How to get from Split to Zagreb? One of the more popular travel questions for visitors to and from the Dalmatian capital.
With a reduction of the train service between the two cities, the bus is an increasingly popular choice, and with a wealth of companies and routes to choose from, which company to choose, and what to consider when making your choice?
With some 33 daily departures according to the Split Bus Station website, travel times vary accordingly, with journey times varying from 04:45 to 8 hours – assuming the buses are on time.
The opening of the Zagreb to Split motorway a few years ago considerably increased the speed of travel between the two, and one thing to check if you want to go the most direct way is whether or not the bus goes all the way on the motorway.
After more than ten years of travel between the two, I have sampled many of the different bus companies, and one firm has always delivered a comfortable and punctual service, with a good choice of departure times.
My latest journey last week from Zagreb to Split with Promet Makarska departed at 14:00 on schedule, headed straight to the motorway, where the trip was broken into two with a pleasant 25-minute break at a service station about halfway. There was just time to drop off passengers in other parts of Split, before turning the corner into Split Bus Station as the clock struck seven, just as the timetable had promised. Price 166 kuna, plus 6 kuna for the luggage storage. As pleasant as a bus transfer can be. Check out the Promet Makarska website and timetable.