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Croatia runs on Central European Summer Time (CEST). It’s six hours ahead of New York — non-daylight savings time — and one hour ahead of London.
If you are a U.S. passport holder, you do not need a visa and can stay in Croatia for up to 90 days. European Union (EU) regulations require that U.S. passport holders have no less than three months validity when they depart the country.
All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival and inform them of any changes in their address. If you are staying in a hotel or renting through an accommodation company, the hotelier or housing company will register you automatically.
If you are not a U.S. passport holder, you will need to apply for a Tourist visa under Croatian governance, otherwise your entry will be denied. And though Croatia is a part of the EU, its yet to become a member of the Schengen Agreement, so you will need a passport to travel to other European countries.
Split Airport is 20 km from the city’s center and six km from Trogir.
Taxis can be found just outside the airport terminal. A taxi ride to Split costs about 250-300 Kunas (USD $38-46) )and to Trogir about 100 Kunas (USD $15.23). Make sure to agree on the price before entering the taxi.
If you want to be taken directly to your accommodation in Split, you can set up a transfer to any address in Split. The price for a pre-booked transfer to Split is 250 Kunas (USD $38). If you booked a transfer, the driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal.
The airport bus between Split airport and the main bus station is operated by the company, Pleso prijevoz. The arrival for each bus depends on the time of the year. Usually, buses leave the airport 30 minutes after the arrival of a scheduled flight, and from the main bus station the bus departs two hours before departure of scheduled flights. But it’s important you double-check the departures from the bus station in Split and from the airport.
The airport bus can be found on the left side of the airport terminal exit. Between the airport and the main bus station, the bus has no scheduled stops, so if you need to get off somewhere on the way you will have to ask the driver. When you get out at the main bus station, you have less than 100 meters to the ferry port and 200 meters to where the catamarans for Hvar depart.
One-way ticket costs 30 Kunas (USD $4.57) while a daily ticket costs 40 Kunas (USD $6.09). Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus. And in the direction from the airport, most drivers accept five Euros as payment for a one-way bus ticket in case you don’t have Kuna on hand.
Bus line number 37 drives from the main road from Trogir to Split, and back, departing nearly every 20 minutes Monday-Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays. A one-way ticket to Split costs about 20 Kunas (USD $3.05) and a one way ticket to Trogir 13 Kunas (USD $1.98).
Of course you also have the option to rent a car at Split airport. This option is even more popular during the summer, as most people try to avoid the hour-long waiting times for the airport bus. It’s advised to book a car rental from home before landing in Split.
Generally, the Croatian city is safe for female travelers. Violent crime in Split is rare, and overall crime levels are quite low, making it extremely safe to travel throughout its borders. Still, it’s better to be cautious than risk being a victim of a tourist-aimed crime.
Here are a few safety tips:
The best time to visit Split is in the month of August. During the tail end of the summer, which spans between June and August, temperatures level out at a high of 74.5 Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) with 13 hours of daily sunshine. July is the hottest month in Split, with an average temperature of 77 Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).
During the winter — December through February — the average temperatures are 46 Fahrenheit (8 Celsius), with the coldest month being January at 45 Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). Winter in Split is considered the city’s rainy season, as rainfall averages at 113mm in December.
Croatian is the official language in the country of Croatia.
Here are some common phrases to use during your travels:
Bok: Hi or Bye
Izvoll!: You’re welcome (formal)
Oprostite: Excuse me (informal)
Dobro Justri!: Good morning
Dobar Dan!: Good day
Kako Ste (VI)?: How are you (formal)
Ja se zovem: My name is
In Split, the city’s natives are hospitable and will make every effort to be exceptional hosts. They will attempt to overcome common language barriers and show their warmth through their generosity. If offered food or coffee, it is best to accept the offer. In some cases, refusing others’ hospitality could be interpreted as disrespect.
In most Croatian cities, there’s a strong coffee culture. Most people socialize over coffee at local cafes and restaurants. Also, Croatians will often greet strangers in passing around the workplace or in public as a sign of respect.
Croatians tend to be extremely punctual and expect others to be on time. However, punctuality has more importance in a professional setting rather than in social ones. Friends will forgive tardiness as long as it isn’t a recurring issue or ruining their plans.
The Croatian Kuna is the currency of Croatia. The most popular Croatia Kuna exchange rate is the HRK to EUR rate. The currency code for Kunas is HRK, and the currency symbol is kn.
Tipping roughly 10% is pretty standard in Split, even if there’s a fee tacked on to your bill. If the service exceeded your expectations, placing a 15% gratuity is ideal Croatian etiquette.
Electrical supply is 230 volts and 50 hertz AC. Croatia uses the standard European (round-pronged) plugs. Your converter should look like this:
The tap water in Croatia is perfectly safe and drinkable. Though, public water fountains in Split aren’t recommended for consumption.
Your local cafes and hotels will usually have free and fast internet Wifi. Here are a list of cafes and restaurants that offer free Wifi.
The main cell carriers in Split are T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT), Vipnet and Tele2. T-HT is the leading service provider, with almost half of its users in Croatia. Both T-HT and Vipnet offer affordable, short-term and date-heavy tourist packages. You can purchase these packages at the carrier’s official stores, as well as in several convenience stores, souvenir shops and electronic stores around Split.
LGBTQ rights in Split have expanded vastly in recent years. The gay scene has opened up various venues and events for LGBTQ members. Every year Split hosts Split Pride, which began in 2011 and has since evolved to become the city’s largest LGBTQ event. But even with the city’s latest efforts, LGBTQ members may still face some social challenges. Though not permitted, showing extreme public displays of affection (PDA) are better to be limited.
Split, and most of Croatia, have a problem with its recycling methods. Many tourists have issues figuring out how the trash and recycling bins are organized, particularly with sorting items like plastic, glass and paper. In the EU, it’s expected that around 60% of the country’s waste be recycled, with Croatia sitting at 19%.
Finding bins with recyclable options is a rare find in most places, but you will eventually locate containers in different colors. For glass, there are dark green containers, blue bins are for paper and yellow containers are for plastics. There should be a location with them in some neighborhoods.