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Getting around Split

Public transport

Most of the historic sights in Split lie within the walls of Grad (Old Town), which is pedestrian only. Pleasant footpaths run along the seafront to each side of town, and the green area of Marjan is also the exclusive domain of walkers.

However, the modern, high-rise suburbs are served by a network of buses operated by Promet (tel: +385 21 407 999; www.promet-split.hr). Buses are cheap and frequent, though often crowded. The number 12 bus is particularly useful to tourists; it runs along the coast from Sv Frane (the church at the west end of the Riva) to the Bene recreation ground on the tip of the Marjan peninsula, passing the Meštrović Gallery en route.

The new Split metro railway was launched in June 2019 and connects the municipal rail station in Kopilica with the ferry terminal in downtown Split. Tickets for the metro are valid for 75 minutes (fare starts at Kn11) and trains will run every 20 minutes. During those 75 minutes, ticket holders can also travel on the Promet buses.

Taxis

It is possible to order a taxi from Radio Taxi (tel: +385 21 1777). Alternatively, there are taxi ranks outside the train station, in front of the Pazar (open-air market) and at the far end of the Riva (seafront promenade) in front of Hotel Bellevue.

Driving

Much of the centre of Split is pedestrianised and there are also many one-way streets, so driving in the city is best avoided.

Car hire

Parking is extremely difficult given the number of one-way streets and pedestrianised zones, so having a car is more of a bind than a plus when staying in Split, though you may want to rent a vehicle for exploring the mainland coast.

Reliable car hire companies in Split include Budget (tel: +385 91 314 3011; www.budget.hr), Thrifty (tel: +385 21 399 000; www.dollar.com) and Hertz (tel: +385 21 360 455; www.hertz.hr).

Bicycle hire

Split does not lend itself to cycling as the historic centre is pedestrian only. If you fancy exploring further afield, you can hire town, mountain and electric bikes from Rent A Bicycle Split, Hotel Dujam, Velebitska ulica 27 (tel: +385 91 284 5553; www.rent-a-bicycle-split.com).

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Hotel Slavija

The owners claim that the Slavija is the oldest hotel in Split and it may well be. A recent makeover has really improved things and the location is second to none right in the heart of the palace surrounded by bars and restaurants. There are 25 rooms with singles, doubles and triples available.

Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana is ideal for those looking to really be in the heart of the action. With a perfect location on the Riva waterfront, guests can wake to the smell of the sea. Extras include the decent on-site restaurant and the café-bar out on the Riva, one of the most popular on this pedestrianised boulevard.

Hotel B&B Kastel

Hotel B&B Kastel is a real rarity - a great value option within the palace walls. Guests at this super convenient hotel can choose from singles doubles and triples as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. Some rooms even have good views out over the Riva towards Split's busy port and the offshore islands.

Hotel Peristil

Within the palace walls, behind the cathedral, this characterful boutique hotel has 12 quite basic but comfortable rooms. Pick room 204 or 304 if you want to caress exposed stones of the 1,700-year-old Roman palace at no extra cost. Another one of the hotel's finest features is Tifani Restaurant on the ground floor.

Le Méridien Lav

This 365-room ultra-luxurious resort boasts top-notch bars, restaurants and leisure facilities that more than offset the 15-minute taxi ride south of Split. It also boasts 17 sea view suites and a beautiful on-site marina which looks great, even if you don't own a boat.

Palace Judita Heritage Hotel

Housed in a stunning ancient building, which draws influences from the Romanesque, gothic and renaissance periods, this is an upmarket central option with spectacular views over the city from its balconies. Renowned service, beautiful rooms and meticulous attention to detail keep Palace Judita popular.