Split Airport is located around 25km west of Split, past the Kastela series of towns and very close to the lovely town of Trogir. There are many ways to getting to and from Split Airport, you will be pleased to hear – read on below.
Getting to and from Split Airport by bus
There are frequent bus services that depart just outside the main terminal building of Split Airport. One of these services is the Croatia Airlines bus (supposedly timed to coincide with their flights) – you can see details of this on the Pleso Prijevoz website. A one-way ticket costs 40 Kunas, and journey time is approximately 30-40 minutes. You pay the driver/conductor on board the bus.
There are also other buses running services for the same price/journey time – essentially, head outside the terminal building and look for any queue of travellers waiting to board a bus!
These buses take you direct to the main bus station in Split, which is next to the train station and the port. Perfect if the first thing you intend to do in Split is to catch a ferry or bus to somewhere else!
Getting to and from Split Airport by catamaran
There’s now a catamaran line connecting the port near Split Airport to downtown Split. Run by Catamaran Line, the service runs several times a day in summer (each way). Journey time is only 20 minutes, and a one-way ticket costs 99 Kunas. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Riva Travel agency in Split. More details here: A new option for transferring from Split Airport – catamaran! Unfortunately, this service has been cancelled for summer 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s also a direct catamaran from Split Airport to Bol on the island of Brac and Stari Grad on Hvar. Run by SplitExpress, it operates in the summer only. The catamaran sails four times a day to Bol and once a day to Stari Grad on Hvar. (Some journeys also stop in Split along the way.) Unfortunately, this service has been cancelled for summer 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting to and from Split Airport by bus and train
Another new service introduced in 2019 is an ‘integrated’ bus and train line that takes you from the airport to the main train station in Split – which is adjacent to the main bus station and the port. (And a short walk from the main Diocletian’s Palace part of the city.)
First of all, a bus takes you from the airport to a train station in Kastel Stari (under a 10 minute drive). From here, you can board the train which takes you to the heart of Split. The whole journey takes 35 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 25 Kunas (valid for both bus and train).
You can see more details about this option on the Promet Split website.
Getting to and from Split Airport by local bus
There are two local bus services that take you from Split Airport to Split. Note that you catch these buses from the main road outside the airport, rather than from the terminal building.
Bus number 37 operates on a route from Trogir to Split, whilst bus number 38 goes from the airport to the town of Kastel Stari, and then to Split. Bus number 37 would definitely be the better option to take as it is far more frequent.
You will see that (from 6am to 10pm on weekdays) buses depart Trogir on the hour, at twenty past and at forty past. Buses will arrive at the stop outside Split Airport (remember, the stop is on the main road, not actually within the confines of the airport grounds) roughly five to ten minutes later.
You can purchase a ticket on the bus itself (from the driver), which costs 17 Kunas. Journey time is about 50 minutes from the Airport to Split on bus 37. There are no restrictions on luggage but bear in mind that this is a local bus; you take your luggage with you on board the bus. This bus may also be quite busy/full at peak times.
Note that these two local buses terminate at the local bus station (‘Sukoisan’) in Split, not the main bus station. From the local bus staion, you can either take another local bus or a taxi to your final destination. Bus numbers 2, 9, 10 and 15 would be the most useful, as these go past Diocletian’s Palace and to the bus/train station and port area. Walking from this bus terminal to the main one by the port would take about 10 – 15 minutes.
From/To Split Airport and Sibenik
A new initiative since summer 2019 is a direct bus service from Split Airport to Sibenik. Operating daily from the end of June to the end of August, the timetable can be found here. Tickets cost 60 Kunas one-way and can be purchased on board.
Getting to and from Split Airport by taxi
A taxi from Split Airport to the main part of Split – to the bus/train stations, which are adjacent to the port and only a short walk to Diocletian’s Palace – costs around 250 Kunas. (Yes, this is a bit on the pricey side; unfortunately taxis in some parts of Croatia really aren’t all that cheap!) Journey time is about half an hour.
If you want to save a bit of money, why not take the airport bus to the main bus station, and then a taxi from here to your final destination? The local journey within the city should only take about 5-10 minutes and will be relatively inexpensive. You should find waiting taxis parked up close to where the bus drops you off in Split.
If you’re staying somewhere close to Diocletian’s Palace, then the best idea would be to walk to your accommodation – even if you do have luggage. It’s a short walk from the bus to the Riva (Split’s main, seafront promenade), with the Diocletian’s Palace area just behind it.
Uber also exists in Split, and if you already use this app you may find Uber taxis cheaper than others.
Getting to and from Split Airport by pre-booked transfer
Tours and experiences company Viator also offer pre-booked transfers that allow you to get to and from Split Airport. These transfers can in fact be booked to get to and from Split itself, or Trogir, Makarska, Baska Voda and Tucepi. Both private and shared transfers are available. For more details and to see prices, click on one of the links below:
- Shared Arrival Transfer: Split Airport to Split, Trogir, Makarska,Tucepi and Baska Voda Hotels
- Shared Departure Transfer: Split, Trogir, Makarska, Tucepi and Baska Voda Hotels to Split Airport
- Private Arrival Transfer: Split Airport to Split, Trogir, Makarska, Tucepi and Baska Voda Hotels
- Private Departure Transfer: Split, Trogir, Makarska, Tucepi and Baska Voda Hotels to Split Airport
Split Public Transport
Take a look at our special page on Split public transport! This details how to get around Split and the surrounding area by bus, train, boat and bike.