For budget commuting, Split has an intra-city public bus network operated by Promet Split that reaches every nook and cranny of the town and its suburbs. If you have a ticket in hand, you can enter from any entrance into the bus but if you are purchasing a ticket, take the front door to pay your ticket to the bus driver. When you leave, exit from the back doors. The buses are not air-conditioned so in the summer months it can be quite sticky,
Here is a survival guide to using the bus within Split.
The public bus system is split into four (4) zones. Zone 1 covers the whole peninsula of Split reaching the border of Zone 2 before Solin and after Žnjan. Zone 2 covers the town of Solin, Stobreč, Podstrana, and Klis. The third sphere, Zone 3 covers Kaštela, Dugopolje, and reaches Dugi Rat on the southern coast. The last Zone 4 reaches the town of Trogir and Omiš.
There are a few main stations scattered in the city where most busses stop. The main public bus station (Sukojišan) is on the main Domovinskog rata road, 1 km north of the palace. There is also a popular stop just before on the same road adjacent to the municipality building (Opčina). In town, main stops are in front of the Prima1 shopping mall adjacent to the National Theatre of Split (HNK), next to the vegetable market (Tržnica) on the eastern side of the palace, on the western end of Riva (Sv. Frane), and just after the main regional bus station on the port (Trajektna Luka).
Pricing & Validity
You can purchase your single tickets with the bus driver on board; cash only, preferably in exact change. The price for an adult ticket within one zone is 11KN, for two zones its 13KN, three zones 17KN, and four zones 21KN.
The price for children aged 6 to 10 years old is 5KN for any zone and all zones. If you are travelling with luggage, there may be a surcharge of 5KN.
You can purchase monthly cards and 10-trip cards in the kiosks at main stations such as Sukojišan, Opčina, and Tržnica.
Your ticket is valid for 45mins within one zone, 65mins for two zones, 85mins for three zones, and 105mins for four zones. Within that period you can traverse within the purchased zones in whichever direction.
You can find the full list of pricing here.
Five Important Routes
Here are a few bus routes from town that will take you to popular city highlights.
Bus 21, 1 Zone, from Sv. Frane
To get to Bene Beach in the Marjan Forest Park, hop onto bus 21 at the Sv. Frane stop west of Riva. It departs once every hour from 9:30 to 22:30 every day. You won’t miss either of the stops as both are end stations.
Bus 8, 1 Zone, from Tržnica and Opčina
To get to the popular Žnjan beach from town, hop onto bus 8. This is a circular route, meaning that it doesn’t matter in which direction you go, you will end up in Žnjan on the coast. The quickest, however, is to hop on the right side of the road when facing south. It departs 2-3 times per hour from 5:30 to 22:30 (starting from Žnjan).
Poljud Football Stadium
Bus 17, 1 Zone, from Tržnica
Watching Hajduk play? Hop onto bus 18 at the Tržnica stop heading towards Špinut and hop off when you see the imposing stadium.
City Center One
Bus 18, 1 Zone, from Tržnica or National Theatre of Split (HNK)
For a day of shopping in a mall, take bus 18 from the Tržnica or HNK stop in the direction of
Brnik. The bus departs 3-4 times per hour.
Split International Airport and Trogir
Bus 37, 3 Zones, from Sukojišan
At the main bus station at Sukojišan, hop on bus 37 departing every 20 minutes. It stops on the main road in front of the airport and continues to the town of Trogir (4 zones).
For further information, contact Promet Split on +385(0)21 407 999 or visit www.promet-split.hr