Getting Around Split
The best way to get around Split is by car since it gives you the most flexibility to travel on your own timetable, but renting a car isn't the most economical way to get around. Relying on the city's buses (and ferries for island hopping) will save you the most kuna. But if you plan on sticking close to Old Town, you can easily get around on foot.
To reach the city, many travelers fly into Split Airport (SPU), located about 15 miles west of Old Town. To get to Split from the airport, travelers can rent a car, jump in a taxi or Uber, or for 30 kuna (about $5), take an airport shuttle, which drops off travelers at the city's main bus terminal. The ferry terminal – Trajektna luka Split – which is about a 10-minute walk from Old Town, is the place to catch a boat to nearby Croatian islands.
If you plan on exploring more of the Dalmatian Coast than just Split, or if you want to visit some of the beaches and wineries, you might want your own wheels. You can rent them at the Split Airport, as well as at several locations in the city. Keep in mind that on the main highways, which connect Dubrovnik and Split, for instance, you'll encounter tolls. Also, speed limits are posted in kilometers rather than miles per hour. You won't need an international driver's permit unless you plan to stay longer than three months.
The local bus system is called Promet Split, and because there's no English version of the website, it can be pretty daunting for English-speaking travelers. Still, it's an inexpensive means of getting around. For instance, a one-way ticket to locations within Split costs just 11 kuna (less than $2), and you can reach the medieval town of Trogir for 21 kuna (less than $3.50). Fare prices are determined by the number of zones you travel. You can buy tickets directly on the bus, or for a slight discount, you can purchase tickets at a newsstand or Promet kiosk. Check with your hotel concierge for more information on route times and stops.
Much of Old Town is pedestrian-friendly, and it can be the most efficient way to traverse the tourist-heavy areas. Diocletian's Palace , along with the car-free Marmontova Street and Riva, are particularly nice places to stroll.
To reach nearby islands like Hvar, Brac and Vis, travelers can take a ferry from the terminal located within walking distance of Old Town. Ferry tickets, which you can purchase at the terminal, range in price, depending on the distance. For instance, a trip from Split to Stari Grad, Hvar, will cost 47 kuna (about $7.50) and take roughly two hours. Keep in mind that the ferries will run more routes during high season.
Taxis are another option, and for most rides in town, they shouldn't cost more than 60 kuna (about $10). Still, if you're wanting to travel from one end of Old Town to the other, you might just want to walk: It will likely be quicker. The ride-sharing service Uber also operates in Split.