Air travel, Split
We arrived by bus to Split but flew out to Cologne with Germanwings. Split airport is located near the town of Trogir and it's about a 40 minutes busride by airport bus to Split. When we were there the airport was very busy and there was not enough seating in the departure hall, actually it was very full also with people standing.
In the check-in hall there is a kiosk and the best feature was the free internet corner with 2 internet terminals!
In the departure hall there were toilets, a snack bar, duty free and not much more.
I flew into Split on the early flight from Zagreb on Croatia Airlines. The flight was short (40 minutes) uneventful (just the way I like it) and arrival in the rather small airport was easy. Inside, you'll find a currency exchange, a cafe and a shop or two, but the airport is fairly small.
Getting into town was easy. The airport is about 25km northwest of Split (in Kastela), so I hopped on the Croatia Airlines bus and for 30kn (as of Feb. 2004) it took me to the waterfront, Riva of Split right in front of the Diocletian's Palace.
I also noticed that when I took the #37 bus from Trogir back to Split, the public bus stops in front of the airport. You'll have to walk through the parking lot in front of the airport out to the street, but that will save you a few bucks.
Having flown BA in and out of Split on previous visits to Croatia and Bosnia, I was all set to plan this year's visit on the same lines - fly into Split, hire a car at the airport, travel around, return to Split, hand the car back and off into the blue - easy. Logged into their website to check the schedules - uh oh! they're not flying into Split this year (2008)! In fact, the only place they fly to in this year is Dubrovnik - 250km to the south and, lovely as it is, not exactly where I'd though of going.
Not wanting to start a holiday with 6am flight from Gatwick - most inconvenient - led to a lot of juggling around to come up with a plan that would make the best of the time we have available. We had always intended to include a visit to the Bosnian city of Sarajevo in this year's trip, so we're flying into there first, bussing it down to Split where we'll pick up a car, and flying out of Dubrovnik. It has meant changing dates as well as routes.
So why am I prattling on with this? I guess the moral is that you have two options when it comes to holiday planning - think ahead and/or be flexible. The more flexible you are, the later you can leave it to plan, but if you have something you really want to do and a short window in which to do it, you really have to plan ahead. The other thing - obvious as it may seem - when you begin to make your plans, make sure you're working with up-to-date information. Airlines do change their schedules and, as we found out, their routes.
Surprisingly there is a lot of people traffic to this airport. Mainly because of the tours that arrive here to disburse to other parts, and/or see Split and surrounding towns. It is packed inside at least once a day when planes come in/or go out for these tourists; me being one of them.
Location is aobut 20 miles north of Split, just one mile south of Trogir on a side road off E8 Road. It is fairly easy to find, unless you get off the Autohighway, where the signage becomes nonexistent after going down the road. From there, you just guess.
There are 350 parking spaces and sufficient rental cars and variety.
Split is a major airport, and a hub for EasyJet, so you can get flights to all over Europe. Be warned, however, that they all seem to show up at about the same time, as if the airport was only open for a few hours a day. One moment you can be one of the only few people in the airport, the next minute the queues for customs are hundreds of people long.
Getting to the airport is pretty easy, but it's a long way from Split. In fact it's much nearer to another UNESCO protected wonder: Trogir. You might want to consider staying there on the day you leave to make it easier to escape.
You can take an expensive taxi (about 40 euros). You can take the airport bus, which arrives and leaves according to Croatia Airline flights, and costs about 4-5 euros each way. Or you can take the local bus, number 37, which leaves from just outside the airport.
I think the local bus is the easiest, cheapest and most convenient option. It runs approximately every 20 minutes to the local bus station about 800m north of the palace. A lot of the hotels and hostels are located here, so it can be almost perfect.
Don't worry about finding the bus stop, just walk out the airport and you'll see the stop on the main road. It's a small airport and not hard to find. Then just buy a ticket on the bus - it's about 2 euros. It is the longest route, however, as the public bus stops repeatedly.
The Airport in Split is about 40 minutes away from the city centre. It is only a small airport and it gets very busy during the season. There is now more and more airlines that travel to Croatia in general. Once you are at the airport there are different ways of getting to Split. You can rent a car, there is a Croatia Airlines bus service (connected to Croatia Airlines time-table), and also a local bus service (number 37) that stops straight in front of the airport.
Bus 37 connects Split and Trogir. Trogir is about 20 minutes away from the airport (depends on traffic of course).
Croatia Airlines operate s 1 hour flights to/from Zagreb.
4 times daily, depending on the seasons.
There are also direct flights to London & Prague. ONLY in April to October.
Nevertheless, check other sources for better infos.
Go to the website below.
If your time is limited, you might want to consider flying to Split. For non-Europeans, the best place for discount airfares is Europebyair.com. Each flight cost $99, which does not include taxes. There are no penalties for flying one way. There are several nonstop flights between Split and other European cities. You can also change planes in Zagreb, although that will double the price. Easyjet.com is another option as it offers flights between Split and London.
This is quite a small airport, not so many opportunities to buy food, some places to sit, etc.
NB! Remember to not have batteries in their luggage, it was something with the security control of airport
Split Airport is a short ride from Old Town. If you have a flight, you can take the Croatia Airlines bus which leaves from a bus stop off Obala Lazareta near the harbour (not the main bus stop). Buses leave 90 minutes before each Croatia Airlines flight, so if you aren't flying Croatia Airlines make sure you know when the nearest flight time is to your airline.
A cheaper alternative to the Croatia Airlines bus is bus #37 from Sukoisanska, although it is not direct and makes stops before the airport.
Croatia Airlines has many flights to and from Split if you must travel through Zagreb. Flights are only an hour long and beat riding the bus for a whole day.
With fifty classic airlines and 11 low-cost carriers, Split Airport will be connected with the world on scheduled and charter flights. The airport is called Split Airport even though it is located in Kaštela, since it is the nearest airport to the second largest town in Croatia. When you arrive to the airport, if you are going to Split you will have to take a bus, taxi or a rent-a-car. The buses are usually crowded and the taxis are too expensive, so the best way is to book a secure transfer with a fixed rate to your destination. ConnectoTransfers offers you safe travel to your accommodation and no matter the traffic or the destination, the rate is fixed, so you don't have to worry about the price.
The other great advantage of booking a taxi transfer from the airport Split is the fact that ConnectoTransfers will be there even before you land, so that you can skip the rush hour and avoid the crowds trying to get on the bus or catch a taxi. Since Split airport it the second busiest airport in Croatia, especially during the summer and on saturdays with over 100 landings and 20,000 passengers.
you could also fly with Croatia Airlines, if you book some weeks ahead, you normally can get ticket for around 50 Euro.
From Split Airport you can then take the airport bus (30 Kuna) to the centre of town.
The cheapest ways to get to London from Split (or from London to Split) is taking a bus or Croatia Airlines flight to Zagreb and flying WizzAir to London. Or you can fly RyanAir from Zadar to London. There are frequent bus connection between Split and Zadar. (2007-2008)