Getting from Split to Dubrovnik

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik is a question I am often asked about in emails sent to me, so here are the detailed travel options for this highly popular travel route.

Split to Dubrovnik by Bus:

From Split to Dubrovnik by BusSplit and Dubrovnik are connected by numerous buses that run daily between these two cities. Journey time is around four and a half hours sometime even more (high season – July and August) when sometimes there are delays if traffic is busy.  The bus starts in Split and takes you through Makarska and further along the coast to Dubrovnik. After about 2 hrs drive the bus passes through Neum (a 22.5 kilometre stretch of Bosnia and Hercegovina starting in Klek and finishing in Neum town) where you get through passport checkpoint. It is also a break time for bus ride of about 15 minutes where you can have a coffee, drink or snack. Another 2 hrs ride and you are in Dubrovnik (bus terminal).
One way tickets cost from 125 HRK. You can book it in advance here.

Split to Dubrovnik by Ferry:

Foot Passengers fast ferry catamaran from Split to Dubrovnik

Foot Passengers from Split to Dubrovnik:

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 ferry route that runs from Split port to Dubrovnik, Gruž port (via Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet) is in operations daily from May to October, departing from Split daily at 07:40 and arriving in Dubrovnik at 12:00 noon. The April departures are just 4 times a week. The journey time is 4 hrs and 40 minutes.
    Ticket prices are 200 HRK one way which is about 26 Euro approx. This ferry is very good for someone who would like to do just a day trip from Split to Dubrovnik, as you can get back by the same ferry at 16:00 getting to Split at 20:00
  • The second route is in operation from June to early September only. It runs from Split to Dubrovnik via Brac, Makarska, Korcula and Mljet. It departs and arrives at the same time and prices are the same.

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

  • Its foot-passenger catamaran ferry operates from June to September from Split to Dubrovnik departing from Split daily at 15:45 and arriving in Dubrovnik at 21:00. This route is very convenient for someone who arrives at the Split airport later in the day and would like to proceed to Dubrovnik on the same day. It is also good for people who would like to go from Dubrovnik to Split for a day trip as this ferry departs in the morning at 7:15 from Dubrovnik arriving in Split at 12:20 so you have several hours to explore Split and get back at 15:45. Price is also 200 HRK one way.

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.
  • See detailed timetables here and here
  • Yes, I would definitely advise you to buy your tickets in advance as this is one of the most popular ferry routes in Croatia.

Car ferry Jadrolinija

Car Ferry Passengers from Split to Dubrovnik:

At the present, there is no direct car ferry route between Split and Dubrovnik so you would need to drive between two places.
It is expected that car ferry route will be introduced in future but there is no specific date confirmed.
There are some indirect car ferry routes which you can see detailed info at getting to Dubrovnik from Split by ferry page; also if you intend to visit some other islands before arriving in Dubrovnik see also island hopping page where I gave details about island hopping by car and for a foot passengers.

Also Split – Dubrovnik ferry map is useful, feel free to copy it for personal use!

Ferry from Split to Dubrovnik and back

Driving from Split to Dubrovnik:

Driving from Split to DubrovnikDriving between Split and Dubrovnik includes at least two road options: the first one is along the coast (slower one as traffic can build up in July & August) and another one along  A1 motorway via Dugopolje (near Split) to Ploce (just over 100 kilometres) where you again join coastal road (locally called ‘magistrala’) to Dubrovnik.

The A1 motorway route is much faster but coastal route is scenic so my advice is if you prefer views as well as stopping and having a drink or coffee along the route, stick to coastal option. Note, both routes are busy in high season although there are more traffic jams on the coastal route. At the present A1 motorway toll for Split to Ploce drive is 55 Kuna for cars.

It is important to know that both driving options include passing through Klek-Neum corridor, so make sure your passports and travel documents are ready.

How to avoid border crossing with Bosnia/Hercegovina?

If for whichever reason you prefer to avoid this border crossing, the alternative is to take a detour via Peljesac Peninsula: Once you arrive in Ploče (you are still Croatian territory) take local ferry from there to Trpanj on Peljesac. From there, continue your drive towards Ston (try some oysters there!) and turn right further to Dubrovnik.

Taking this route you won’t have to cross any border, you will keep all the time within Croatia. This is a bit longer journey but very scenic and if you get organised well and adjust your driving to ferry timings you can arrive in Dubrovnik at a similar time (about 4 hrs). For Ploce to Trpanj, check ferry schedules on croatiaferries.com website.

Split to Dubrovnik by Plane:

From Split to Dubrovnik by PlaneDirect flights from Split to Dubrovnik are presently operating once a week from Split to Dubrovnik airport. The flights are operating by Croatian low-cost operator Trade Air and they last 40 minutes. Once you land at Dubrovnik airport, see getting from airport to the town info.

The alternative is to fly by small private seaplane between these two cities – see info on their web page

Split to Dubrovnik by Train:

There is no train connection between Dubrovnik and Split. The nearest train station to Dubrovnik is Ploce which you can consider as your arrival point, although there are less and fewer trains arriving in the last couple of years in Ploce so train to Dubrovnik option is less attractive. In fact, Split is the only place in Dalmatia where you can consider arriving by train.

Latest forum entries about travel between Split and Dubrovnik:

Map of getting from Split to Dubrovnik:

Split to Dubrovnik map
Split bus/ferry terminal GPS: 43°30’18.1″N 16°26’32.7″E
Dubrovnik bus/ferry terminal GPS: 42°39’47.0″N 18°04’59.5″E