A beautiful view from within central Dubrovnik-mobile

How to get from
Split to Dubrovnik

Split to Dubrovnik Trip Overview

Distance163 km (101.9 miles)
Price range$15-$505
Ride Duration Range3h 15m-5h 20m
Earliest Departure01:30
Latest Departure23:00

The easiest and most affordable way to get from Split to Dubrovnik is by bus. Buses transfer passages throughout the day and provide passengers with a beautiful view of the Croatian coastline. You can also take a ferry, but it is longer and must be planned well in advance. The best time to book a trip to Dubrovnik is between June and August when the weather is warm and dry. Once in Dubrovnik, take a guided tour so you can experience the best views of the incredible coastline and witness all the beautiful architecture the city has.

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Taking a bus from Split to Dubrovnik

Fastest bus: 3h 35m

Cheapest bus: $15

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A beautiful view from within central Dubrovnik

About the Ride from Split to Dubrovnik

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by Bus

Buses are the most affordable option for traveling and are a much better option for the environment. Pick-up and drop-off points are from easily accessible bus stations.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by Ferry

The ferry cruises down the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik. On the ferry, you will find comfortable seating, refreshments, and air conditioning, so you can relax and take in the beautiful sea views.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by Minivan

Minivans offer a comfortable option with plenty of space for a larger group. The convenience and flexibility of pickup and drop-off locations without compromising on speed create a much smoother and more enjoyable journey.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by Car

The quickest way to travel from Split to Dubrovnik is by private car. This gives you the flexibility of choosing your pick-up and drop-off points and can accommodate groups of 3 to 8 people. Some operators provide vehicles with WiFi and chargers for more convenience, allowing you to rest and enjoy the trip.

Attractions to Explore in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik offers several must-visit destinations including the Old City, Stradun, Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik Cable Car, Mount Srd, the City Walls, Rector's Palace, and Dubrovnik Cathedral. These destinations offer a glimpse into the rich history and beauty of Dubrovnik and should not be missed when visiting the city.

How to Get Around Within Dubrovnik

Travelers get around the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia by walking due to the city's compact size, especially the Old City. Buses are very affordable and available. Renting motorbikes or cycling is not recommended because of the hills. Rideshares and taxis are easily available for those with mobility issues.

When is the Best Time to Visit Dubrovnik?

The best time to visit Dubrovnik is during the shoulder season months of May, June, and September when the weather is pleasant, crowds are smaller, and prices are lower compared to the peak summer season. July and August are the peak tourist months, and winter months from November to March may be a good time to visit if you prefer cooler weather. It ultimately depends on your preferences for your trip.

Best Beaches in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik presents a variety of stunning beaches for visitors to enjoy, such as Banje Beach, Lapad Beach, Copacabana Beach, Sveti Jakov Beach, and Sunj Beach on Lopud Island. These coastal destinations cater to a wide range of activities, from leisurely relaxation on the sandy shores to thrilling water sports adventures, all while offering breathtaking views of the sea and the cityscape.

Best Spots for Diving and Snorkeling in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik offers several excellent spots for diving and snorkeling, including the Blue Cave on the island of Koločep, the Walls of Dubrovnik, Lokrum Island, Mljet Island, and Cavtat. These spots offer a unique opportunity to explore the underwater world and see ancient ruins, colorful coral, and diverse marine life.

Best Food and Drink to Try in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is known for its delicious food and drink, influenced by Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. Popular dishes include seafood, burek, pasticada, truffles, and Dubrovacka Rozata. Rakija and local wines such as Plavac Mali and Dingac are popular drinks. These dishes and drinks provide a taste of the local cuisine and culture and are a must-try when visiting Dubrovnik.

Where to Get a SIM Card in Dubrovnik

Acquiring a SIM card in Dubrovnik is a convenient process due to the abundance of available options. Local telecom providers like Hrvatski Telekom, A1, and Tele2 offer SIM cards, which can be easily obtained from their shops and kiosks situated throughout the city, including the airport and major tourist areas. To complete the purchase and activation, you will typically need to provide identification, such as your passport, and may be required to complete some paperwork. It is advisable to compare the plans and prices offered by each provider to ensure the best choice for your needs, as they may vary. Additionally, it is crucial to verify that your phone is unlocked and compatible with the network of the selected provider.

Best National Parks in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, located in Croatia, is embraced by captivating national parks renowned for their natural beauty. Noteworthy national parks to explore in and around Dubrovnik encompass Mljet National Park, Paklenica National Park, Krka National Park, and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visitors can delight in a variety of activities, including hiking, swimming, kayaking, and immersing themselves in the breathtaking landscapes these parks offer.

Tips for Avoiding Crowds in Dubrovnik

To minimize crowds in Dubrovnik, it is advisable to plan your visit during the off-season or opt for early morning or late evening hours. Engaging in a walking tour can facilitate the exploration of lesser-known areas, and you may also consider venturing to other regions of Croatia for a diverse experience.

Safety Tips While Traveling in Dubrovnik

According to the UK government, crime rates in Croatia are low. In general, when traveling it is important to keep valuables safe and be cautious of pickpockets. Use caution when swimming and be mindful of currents and changing weather conditions. Drink responsibly and be aware of your surroundings, especially when in crowded or unfamiliar areas. Use caution when driving, as roads can be narrow and winding. Respect local customs and laws, and use common sense to stay safe and enjoy your trip.

Covid-19 Restrictions in Croatia

According to the UK government, there are currently no travel restrictions for Croatia. ​It is important to note that COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines are subject to change and vary by country. Before traveling to a new destination, it is recommended that you check the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines for that specific country, as well as any entry requirements such as vaccination or negative test results. It is also important to follow local guidelines and practices to ensure your safety and the safety of others while traveling during the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What to Expect

The culturally rich city of Split offers the best of Croatian food, history, music and so much more. From Split, you may be deciding your next stop along the Dalmatian coast, and the relatively close city of Dubrovnik is a perfect choice. 

Dubrovnik’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site with plenty of Gothic-style architecture including towers and monasteries. If you are looking for adventure or natural spots, there are great places for diving from the rocks into the clear water along the coast, as well as natural wonders like the Blue Cave.

How you want to travel from Split to Dubrovnik may depend on the speed of the journey. In the peak summer months, the high-speed ferry is the best option for avoiding traffic queues on the popular coastal road, while the winter months offer limited ferry travel but it’s also quieter on the roads.

Whichever way you decide to travel, once you arrive in Dubrovnik you can expect to enjoy a mix of historical and natural beauty. If you want to venture out of the city, a great day trip is to Lokrum Island which features a botanical garden and Benedictine monastery. No matter if you are island hopping or just want to explore the city, you will always find yourself a stone’s throw away from the inviting blue waters of the Adriatic Ocean.

What to See When Traveling from Split to Dubrovnik

With such a rich choice of things to see in this part of the world, the journey from Split to Dubrovnik can be a great chance to explore the best sights of the region. Stops along the way include pretty towns, natural sights, and fun activities. 

Natural beauty spots on the route between Split and Dubrovnik include the peaceful Bacina Lakes. If you’re traveling through the Bosnia and Herzegovina border on the coastal route, why not make the most of it by visiting the Kravice waterfalls and Blagaj or Vjetrenica caves? The beach towns between Split and Dubrovnik, including Brela, Baska Voda, and Gradac, are a great stop too.

If you are looking for an activity on your journey between Split and Dubrovnik, try the Narona Archaeological Museum, rafting on the Cetina River, or wine tasting in Komarna. It is clearly not just the major Croatian cities that offer lots to see, but everything in between them too. 

Crossing the Border When Traveling from Split to Dubrovnik

Since the Peljesac Bridge was opened in 2022, there is no more need to cross via the border, saving plenty of time. Alternatively, there is a high-speed ferry to avoid the border altogether.

Split and Dubrovnik are located on either side of the Bosnia and Herzegovina border at Neum. In the past, this required two crossings of the border, one in and one out, which are a 10-minute drive apart. Today, this is no longer relevant.

If for some reason you choose to take an extended journey and stop along the way, the crossing requirements should be straightforward when you are traveling in a private car as your driver will have the correct documents. It is advisable to have your passport or ID card on you for checking. If you are traveling across the border during peak summer months, you could be expecting delays that increase your journey time to 4 or 5 hours. There are inland routes your driver may be aware of to avoid delays on the popular coastal route. 

If in doubt, ask your car operator for more information on border crossing requirements.

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Popular stations and stops in Split and Dubrovnik

Departure stations in Split

Split Ferry Port

Split - Any hotel

Split Airport (SPU)

Split Central Bus Station

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Arrival stations in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Ferry Terminal (Port Gruz)

Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

Dubrovnik - Any hotel

Dubrovnik Central Bus Station

Dubrovnik Bus Station

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