How to Get From Split to Dubrovnik by Boat

Fancy discovering ancient Roman palaces, medieval Venetian castles and sampling the best of Croatian wine, olives and seafood? Head to the Dalmatian Coast. The journey overland and sea from Split to Dubrovnik is the classic way to explore Croatia’s sun-drenched coastline, as you island-hop between Hvar, Korcula and Vis across the Adriatic Sea. Travel independently using ferries and boat transfers or experience it all, and more, on Culture Trip’s eight-day long Jewels of the Adriatic group tour. Read on to discover what to do in Split and Dubrovnik, and how to get between these destinations by boat.
Richard Collett
17 Dec 2021
The ancient port of Split is traced back to millennia, but much of the old city that you see standing today was built by the Romans. One Roman in particular shaped Split’s history is Emperor Diocletian, whose palace is a major attraction to visit today. Stroll through the ruins of Diocletian’s palatial mansion, before re-energising with a glass of wine at one of the many alfresco bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour.
However, if you’re feeling active, opt for an afternoon hike to the top of Marjan Hill. This is Split’s most impressive viewpoint, and you’ll have uninterrupted panoramas of the city and out to the islands in the Adriatic Sea. Stay a while and spend days visiting local beaches, exploring the hidden alleys of the old town and absorbing the nightlife.
Dubrovnik’s well-preserved Old Town is one of the best examples of medieval Venetian architecture in Europe – and you’ll instantly recognise the prominent walls, gatehouses and red-roofed townhouses from Game of Thrones. Stroll along the walls to immerse yourself in the historic architecture, and head up to Srd Hill for the very best views of the city. You can hike to the top, or save time and cruise to the summit in four minutes via cable car.
The Old Town is packed with sights, including Rector’s Palace, Lovrijenac Fortress and the Franciscan Monastery. After ticking these off, swim and sunbathe around Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbour or head to the many beaches that line the cliffs on the Lapad Peninsula. Across from the harbour, a day trip to Lokrum Island is one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik. Here, you’ll not only find more Game of Thrones filming locations but numerous nature reserves and medieval ruins.
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If you can’t decide between Split and Dubrovnik, this eight-day TRIPS by Culture Trip group tour will show the best of both, and everything in between. The Croatian coast is perfect for island hopping, and you’ll travel by ferry, speed boat and overland as you visit the Jewels of the Adriatic. Meet the group in Split for an Old Town tour, a hike to Marjan Hill and a sea kayaking adventure along the coast. You then take a boat to Hvar, where the island hopping begins. Enjoy sunny Hvar, take a speed boat to Vis then travel onwards to Korcula. Explore the wineries and olive groves of Lumbarda, before catching a ferry back to the mainland and taking an overland transfer to Dubrovnik. It’s not the quickest way to travel from Split to Dubrovnik, but the most exciting way.
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You can join Culture Trip’s eight-day tour along the Dalmatian Coast for an experiential journey between Split and Dubrovnik. With a bit of planning, you could also try and use the local transport to get around.
In peak season, there are direct boat transfers from Split to Dubrovnik. These are fast catamarans that only take foot passengers. The slower route is overland and sea using public ferries and buses. First, catch the ferry to Hvar, then take another ferry to Korcula, before hopping on a third ferry to the mainland, where you can pick up a bus for the final leg of the journey to Dubrovnik.