If traveling from Zagreb, alone or in couple, train is, for many reasons, definately the best way to get to Split. Train isn't so fast but offers comfort, possibility to stretch the legs and watching beautiful landscapes. Not of less importance, you could take some nice pics, especially while train passing along the river of Una.
Train ticket isn't expensive but it is advisable to book in advance if traveling during high season, July or august.
Btw, do not be surprised by the look of the railway station in Split, it is the ugliest train station in the world.
As we park our car next to the railway station, I can't resist passing through without taking information inside the station. The train station in Split is not one of those impressive railway. But is good enough for our fellow traveler to take anywhere around the country. Inside the station there were locker room and tourist information. Ticketing office is inside available for international and
Split train station is right in the city center conveniently located right next to the bus station it is a few minutes walk from the port and from the old town. The train station is rather basic, because train travel is not much used to Split. Trains are generally slower but slightly cheaper than buses in all of Croatia. Although it's not a particularly scenic place to hang out, beside, it is open long hours and there are left luggage lockers (15HRK daily).
Split train station isn't very busy. More people seem to use the rail lines as a pathway than a travel option. I saw parents walking their kids along the lines, but never a train. There's really only one route, and that's to Zagreb. The train line basically stops in Split. It doesn't go any further south, and it definitely doesn't go to Dubrovnik.
The locals seem to prefer the bus, but Croatian trains are rapidly modernising, so you might find it's a much more comfortable alternative. At least if you are going to Zagreb.
Just by the harbour there is a small dead-end railway station called "Split". Apart from some local trains to Solin etc. there are also a few connections to Zagreb. The station building is quite modern with a ticket counter and an electronic departure board but the funny thing is that there is no timetable hanging anywhere in the station. We couldn't find one inside nor outside on the platforms.
Since the long-distance bus station is just outside the train station you will find all important facilities like left-luggage, toilets, internet, snacks and drinks etc. just nearby.
Down by the waterfront near the Old Town on Obala kneza Domagoja, you'll find not only a bus station and ferry terminal, but also the city's main train station. Unfortunately, trains don't head south toward Dubrovnik, but there are two trains daily to Zagreb that stop in both Knin and Karlovac.
This journey is a real eye opener especially if you take the nin hour night train ,because the route takes you through the Krajina to Knin the former stronghold of the Republica Krajina Serbs.
As the light dawns you notice that every station is battered , often with holes or no roof ,there is also a guy with a lamp who stands amid the rubble as the train goes through which is very eerie in the half light.
The Krajina saw some very heavy fighting which combined with the fact that it looks like the surface of Mars anyway makes it particulary bleak ,just mountain and rocks everywhere with the odd abandoned car and ruined village.
The train then drops down towards Trogir and Split and it's like walking out of shade into the sunshine.
By trains :
3 or 4 times a day between Split & Zagreb.
6 trains a day between Sibenik & Split.
1 1/2 hours.
On Sunday, the trains would be less.
Better check the infos on other sources or the website below.
We travelled on an overnight train from Zagreb - around 9 hours but comfortable if slow trains - sleep is possible. Ferries run up and down the coast from Dubrovnik to Rijeka - equally slow!! Jadrolinija ferries website. Ferries also run to the nearby islands.
The train station is very convenient location and only two blocks from the Riva and Diocletian Palace area. It also is right next to where the boat dock for transport, and one block form the buses.