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Bus Recommendations for Dubrovnik to Split

Hi fellow travelers,

My husband and I will be traveling from Dubrovnik to Split (and back) in late May. Following advice from the RS forums we're taking the bus. Can you help with the following?

  1. Any bus companies you love, or ones we should avoid?
  2. Should we buy our tickets online ahead of time? If so, how far in advance?
  3. What are your favorite web sites you use to purchase bus tickets? Right now I'm looking on GetByBus.com.

Thank you!

Posted by Agnes
Washington DC Region, USA
4328 posts

I just bought one right at the bus station (I don't know if what you're looking at is a reseller, but there's really no need to buy anything in advance - one day ahead of time is enough). I don't think it matters which bus - all will be nice and modern because they compete with each other. There are multiple runs a day. Definitely get a ticket at least a day ahead of time if you need a specific time. At the time I went (in 2011 or 2015?), I couldn't even find the schedules online. I have no idea which company I ended up taking but it was a beautiful 4.5 hour ride with a stop for bathroom/snacks.

Posted by Angella OP
San Francisco, CA
101 posts

Thanks Agnes, we're on a pretty tight schedule and want to make the most of our time in Split (will be there for less than 24 hours) so I want to make sure we get the early morning/late evening buses on the schedule.

I did some research on my own and found CRB (Croatia bus-Globtour-Salinea-Jadran ekspres) had negative reviews because they nickle-and-dime for seat reservations, luggage, etc. Wondering if there were others we should avoid, or aim for.

Posted by Agnes
Washington DC Region, USA
4328 posts

Re: the negative reviews....you have to put this in perspective. The bus trips are very inexpensive (at least when I went). I know that folks read reviews for just about everything these days, but this is really a low-risk endeavor. So what if you pay a few extra kuna for luggage or seat reservations? I don't know if there are enough people on this forum who took the same trip but with different carriers so that they can compare one against another (usually someone will take a single trip with a single carrier - that's about it). I don't remember which bus I took but I did not research ahead of time because it just wasn't worth the effort (the online schedules weren't that clear to begin with). I treat short bus trips pretty much as a commodity (everything is interchangeable). Good luck with whatever you choose!

Posted by acraven
Washington DC
8529 posts

I don't remember what bus company I used in 2015 to travel north through Croatia--probably more than one, but it is common in the Balkans to pay a modest fee (it was roughly $1 in 2015) for each bag put in the luggage hold on a bus. I may also have paid extra for seat reservations, but I don't remember about that. Really, the cost of normal buses is very modest; I don't recognize the name of that bus company--it may run some sort of tourist specials.

Posted by Cro on the go
Istria, Croatia
70 posts

There is not big service difference between bus companies in Croatia. No need to buy tickets in advance from resellers who charge more anyway. Buy tickets at bus stations when you arrive in towns and note the travel time differences on the routes, most resellers show these travel times.