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Getting from Zadar Airport to Split

Split, located 158km southeast of Zadar, is Croatia’s second-largest city and an important tourist destination on the Dalmatian coast. Its unique architecture, beautiful landmarks and privileged access to the nearby islands attract many visitors yearly.

After your flight touches down at Zadar Airport, your options for getting to Split are taxi and bus. An airport taxi provides hassle-free door-to-door transportation to your accommodation in Split in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The cost is about €170 for a standard sedan. On the other hand, the bus is a much more budget-friendly option at €19.65 per passenger on average. However, the trip can take up to 3 hours, depending on the bus provider, the route and the number of stops.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Zadar at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €220 105min 24/7 Book
Taxi €170 105min 24/7
Bus €39.30 180min 05:30–22:30

How to get from Zadar Airport to Split by taxi

A Zadar Airport to Split transfer by taxi is the most convenient option for seamless transportation to your final destination. Cabs at Zadar Airport operate 24/7, so regardless of the time you touch the ground, a vehicle will be readily available to take you to your accommodation in Split.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Zadar Airport to Split?

Zadar taxis do not follow regulated prices. Drivers charge their customers based on what the taximeter reads, but they usually ask for a fixed amount for intercity transfers. In the case of Zadar to Split, the asked price is usually around €170.

You can avoid hidden costs and significant price variations if you pre-book your transfer with Welcome Pickups. That way, you get a competitive fixed-rate fare in under 60 seconds and a 5-star service you will remember forever.



Trip Duration

1 h 45 min

*Unless booked in advance, there might be variations in taxi prices.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Zadar Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Getting a taxi at Zadar Airport could not be any easier. When you get your belongings from baggage claim, you follow the exit sign to leave International Arrivals, and the taxi rank is across the street.


Croatia is a Mediterranean country, so in the summer, it gets pretty hot. Combine that with the humidity of the coast, and you can easily imagine that a long wait could get uncomfortable and tiring. Taking a taxi is the most convenient option, as you’ll immediately board an air-conditioned vehicle to take you to your destination hassle-free.

Editor’s Note

If your plane is scheduled to reach Zadar Airport late at night or very early in the morning, a taxi might be your only transportation solution.

Useful Tips

Always agree on the transfer price with the driver before boarding the vehicle.
Cards are generally accepted, but it would be best to ask in advance to make sure.

How to get from Zadar Airport to Split by bus

Taking the bus to Split is a good alternative if you are on a budget and don’t mind some waiting time. However, unfortunately, there is no direct Zadar Airport to Split bus. To reach Split, you must take the airport bus to the Central Bus Station in downtown Zadar, then board a coach to Split from there.

How much is the bus from Zadar Airport to Split?

The total amount of your bus ticket will include the airport bus and the bus to Split tickets. The airport ticket costs €4.65. As for the Zadar to Split leg, prices range depending on the operator. Yet, on average, you will pay €15. So, the total cost per passenger is approximately €19.65.



Trip Duration

3 h

*Waiting times are not included in the indicated total trip duration.

Both the airport bus and coaches to Split are available from early in the morning until the evening. Nevertheless, the timetables change monthly, so consult times according to your travel dates.

Where do I get the bus from?

The airport bus is parked at the exit of International Arrivals. When you leave the terminal, turn to the right, and you will see it. Once at the Zadar Central Station, check with your chosen operator to find the specific platform of your bus.


Given the total travel time and possibly long waiting durations, the bus to Split is not the most convenient transfer option. However, if schedules are not far apart, it is a good alternative for the cab fraction of the cost.

Editor’s Note

If you buy your ticket to Split online, you’ll probably get a better deal than at the station counter.

Useful Tips

Busy periods affect traffic conditions. Try to have some extra time available for that.
You can pre-book your airport bus ticket on the SMARTICA app.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Zadar Airport to Split?

You can get from Zadar Airport to Split by taxi or bus. The cab is pricier but takes the hassle and waiting out of the equation. The bus is cost-effective, but you will need significantly more time in total to complete the trip!

What’s the cost of a taxi transfer from Zadar Airport to Split?

Zadar taxi drivers usually ask for a fixed price for intercity rides. In this case, it’s around €170 to cover the Zadar Airport to Split route by cab. You can pre-book your transfer with Welcome Pickups for a competitive set-rate fare.

Is there a direct bus from Zadar Airport to Split?

No, there isn’t a direct bus connection from Zadar Airport to Split. You must take the airport bus to the Central Bus Station in downtown Zadar first, then board a coach to Split.

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