Note: These Day Trips from Split are part of my Tour Guide’s Super-Guide to Croatia. Click to see the rest, and for some preliminary Croatia info that would be useful for this guide!
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the capital of the Dalmatian Coast. It contains one of the busiest harbors in Europe and is a hub to the rest of Croatia. Split is centered around an incredible Ancient Roman Palace, but the rest of the city is mostly suburbs, leaving the city with not as much to do as one would expect from such a well-known Croatian coastal city.
However, as I always say, Split is perfect for basing oneself for many different day trips around the southern Croatian coast. There are dozens of amazing islands, national parks, and surrounding cities that make perfect day trips from Split. I have listed the best ones below, along with my recommended tour providers, too!
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DAY TRIPS FROM SPLIT CROATIA:
There are many smaller islands and national parks that are best accessible as day trips from Split, often on an organized bus/minibus tour. I think day tours are some of the easiest ways to access different points of interest from a central Croatian city so be sure to check out these Split day trip ideas.
But first, check out some of my other Croatia Content! I worked as a tour guide for four years sailing the southern seas, so I know the place like the back of my hand. Here are some of my other detailed guides and posts about Croatia:
- Tour Guide’s Super-Guide to All of Croatia
- Top 20 Music Festivals in Croatia
- Croatia Sailing Tours: How to Choose the Best Island Sail Week in Croatia (for any traveler)
- Tour Guide’s Super Guide to Split
- Tour Guide’s Super Guide to Hvar
- Tour Guide’s Super Guide to Vis
- Tour Guide’s Super Guide to Korcula
- Tour Guide’s Super Guide to Dubrovnik
- Ziplining in Croatia
- Ultra Europe Festival Guide: All You need to Know for Ultra Croatia
- Hideout Festival Review + Guide: Guide for Zrce Beach
Vis Blue Caves Day Trip from Split
Many travel agencies will sell you day trips to the Blue Cave on Biševo island, just off of Vis Island. The cave is blue because there is a section of an almost entirely enclosed cave where the rock dips just a few feet below sea level, and the sunlight shines right through the crystal clear water and illuminates the whole cave in a blue glow.
It was discovered a few hundred years ago by an explorer who crawled through a small crack in the cave wall, and they have since blown a bigger (but still very tiny and only accessible via tiny boat) entrance to take tourists inside.
The cave is absolutely stunning and serene, but just know that you will take a little boat inside and be in there for about 5 minutes to take photos and it could be a long wait. I would say it’s worth seeing, though!
Vis Day Trip from Split
Some blue cave trips (like the one above) will also stop at Vis island, which is gorgeous. Check my Guide to Vis to learn more about what there is to see on Vis, including two amazing little towns, beautiful swimming spots, fortresses, good food, Stiniva Bay, and even military tours that show you the fascinating military history of the island (including miles of tunnels).
It’s popular to rent scooters on Vis and zoom between little towns, mountains, and secluded coves. It’s great for a day trip from Split, or maybe one night if you are in time to catch some nightlife.
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Can you BELIEVE that when I came here to Krka National park 4 years ago, I got a photo of myself in the water with NO ONE in the background?!?😱 (if you look far enough back in my feed you will find it!) Croatia's tourism has boomed SO much in the past four years and it has been crazy/exciting/depressing to see it escalate with my own eyes. I was the first of people I know to visit Croatia and now I feel that everyone I know has been! It's good for the country but not when there's so many people you can't move (like Krka was this day!) I honestly didn't recognize a thing from Krka, it had changed so much in 4 years. #krka #krkanationalpark #croatia
Krka National Park Day Trips from Split
This is one of the two famous ‘waterfall parks’ in Croatia, and this one is closer to Split. Krka is a stunning national park with cascades of waterfalls and an area that you can swim in! After swimming in the refreshing, cool water, (and making sure to take loads of photos!), there are some trails to walk around, a few restaurants and gift shops, and many places to lay out and get some sun.
Many day trips from Split to Krka will take you to other scenic areas and viewpoints in the park as stops on the tour, like the lovely town of Šibenik (below!).
Šibenik Day Trips from Split
Šibenik is a lovely coastal town a few hours north of Split and very close to Krka National Park. There’s a beautiful old town, great little restaurants, and a cathedral to explore. It’s got a beautiful old town made of white stone much like other old Croatian towns, and has a similar unique charm.
Šibenik can be done as its own day trip, or can be conveniently combined with a day trip to Krka National Park like the tour linked above.
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trips from Split
Perhaps the most well-known (and most overrun by tourists) of Croatia’s national parks, Plitvice (plit-veet-zay) is the massive waterfall park with acres of beautiful blue water and waterfalls all over the place. This is probably the one you’ve seen on Pinterest and in guidebooks – it’s one of those earthly places that seems like it’s out of a fairytale! The only problem is that the tourists know it, too.
You could spend all day walking from one end of this park to the other and discover hundreds of beautiful waterfalls. It is massive and has loads of areas to explore and boardwalks to peruse across the turquoise waters. Unfortunately, you can’t swim here, but you’ll be too busy trying to cover all the ground covered by the park!
Omiš Day Trips from Split
Omiš is less than an hour south of Split, and is the adventure capital of Croatia’s south coast. It is here that the majestic Cetina river winds through its final stone mountain peaks and emerges into the Adriatic Sea. The mountains are very high here, and mountains + the river = some amazing adventures.
The best adventure day trip from Split in Omiš in my opinion is Zip Lining. I have been zip lining all over the world and this is by far the best I have done! You can also rock climb, go river rafting, try canyoning, and hike up to a fortress with a magical view. Check my super guide to Croatia for more info on Omiš!
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I remember seeing photos of this place on a blog a few years back, and making a pact with myself to see it one day. It's called Blagaj (pronounced bla-guy) spring, the source of the Buna River in Southwest Bosnia & Herzegovina. They estimate that it's the deepest spring in Europe, and that 43,000 gallons come out of it per second. The surrounding restaurants just use the river water to keep their drinks cold!! The gorgeous white house next to it is the Dervish house – a branch of Islamic religion that is one with nature. I got the vibe that they were the Islamic hippies😝✌🏼️ More on this soon!! #blagaj #dervishes #dervishhouse #spring #bunariver #herzegovina #solotravel #mostar #birthday #nikon_photography_
Mostar and Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina Day Trips from Split
Bosnia & Herzegovina is an absolutely beautiful country right next door to Croatia, and can also be visited as a (long) day trip from Split. Bosnia+ Herzegovina is a Muslim country, and is much more similar to Turkey than Mediterranean-esque Croatia.
This makes it especially fascinating to discover the many differences between Bosnia and Croatia, all the while also being completely gorgeous to visit. Mostar is home to the beautiful ‘old bridge,’ and Medugorje is a fascinating religious.
There are many other points of interest to visit as well, such as Počitelj castle, Kravice Falls, and Blagaj springs (pictured above). These can be done in the day tours below, or done in a few days at your own leisure!
Hvar Island Day Trips from Split
Hvar might be the place on here I most strongly recommend as more than a single day trip from Split, but in that it’s only a 1.5 hour catamaran from Split, it’s very doable as one. Hvar island has a main town (Hvar Town) and a few other tiny little charming towns along the coast as well.
Most tours to Hvar leave from Hvar itself, but I have linked a few multi-island tours below that stop in Hvar. Or, jump on the catamaran and plan your day as you please!
If you only have one day, check out Hvar town and some of the stunning surrounding islands. Hvar is famous for its nightlife, and has lovely seaside cocktail bars and even a club on an island! To see all my recommendations of what to do in Hvar as one of many day trips from Split, read my guide to Hvar here.
Brač Island Day Trip from Split
Brač is one of the largest Adriatic Islands and the closest to Split – it’s the big island you can see from everywhere in Split! Brač is the most well known for the white stone quarried there and used not only all over Croatia but all over the world. Every old town you will explore in Croatia is made from Brač stone, and there are white stone souvenirs all over the country!
If you are to visit one place in Brač, go to the famous triangular beach called Bol, and the biggest town, Supetar. There are many secluded coves, vineyards, and tiny towns all over!
Šolta Island Day Trip from Split
Šolta is a smaller island almost connected to Brač, that is most known for its olive oil. It’s very secluded and seemingly remote while only a short ferry ride from Split.
A Day at Sea: Diving in Split
Although it’s not the most popular activity in Croatia, diving is actually amazing in this country due to the incredibly clear water. I bet you won’t meet many people who have been diving in Croatia, but the activity is growing in popularity each year.
Makarska Day Trip from Split
Makarska is another half hour past Omiš, and is actually one of my favorite places in the whole country. It’s a little city at the base of the tallest mountains on the Croatian coast, and has all sorts of water sports, swimming spots, cliff jumping, and great food and nightlife.
There are many regular busses from Split to Makarska; most busses heading for Dubrovnik will stop there. Check my Croatia Super-Guide for more info on Makarska!
Trogir Day Trip from Split
Trogir is just north of Split – perhaps closer to the airport than Split itself – and it yet another gorgeous coastal old town to explore. There are many tours of Trogir, and many of the above tours will actually leave interchangeably from Split or Trogir! Find out what works best for you to book and plan accordingly.
Dubrovnik Day Trip from Split
Okay, now I really would NOT recommend only doing Dubrovnik as a day trip from Split, because it’s worth so much more! But, in that it is possible, I am still listing it here for you! If you only have one day in Dubrovnik, it’s possible as a day trip from Split.
There’s loads to do in Dubrovnik (as you’ll see in my guide), and it’s really better to spend a few nights there. But if you are pressed for time, you absolutely should not miss out on seeing this amazing city!
Extra Notes on Split
If you’re still planning your journey to Split, here are my top recommendations for places to stay in Split. I have stayed in each (at very different stages in my tour guiding journey, ha) and recommend them!
What to do in Split – check out my article below!
Have any questions about your trip to Croatia? Feel free to contact me for any trip-planning help! Remember to Pin this post to Pinterest!