The ultimate guide to visiting Split from Dubrovnik, Croatia
Back in May 2019 I had the time of my life spending a week in sunny Croatia. As per almost all of the trips I take, it started with a cheap flight deal in to Dubrovnik that I simply couldn't resist. I flew from London Southend airport directly in to Dubrovnik at a cost of £75pp for a return flight. Not bad huh?
Once I started planning my itinerary for the trip, I realised that some of the things that I wanted to see and do such as visiting waterfalls and the famous Blue Cave were actually quite far away from Dubrovnik. Luckily though, Split works as the perfect base for these trips and is easily accessible by ferry if you are willing to put the time and effort in. As most of you know by now, I get major FOMO when visiting a new destination so this was something I was determined to do.
If you want to and are confident enough to hire a car, Split is approximately a 3 and a half hour drive from Dubrovnik, depending on traffic. We chose to take the ferry for a hassle free journey directly from one city to the other.
How far is Dubrovnik Port from Old Town? We took a taxi from Dubrovnik Old Town to the port. It took approximately 10 minutes as we got stuck in a bit of traffic so make sure to allow time for this when planning your journey.
How much does the ferry cost? At the time of booking, the ferry cost 420 HRK per person for a return from Dubrovnik to Split. This equates to £49 and it was completely worth it.
Where did you get your tickets? I bought our tickets online in advance to save hassle once we were there. You can purchase them on the Krilo (ferry provider) website here. When you board the ship, just show the QR code on the tickets that you will be emailed once you have booked.
How long does it take? Our outbound ferry from Dubrovnik to Split departed at 16:30 and arrived at 20:55, meaning the total journey time was 4 hours and 25 minutes.
Although we already had an apartment booked for the entire week of our trip in Dubrovnik, I booked another room in Split for 3 nights to allow for us to have a base and do everything we wanted to. We stayed in the Dream Luxury Room apartments for a cost of £257 and it was beautiful. So plush and had the comfort you really needed after a long day exploring.
Day 1 - Krka National Park Tour
Don't listen to TLC, chasing waterfalls is always a good idea! There are two national parks with waterfalls that are easy to do a day trip to from Split, Krka and Plitvice. I chose to book Krka over Plitvice as you are allowed to swim in the waterfalls here and this was something that had always been on my bucket list. If you do want to swim, I would suggest bringing water shoes as the rocks in here are really sharp. The water was also freezing as we visited in May and the sun hadn't had a chance to warm it up yet! We booked our Krka trip with Splitlicious as part of a package that also included a Blue Cave and Island Hopping tour. The total cost was £103pp for both trips.
Day 2 - Blue Cave and Island Hopping Tour
The Blue Cave and Island hopping tour was the highlight of our whole trip to Croatia. It's a long day as it departs at 7:30 from Riva promenade and returns back to the starting point at 18:00 but it's really worth it. The itinerary for the trip is as follows:
07:30 - 07:45: Start form Riva promenade (waterfront)
09:30 - 10:10: Sightseeing of Blue cave
10:30 - 11:00: Sea Monk Cave
11:20 - 11:50: Stiniva Bay
12:10 - 12:50: Budikovac Beach
13:20 - 14:50: Pakleni Islands or Milna Bay
15:10 - 16:40: Town of Hvar
18:00: Return to Split
The Blue Cave is like nothing I have ever seen before. Truly magical. If you have the opportunity to go during your trip to Croatia, I highly recommend that you do. Other highlights of the day included The Blue Lagoon and Hvar Island. Both great additions to the trip and places that you will remember for the rest of your life.
The crew on the ship have everything you might need on board including wind jackets, cold drinks and snorkelling gear. We made the best use of the snorkelling gear when we stopped for a swim at the blue lagoon and took our Go Pro Hero 5 for a dip.
And that's a wrap! Any questions on visiting Split from Dubrovnik? Leave me a comment below or head on over to my instagram and ask me there.