Trip from Dubrovnik to Split along the coast, the so-called Adriatic Highway (Jadranska Magistrala), is an unforgettable experience as you pass through one of the most beautiful areas of Europe that lures you to stop every now and then and take some photos. Due to frequent stops but also because it’s a one-lane road in the end it takes 4-5 hours to get to Split.
If you don’t make any stops (e.g. to take a photo or to have a drink) the ride takes approximately 3 – 3 ½ hours. Transfer from Dubrovnik to Split you can book here!
Dubrovnik is certainly the best-known Croatian city according to tourists. During many years of working in tourism I have met lots of people who believed that Dubrovnik was the largest city in Croatia – probably because it is the best-known so they figured that it had to be the largest, too.
As for its size, Dubrovnik is a small town with about 43,000 inhabitants but the number of tourists who visited it in 2016 was approximately 1,000,000.
Having read the above you can easily conclude that in high season Dubrovnik can get quite crowded, especially in summer months. Therefore, if you plan to visit it during summer, I recommend you to make all the necessary reservations (accommodation, transfers, excursions) at least 2-3 months in advance.
In Dubrovnik you will find numerous hotels and different kinds of private accommodation. Hotels are generally more luxurious while in private accommodation you can find very affordable apartments as well as luxury villas.
One very important thing that is ignored by many when choosing accommodation is the location!
An average tourist who comes to Dubrovnik for the first time usually plans to choose accommodation located in the center – the old town, which is essentially the reason for visiting Dubrovnik.
You must keep in mind that it is impossible to get inside the old town by a vehicle!
And now imagine a situation:
You arrive at Dubrovnik airport, take a taxi or bus, you have your luggage with you, of course, (usually one large suitcase and one small), taxi or bus takes you to Pile or Ploče (the nearest point to the old town where it is possible to get off) – and now you find yourself in a situation where you have to walk up to your apartment or hotel with your heavy luggage and that usually includes going up and down the stairs until you finally reach your destination.
So if you are traveling with lots of luggage or if you are not in the best shape I recommend you to choose an apartment or a hotel that is not located in the old town but somewhere near it – use Google Maps.
Most tourists want to do the following when they come to Dubrovnik:
- Take a walk along the city walls
- Do the old town tour
- Go by cable car to Srđ
- Have a lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants known for their seafood
- Go on a short trip to Lopud, Koločep or Šipan
- Go on a day trip to Kotor
Most tourist after they leave Dubrovnik:
- Continue their trip to Split
- Continue their trip to Zagreb
If you are heading to Split, you have several options:
- Rent a car and drive it yourself
- Book transfer – car rental with a driver, it’s like a taxi but much cheaper and better (driver speaks English, while not all public taxi drivers are English- speaking). If you decide to book a transfer from Dubrovnik to Split – we recommend Solo Transfers (they offer the best prices for private transfers)
- Take a plane (Flights from Dubrovnik to Split are not that frequent)