Hvar on an 8-passenger speedboat is HRK 2,600, while a larger speedboat that fits up to 12 passengers is priced at HRK 3,300.

Walking is the only practical way to get around the town centre. To go to the hilly peninsula of Marjan or beyond Bačvice, take a city bus (11kn on board, 9kn from a kiosk) from either end of the Riva at Trg republike or Zagrebačka by the market.

Taxis such as Radio Taxi (021 1 777) are parked at either end of the Riva.

    You may also like