Split To Dubrovnik

krilo catamaran

How to get from Split to Dubrovnik is one of the most frequent questions, travelers usually ask me.It’s a common question as traveling to Croatia,  will not be complete without visiting both cities. Split and Dubrovnik are Croatia’s classic destinations.

If you don’t know how to get from Split to Dubrovnik and back again, just follow my advice and discover several ways to travel between both cities.

No matter if you are getting first to Split or to Dubrovnik, the distance between these two cities can be crossed in a number of different ways. Each of them have their pro and cons advantages and disadvantages. All will depend on the length of stay.

To have clearer ideas of the distance between two cities, on the map below you can see the land and sea distance between Split and Dubrovnik. It will surely help you choose the best and fastest way to travel.

Split to Dubrovnik map

Traveling from Split to Dubrovnik

The distance between these two cities can be crossed in a number of different ways –  by car, by bus, by ferry and by plane. There is no train connections between them.

Split to Dubrovnik by bus

This is definitely the cheapest and the most secure way of covering the distance between two cities. This is the most recommended way of traveling as the buses are very frequent  with over 25 bus links daily. 

Traveling time is around four and a half hours sometime even more (in high season – July and August) due to too heavy traffic. The bus starts in Split (from Split harbor) traveling via Makarska and after two hours drive the bus passes through Neum corridor (border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina)

Passing this 22.5 kilometers long corridor of Bosnia and Herzegovina where you’ll pass through passport checkpoint. After that there are another two hours ride to get in Dubrovnik (at bus terminal).

One way tickets cost approximately from 140 Kuna. You can book it in advance here.

By car

If you are getting to Croatia by car from Italy by ferry either from Ancona to Split or from Bari (Italy) to Dubrovnik, In both  cases you have two driving options.

The first option is driving along the coastal road indicated as D8 from Split via Omis, Makarska to Ploce (border Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina) and from there all the way to Dubrovnik. This is rather economic route, without toll charges. See above map!

The distance is 212 km (132 miles). The coastal road is probably the slowest option but the more rewarding offering breathtaking views. It will you take about 4 hours, including crossing into Bosnia-Herzegovina. (USA citizens most have a passport).

The second option will be taking partly highway A1 and  D8 coastal road. This route is faster but the distance is 236 km with 87 km on motorways and it will take you about 3,5 hours. 

From Split to Dubrovnik by Ferry

I personally recommend this way of traveling particularly for those deciding on island hoping, visiting different islands and buying only separate ferry tickets. This way of traveling is a perfect way for visitors who would like to do just a day trip from Split to Dubrovnik, or vice versa.

I’m using ferry connections but I remind you that these ferries are only passengers (on foot travelers) and they don’t carry vehicles. There are two ferry companies that operate foot passenger ferries from Split to Dubrovnik – Kapetan Luka and Jadrolinija.

Kapetan Luka runs two different foot passenger fast catamarans:

  • The first one is – Split – Brač (Bol) – Makarska – Korčula – Sobra(Mljet) – Dubrovnik
  • The second one – Split – Brač (Milna) – Hvar – Korčula – Mljet (Pomena) – Dubrovnik.
  • The first one operates every day from May 25th to October 6th.2019.
  • The second one operates every day from April 8th to October 20th 2019.
  • One way ticket from/to Split to Dubrovnik is 220 Kuna.(30 Euro, 33 US$ or 25 GBP).
Krilo jet catamaran
Krilo Company Jet

Jadrolinija  operates with one fast catamaran that is only foot passengers vessel:

  • Jadrolinija runs daily catamaran on Dubrovnik – Korcula – Hvar – Bol – Split line, every day from May 31st to September 30th 2019.
  • One way ticket is the same, 220 Kuna.
  • This line is No. 9811S.
Jadrolinija catamaran 9811S

Where to buy your tickets?

  • Buy your tickets for Kapetan Luka ferries online in advance at krilo.hr web or at the ticket office in Split port.
  • Buy your tickets for Jadrolinija online in advance at jadrolinija.hr web or at the ticket office in Split port.
  • I would definitely advise you to buy your tickets in advance as this is one of the most popular ferry routes in Croatia.

Split to Dubrovnik by Plane

The low-cost operator Trade Air runs plane connections between Split and Dubrovnik airports twice a week from Split to Dubrovnik airport.

The flight last about 40 minutes and one way ticket is 45 Euro while round trip will cost you 90 Euro. For more info and booking online, contact Trade Air website.

Split To Dubrovnik