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Traveling through Croatia can be a very rewarding experience. In fact, traveling anywhere can be rewarding. But enough with the philosophy, you are here because you want to know how to get from Dubrovnik to Split and is it better to go from Dubrovnik to Split by car or some other transport option. We have traveled this route numerous times and we’ll do our best to present you with all the options in the best possible way.

Arriving at Dubrovnik

So you have finally reached our beautiful city, having safely placed your two feet on Croatian soil rest assured as we have all the necessary information on transport and arrival points to help you get around and find your way. 

by plane

The airport is located 20km southeast of Dubrovnik. It’s small, clean, and functional. There is a restaurant and café, plus information, exchange offices, and ATMs. A post office and car hire facilities are all to be found in the arrivals hall. Getting to town: scheduled flights are met by an Shuttle bus which trundles into town (55 kn one-way), dropping off at Pile Gate (main entrance to the Old Town) before proceeding to the ferry port and the bus station. 

by bus

The coach station is a short walk from the ferry terminal at Gruž with all its amenities. There are frequent services to almost all Croatian destinations, while international lines mostly head for Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a handful of buses for cities in Italy and Montenegro. Coach travel is the quickest and cheapest choice for those on a budget, but if you’re heading for Zagreb, check prices with Croatia Airlines first. You may save yourself some money and a 10 hour journey! Ticket office: open 07:00 – 22:00, tel. 060 30 50 70 for information. 

by boat

There are two harbours in Dubrovnik: the centuries-old harbour snug against the walls of the Old Town, and the commercial port at Gruž. The Jadrolinija ferry office and quay are at Gruž, a ten minute bus ride from the Old Town. The port looks onto the Lapad peninsula, where many of Dubrovnik’s hotels are located. 

by car

For the time being, there is a motorway to Ploče (exit Karamatići), 100 km away from Dubrovnik. After the exit just follow signs for Dubrovnik. The construction of the Peljesac Bridge has finished, and now it  allow vehicles to freely drive from Split to Dubrovnik without going through the pesky border crossings. More importantly, no more lengthy traffic jams at the border crossing during the tourist season. 

 

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County

The southernmost county in the Republic of Croatia.

The centre of the county is the city of Dubrovnik. During its tumultuous history, many nations and maritime forces met and battled in this areas: the Byzantines, Saracens, Croats, Normans, Venetians…

The specificity of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is in its narrow and heterogeneous coastline, separated from the interior by a mountain range, and divided at Neum by the state border with Bosnia Herzegovina, while it has a natural connection to the interior and the northern Pannonic part of Croatia in the area of the Lower Neretva. Thus, the territory of the county is comprised of two basic entities: the relatively narrow coastal area with its series of islands near the mainland and in the open sea (the most significant of which are the islands of Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo and those in the Elaphite archipelago), and the Lower Neretva Valley with its coastline.

Split & Islands

Split is the biggest town in Dalmatia, famous for its Diocletian Palace that is entirely protected by UNESCO. Taking a tour through the palace and topping it off with a delicious Dalmatian dinner is a perfect night out. From Split, you can visit Trogir, a beautiful little town that lies on a small island connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges.  

Croatia has more than 1,100 islands! An hour or less from Split are some of the best. Vis, only 60 miles from the Italian coast, takes several hours. Closed for decades as a military base (it was from here that Tito and the partisans fought against the Nazi’s) is the least touristy, with excellent beaches, charming towns and history back to the 4thC BC Solta is where the Emperor Diocletian chose to have his summer home. Bucolic, great sailing and biking and home to a singular olive, honey and wine tour.

Hvar, an hour by catamaran, two by ferry, famous for its glitterati visitors and world-class party scene, has gorgeous Renaissance architecture as well as the oldest, continuously farmed agricultural plot on the planet in Stari Grad.

Brac, with the best ferry service, just 45 minutes away, has Croatia’s most famous beach at Bol and much, much more. Korcula, less than 3 hours via catamaran, has great wine, Marco Polo, wild beaches, outstanding medieval architecture. Such great choices! It’s hard to imagine how this small island, just 60 miles from the Italian coast played such a crucial role in Dalmatian history. Rich and powerful, the Issans sailed all the way to the Dalmatian coast sailing islands like Hvar and founding cities like Trogir.

Featured Hotels In Dalmatia

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Croatia’s premier 5-star resort and member of the Leading Hotels of the World offers an exquisite choice of modern hotel rooms and luxurious residences with irresistible charm of the Adriatic.

Set amidst mature gardens overlooking the crystal waters and Elafiti Islands, the resort’s layout replicates the ambiance of a traditional Mediterranean village.

It is the perfect getaway from daily life; allowing couples, families and groups of friends to relax and reconnect in this Croatian oasis.

Maslina Resort

Stari Grad (Hvar Island), Croatia

Set in a quiet and sheltered bay of Stari Grad on Hvar Island, this mindful luxury Virtuoso property combines classic Mediterranean styles with contemporary French touches. The design philosophy of Maslina Resort features a warm palette of colors inspired by the four elements of nature, offering exclusive high-end hospitality in harmonious fusion with the surroundings.

Fermai Heritage Hotel

Split, Croatia

Graceful boutique property of Fermai is situated in the historic building from the early 1900s in Split city center.

Its 35 elegantly furnished rooms and suites embody the warm design and renowned local hospitality.

With modern and Art Nouveau details and saying “fermai” or stop and slow down in the local dialect, this heritage hotel is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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