Most people traveling in Croatia will find themselves at some point in the City of Split. It’s the biggest city in Dalmatia, the gateway to Croatia’s beautiful islands, and let’s not forget the incredible Diocletian’s Palace, Split Riva, and the excellent vibe Split is famous for. But once you have experienced Split and you’re headed North, the next city to visit is the charming city of Zadar. This guide will describe the different modes of transport from Zadar to Split.
Getting From Split To Zadar & Zadar to Split
The drive from Split to Zadar will take you anywhere from 1 hour and 40 mins if you travel by car and take the freeway up to 4 hours if you take the all stopping bus along the old coast road in the middle of summer! The distance between Split and Zadar is 158 km.
Split to Zadar Drive
If you decide to drive your own or rental car from Split to Zadar, the good news is this will be the fastest way to get yourself to Zadar if you take the A1 Freeway from Dugopolje. It’s quite easy, and you just follow the signs to the Freeway from the center of Split and then the Zadar 2 exit which takes you into the heart of Zadar.
If you decide to take the coast road, it will take a little longer, depending on the traffic. In summer, the coastal road can get quite busy and slow going in some areas, but if you have time on your side, then it’s a beautiful drive.
Split To Zadar Bus
Budget travelers will be happy to know that there are numerous bus services between Split and Zadar, and it is by far the cheapest way to travel from Zadar to Split.
Split to Zadar bus tickets will cost you around 80 kuna and it’s about a 2-2.5 hour ride if you are taking the A1 freeway. You should also be aware that there are buses that take the coastal road to Zadar, which takes considerably longer as there are many stops along the way. This can take up to 4 hours, so be sure to confirm the route your bus is taking.
Split Bus Station is located by the port and beside the Split center and is easily accessible if you are accommodated in Diocletian’s Palace or coming off a ferry to Split.
Upon arrival into Zadar Bus Station, you will need to catch a taxi ride to the Zadar old town as it’s not within walking distance, especially if you have luggage with you.
Split To Zadar Private Transfer
For convenience, comfort, and an efficient, pleasant ride, you can’t beat a transfer from Split to Zadar. A Split to Zadar transfer will take 1 hour, and 40 mins and your driver will pick you up from your accommodation, take care of your luggage, and whisk you away in a new vehicle equipped with complimentary WIFI to your destination in Zadar-
These are not taxis and all vehicles are in excellent condition with professional English speaking drivers who are at your service. The best part is they are very affordable due to the huge amount of competition in the transport market in Croatia, so the average traveler can afford to take a private transfer.
For more information on private transfers from Split to Zadar, contact Octopus Transfers.
Split To Zadar Ferry
Currently, there is no ferry service between Split and Zadar.
Split To Zadar Train
It is possible to catch a train, but it takes a ridiculous amount of time and is completely impractical.
Things to do in Zadar
After your arrival, you’ll need to know what to do while in Zadar. Here is a shortlist of the things to see:
- Zadar Roman Forum
- Sea Organ
- Fosa Land Gate
- Greeting to The Sun
- St Donat Church
- Museum of Ancient Glass
- Museum of Illusions
- Gold and Silver Museum