Travel to Split
Flying to Split
British Airways and easyJet both offer direct flights from the UK to Split in the summer months only. If travelling in winter, you either need to take an indirect route, or fly to Dubrovnik, a three-hour drive from Split. The cheapest flights are usually available outside July and August. There are no direct flights from the USA.
From London - 2 hours 30 minutes; New York - 12 hours (including stopover);Los Angeles - 14 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 10 hours (including stopover);Sydney - 26 hours (including stopovers).
Travel by road
Split is increasingly well connected by means of modern toll motorways with other Croatian cities. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18.
Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (30mph) in built-up areas. You must hold a valid national driving licence; an International Driving Permit is recommended if you're visiting from outside the EU. A minimum of third-party insurance are required to drive in Croatia.
Further relevant information can be found on the website of the Croatian Motoring Organisation (Hrvatski Autoklub) (tel: +385 1 464 0800; www.hak.hr).
Emergency breakdown services
Hrvatska Autoklub (tel: +385 1 1987).
The A1 motorway from Split to Zagreb provides a fast, direct route from the capital. A toll is payable. Work on an extension of the A1 to Dubrovnik is underway, with some, but not all sections completed. The Jadranska Magistrala (Route D8) runs south to Dubrovnik and north to Rijeka.
The main bus station in Split is located five minutes' walk from the Old Town at Obala Kneza Domagoja 12. Domestic services include buses to Zagreb, Rijeka and Dubrovnik.
Operators include Croatia Bus (tel: +385 91 218 1456; www.croatiabus.hr). There are also coaches to Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy and Germany. In addition, Eurolines (tel: +44 871 781 8177, in the UK only; www.eurolines.com) operates coach services from London Victoria to Split, changing in Frankfurt.
Time to city
From Zagreb - 4 hours; Dubrovnik - 3 hours; Zadar - 2 hours; Trogir - 35 minutes; Rijeka - 4 hours.
Travel by Rail
Split’s railway station is located in the heart of the city at Obala Kneza Domagoja 10, opposite the long-distance bus terminal and the ferry port - a five-minute walk from the Old Town. There are no regular international services. Domestic routes run to the capital of Zagreb and the coastal city of Šibenik. Note that Dubrovnik is not connected to the rest of the country by train.
The Croatian railway service is run by HŽPP (tel: +381 1 378 2583; www.hzpp.hr/en).
From Zagreb - 6 hours; Šibenik - 3 hours.
Travel by boat
Split’s passenger ferry port is located right in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of Diocletian’s Palace. More information is available from the Split Port Authority (tel: +385 21 390 222; www.portsplit.com).
Through the summer, Blue Line (tel: +385 21 352 533; www.blueline-ferries.com) and Jadrolinija (tel: +385 51 666 111; www.jadrolinija.hr) run regular overnight ferries from Ancona (Italy) to Split; they operate slightly reduced services through winter. The journey takes around 10 hours.
During summer only, SNAV (tel: +39 081 428 5555, in Italy; www.snav.it) runs daily high-speed catamarans from Ancona to Split.