The easiest way to get around Split is to use public transport or walk. Avoid using cars as parking is pretty scarce, particularly in the city centre. If you need a car, use a taxi or Uber instead. Here is your comprehensive guide to public transport in Split, including Split taxis, bus routes, airport shuttle buses and Split metro service.
Around city centre
The city was built around the ancient Diocletian palace so even nowadays the streets in the city centre are narrow and most of them are pedestrian-only. Most of the city centre is accessible only on foot. The popular waterfront promenade, Splitska Riva is also pedestrianised. So, getting around the main city attractions is pretty easy – just walk!
The alternative is to rent a bike which you can do in several travel agents in the town or use publicly available bicycles that are parked around the town and within the pedestrianised zone. It is an ideal transportation option if you are planning to see several sights which are further apart such as Riva, Marjan hill or Spinut to mention just a few. You can use an app to get your bike – check here.
Public Transportation in Split
There is an extensive public buses system serving the whole of the city as well as suburban places and villages. It is a frequent daily service that runs from very early morning to late at night. There are also some night bus lines too although not so frequent so for getting home after the night out get an uber or taxi.
If you are just passing through the city, you will probably need bus line no 2 to get to the airport. The most useful bus stops for you will be one at Trznica (Pazar) and the bus stop next to the main bus station and ferry port. You can buy your bus ticket at the local kiosk or on the bus itself. Current prices are 12 to 15 Hrk, depending on your destination ( there are four tariff zones in the town). Local buses are run by promet-split.hr – check the website for latest service info and detailed timetables.
Here is a map of Split buses
Split Bus App
Split bus app is a handy tool to have if you are planning to visit Split and travel around by public transport. It is a free android app that shows bus timetable info as well as an interactive map of city bus lines. Download it here. Below is a screenshot:
Airport Shuttle Bus
A regular airport shuttle bus runs between the city centre and Resnik Airport all year round. If you are arriving from the airport, get your bus at the Airport’s bus station (right across the main exit). From the Split city centre, get on the bus at the main bus station which is just next to the ferry port and train station.
Ferry boat airport shuttle services
Split ferry shuttle service is running between the ferry port and the airport. This is a useful service, especially in the high season. If you are planning just to pass through the city you can avoid traffic jams by using fast ferry connections. Check what is available: Split to Airport croatiaferries.com/split-splitairport-ferry.htm and Airport to Split croatiaferries.com/splitairport-split-ferry.htm
Taxi and Uber
You will find taxis at the taxi stations around the town. Yes, you can wave to the passing by taxi, they will stop if not occupied. You can call a taxi at +385 (0)21 473737 or probably the easiest, get an Uber. Uber operates in the town and you can use it the same way as anywhere else in the world where available. Here is a screenshot of my recent ride – from Hotel Park to Znjan beach for 27 HRK.
Getting around by Car
Driving in Split
If you choose to drive in Split bear in mind that city centre, as well as Riva promenade, are all pedestrianised so you will have to drive along the streets that are outside the Diocletian’s Palace and the Old Town meaning that if you intend to drive from the easter part of the city to the western part, you will have to drive around the circle along some of the one-way streets. If you are new in the town, I recommend you to use some kind of GPS navigation to navigate around (such as Garmin, TomTom or similar) to avoid driving in circles. Free application for offline navigation, Maps.me is a good too.
Rent a car in Split
Most of the major car rental companies have their offices in Split airport, city centre and in numerous local travel agent so you will have no trouble finding a car to hire here. Just bear in mind that parking in the town is quite difficult.
Parking in the town is scarce to find even in the out of tourist season periods. That applies particularly for the locations in the vicinity of the city centre. A large parking lot is available right next to the ferry port and the main bus/train station. More info here
Map of Split Transport
Click on the markers to see locations of the port, stations, taxi stations and parking places
Sightseeing Bus Tour
Booking a hop-on-hop-off bus sightseeing tour (20 Euro) will give you an option to see the town in a very short time. Good for orientation to prepare for next day exploration or for a short overview if you are just passing through the town for a short period. You can hop on the bus on 10 different spots that include Marjan hill, Riva, Diocletian palace and Bacvice beach.
More Travel Information
Planning a trip to Split? Find out how to travel to Split by plane, bus, ferry or train. Don’t miss our essential information for visitors to the town, such as where to leave your luggage, where to park your car and more.