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Venice to Split

Getting from Venice to Split and Split to Venice involves just a couple of options – you can fly there or get there by bus, train, or via Ancona take a ferry crossing. There are no direct flights between Venice and Split, no direct train connections nor direct ferry crossings.
So if you are looking to travel from Venice to Split, here are your options:

Venice Canal
photo: Venice Canal

Flights from Venice to Split

Although there are no direct flights between Venice and Split at the time of writing of this article, sometimes there are direct flights in the summer only. Volotela, the low-cost carrier introduced flights a few years ago (flight time of just one hour), so it is worth checking just in case they plan it for this year too. Alternatively, there are daily flights all year round from Venice via Rome to Split – here are the details:

Indirect flights

Daily indirect flights (one stopover), all year round:

  • Venice to Rome – daily: Venice Marco Polo (VCE) – Rome Fiumicino (FCO); depart 15:15, arriva 16:25 (duration 1h 10m)
  • Rome to Split – daily: depart 18:00, arrive 19:10, Duration 01h 10m, Croatia Airlines (OU381)

Total journey time: 3h 55m with just over an hour gap to change the flights; Total price – just under 300 Euro one way.

This is by far the quickest way of travelling.

Trains and Bus from Venice to Split

Venice – Ancona – Split (train & ferry option)

There are no direct trains between the two cities. However, there are trains from Venice to Ancona (see map below). Once in Ancona, get on the ferry to Split.

Get by train from Venice to Ancona and then get one of the overnight ferries from there to Split. Detailed rain timetables and ticket booking are on the Trenitalia website. The journey lasts about 4 hours (with change in Bologna), or direct trains that last 3.5 hours.

Two ferry companies run ferry services between Ancona and Split (Snav & Jadrolinija), and the journey time is usually about 10 hours. Jadrolinija’s crossings are year-round while SNAV’s crossings are from April to October only. For details check croatiaferries.com site.

Venice – Trieste – Split (train & bus option)

Get on a train from Venice to Trieste – a two-hour journey – check Trainitalia for details, and then a bus from Trieste to Split. A daily bus departs at Trieste in the early afternoon (about 2 pm) and arrives in Split late evening (about 11 pm) as well as some overnight buses. Check the Arriva website for details.

Ancona to Split ferry, sunset views
photo: Ancona to Split ferry, sunset views

Driving from Venice to Split

If you decide to drive from Venice to Split, the distance is about 645 km. It will take you at least 7 hours (via E71) or more if you choose the coastal route. Of course it is doable, however it may be a good idea to choose public transport instead.

Other options

  • Venice to Pula by ferry, Pula to Zadar by ferry, and Zadar to Split by bus (see details here ferryspots.com/pula-split-ferry/)
  • Another alternative: is the Venice to Pula ferry (3 hrs) and Pula to Split drive (5-7 hrs depending on route).
driving along the Adriatic coastline towards Split
photo: driving along the Adriatic coastline towards Split


Here is a map that shows all relevant options – via Ancona and via Trieste:

To conclude

So, what is the best way to get from Venice to Split?

Get on the train from Venice to Ancona and then take a ferry to Split – this is probably the best way. However, if you are in a hurry, get on the flight via Rome!

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