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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.

Flight times

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).

Routes

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.

Coaches

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

Services

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.

Operators

The Croatian railway service is run by HŽPP (tel: +381 1 378 2583; www.hzpp.hr/en).

Journey times

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).

Ferry operators

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.

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Featured Hotels

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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 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.

Villa Varoš

One of the few accommodation options in the warren of old streets that make up the historic Varoš district on the edge of Split's city centre, Villa Varoš is also one of the cheapest hotels in the city. It boasts singles, doubles and a couple of apartments that come with their own kitchens.