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Basic information

  • Area: 63 km² (24.3 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +385
  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)
  • Population (EST): 221,456
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Split – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Split is served by the modern Split Airport (SPU), which is located 25km west of the city centre. Registered airport shuttle buses depart from directly outside of the airport terminal and cost 30kn, while local buses depart from the bus stop opposite the parking lot. The fares for the local buses are cheaper than the airport bus, but sometimes passengers are required to change buses to get to downtown Split. Taxis provide the most convenient way to travel to and from the airport - a main taxi rank is located outside of the terminal building. A metered fare to Split city centre should cost around 300kn and take approximately 30 minutes.


Splits's coastal location gives it a large number of boat transportation options, most of which depart from the main harbour terminal. Several international boat companies operate long-distance trips to destinations such as Pescara in Italy, while local companies run ferries that travel up and down the coast between Dubrovnik and Rijeka. Smaller local boats, tourist ferries and hydrofoils operate short day trips which provide the perfect way to view the beautiful Croatian coastline.


Split has recently updated its fleet of local buses, so most are now modern and comfortable, although some of the old buses still remain. There is a set price for tickets, regardless of how far the journey is (within the city limits), which currently stands at 10kn for any single journey. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks around the city centre, or from the bus driver - although it costs 2kn more per ticket. As soon as you board the bus you must stamp your ticket at the validation point in the yellow ticket machine. A number of long-distance buses depart for destinations such as Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Zadar and Rijeka, but all require passengers to pay an additional ‘luggage fee’ which costs between 3kn and 7kn EUR per item.

On Foot

Many of Split’s top attractions are located within walking distance of one another, particularly around the Old Town district which is perfect for exploring by foot. Souvenir shops sell English guide maps, while staff at the Tourist Information Centre located next to Diocletian's Palace are happy to provide free information to all visitors.


There are an abundance of taxis in Split, both at designated taxi ranks and travelling through the streets. Most taxis only accept cash payments, but passengers will find that most fares are great value for money.


The central train station is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the port and the Old Town district. Local trains are operated by Croatian Railways and run from Split to Zagreb and Perković, with a number of stops along the way. Tickets can be purchased from automated machines and manned ticket offices inside of the train station.