Ultimate Guide to Split Croatia Solo Travel (2023)
Are you looking to explore some of the stunning Adriatic coast on your own terms? Then head to Split, Croatia. Compiled from my first-hand Split solo travel, this ultimate Guide to Split Croatia Solo Travel has all things Split travel tips with bonus budget travel tips, eco-travel tips, and more throughout. This is your one-stop-shop to plan an unforgettable solo Croatian vacation in Split.
Get ready to explore Split, Croatia.
This Split Travel Guide is intentionally written for the solo traveler, the first time Split traveler, and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been solo traveling FOREVER) in mind. Yet, anyone can use this travel guide it to plan and book Split Croatia travel.
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- Ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide
- What is Split Croatia Known For?
- Best Time to Visit Split Croatia
- Getting to Split Croatia
- Getting Around Split
- Is Split Croatia Safe to Visit Alone?
- Split Packing Essentials
- Best Place to Stay for Split Solo Travel
- 5 MUST DOs on Split Croatia VIDEO
- MORE Best Things to do In Split
- Day Trips from Split
- BEST Booking Sites for Split Travel
- How to Get THE BEST of Split Croatia in 3 Days
Ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide
If you need more Croatia travel tips to supplement your solo travel Split Croatia planning, consult this ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more to plan solo travel in Croatia.
Croatia had been on my travel bucket list for many years. When finally able to go, I couldn’t decide which city to choose first to experience Croatia: Dubrovnik or Split. Choosing Split was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Want to know what an incredible time I had in Split? Don’t just read. Use my Best of Split in 3 Days Itinerary and you, too, will experience the perfect, first-time Split solo travel.
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What is Split Croatia Known For?
Croatia’s second largest city, Split is the largest city in Croatia’s Dalmatia region and situated nicely between mountains and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and lovely Dalmatian Coast islands.
Split offers history, colorful architecture and Roman ruins, spectacular wine tasting and cuisine, outdoor land and water activities, and some of the best beaches in Europe, if not the world.
Split is best known for being the home of the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must see in Split. Built for the Roman emperor Diocletian, the palace consumes most of the Old Town. It was built in the fourth century AD, which also marks the establishment of the city of Split itself.
Is Split Croatia worth visiting?
Considering the history of Split Croatia alone begs visiting Split. Ask any local, young or old, a question about Split, and they will proudly regale you with historical facts and stories, as well as provide recommendations on what to see in Split. Their knowledge and enthusiasm of their hometown and country is infectious.
Croatia had been on my bucket list for many years before I actually had time to carve out 3 days in Croatia. I had wrestled between Dubrovnik and Split for my first Croatia solo trip.
However, I couldn’t escape the lure of the history and thoughts of visiting the surrounding islands for beach time and wine tasting, so Split solo travel it was. The bigger problem was making my solo travel itinerary for just 3 days in Split.
There is much to see and do in Split. Yet, Split is a place in Croatia to take it slow, like lounging on the beach. If you have 4 days in Split, or a week in Split, even better.
Best Time to Visit Split Croatia
The best time to travel to Split, Croatia depends on weather, costs, activities and events offered.
Split Croatia Weather & Costs
Like many European countries, peak tourist season in Croatia is June through August. The weather in Split Croatia is also at its hottest with an average of low 80F degrees and the least amount precipitation. These are, however, the most expensive months to visit Split.
After peak season may be considered the best time to go to Split Croatia. September and October offer warm weather and water, fewer tourists, and slightly lower travel costs.
April and May are lovely months to visit Split as well, but the water may be cooler.
November through March, Split’s winter, has an average temperature of 45F degrees but also fewer tourists and lowest costs. Split in winter would be when to solo travel on a budget.
My last solo travel in Split was in September, and it was lovely. To get the best Split solo travel experience, May to October would be when to visit Split.
Festivals in Split Croatia
I always suggest checking the local events calendar when planning solo travel.
There are festivals in Split Croatia year round. Consult them to know how they may impact or enhance your Croatia travel.
Is Split Croatia Expensive?
For example, an inexpensive meal in a restaurant could cost 60 kuna, a bottle of import beer 18 kuna, or a cappuccino 12 kuna. Buying food in a store would cost less and make your single travel budget stretch further.
Of course, luxury accommodations in Split and high-end activities, like taking a private boat trip to Blue Lagoon and islands, also exist.
The point is, Split can be enjoyed across different budgets.
Croatia Solo Travel Tips
Croatia’s currency is the Kuna (HRK), not the Euro. Croatia is not yet a part of the European Union (at time of this writing). Manage your currency exchange wisely on your solo trip to Croatia.
There are ATM’s a plenty in Split for you to extract local currency, if need be.
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Getting to Split Croatia
Flying into Split
The airport is about 23 kilometers from the Split city center. If your hotel does not offer airport shuttle service, there are several other Split Airport transport options to get from Split Airport to the city centre.
Search for Cheap Flights to Split
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Split Airport Transportation
Split Airport Taxis and Rideshares
An easy option is to take a Split Airport taxi or hire an Uber or Bolt rideshare, all available at the Split Airport. My Uber from Split Airport to Old Town cost 258 Kunas with tip (at time of writing), which is about the same cost as a taxi.
Catch your airport rideshare on the main street at the public bus stop. Taxi and rideshares from Split Airport to city center take 20-25 minutes, depending on traffic.
Note, when I take a ride share or taxi, I like to pick the driver’s brain for information on the location, get good activity or dining tips, or tips or what to do or avoid.
Locals are the best source of travel information. In Split, the locals are friendly, a wealth of information, and they love to share.
Croatia Eco Travel Tips
Split Airport Transfers to Split
A budget friendly, more eco-friendly, and quick option is to hire a transfer from Split Airport to Split. Trips are 45 minutes to Old Town and the cost is very comparable to a taxi or rideshare. Plus, you can book a Split Airport to Split transfer in advance.
Split Airport Transfers to Outside Split
If you are staying on of the islands around Split like Brac or Hvar, or a little further outside of Split, there are more Split Airport transfer options.
Split Airport Transfer to Islands & More
The following are eco-friendly transportation options, however, will save you money if you are traveling Split on a budget.
Split Airport Train and Bus
There are public Split Airport buses available to take you to the Kastel Stari train station in Split where you catch the train to the Split main railway station next to the Port of Split.
The public Split Airport bus ride is about 10 minutes, with the total trip taking about 35 minutes and costing 25 Kunas, a very Split budget friendly method for getting to Split.
Split Airport Bus
Another budget friendly airport transfer is the Split Airport bus. For 40 Kunas, you can catch the #37 bus directly from the main terminal with a ride to the main Split bus station, next to the main railway station, taking about 35-40 minutes. You pay the driver on the bus.
Split Airport Car Rental
I advise against renting a car if staying solo in Split, or close to Split. Why deal with city center parking and additional petrol expenses? Here are better ways to get from the Split Airport.
If your Croatia travel involves off-the-beaten path travel, however, then renting a car at the Split airport may be best for your Croatia solo travel itinerary.
Explore Split Car Rentals
Bus to Split
Buses to Split arrive at the main Split bus station which are quick, inexpensive, and eco-friendly ways to get to Split from other countries or Croatian cities.
Train to Split
Trainline Provides Cheap Train and Bus Tickets to Split
Ferry to Split
If you’re already in Croatia or coming from Italy, a Croatia Ferry may be an option for you on your solo travel to Split.
Getting Around Split
Is Split walkable?
Yes, Split is very walkable. In fact, many of the top things to do in Split are accessible by foot.
Old Town and the palace are only comprised of narrow, stone pedestrian streets packed with restaurants and cafes, hotels, boutique shopping, and never ending history.
If you want to learn more about Split or its incredible food and wine, consider a historic walking tour or Split food walking tour. There are private and group tours available. Again, group tours do provide that additional chance to meet others when traveling Split alone.
Tour Split by Bike or Scooter
Looking for exercise while seeing more of Split? A large portion of Split is flat, but also surrounded by picturesque beaches and the Marjan Park, ideal for biking and/or scootering. Consider renting a bike in Split or scooter.
Save Time and Book Your Split Bike or Scooter in Advance
Want company riding around to enhance your Split, Crotia solo travel? Split has group bike tours. These tours are eco-friendly and a great way for solo travelers of all ages to to learn more about Split while meeting new people.
Best Split Bike Tours
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On my last solo trip to Split, I did boating to an Brac and swam at the Golden Horn Beach. I also did a morning kayak from Bene beach with cliff jumping while also swimming off Kasjuni beach. The group and tour was so much fun. I was the oldest person in the small group kayak tour and had a blast.
Split Public Transport
The Split bus is another way to explore Split beyond Old Town.
The main Split bus terminal is a convenient 10 minute walk from Old Town. Split public bus tickets are inexpensive, bus lines run daily from 5am to midnight, and the Split public bus network is extensive opening up more possibilities for fun on budget Croatia solo travel.
Is Split Croatia Safe to Visit Alone?
Crime in Split is very low. Split is also considered very safe to walk alone day or night, so you don’t need to worry about safety in Split as solo female traveler. I never felt unsafe walking alone in Split on my over 50 single travel.
As always, practice general safety measures, such as walking on well-lit streets and keeping your belongings on you at all times, especially in crowded or touristy areas.
Other than that, you should consider Split one of the best places to go by yourself.
Split Packing Essentials
I’m not one to tell someone else how to pack, but there definitely some solo travel essentials I would recommend taking on your solo travel to Croatia, like the following.
This list of travel essentials combined can make your Split, Croatia solo travel easier and more memorable while being friendlier to the environment.
Best Place to Stay for Split Solo Travel
The Split city center, including the Old Town, is where it’s at for first time solo travel to Split, as indicated on the map below.
Many of the must do Split activities and attractions, including access to Split nightlife, are within minutes of walking or a quick bus ride away from the bus stops close by.
Of course, you can stay outside this section of the Split city center, but it may just add a little time to this Split, Croatia solo travel itinerary, depending on what you ultimately decide to see and do in Split.
Split Solo Travel Tips
Have WhatsApp on your mobile device(s). Many smaller establishments and activities offices use this as a method of communication making it easier to make inquiries or booking and learn, or notify, of any scheduling changes.
Get the T-Mobile International Plan or something similar in price and features. I no longer work on WiFi only on international travel. I’ll use it when it’s there, but having access to roaming when needed for GPS and Google Maps is a game changer.
Split Hotels and More
There are many accommodations in Split city center across all budget types to choose from. Going in the off season, or booking well in advance, will get you the best Split prices.
Book a Travel Sustainable-rated property, or at least employs these methods into their business to reduce your travel carbon footprint.
Hotels in Split range from budget to luxury.
For location, price, breakfast, amenities (including free-cancellation), eco-friendly and sustainable operations, and customer reviews and ratings, here are my best hotels in Split recommendations in or around Split Old Town ideal for over 50 solo travel on a Split 3 day itinerary (i.e., where I would stay):
I last stayed at Starlight Luxury Rooms conveniently located around the corner from Diocletian’s Palace. My room and bed were large and comfortable, the breakfast was incredible, and the hotel staff friendly and helpful.
In fact, ask for Mario. He was the bomb. He had such great information, helped me with activities, and was accessible by a quick WhatsApp message.
2023 update: Starlight Luxury Rooms is now Travel Sustainable rated through Booking.com. I knew it was a matter of time considering their sustainable initiatives (below).
Reserve Split Accommodations Early for the Best Price
Split Eco Travel Tips
Hostels in Split city center can be a budget accommodation for over 50 single travel. Using the same conditions above, with the ability to get a private room, my Split hostel for solo travel recommendation is Hostel Dvor.
It is in a good location and also employs some sustainability initiatives.
Split Budget Travel Tips
Hostels in Split Croatia could start from around €20-30/night, depending on what amenities and location you want. Note, these are usually for a bed in a dorm room. A private room in a Split city center hostel could cost the same, if not more, than a budget hotel.
Reserve Split Hostel Early for the Best Private Room
5 MUST DOs on Split Croatia VIDEO
Start with these 5 Split must do’s in this video. After this glimpse of Split solo travel, you’ll be dying to book your flight to Split.
MORE Best Things to do In Split
You have to keep in mind Split’s ideal location, beaches and proximity to parks and islands that can keep you hopping, pardon the pun.
Here are more must see Split attractions for your Split itinerary perfect for a single traveler. If you want to know how to see most of them on your first time Split travel, use my Best of Split in 3 Days Itinerary. It’s all in there. Easy peasy.
Churches & Cathedrals
- Saint Duje’s Cathedral (St. Domnius Cathedral)
- Crkva Gospe od Prizidnice
- Katedrala sv. Lovre (St. Lawrence Cathedral)
- Katedrala sv. Stjepana I. (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
- Zupna Crkva Gospe Od Karmela, Bol
- Katedrala sv. Marko (St. Mark’s Cathedral)
Architectural Buildings & Historic Sites
- Diocletian’s Palace
- Peristil Square
- Jupiter’s Temple
- Saint Domnius Bell Tower
- Porta Caesarea, Salona
- Roman Ruins of Salona
- Tvrđava Fortica (Spanish Fortress), Hvar
- Klis Fortress, Klis
Split Landmarks, Points of Interest & Monuments
- Narodni trg (Pjaca Square)
- Trg Brace Radic (Fruit’s Square)
- Marmontova ulica (Marmont Street)
- Riva Harbor
- Statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin)
Museums & Aquariums
Parks and Gardens
Get out and enjoy some incredible nature and hiking around Split.
Split is not short of spectacular beaches. Here are but some of the best Europe beaches you can find in Split accessible by foot, Split public transportation or a ferry.
Relax and sunbathe, or swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, parasail, paddle board, cliff jump or more.
Many beaches have lounge bars with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some are even nude beaches. Heads up.
A must do in Split is taking a ride out to one of the following islands from Split. Here are some that are available to see:
- Hvar Island
- Brač Island
- Korčula Island
- Vis Island
- Šolta Island
- Mljet Island
- Čiovo Island
Each island offers its own charm, special beaches and activities. It may be hard to decide on just one. If you want to go to more than one island, there are island hopping tours from Split.
I suggest going to as many islands off Split as you can. Definitely go to at least one.
Split Croatia Dining & Entertainment
Dining in Split can be hard only because of trying to choose from one of the kanobas (restaurants) and bars galore in Old Town and on the Riva. Wander the streets to find one or get a recommendation from a local.
Definitely have the gelato at Gelateria Emiliana. Don’t be surprised if there is a line. It’s worth the wait.
What to eat in Split? Croatia’s long history is truly reflected in its cuisine that has Italian, Turkish, Hungarian and other influences.
Situated on the Adriatic, the Italian influence is heavy in Split’s cuisine. Popular are dishes of cheeses, prosciutto, bread with olive oil, and olives.
Seafood is also a large staple in Split dining, such as skampi, mussels, crabs, octopus, and the like. Dishes may be served with sides of spaghetti, njoki (gnocchi), or risotto. Beef and fish stews are also popular.
For dessert, try a fritula (traditional pastry like a powdered sugar donut) or rozata (pudding with caramel sauce).
By all means, do not lose out on tasting the local wines, like whites made from the Pošip white wine grape native to Korčula or luscious zinfandels. Croatia has amazing wines, and wine tasting, or taking a wine tasting tour from Split, is another Split must do.
Old Town, Marmont Street and the Riva is where it is at for bars and restaurants. Split nightclubs can also be found on the Riva and port area.
It’s safe to walk Split at night, even as a female traveler, so feel free to wander to find the right place.
Taking one of the following group tours from Split, or more, is a very convenient way to see more of Croatia without a car.
BEST Booking Sites for Split Travel
Here is a summary of the best booking sites I recommend you use to successfully book your Split solo travel. I use just about all of these for most travel locations. I even gave you my suggested Split hotel.
These booking sites give you multiple travel options and awesome travel deals for all travel budgets. They will certainly help get a jump on your Split, Croatia solo travel.
For the best travel deals, always book early. Bundling airline and hotel reservations may provide additional deals.
How to Get THE BEST of Split Croatia in 3 Days
You’re all set to get your Split solo travel on, right? Need some ideas on how to plan your days?
My 3 days in Split solo travel itinerary will definitely please. It even has suggestions on how stay longer on your first-time solo travel in Croatia.