Once you've explored Zagreb's museums, green parks, great restaurant and shopping streets, it's time to visit the Croatia coast. In this text, you'll find out the best options of getting from Zagreb to Split, which is 400km away.
To get from Zagreb to Split, you will be spoilt for choices.
Taking a plane is a breeze (35-minute flight with Croatia Airlines) while bus ride takes longer (4.5 to 8h, depending on the company).
You could take a train, drive yourself or even book a private car transfer for a completely hassle-free travel. To make the most of your time, opt for this organised transfer with a stop at Plitvice Lakes plus two small cities.
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Read on to find out more details on getting from Zagreb to Split (with useful tips).
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The most quickest way of travelling between Zagreb and Split is by plane, as the flight takes only 35 minutes. Croatia Airlines offers flights several times a day, throughout the whole year.
The plane tickets can be booked easily online and you'll get confirmation e-mail with all flight details. We recommend to book as early as possible to find the cheapest tickets (starting from €46 one-way).
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We recommend you to pre-book a private car transfer for the price of local taxi! It will drop you off at your accommodation, ferry port or bus station, depending on your wishes.
The most affordable option of travelling between Zagreb and Split is taking a bus ride. Additional plus is that there are numerous buses operating on this route every day all-year round.
The journey time takes from 4.5 to 8.5 hours, depending on the bus company and the traffic on the road.
Most buses are comfortable, air-conditioned and some have Wi-Fi onboard. Prices range from €18 to €33, depending on the company.
We recommend buying your bus tickets ahead, especially for rides during the peak summer months (June to August). If booked with FlixBus, you can easily manage your booking online (the ticket include 1 hand luggage, up to 7kg plus 1 hold luggage, up to 20kg).
The distance between Zagreb and Split is 408 kilometers. If driving between these two cities, you can expect approximately a 4-hour drive, depending on the traffic.
When you leave Zagreb, enter the A1 motorway at Lucko and follow the signs all the way to Split. Take in consideration it that motorways in Croatia are subject to tolls. A one-way tool between Zagreb and Split will cost you around €25.
However, you can choose to drive along the old highway between Zagreb and Split but this will take you longer because of speed restrictions.
This is ideal is you have more time and you can explore the small places along the way such as Rastoke, Plitvice and Korenica.
For completely stress-free transfer between Zagreb and Split, we suggest booking your private car transfer.
The driver will pick you up from your hotel/apartment or Zagreb airport, and drive you directly to your Split accommodation. The journey takes around 4 hours. We are sure you'll enjoy this ride.
For making most of your time in Croatia, book transfer from Zagreb with Split that includes a sightseeing stops along the way. You'll have a few hours for exploring Plitvice Lakes national park, before continuing your way to Split.
The train travel from Zagreb to Split will take around 6 hours and costs roughly the same as a bus. There are trains twice per day and additionally, there is also a night train from Zagreb to Split.
The night train does take a little longer but it is comfortable and there are sleeping carriages on the train. We recommend you to book your train from Zagreb to Split in advance, especially from May to September, when there are many passengers.