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Getting from Zagreb to Split

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and lately it's becoming very popular travel destination. Zagreb is a lively city offering numerous museums, green parks, great restaurants and shopping opportunities. For many travellers Zagreb is entry point to Croatia from where they continue their travel down to the Croatian coast. 

Split is Croatia's largest coastal city and with its UNESCO-listes Diocletian's Palace and numerous islands in the vicinity, it's popular summer travel destination in Croatia. Many people want to know how to get from Zagreb to Split and from Split to Zagreb.

In the text below find all useful info on the best ways of getting between these two cities.

Zagreb to Split by car

The distance from Zagreb to Split is 408 kilometers. The route will take you from the capital through continental Croatia to the coast. You can expect approximately a 4-hour drive, depending on 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 200 HRK.

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.

Car hire in Zagreb or Split

If you decide to hire a car for travelling between Zagreb and Split you can do this from many car rental companies in both cities. Most companies will let you to one-way car rental, which is super convenient if you drive in only one direction.

For a range of great online car hire deals in Croatia visit Rentalcars.com. Here you can book cars from top car hire companies with affordable rates.

Zagreb to Split by bus

The most affordable option of travelling between Zagreb and Split is taking a bus ride. There are numerous buses throughout the day and the journey time takes about 5 - 6 hours depending on the bus company and the traffic on the road. This route is very busy so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

You can check out the bus timetables an book your tickets online.
For more information on Zagreb and Split buses, check out the Zagreb Bus Station and Split Bus Station web-sites. Most buses operating on this route are comfortable, air-conditioned and some have WiFi onboard. Prices vary according to the bus company, but they are around 100 - 200 HRK.

Private transfer from Zagreb to Split

f you want a totally hassle-free journey, then book a Zagreb to Split transfer or a Split to Zagreb transfer and take the stress out of the whole thing?

A private transfer from Split to Zagreb will pick you up at your Split Hotel (door to door service), take care of your luggage, and you’ll be whisked off in a new vehicle equipped with free wifi and bottled water. Along the way, feel free to make a couple of photo stops before your driver drops you off at your hotel in Zagreb. 

Many travelers like to travel from Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes or Krka National Park.  Plitvice is along the “old road” route, and it saves you having to backtrack to visit the National Parks once you are in Split. It’s actually much cheaper doing it this way.

In summary, A taxi from Zagreb to Split is the best way to get from Zagreb to Split unless you hire a private helicopter. Clearly, that would be the BEST! 


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Zagreb to Split flight

The most quickest way of travelling between Zagreb and Split is by plane. This is best option if you are short of time as the flight takes only 40 minutes. The price is also higher than any other travel option.

For flying timetable and flight booking check Croatia Airlines web-site. Zagreb Airport is situated around 30 minutes from Zagreb while Split Airport is 25 minutes away from the city center. For transfers to the both airports visit Rideways where you can book affordable and safe transfers.


Zagreb to Split train

The train travel from Zagreb to Split will take around 5 hours and costs roughly the same as a bus. There are trains twice per day and additionally, there is also a Zagreb to Split night train. 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 train tickets in advance, especially from May to September when many people travels this route.