Dalmatia’s main ferry port and transport hub, the main getaway to Hvar, Vis, Brac and Korcula islands, with extensive bus connections to numerous places in Croatia as well as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Split is an ideal base to do numerous day trips from. Croatian national parks of Krka, Plitvice Lakes and Mljet are all within a few hours distance by either bus, drive, or ferry.
If you plan on making some day trips during your stay in Croatia, Split is an excellent place to base yourself in. Here are some of the best options for possible excursions from Split. Below is a table with displayed distances in kilometres and the corresponding estimated length of the drive or bus/ferry connections.
List of the 20 most interesting places to visit from Split for a day trip
Here is a list of the 20 most interesting places to visit from Split. It includes the distance from the town and main means of transport – either public transport ( bus or ferry), driving your own car or taking a private tour. Here is what is available:
|Distance from Split in kilometers||Drive||Bus||Ferry||Private tours|
|Baska Voda||52||1 hour||1 hr 15 min||–||yes|
|Brac Island – Bol, Zlatni rat||53||2 hrs||–||1 hr 10 min||yes|
|Brac Island – Supetar||18||50 min||–||50 minutes||yes|
|Brela Beach||51||1 hour||1 hrs 20 min||–||yes|
|Dubrovnik||230||3 hrs||4 hrs 20 min||4 hr 25 min||yes|
|Hvar Town and Pakleni Islands||60||1 hr 30 min||–||1 hr||yes|
|Kastela||17||25 min||35 min||–||yes|
|Klis||15||20 min||25 min||–||yes|
|Korcula Town||240||4 hrs 30 min||5 hrs 30 min||2 hrs 20 min||yes|
|Krka Waterfalls National Park||88||1 hour||1 hr 10 min||–||yes|
|Makarska||65||1 hr||1 hr 10 min||1 hr 10 min||yes|
|Mostar||170||2 hrs||4 hrs||–||yes|
|Omis & Cetina River||25||30 min||45 min||–||yes|
|Plitvice Lakes||243||2 hrs 30 min||3 hr 30 min||–||yes|
|Salona – Solin||10||15 min||20 min||–||yes|
|Sibenik||89||1 hour||1 hr 20 min||–||yes|
|Trogir||30||35 min||40 min||1 hr||yes|
|Vis island – Stiniva Beach & Bisevo Island||60||–||–||1 hr 30 min||yes|
|Zadar||160||1 hr 45 min||2 hrs 35 min||–||yes|
Baska Voda, situated just an hour drive from Split, the fisherman port features a pebble beach and breathtaking views over the Biokovo mountain. It will take you about an hour to get to this great day trip from Split.
Brela Beach is situated in Brela, a small village on the foot of a large mountain, part of Makarska riviera. This long pebble beach features old pine trees that provide shade on hot summer days. Great to visit even for a half-day trip. Get there by bus from the Split main bus station.
Brac Island – Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol
Getting to the popular Zlatni Rat beach in Bol on Brac island will take you just 1 hr 10 min by fast local ferry. For the cheapest and most convenient experience, take a fast ferry in the morning and get back to Split by the same ferry in the late afternoon. A quick and affordable way to have a day trip to one of the nearby Dalmatian islands.
Brac Island – Supetar
Supetar on Brac Island is an ideal place to visit if you are interested to see the typical small town on Dalmatian islands. Easily reachable from Split several times a day by 50 minutes pleasant sail by car and passenger ferry that gives you the flexibility to visit even just for an afternoon. Great for sightseeing and people-watching. A couple of small pebble beaches are within easy walking distance.
Dubrovnik, one of the most popular towns in Croatia which is on about 4 hrs ferry ride from Split. The day trip to Dubrovnik is doable by fast catamaran ferry, giving you about 4 hours to explore the Old Town and get back by ferry to Split on the same day, in the early evening. For details of the complete itinerary on how to spend just a few hours in Dubrovnik is here.
Hvar Town and Pakleni Islands
Hvar Town with its beaches and its popular Pakleni Islands archipelago is a very good and easy choice for a day trip from Split. Well connected with the town by fast local ferries, Hvar and Pakleni are just on about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the busy Split harbour. An ideal choice for a beach and sightseeing break on the nearby islands. Numerous private tours are also available.
Krka Waterfalls National Park
Krka Waterfalls National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes, one of the most popular Croatian National Parks is conveniently connected by public transport buses and private tours with Split. The day trip to Plitvice is definitely one not to be missed if you are visiting the area.