Guide to public transport in Split, Croatia

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Promet – public transport in Split, Croatia

UPDATED: 16.5.2024.

Despite being such an automobile-dominated city, the public transport in Split is widely used by its residents. For that reason, the buses are efficient and plentiful, reaching almost every end of the city and even extending beyond Split to Trogir, Solin, and Omiš.

It is entirely possible to both visit and live in Split without having a car. Split’s public transportation system is called Promet. Let’s introduce the Split bus system to make getting around the city a bit easier.

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How to use public transport in Split

If you are traveling or moving to Split, getting used to a city bus system is a major perk of this already walkable city. You do not have to drive anywhere because the city bus has excellent coverage and connections to other Croatian cities. Most buses have stop announcements in English and Croatian.

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Using public transport in Split has become easier with their mobile app, which shows routes and timetables. In addition to the mobile app, you can also buy a prepaid card and top it up.

Promet Split mobile application

The Promet Split mobile application enables users to buy bus tickets, plan trips, view timetables and a mapped display of all bus stops and vehicle positions in real-time, and get information about sales points.

The app enables you to manage your travel needs easily and eliminates the need for physical tickets or cash. You can easily top up your eWallet and buy tickets for single trips directly from your device. Both occasional and regular commuters can purchase monthly or yearly passes.

[Read: How to transfer money to Croatia from abroad]

Planning your journey is easier with features like real-time mapping of bus stops and vehicle locations. You’ll always know your schedule and won’t miss a bus, thanks to up-to-date timetables and the option to favorite specific lines.

The app is available for iOS here and Android here.

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Promet Split bus

Promet bus tariff zones in Split, Croatia

The greater Split bus system is divided into approximately 20 tariff zones, and each city and municipality is a separate transport and tariff area. The city of Split traffic network includes around 27 bus lines. The total number of lines is around 90.

The map of Split bus tariff zones is available for download here.

 
Split bus tariff zones
Split bus tariff zones

Promet Split bus routes and schedules

Split buses run through the city but also to other locations in the municipality, like Trogir, Šolta, and Omiš. As a tourist hub and economic center of the Dalmatia region, Split had to connect suburban areas with the city center, and we all are seeing benefits from it.

Promet traffic routes

The bus map of the Split city traffic network is available here.

The bus map of the suburban traffic network is available here.

Promet bus timetables

The bus line schedules for the Split city area are available here.

The bus line schedules for the urban area are available here.

The bus line schedules for the suburban area are available here.

The schedules of all Split bus lines are available here.

The bus line schedules for the city of Trogir are available here.

The bus line schedules for the island of Šolta are available here.

Airport bus in Split, Croatia

If you want to catch a public bus from Split Airport to Split, the following lines are operating daily:

  • Split – Airport – Trogir
  • Trogir – Airport – Split

This bus from Split airport to the city center, and stops near the Split ferry port. View the timetable and prices here. You can view our guide to ferry and boat travel in Croatia here.

[Read: How to get to and from Split airport]

What is the cost of Split Promet tickets?

Like most bus systems, the cost for a ride on the Split city bus is determined by a tariff zone, number of rides, and status (age, student, etc.). For most people, you’ll just pay 2 euros when you step onto the bus for 1 ride within Split proper.

Bus tickets can be bought on the bus, at the central point of sale on Sukoišanska street and Kolodvor Trogir, at tobacco stands, and at Promet booths, online, and via the Promet Split mobile application.

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Below is the pricing scale from the Promet Split website that we translated into English. All prices are in euros, and they include VAT.

Ticket TypesZone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4
Adults – Single Trip (Purchased on bus)2,002,503,004,00
Children – Single Trip (Purchased on bus)1,001,001,001,00
Adults – Monthly (Pre-purchased)35,0045,0060,0070,00
24-Hour Ticket (Pre-purchased)4,008,00
72-Hour Ticket (Pre-purchased)10,0020,00

Quirks of the Split Promet bus system

As with any public transportation, the Split bus system is not free of its own little nuances. Here are some of the ones we’ve discovered.

1. Delays during holidays

Beware of holidays when some Promet routes may run late, if at all. On holidays, adjusted timetables are published on their home page available here.

[Read: National holidays in Croatia]

2. Know where you’re going

It’s best to know where you need to go and when the bus will come before you head out. Not all bus stops post the schedule for the buses that come through.

If you don’t know what a bus stop looks like, just ask the bus driver. Usually, if you hang near the front, they will point it out for you.

3. Don’t miss the bus

At some of the busier stations, such as near Pazar in the center of Split, the buses tend to stack up in traffic. In that case, many of the buses will open their doors long before the actual stop. If you aren’t paying attention, it is possible to miss your bus entirely.

At night, a bus driver will sometimes not stop at a bus stop if no one has requested a stop by pressing one of the red buttons on board. If traveling at night, be sure to request your stop and stand up to indicate you want to get off.

4. Yes, there are inspectors

From time to time, a služba kontrole (inspector) from Promet will board the bus to check tickets. If you purchased a ticket from a Tisak stand or Promet kiosk, make sure you get it stamped when you board.

If you get caught without a ticket, you’ll need to pay a penalty in cash on the spot. It may seem unnecessarily complex at times, but it’s pretty easy to figure out. The fact that you can buy a ticket on the bus is a big score for me.

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Promet bus in Split, Croatia

How to get to Split from other Croatian cities

Split is a blend of historical charm and vibrant modernity. It is a unique place where you are surrounded by a stunning Adriatic coastline, ancient Roman architecture, and a lively cultural scene.

At the heart of the city lies Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site that seamlessly integrates with the rest of the city. The Riva offers a scenic promenade perfect for strolls and people-watching, while beautiful beaches, thriving nightlife, and easy access to the Dalmatian islands make this a must-see location in the Adriatic.

[Read: UNESCO monuments of culture and nature in Croatia]

Many intercity bus lines connect Split to other cities in Croatia. There are also ferries, trains, and planes that can get you from one place to another.

Travel from Zagreb to Split

  • By bus – the journey takes around 5-6 hours, and several companies are operating this route (FlixBus, Croatia Bus, and Arriva)
  • By train – direct train from Zagreb to Split takes 6-8 hours, and it is operated by Hrvatske željeznice – HŽPP (Croatian Railways)
  • By plane – Croatia Airlines flight from Zagreb to Split is around 45 minutes long, and daily departures are available – view our Zagreb airport guide here
  • By car – driving from Zagreb to Split is hassle-free, and it takes approximately 4 hours for 400 kilometers

Travle from Dubrovnik to Split

  • By bus – the journey takes around 4-5 hours, and several companies are operating this route (FlixBus, Croatia Bus, and Arriva)
  • By ferry – ferry lines are operated by Jadrolinija, and the journey is 4-6 hours long
  • By car – driving from Dubrovnik to Split is hassle-free, and it takes approximately 3 hours for 230 kilometers

Travel from Zadar to Split

  • By bus – the journey takes around 2-3 hours, and several companies are operating this route (FlixBus, Croatia Bus, and Arriva)
  • By car – driving from Zadar to Split is hassle-free, and it takes approximately 1.5 hours for 150 kilometers

Travel from Rijeka to Split

  • By bus – the journey takes around 6-7 hours, and several companies are operating this route (FlixBus, Croatia Bus, and Arriva)
  • By car – driving from Zadar to Split is hassle-free, and it takes approximately 4 hours for 400 kilometers

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Frequently asked questions:

How to get around in Split?

The city bus in Split is an excellent choice if you want to go anywhere in Split. With traffic jams and no parking, it is much more stress-free than driving by yourself. The public bus network in Split has a huge coverage, so most neighborhoods are easily reachable. You can also use taxis, Uber, and Bolt to get around.

Does Split have good public transport?

Split has excellent public transport with around 20 lines that cover the entire city.

How to pay for a public bus in Split?

Bus tickets for public transit within the town of Split and the surrounding metropolitan area can be purchased either in person at the dedicated ticket booths located by the major bus stations around the Old Town, ticket machines at some of the bus stations, and most newsstands.

How much does a Split bus cost?

Tariff zones and passenger groups are considered when determining ticket prices. In addition to single-trip tickets, passengers can purchase monthly or yearly passes. View the price list here.

Where can I catch a bus in Split?

Situated adjacent to the main train station of Split, Croatia, the bus station, also called Autobusni kolodvor Split, is conveniently located near all ferry departure and arrival sites. There are many stops throughout the city, where you can catch different lines and go wherever you need to go. View the city traffic network with all the stops here.

Where is the bus terminal at Split, Croatia?

Split’s main bus terminal is situated in Split harbor, near the city center, the train station, and the ferry port.

How do you pay for the bus in Croatia?

If you are buying tickets on a bus, you must bring cash because city buses usually do not accept cards. If you purchase tickets online or at the bus terminal, you can pay by credit or debit card or cash.

Tip: Always prepare the exact amount for the ticket when buying on a bus because there is a big chance a driver will not have the money to give back.


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Promet Split

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