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Getting From Split to Dubrovnik

You are exploring Croatia and looking the best way to get from Split to Dubrovnik? You are lucky because you are spoilt for choices when it comes to travelling on this route.

Split is situated somewhere in the middle of Croatia coast and Dubrovnik in the very south. Read on to find out the best ways to get between these two popular travel destinations.

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1. Taking a quick and pleasant catamaran ride

Catching catamaran from Split to Dubrovnik is easy. Just reach Split ferry port (on foot or by bus) which is very close to Diocletian's Palace and embark one of the catamarans. Note that catamarans operate from April until the end of October.

We advise you to buy tickets in advance, especially if travelling in peak season. Getting tickets online is easy and youl'll get tickets to your email (digital tickets). 

Catamarans are modern and comfortable and the ride is pleasant taking around 4 h 30 minutes. You can relax, read a book or have a snack or drink while sailing.

Catamarans on their way to Dubrovnik stop shortly on other islands to disembark and embark passengers. So you can briefly see Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet along the way.

There are 5 departures daily, 2 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Fares start from €45 per person one-way.

Once you arrive to Dubrovnik, you'll be in Gruz (2km from Old Town), from where you can take city buses to other parts of the city. Bus stop is only steps away from the pier. There is also taxi stand just few meters from the pier (note that taxi is pretty expensive in Dubrovnik). See where to stay near the port.

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2. Taking a bus via the coastal road

Bus travel between Split and Dubrovnik 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 Split Bus Station or Dubrovnik Bus Station, both conveniently located close to the ports.

The average journey time is around 4 hours but during the summer months it can be some delays due to the traffic on the way.

Travellers can choose from several bus companies, with many departures, throughout the day. The bus tickets are fairly affordable, starting from €14 for one-way ride.

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3. Driving from Split to Dubrovnik

The distance from Dubrovnik to Split is around 230km and the drive will take you about 3.5 hours depending on the traffic and border delays.

There are two options of driving a car between Split and Dubrovnik, taking a coastal road all the way from Split to Ploce (the journey could take around 5-6 hours) or taking the A1 Motorway from Split and drive as far as Ploce, where you need to drive towards the coastal road to continue the journey.

We advise you to book your car hire at Discover Cars, where you can compare a huge range of car hire deals from leading rental companies and find the best one for you.

If you want to know more about renting a car in Croatia, don't miss this useful guide.

4. Booking a hassle-free private transfer

If any of above options doesn't suit you, you can book your private car transfer between Split and Dubrovnik. This 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 Split Airport, Split Port or any hotel or apartment in the city (use to find great Split accommodation deals).

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. 

Travellers really love transfers with Croatia Shuttle, Maci Tours and MPM Transferi, that are available all-year round and can be easily booked online.

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