Getting To Split By Train

Before you decide to get to Split by train, you should first consider some other alternatives. I do like traveling by train but trains in Croatia are slow and less frequent than buses.

I personally have nothing against trains in Croatia, but each time I have traveled by train to Split, not even once I arrived on time, always with delay.

Train is one of a popular means of transport in Croatia, even if the train network isn’t ramified extensively except within the country’s interior. Zagreb is the central hub of the train network, but only three coastal destinations are connected to Zagreb by train, Rijeka, Zadar and Split.

In fact Zagreb's main railway station (Glavni Kolodvor ) is the only starting point to get to Split railway station. For your information Dubrovnik has no train connection at all.

From 2004 Croatian Railways passenger transport company (HZPP) has introduced  the new 160 kph 'tilting trains' that connect Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Rijeka and Osijek.

This results in higher levels of comfort and significantly faster journeys between Zagreb-Split which is now 5.5 hours instead of 9. The night trains still need more than 7 hours. They have the first and second-class seats and booking in advance is advisable.

Split by train timetable

At the moment while I'm writing this page, from Zagreb to Split, there are three trains. According official Croatia train website, there are two daily trains during the week:

Daily from Monday to Sunday

  • Dep.07:35  Train  521 Arr.13:37    Duration 06:02       Price II class   208.00 Kuna
  • Dep.15:21  Train  523 Arr.21:23    Duration 06:02       Price II class   208.00 Kuna
  • First class 303 Kuna

Overnight train - Monday/Wednesday/Friday

  • Dep.23:05    Train 821 Arr.06:48     Duration 07:43    Only II class    200.80 Kuna
  • No first class available 
  • Bicycles can be transported on this train.

Split by train - seasonal overnight trains with auto train

Take advantage of a special deal 'Hostel on wheels' and pay, in addition to the fare, extra 77 Kuna for a couchette on night trains 820/821 on the route Zagreb Central Station – Split – Zagreb and a special deal Auto Train and pay, in addition to the fare, extra 101 Kuna for a car or 51 Kuna for a motorbike.

  • Train No.821 on the route Zagreb – Split runs from 29 April 2017 to 29 October 2017 daily and from 31 October 2017 to 9 December 2017 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Train departs from Zagreb at 11:05 PM and arrives in Split at 6:54 AM
  • Train No.820 on the route Split – Zagreb runs from 30 April do 30 October 2017 daily and from 1 November to 9 December 2017 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Train departs from Split at 9:43 PM and arrives in Zagreb at 5:40 AM.

Booking you train on line

Booking in advance is advisable and the tickets for Split by train can be purchased up to two months in advance.

  • Croatia Railways booking
  • Die Bahn - useful timetable info from German Railways for both train journeys within Croatia and to Croatia, as well as routes across Europe.
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