Traveling to Split by car is a comfortable and rather fast way to reach Adriatic coast. All depends from which direction you are entering on the Croatian territory.
If you are coming from Central Italy, probably it’s more convenient to embark your car on a ferry to Split from Ancona. In case you are entering in Croatia via Trieste (Italy), crossing Slovenia territory, you will probably take Adriatic highway (known as Jadranska Magistrala).
This way is the most scenic way to reach Split thanks to the stunning Adriatic highway (D8 road) and variety of destinations along it. It’s longest way to reach Split by car (500 Km) but the most beautiful road which runs just a few meters parallel to the Adriatic sea. Read more about this road!
Split by car via highway A1 from Zagreb
With this modern 375,5 km long highway you can arrive to Split, in less then four hours from Zagreb. There is also more picturesque way to get to Split taking route from Zagreb via Plitvice lakes National Park. It’s about 406 km but it’s worth every minute.
If you opt to drive from Zagreb, via Plitvice National Park to Split, don’t miss to see the lower lakes and falls. Spend at least three hours at this miracle of nature. After that it will take you about three hours drive to Split.
When traveling to Split by car, national automobile club in Croatia (HAK) has some useful Croatia traffic info app, with useful travel information, real time traffic situation as well road assistance service, available in English, German, Italian and Croatian language.