Zagreb – Split

Train from Zagreb to Split is one of the most popular train routes as it connects the two biggest cities in Croatia. The route is operated by Hrvatske Željeznice with 2 daily departures and 1 night departure.

The train departs from Zagreb Glavni Kolodvor (main train station) which is located in central Zagreb. The train arrives at the main train station in Split located right next to the ferry port and the main bus station, about 5 minutes from the city centre. The train stops at 16 more railway stations in between.

Types of trains

There are 2 types of trains operating the route Zagreb – Split, a day train and a night train.

There are 2 departures of the day train and the journey takes approximately 6 hours.

Zagreb – Split route is served by InterCity (IC) train with 1st and 2nd class. The 1st class wagons provide more space and comfort for the passengers compared to the 2nd class. On these trains, reservation is required.

Night trains are 2nd class fast trains. These trains are equipped with sleeping and couchette cars. They also have the option of transporting cars and bicycles. The approximate journey of a night train is 7 hours. On these trains, reservations are possible, but not required.


The regular one-way ticket costs around 300 HRK (~€40) for the 1st class and around 200 HRK (~€27) for the 2nd class and the night train. The return ticket for the 1st class is around 480 HRK (~€64) and for the 2nd class is around 330 HRK (~€44).

Children between the age of 6 and 12, students and seniors have a 50% discount while youth between the age of 12 and 26 have a 30% discount.

For all other discounts and benefits check Train Croatia Discounts.

If looking for the fastest and easiest way to travel this route, then consider taking a bus from Zagreb to Split. Tickets start from €15 and there are over 30 departures per day, including several night buses. The journey takes about 5-6 hours with a 20-30 minute break.

NOTE: In some cases, passengers who bought a train ticket might be transferred by bus instead, either some part or the entire route. This happens when a certain part of the railway on the route is under construction, which is highly influenced by the air temperature. Summer heats can cause the railway to extend which leads to malfunctions, while extremely low temperatures in winter shrink the railway which can lead to breakage.

Popular routes from Zagreb

Zagreb – DubrovnikZagreb – RijekaZagreb – Ljubljana

Popular routes from Split 

Split – DubrovnikSplit – ZadarSplit – Šibenik

Good to know

  • I have a heavy suitcase, can a taxi drop me to the train station in Zagreb?
    Yes, Zagreb Glavni Kolodvor (main train station) is located in Zagreb centre, so it is easily accessible by taxi and other means of transport such as trams and buses.
  • Where do I board the train in Zagreb?
    There are three train stations in Zagreb where you can board the train, find out more information here.
  • Where do I get off the train in Split?
    There are two train stations in Split where you can get off the train, find out more information here.
  • Is there a car train from Zagreb to Split?
    The night train has an option of car transport, while day trains don’t. Read more about car transportation on trains.
  • Is there a luggage service at Zagreb/Split train station?
    Yes, both train stations have luggage storage service. At Zagreb main train station, you can leave your luggage in the lockers in the hallway for the price of 15-20 HRK (~€2.5-3) per day (depending on the size of the locker). At the Split main train station, the lockers are located in the waiting area and the price is also 15-20 HRK (~€2.5-3) per day.

For more information regarding trains in Croatia read our Train Croatia FAQ.