The Best Way To Experience Split And Its Cruise Port

The Best Way To Experience Split And Its Cruise Port

Located on the Dalmatian coast, near the historic Old Town, captivating archaeological sites and a stunning national park, the port of Split is an important welcome point for many tourists visiting this part of Croatia and its surrounding islands.

If you are planning a cruise holiday that sails around this gorgeous part of the Adriatic coastline, read on as we share our guide to Split Cruise Port. 

We’ll share answers to key questions, such as where do cruise ships dock in Split, how to get to Split from the cruise port and what to do in Split on port days, helping you make the most of your visit here.

Where do cruise ships dock in Split, Croatia?

Split Cruise Port overlooks the Adriatic Sea, situated on a peninsula on the West coast of Croatia, with a deep sheltered harbour on the south side. The city is the second largest in Croatia, and before the pandemic in 2019, Split Cruise Port saw over 260 cruise ship visits with more than 130,000 cruise guests. 

Split Cruise Terminal has three piers, with quays for up to six cruise ships to dock. Previously, cruise ships would also anchor in Split harbour, with tender boats bringing passengers to shore. However, that is rarely necessary these days.

There is no terminal building at Split Cruise Terminal. However, services such as taxis, shore excursion buses and tourist information are available nearby where you disembark the ship. You’ll also find cafes, toilets, cash machines and money exchange in this area.

How far is Split from the cruise port?

One of the many great things about visiting Split on a cruise holiday is the proximity of the city centre. The distance from Split cruise port to the city centre is between 0.5 to 0.7 miles, depending on where your ship docks, making walking an accessible option for many people.

Usually, there are no shuttle buses from Split cruise port to the city centre because it is so close. There are taxis available if needed. However, these cost around 27 euros for two to three passengers, one way.

Is there anything near Split Cruise Port?

Split’s historic Old Town has a history going back over 1700 years. It is just a ten-minute walk from Split Cruise Terminal, so there is plenty to see and do close to where your ship will dock.

Diocletian’s Palace

One of the best activities by Split cruise port is discovering the extensive and fascinating Diocletian’s Palace. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 305 AD, it is one of the most popular attractions in Split. 

Many visitors are surprised and somewhat confused that Diocletian’s Palace is not just one building. It is actually made up of the remains of over 200 buildings, many of which are well-preserved and have more than 3,000 people still living and working within them. 

Be sure to see the Peristyle. Once the central courtyard of the palace and now the Old Town’s main square, it is lined with bustling cafés and is vibrant with live music.

Another key feature is the Cathedral of St. Domnius, reportedly the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world and where the Roman emperor Diocletian was originally buried. Climb the 200 steps of the bell tower to gain spectacular panoramic views of the city and coastline.

Split Promenade and Harbour

Another one of the best activities by Split Cruise Port is simply wandering along the sparkling white tiles of the picturesque Harbour Promenade.

With palm trees and charming cafés on one side and the gently lapping turquoise waters, moored yachts and fishing boats on the other, it is a really peaceful way to spend an hour or two.

Fruit Square (Trg Brace Radic or Radic Brothers’ Square)

Once the place where people from the surrounding villages would gather to sell their fruit and vegetables, Fruit Square is now considered one of the city’s most beautiful areas.

Admire the octagonal Venetian tower, a watch tower for over three centuries, or explore Baroque-style architecture at Milesi Palace. And, while there are no longer any fruit stalls, there are still places where you can sample the local produce with a vibrant fruit salad or refreshing smoothie.


When looking for what to do in Split on port days, if you have more time, consider a day trip to the island of Hvar. Known for its breathtaking beauty, super sunny climate and rich history, Hvar has something to enchant every one of its visitors. 

Explore its fascinating architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Stephen, the Hvar Public Theatre and the Fortica fortress, venture out to the idyllic bays of the Pakleni Islands or simply sit back and sample some of the island’s delicious local seafood.

There are up to six ferries sailing to Hvar from Split each day, with the journey lasting approximately one hour.

Krka National Park

If you’re looking for an adventure when deciding what to do in Split on port days, head inland to Krka National Park. Although it is just under 54 miles from Split Cruise Port, it is well worth the travel time.

Discover the park’s seven magnificent waterfalls that cascade into the freshwater pools below. Hike nature trails to spot local wildlife, which includes over 200 species of birds, European otters and terrapins, and take in the beautiful landscape. 

The easiest way to get to Krka National Park is via a shore excursion or guided tour. However, you can take a bus to the village of Skradin, which takes around 1hr 15 minutes, and then get a boat ride to the park itself.

If you have any questions about Split Cruise Port, or would like to book a cruise holiday that stops there, please get in contact with our cruise specialists.

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