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Getting From Dubrovnik To Split

Travel between Dubrovnik and Split is very popular during the summer months, as both Dubrovnik, with its unique Old Town and Split, with its Diocletian's Palace (this spacious apartment in historic centre is a great place to stay), are top travel destinations in Croatia.

You have various options of getting from Dubrovnik to Split - it's up to you to decide which one is the most convenient for you.

One of the most popular ways is a pleasant catamaran ride (with stops on the islands), which takes between 4h 30min and 5h 30min, depending on the operator.

KRILO, TP LINE and JADROLINIJA are the companies that offer daily departures in both directions (Compare all catamarans and book easily online!)

Besides catamaran ride, you can opt for a scenic bus ride along the coast road, taking around 3h 30 minutes, with numerous daily departures (check all buses here and here).

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Krilo catamaran in Gruz port

If you want to explore the coast on your own, hire a car and drive from Dubrovnik to Split (be sure to visit small places along the way). DiscoverCars offers affordable car hire deals in Croatia.

For a completely hassle-free travel, choose a private car transfer which are available from three different companies: Croatia Shuttle, Dubrovnik Transport and Maci Tours (door-to-door service).

KRILO LUX catamaran operates between Dubrovnik and SplitKRILO LUX catamaran sails on the route between Dubrovnik and Split

While in Split, spend one day island hopping by a speedboat and explore beautiful Dalmatian islands. Also take a day trip to Krka National Park, one of Croatia's most famous natural wonder and take some amazing photos.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by catamaran (passenger ferry)

One of the most popular way of travelling between Dubrovnik and Split is by high-speed catamaran that sails on this route seasonally (April until the end of October). Passengers can choose from 4 different catamarans operating by 3 different companies.

KRILO: Krilo shipping company operates 2 catamarans between Dubrovnik and Split, with stops on the islands (Mljet, Korcula, Brac, Hvar) and city of Makarska on the mainland along the way. The service runs twice a day with departures from Dubrovnik in the afternoon hours (3:00pm and 4:15 pm). The travel time is 4 hours 25 minutes.

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TP LINE: Another company operating catamaran from Dubrovnik to Split via Mljet (Pomena), Korcula, Hvar, Brac (Milna) to Split is TP Line. This catamaran departs from Split at 9:15 a.m. and arrives to Dubrovnik at 2:35 p.m. Return journey is at 3:15 p.m. from Dubrovnik and arrival to Split at 8:30 p.m. Service is available daily from June until mid-October. The sailing time is 5 hours 15 minutes. 

Check TP Line sailing timetable, prices and book ticket online!

JADROLINIJA also operates daily catamaran between Dubrovnik and Split from June until the end of September. This catamaran stops at Korcula Town, Hvar town and Bol (Brac). Catamaran departs from Dubrovnik at 7:00 a.m. arriving to Split at 12:55 p.m. and returns from Split at 3:30 p.m. Arrival to Dubrovnik is at 9:25 p.m.

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Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus

Bus travel between Dubrovnik and Split is easy as there are many buses throughout the day between these two destinations. When travelling from Split or Dubrovnik by bus, your travel will begin at Dubrovnik Bus Station which is located close to the ferry & cruise port.

The average bus ride between Dubrovnik and Split is around 4 hours 30 minutes but during the summer months it can be some delays due to the traffic on the way.

You can choose from travelling with Croatia Bus, Promet Makarska, Cazmatrans, Samoborcek, Arriva, Vincek and Autotransport Sibenik, most available throughout the year, with more frequent departures during the summer. FlixBus also offers many buses throughout the day.

Compare all available buses and book easily online!

Bus operating between Dubrovnik and Split

Private transfer from Dubrovnik to Split/Split to Dubrovnik

Booking a private car transfer is a great way to travel which takes away the worry about driving in foreign country, border crossings and any other things.

Private car transfer can be arranged from Dubrovnik Airport, Dubrovnik port or any hotel or apartment in the city.

Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you to exactly where you need to be - with no need for buses or taxis to continue your journey once you've finally reach your destination. 

Croatia ShuttleDubrovnik Transport and Maci Tours are companies offering private transfers between Dubrovnik and Split.

Each of these companies offers smooth transfers in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with professional English speaking drivers.

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Driving between Split and Dubrovnik

Driving the car is the fastest way of getting between Dubrovnik and Split (the distance is 230 km), taking anywhere from 3.5 to 4 hours depending on the route you take and the time of year you visit.

During the tourist season, you can expect more traffic on the roads. Since July 2022, the newly built Peljesac Bridge, allow passengers to bypass Bosnia and Herzegovina on the way between Split and Dubrovnik.

When travelling by car, you have more flexibility and you can take route you like and make stops along the way.

You have 2 main options on this route:

  • Taking the coastal road D8
  • Taking the motorway A1 until the town of Ploce, and then taking a coastal road D8 from Ploce to Dubrovnik.

Which road you'll take depends on your budget (the motorway has tools), time of the year, your time and personal preference.

Renting a car

If you don't have a car, you can always rent one for your journey between Split and Dubrovnik. It's possible to pick up a car in Split and drop it off in Dubrovnik.

We advise you to book your car through DiscoverCars, offering a huge range of affordable car hire deals from leading rental companies.

Organised Day Trips
Split to Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik to Split

Split to Dubrovnik/dubrovnik to split day trip

Those who would like to explore the coast between Split and Dubrovnik should consider taking an organised day trip. Rather than travel direct, you will stop along the way and explore charming towns along the beautiful Dalmatian coastline.

You can choose from tours departing from Dubrovnik and exploring Split area, or tours from Split and exploring Dubrovnik area.

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