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17 Incredible Day Trips From Split, Croatia

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Split is centrally located on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia – making it an ideal base and jumping off point for other adventures. From the historic Split Old Town, visitors can easily explore the coastline, waterfalls, mountains and Croatian Islands. We have stayed in Split on numerous occasions – and can never resist the temptation to discover more of the region. In this post, we highlight the absolute best day trips from Split, Croatia. Get ready to start planning what to see on Split day trips!


Split Day Trips: DIY or Organized Tour?

As independent travelers, we often like to plan our own day trips rather than joining a tour. Most of the Split excursions listed below can be done DIY-style using public transportation (we provide links to bus and ferry websites at the end of the post!) or a car rental. That said, coordinating bus or ferry schedules can sometimes cut into precious vacation time and driving a car in a foreign country can induce unwanted stress.

Often times, organized tours are the best option. Not only do tours alleviate the hassle of planning the Split day trip specifics, but they also are fantastic for meeting fellow travelers. Furthermore, a local guide not only coordinates the day, but they are also an excellent source of information regarding local customs, Croatian history and insider tips.

For each of our recommended day trips from Split, Croatia, we indicate how travelers can plan the trip on their own. We also provide a link to a highly rated tour where visitors can read fellow travelers’ reviews and book the Split tour online.

Want local advice and insight? We recommend going with Adiona Travel tourist agency – where they give honest recommendations and superb customer service (seriously, it’s like spending the day with friends!). Read what other travelers have to say on TripAdvisor. If you do book with Adiona Travel, be sure to tell them JetSettingFools say ‘bok’!

Make sure you also see the highlights of Split! Use our guide to the Top 10 Things To Do in Split! 

Split Sightseeing Top 10 Things to see in Split Croatia


Best Day Trips From Split, Croatia

Our list of day trips includes Split tours on land and boat trips from Split; there is a mix of both full and half day tours from Split. We include a link to our map of Split day trip destinations at the end of the post.

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#1 Split to Hvar Town

Spanjola Fortress viewpoint in Hvar, Croatai

Hvar Town is a top destination in the Dalmatian Islands. Located on Hvar Island, Hvar Town is well-connected to Split. There are both local ferries and Split boat tours to Hvar. On a Split to Hvar day trip, travelers can explore the cobblestone lanes of the ancient town, hike to the fortress at the top of the hill, walk to hidden beaches and have a cocktail at one of the island’s iconic bars.

Read more tips on Things To Do in Hvar Town!

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DIY Split to Hvar

Two local ferry companies – Jadrolinija and Krilo – transport passengers between Split and Hvar Town. The ferries depart from the Split Port – and the boats dock right in the heart of Hvar Town. There are numerous daily departures that make it easy to plan a full day trip to Hvar.

Organized Hvar Town Day Tours from Split

Join a full-day Hvar tour from Split catamaran cruise, where guests will get a guided tour of the top Hvar attractions and free time to see the sights on their own. Back aboard the boat, cruise to the Pakleni Islands and navigate into deep coves where you can swim in the cool and clear Adriatic Sea. Snacks and free flowing drinks (including beer) are available on the Split catamaran tour throughout the day. Read Reviews!


#2 Split to Krka National Park (Split Waterfalls Tour)

At the base of Skradinski buk in Kraka National Park

The Krka waterfalls tour is one of the most popular excursions from Split. One of 8 national parks in Croatia, Krka NP features a series of tumbling waterfalls and a handful of historic sights. For many, the highlight of a Split to Krka National Park Tour is swimming at the base of Skradinski buk – the largest waterfall in the park. However, guests should not miss seeing the falls from the looping trail that crawls up the side of the waterfall and over the top of it, too. Note: We did not take our Krka day trip from Split – instead we made the excursion from the town of Zadar.

Read about our Day Trip to Krka Waterfalls, which includes a detailed description of what to expect at the park. 

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DIY Krka Waterfalls from Split

There is a convenient Split to Krka bus (search for destination Skradin) that transports visitors from Split to Krka. That said, budget tours (like this one) provide transportation only (but in a much more comfortable ride than a bus) and cost just a few dollars more than the public bus from Split to Krka National Park.

Organized Krka Tour from Split

There are several options for a Krka waterfalls tour from Split. Not all tours include the same things, so it is important to read the details before booking anything. In fact, some tours from Split to Krka National Park don’t even include tickets…while other trips include an additional stop at nearby Sibenik. Be sure to understand what is included – tickets, guided tour, free time, swimming time, food, beverage, secondary stops, etc. – before booking your Krka National Park day trip from Split.

Read the rave reviews for this day trip to Krka from Split. It includes a stop at the seaside town of Sibenik, free time for swimming at Skradinski buk in Krka NP and a cheese and wine tasting in Skradin – but does not include the park entrance fee (although they do offer the entry at a discounted price).

Read more about Things To Do in Sibenik and Skradin, Croatia before your trip!


#3 Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park

Looking down at Plitvice Lakes boardwalk in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes is the most popular of all Croatia day trips! Plitvice NP is a natural water wonderland. The park is nestled into a deep canyon and is comprised of 16 lakes that are interconnected by a series of tumbling waterfalls. Wooden boardwalks route visitors through the park just above the water, allowing for a unique vantage point of the falls. The sight is simply breathtaking.

The Plitvice waterfalls are near Split, Croatia…but still about 3 hours away by car or 4+ hours by bus. A Plitvice tour from Split is a full day adventure, which includes more time in transit than in the park…but is still worth it!

Visitors should be aware that Plitvice Lakes NP requires quite a bit of walking – so walking shoes are essential. Furthermore, as the most popular day trip in Croatia (visitors also make the trip from Zagreb and Zadar), the park gets incredibly congested during peak hours.

New in 2019: As of 2019, Plitvice NP has limited the number of visitors into the park. Plitvice Lakes tickets (and tours) must be purchased (or booked) 2 days in advance. Tickets are date and time sensitive – and are no longer purchased at the gates!

Read the details of our Plitvice Winter Visit and Plitvice Lakes in the Autumn while traveling from Zagreb to Split.

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia in Autumn a Photo Essay JetSettingFools.com


DIY Split to Plitvice Lakes Tour

The new ticketing procedures have made it a little more difficult for visitors using public transportation to plan their own day trip to Plitvice Lakes from Split. However, it is not impossible. Guests planning their own Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park trip will need to buy tickets online at least 2 days prior…and we also recommend purchasing advance bus tickets. We advise being on the first morning bus from Split to Plitvice National Park, which will arrive around mid-day. Spend just a couple of hours at the park and return on the mid-afternoon bus. Note: Check the bus schedules as they vary by day and season.

Alternatively, rather than trying to squeeze the visit into a Plitvice day trip from Split, visitors can plan to spend one night in (or near) the park. There are hotels at the park and many guesthouses just a short walk from the park entrance. If planning to spend a night, we would recommend arriving in the evening, spending the night and then spending a full day at Plitvice the following day before returning to Split.

Another great way to see the park is while traveling between two destinations – like Split and Zagreb. Plan for arrival at the park in the late afternoon, spend the night and be at the park first thing in the morning. After your visit, hop on a bus and continue your journey to your next destination. Note: Companies offer transport from Zagreb to Split with a stop in Plitvice, too! Find out more!

Organized Plitvice Lakes Tour from Split

Booking a day trip from Split to Plitvice Lakes is probably a better option for travelers who want to maximize their time at the park without an overnight stay. Organized tours from Split to Plitvice Lakes still involve a lot of time in the car (3 hours each direction) and only a few hours at the park, but – for many – it’s the highlight of their Croatia trip! Read the reviews of this Split day trip to Plitvice.


#4 Blue Cave Tour From Split

Neon blue water in Blue Cave in Croatia

Another Croatia natural wonder, the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island is a must see! The cave, which is located in the Vis Archipelago, is naturally illuminated by sunlight hitting the sea floor and reflecting into the dark cave. The small opening to the cave is accessed via small boats – and each boat only gets about 5 minutes inside the cave. Because of the limited time inside the cave and the long trip from Split, most Blue Cave Split tours include multiple stops at other nearby attractions.

We visited the Blue Cave as part of our week-long Croatia Island Hopping Cruise with Sail Croatia.

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DIY Blue Cave Croatia Tour from Split

While it is theoretically possible to partially plan your own Split day trip to the Blue Cave, it most likely isn’t worth the effort needed to pull it off. First, visitors would need to take the ferry from Split to Vis Town, travel across the island to Komiza (by bus, taxi or rented scooter or car), then join a Blue Cave Tour from Komiza…and hope to get back to Vis Town before the last ferry of the day departs back to Split. There are simply too many variables and not enough time to plan a DIY day trip from Split. Note: We detail a day trip to Vis Island – not including the Blue Cave – in a minute!

Organized Blue Cave 5 Island Tour Split

The most popular Blue Cave Split Tour is the amazing Five Island Tour Split. Departing from Split in the morning, the tour visits the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island, Komiza and Stiniva Cove on Vis Island, the Green Cave on Ravnik Island, the Blue Lagoon on Budikovac Island and, finally, Hvar Town on Hvar Island. Get all the details of this Split, Croatia islands tour!  

Travelers who want to fit as much sightseeing into one day can opt for the Six Island Tour in Split. Check out the details and reviews of the 6 Island Tour Split.


#5 Split to Mostar Day Trip

The famous Stari Most Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The historic town of Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina has an absolutely fascinating history – as both a melting pot and a divided city. The Ottoman-built Old Town is steeped in tradition and the many mosque minarets create the skyline. Just outside the city is Medjugorje – the site of one of the most well-known Catholic pilgrimages. Throughout the region, nature flourishes.

The distance between the two cities – Split and Mostar – is about 95 miles, which takes about 2.5 hours by car and almost 4 hours by public bus. However, what complicates a Split to Mostar Day Trip is the border crossing; sometimes it is fast…sometimes it is painfully slow. How long it takes to cross the border will impact a Split to Bosnia day trip.

Read our tips of Things To Do in Mostar to make the most of your trip to Bosnia from Split!

The Best Things To Do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina by JetSettingFools.com

Top Tip: Also staying in Dubrovnik? Going to Mostar is one of the popular day trips from Dubrovnik – as the distance between the two cities is slightly shorter than between Mostar and Split. Read the reviews for this popular Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip.


DIY Day trips from Split to Bosnia

If attempting to do a DIY Split to Bosnia day trip, we recommend renting a car. While it is possible to travel between Split and Mostar via public bus, the schedule isn’t really ideal for a day trip. Furthermore, without a car, visitors will be limited to seeing the sights of Mostar – and won’t be able to venture to nearby sights like Medjugorje or the Kravica waterfalls.

Organized Split to Bosnia Day Trip

To enjoy a full day in Mostar – without the worry of driving a car – we recommend joining a tour. Although the border crossing will still be out of the control of the tour operator, organized tours to Mostar are designed to feature the region’s highlights. Get the details about this highly rated Split to Bosnia tour.


#6 Split to Brac Day Trip

Looking down at Zlatni Rat Beach from Vidova Gora, Bol, Brac, Croatia

Brac Island day trips from Split are a fantastic island escape. The island features quaint towns, pleasant beaches and the tallest mountain on the Dalmatian Islands. The most famous destination on the island of Brac is the town of Bol…and, more specifically, the iconic Bol beach: Zlatni Rat. Also called the Golden Horn Beach, the spit of pebbly beach changes shape with the currents and is surrounded by stunning blue water.

Rising above the beach is Vidova Gora Mountain and adventurous visitors can hike to the top for stellar views. Two other towns visitors can see on a day trip to Brac are Supetar and Milna. Both towns have just a handful of sights, but offer a glimpse at local island life.

Read the specifics of trekking to the top in our Hiking Vidova Gora blog post.

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DIY Brac Day Trip from Split

During the summer, Krilo has a route that allows passengers to plan their own day trip to Bol from Split. The times are ideal for a full day trip to Zlatni Rat from Split – but there is only one boat per day, so buy your round trip tickets in advance. 

Year-round, Jadrolinija car ferries run between Split and Brac Island and go to the town of Supetar. Visitors who take the ferry to Supetar can then hop on a local bus to Bol. Visitors with a car can take their car on the ferry (for an extra charge) and freely discover more of the island.

Organized Day Trip from Split to Brac     

Hop aboard a Split boat excursion to discover the island of Brac. On a Split to Bol Day Trip by boat, visitors sail directly to Zlatni Rat where they can swim at the world-famous beach, then take a coach bus to the top of Vidova Gora and make another swimming stop in a secluded cove on the way back to Split. Get the details of the boat trip!


#7 Split Day Trip To Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia harborfront promenade

Just 15 miles west of Split is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Trogir. The historic town blankets a small island that is just a stone’s throw from the mainland and accessible via a short bridge. The circumference of the island can be walked in about 30 minutes, but most visitors opt to wander the narrow cobblestone alleyways through the city.

The 13th century Cathedral of St. Lawrence sits in the main square (the bell tower took more than 200 years to complete!), which is on the northeast side of the island. The southwestern sea-facing side of the island is marked by the stoic Kamerlengo Fortress. The harbor is full of boats and the waterfront walkway is lined with cafes, making for a relaxing setting to enjoy a beverage or a meal.

DIY Trogir day Trip from Split

Split, Croatia day trips to Trogir are one of the easiest day trips to plan on your own. Although technically an island, Trogir is best reached by bus. The bus station sits just steps from the bridge that connects Trogir to the mainland. There are numerous bus departures every day and tickets should cost around 22 kunas ($3.50 USD).

DIY Boat Trip from Split to Trogir

The Bura Line Ferry also transports passengers between Split and Trogir (with a stop in Slatine). The ferry is a great way to get on the water and view Split from the sea…and only costs a little more than the bus.

Organized Trogir from Split, Croatia Excursions

Visitors interested in guided Trogir day trips can join a combo Split and Trogir Tour. The half day trip includes top Split attractions and a quick day trip to Trogir from Split. This tour is a great option for cruise ship passengers. Find out more!


#8 Split to Vis Day Trip

View of Komiza Town on Vis Island, Croatia

Long used as a military base, Vis Island has only recently welcomed tourists. It is the furthest inhabited island from the Croatia mainland and receives relatively fewer travelers than other Dalmatian Islands. Vis has two towns – Vis Town and Komiza – and an ancient history. Besides visiting the two main towns, there are numerous things to explore on Vis – from deep coves to military caves. Many visitors go to Vis Island as part of the Blue Cave Tour. However, there are many reasons to spend an entire day on Vis.

Use our Vis Island Guide for all of our tips on Things To Do in Vis.

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DIY Day Trip to Vis from Split

Visitors who want to plan their own Vis day trip from Split can easily do so using the ferry service. We provide complete details in our Split to Vis Ferry Post.

Organized Day Trip from Split to Vis

The most popular organized trips from Split to Vis are full-day, multi-island adventures that include the Blue Cave. The most popular options are the 5 Island Tour (reviews) or 6 Island Tour (reviews).


#9 Visit Omis, Croatia on a Split Day Trip

Beautiful view of Omis, Croatia

For adventurous travelers, Omis is one of the best day trips from Split. Located just 15 miles southeast of Split, Omis sits at the base of the Dinara Mountain where the Cetina River flows into the sea. Top adrenaline activities in Omis are ziplining, rock climbing and river rafting. Hiking is also a popular activity in Omis – and one of our favorite Omis hikes leads to the hill-topping Starigrad Fortress.

Looking for something a little more laid back? The quaint Omis old town features narrow curving lanes, eight historic churches and a long stretch of beach.

Read everything you need to know about Hiking to Starigrad Fortress.

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DIY Split Day Tour to Omis

Omis is one of the top places to visit near Split on a DIY trip because it’s incredibly easy to get there. The #60 Split-Omis bus runs every half hour between 7:30 and midnight. The bus to Omis from Split does not depart from the main bus station – it departs from the Bus Terminal Sukoisan, but can be boarded just outside the Split Green Market (Pazar Stop).

Organized Split to Omis Tour

Organized tours from Split to Omis are adventure-based tours. One of the most popular tours is the Cetina River Rafting tour. Read the reviews! 

The Zipline Experience, which consists of a route of 8 ziplines along – and across – the river valley, also gets rave reviews. Our friends who took the zipline tour said it was outstanding! Find out more!


#10 Klis Fortress and Game of Thrones Tour

Distant view of Klis Fortress in Split, Croatia

Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Many of the scenes in the popular HBO show were filmed in Split, Croatia. The two most recognizable film locations are the Klis Fortress and Diocletian’s Palace, which are featured in Season 4 as the city of Meereen.

Split tourists who are not fans of the show can still enjoy Klis Fortress! The medieval fortress overlooks the city of Split and sits between Kozjak and Mosor Mountains. Not only is the historically preserved fortress an interesting place to visit, but the views over the city and on to the sea are phenomenal. There is an entrance fee (around 60 kuna) to enter Klis castle.

DIY Klis Fortress Visit

There are two easy routes to Klis Fortress without a car. Local bus 22 that departs from the Croatian National Theater or direct shuttle bus from the main bus terminal. Game of Thrones fans who want to find multiple film locations can search online for a self-guided tour.

Split GOT Tour

Game of Thrones fans who want the inside scoop on film locations should join a Split Game of Thrones Tour that visits Klis Fortress and Diocletian’s Palace. Read the rave reviews from this tour!


#11 Split to Sinj Day Trip

View of Sinj, Croatia from Old Town Hilltop

The lovely town of Sinj is rarely listed as one of the must-see day trips from Split – which makes it the perfect place to escape the tourist crowds. Sinj – which has an intriguing history – is located about 20 miles northeast of Split.

The town’s great protector is the Madonna of Sinj, who according to legend, scared off the Turks in 1715. In her honor, a competition among the knights was born: the famed Alka Tournament, an event which still takes place in Sinj each August. Visitors to Sinj can learn about this history of the contest in the modern Alka Museum of Sinj.

Other Sinj sights worth seeing are the miraculous Lady of Sinj Church (Crkva Cudotvorne Gospe Sinjske) and the Old Town Sinj Fortress (Tvrdava) at the top of the hill, which offers incredible views over the region. Visitors should stop for a coffee at one of the many cafes in the center of town or join the locals at Pinjur Restaurant – a favorite dining spot for the region’s grilled meat platters or a pizza.

DIY Split to Sinj Day Trip

A day trip to Sinj from Split is as easy as hopping on a regional bus. The direct journey takes about 45 minutes; inquire about tickets at the main bus station.

Organized Day Trip to Sinj

We are not aware of any group tours to Sinj. However, private tours from Split, Croatia to Sinj can be arranged with a tourist agency. Adiona Travel organized all of the details of our wonderful day trip to Sinj.


#12 Mosor Mountain Hiking Trip

View of city while hiking Mosor Mountain, Split, Croatia

The Dinaric Mountain Range that provides the stunning backdrop to Split stretches south to Omis. The highest peak in the range is Mosor Peak, which stands at 1,339 meters. Although relatively barren, a few trails lead up the mountain to huts and absolutely amazing views.

The trails are fairly well marked, but can be a little confusing. When we went hiking, we didn’t have a destination in mind – we were mostly interested in viewpoints – so we just followed the red-and-white painted trail markers that led up the mountainside. Many trekkers only go as far as the Umberto Girometta Mountain House, but the hike behind the restaurant leads to outstanding vistas.

Top Tip: Kozjak Mountain also has trails and mountain huts (we recommend finding Putalj). Visitors can reach the trails via Bus #37.

DIY Trekking Trip to Mosor Mountain

Hikers can get to Mosor Mountain using Bus #28 from the Split Sukoisan Bus Terminal. Tell the driver you want to depart at Gornje Sitno; the small village has a donkey trail that leads up to the trailhead. Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks and wear shoes that withstand a rocky trail. It is not advised to hike alone.

Organized Mosor Hiking Tour

Hikers who want someone familiar with the landscape to lead the way can join a Split tour guide on a hike up Mosor Mountain. During the 3-hour hike, trekkers are treated to phenomenal views. Find out more!


#13 Split to Stari Grad, Hvar Island

View of Historic Stari Grad Old Town from Glavica Hill on Hvar Island, Croatia

Hvar Island is one of the best islands to visit from Split – not only because of Hvar Town, but because of Stari Grad. Tucked into a deep bay on the north side of the island, Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe (and feels a world away from the party vibe in Hvar Town).

The UNESCO listed Stari Grad Plain – a 2,400-year-old agricultural plan – is a top attraction in the small town, but there are also secluded beaches, hills, caves and abandoned villages to explore.

Read our post Top Things To Do in Stari Grad, Hvar Island.

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DIY Stari Grad, Hvar Island Trips from Split

A car ferry crosses from Split to Stari Grad at least three times daily year-round (more in the summer season). Check the Jadrolinjia schedule. The ferry port is about 1.5 miles from the Old Town but is connected via a pleasant coastline path (a bus and taxis also meet the ferry for visitors who don’t want to walk).

Organized Stari Grad Tours

We do not know of any organized tours to Stari Grad. However, arrangements can be made through travel agencies (like Adiona Travel) or via the Stari Grad tourist board. There are organized tours on Hvar Island that explore beyond Stari Grad – such as an Island Wine Tasting Tour (reviews!), a Lavender Fields Tour (reviews!) and a Hvar Island Hidden Gems Tour (reviews!). 


#14 Day Trip to Korcula Island from Split

Korcula Town Gate on Korcula Island, Croatia

There are many islands to visit from Split…and Korcula is one of the best. Korcula Town is a historic walled city boasting a grand gated entrance, a medieval church and (claims to be) the birthplace of Marco Polo.

There are two other towns on Korcula worth visiting after arriving to Korcula Town: Vela Luka and Lumbarda. Vela Luka translates to Big Port – but has a handful of sights (including a prehistoric cave dwelling) and a coastline filled with small coves for swimming. Lumbarda is a quaint village with pleasant beaches and locally produced wine, Grk. 

DIY Split to Korcula Day Trip

It is possible to reach both Korcula Town and Vela Luka on ferries from Split – but only the Korcula Town timetable makes it possible to do a day trip. To go to Korcula Town, day trippers need to use the Krilo Ferry, which has a schedule that times out well to enjoy a full day in the historic town. Note: The Jadrolinija ferry goes to Vela Luka, but the timetable leaves no time for island exploration once there. 

Organized Korcula Day Trip

Most organized group tours to Korcula depart from Dubrovnik (like this popular one!). It is possible to arrange a private tour from Split with an agency.

Read our complete Guide To Korcula Island!

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#15 Solta Day Trip

Of all the islands around Split, Solta is the closest. However, Solta is often overlooked in favor of Hvar, Korcula, Vis and Brac. Although Solta has long been on our list of day trips from Split, we have yet to take the ferry to the island. Top attractions for visitors are the food, wine, biking trails and bays (like the famous nearby Blue Lagoon).

DIY Day trip to Solta from Split

The Jadrolinija Ferry makes the trip from Split to the town of Rogac on Solta. Because we have not yet made this trip ourselves, we cannot specifically recommend things to do in Rogac. There are many island tours, however, that meet the ferries and depart from Rogac. Some of the top-rated activities are biking (either with a guide or on a self-guided tour) and gastronomy tours (like Olive Oil or Food and Wine Tasting tours).

Organized Day Boat Trips from Split, Croatia to Solta

There are several companies that offer Split boat day trips to Solta Island and the Blue Lagoon. The most popular tour is the Three Island Tour, which visits Krknjasi Bay (a.k.a. the Blue Lagoon) on Drvenik, Maslinica Village on Solta and Duga Bay on Ciovo Island. Get the details!

Another option is to join a half-day all-inclusive boat tour from Split to two islands: Brac and Solta. The relaxing day trip allows time for swimming, sightseeing and taking in the beautiful scenery. Find out more!


#16 Split to Dubrovnik Tour

Sunrise over Banje Beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic – is Croatia’s most famous destination. The iconic walled city is filled with historic sights, churches and palaces. Outside the walls, there are scenic Dubrovnik beaches and mountaintop viewpoints. The city of Dubrovnik is a must-see on every Croatia itinerary.

Read More on What To Do in Dubrovnik!

DIY Boat Trip from Split to Dubrovnik

The Krilo Ferry makes that trip between Split and Dubrovnik – and allows just enough time for day trippers to get a peek at the city. Time will definitely be limited, but visitors can head straight to the Old Town from the Dubrovnik Port via taxi or bus. Once at the Pile Gate, follow our Self-Guided Dubrovnik Walking Tour to the Old Town sights.

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Organized Split to Dubrovnik Day Tour

Day tours from Split to Dubrovnik are a popular choice for visitors who want to see the city, but are based in Split. The 3-hour journey from Split includes a border crossing (so don’t forget your passport!). Once in Dubrovnik, guests are invited on a guided walking tour before a few hours of free time to see the sights on the city (or beyond) on their own. Read the reviews!


#17 Split to Makarska Day Trip

View of Makarska from Biokovo Mountain trail, Makarska, Croatia

Sitting under the gaze of Biokovo Mountain is the stylish Makarska Riviera. The city of Makarska features a historic Old Town, a long stretch of pebbly beach and a harbor filled with boats and lined with cafes. Visitors can stroll along the shoreline, hike up the mountain or swim in the sea.

Read our complete list of The Best Things To Do in Makarska.

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DIY Day Trip to Makarska

Split visitors who want to travel to Makarska for the day can hop aboard the Krilo ferry or take the regional bus (it’s only an hour and 15 minutes by bus).

Organized Day Trip from Split to Makarska

We do not know of any organized tours from Split to Makarska. Visitors who want a private tour from Split to Makarska should book with a tourist agency.


Split Island Tours: Boat Trips Split, Croatia

One of the best things to do in Split is to visit the islands near Split! We have already highlighted Split islands – including Hvar, Vis, Brac, Korcula and Solta – but there are numerous Split, Croatia boat tours. Visitors can join Split boat trips to islands on catamarans, sailboats or motorboats. We have already featured some of the multiple island day trips from Split, but there are private boat tours from Split, too.

Find top-rated boat trips from Split on Viator!


Split Sailing Day Trips

Want to experience a sailing adventure aboard a luxury yacht rather than a party boat? Small-group yacht sailing trips from Split navigate the Adriatic Sea to Solta Island for a blissful day at sea. Get the details!

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Split Bus and Ferry Information

Visitors planning DIY Day Trips from Split can either rent a car or use public transportation. Split buses are great for traveling to destinations on land and the comprehensive ferry schedule allows guests to plan DIY Split island day trips. 


Split Buses: Stations, Schedules and Info

Buses are the best mode of public transportation in Split. There are both local and regional buses that can be used for Split day trips. In Split, there are two bus stations: the Main Bus Station located across from the port and Bus Terminal Sukoisan, which is north of Diocletian’s Palace. 

Main Bus Station: Autobusni Kolodvor Split

{MAP} The Main Bus Station in Split services all long-haul and regional buses. Go to the Main Bus Station for information on Day Trips from Split to Krka National Park (destination Skradin), Trogir, Sinj and Makarska. Buses to Plitvice Lakes and Mostar, Bosnia also depart from the Main Split Bus Station. The shuttle bus to Klis Fortress departs from the main bus station, too.

Bus Terminal Sukoisan

{MAP} The Sukoisan Bus Terminal is the bus station for all local buses. Most buses make several stops through Split before leaving town, but due to traffic restrictions in the peak summer season, we recommend beginning your journey at the Sukoisan Terminal rather than trying to find the correct bus stop along the route. 

Local buses are run by Promet (website). The website has information on routes and fares…but it is a little confusing. Times listed are for departures from the origin, so you have to estimate when the bus would arrive at your selected stop. If you have trouble understanding the routes, ask for help at the Split Tourist Information Office. 

Split Day Trip destinations that can be reached using local bus routes are Trogir, Omis (Line 60), Klis (Line 22 and Line 34) and the Mosor Mountain Hike (Line 28 to Gornje Sitno).

Bus Croatia

Our go-to resource for finding bus schedules, routes and information is Bus Croatia. We have found that they have the most consistently correct information. That said, we always recommend confirming timetables, fares and procedures at the actual bus station if possible. 


DIY Day Cruises from Split via Ferries

Ferries are the best way for DIY day trippers to visit the islands off Split, Croatia. All ferries dock at the Split Port {MAP}, which is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from the Split Old Town. There are two Split ferry companies: Jadrolinija and Krilo. Not all ports are serviced by both ferry companies and schedules are seasonal.

Jadrolinija Ferry

The Jadrolinija Ferry is a government-run company that operates year-round. Of the two companies, Jadrolinija has a more extensive network of boats and offers less-expensive tickets, but usually takes longer. Jadrolinija ferries can be used to get to Hvar Island (both Hvar Town and Stari Grad), Brac Island (Supetar), Vis Island (Vis Town), Korcula (Vela Luka, but not for a day trip), Solta Island (Rogac) and Dubrovnik (but not for a day trip from Split). 

The Jadrolinija Ferry schedule can be found on the official website, however, it is not the most user-friendly site. To make sure day trip options are possible, pay close attention to departure times, arrival times and days of week. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Split Port. 

Krilo Ferry

The Krilo Ferry is a tourist ferry. As such, the Krilo schedule is more seasonal and more expensive, but faster. The Krilo boats service more touristic destinations. Krilo ferries can be used to get to Hvar Island (Hvar Town), Brac Island (Bol and Milna), Korcula Island (Korcula Old Town), Makarska and Dubrovnik. 

The Krilo website is easy to use, clearly displaying arrival and departure times by dates. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Split Ferry Terminal Port. 

Bura Line

The Bura Line services Trogir (via Slatine) and the timetable can be found on the Bura Line website


Split Day Trips Map

Use this link to Google Maps to plan out your Day Trips from Split!


Tours In Split, Croatia

As much as we love taking day trips from Split, Croatia, we love spending time in Split, too! Visitors can use our Split Sightseeing Guide or discover the highlights of the city on one of the themed tours in Split, Croatia. You can also find all the best Split Beaches in our complete guide!

Split, Croatia Tours

We are highlighting just a few of the best tours in Split, Croatia that can enhance your time in the city.

Split Walking Tour: Learn about Diocletian’s Palace and the city the grew around it on a Split Walking Tour. Read Reviews.

Split Food Tour: Let a local guide lead the way to the two city markets – Green and Fish. Then, watch a chef use the ingredients from the market to prepare a traditional meal. Read Reviews.

Split Kayaking Tour: Get a unique vantage point of the Split coastline on a kayaking tour around the Marjan Peninsula. Stop at Kasjuni Beach to swim and go cliff jumping. Read Reviews.


What You Will Need For Your Split Day Trips

Whether you are planning to organize your own day trips or joining a guide for a Split excursion, there are a few things you will want to make sure you bring along with you!

Travel Camera for Photos of Croatia

We think Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Make sure you have a good camera to capture the sights. On our travels, we use a Canon Rebel with an 18-135mm lens, which takes fantastic photos and is ideal for beginner photographers. Of course, on trips out to sea, you may want to invest in a GoPro, but we use a less expensive underwater camera.


Refillable Water Bottle & Snacks

There is no need to buy bottled water in Croatia – tap water is safe to drink. Use an environmentally safe refillable water bottle. A collapsible water bottle is ideal for travelers! It’s also wise to bring a few snacks on day trips from Dubrovnik.


Sun Protection for Croatia

Whether touring cities by foot or seeing the sea by boat, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen on your day trip. A wide-brimmed travel hat and a travel umbrella to provide shade are good ideas, too.


Entertainment & Day Pack

Many of our recommended Split day trips require long road trips. While a guide will likely be chatting with tour participants on the way to the destination, it can sometimes be quiet and dark on the way home. Don’t forget headphones or your Kindle for the ride home and a great day bag to organize all your everyday essential travel items!


Croatia Travel Insurance

We think travel insurance is essential! Not only can it help in unfortunate situations, like lost luggage or delayed flights, but it can also be crucial for travelers who get sick or hurt abroad while traveling. Check rates and coverage at World Nomads.


Looking for more tips of what to do in Split, Croatia? Use our 3-Day Split Itinerary to help plan your trip!

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