This page explains how to travel from Dubrovnik or Split to other European cities, buying tickets the cheapest way.  Although Dubrovnik has no railway station, it's just a few hours by bus north to Split for trains to Zagreb, or south to Podgorica for trains to Belgrade.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

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Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

bullet pointEuropean train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel


Senior fares (over 60)


Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)


Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits


Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains


Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations


Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train


Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train


Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train


Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network


What to do when things go wrong...

Dubrovnik & Split to Zagreb...

An ICN train Zagreb at Split station


1st class seats on the fast tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split

The daytime trains to Split:  These fast, tilting, air-conditioned ICN trains link Zagreb & Split once or twice a day through great scenery.  Above right, first class seats on the train to Split.  below left, second class seats.  Exterior photos courtesy of Gareth Davison.

2nd class seats on the tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split   ICN train to Split at Zagreb station
Scenery seen from the Zagreb-Split train

Scenery between Zagreb and Split seen from the train...  Photo courtesy of Pαraic Maguire.

3-bed sleeper on the Zagreb-Split overnight train   Refurbished sleeping-car on the Zagreb-Split overnight train

The overnight train to Split:  The overnight train from Zagreb to Split has a modern air-conditioned sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3-bed compartments with washbasin - See larger sleeper photo.

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Dubrovnik & Split to Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague...

Option 1, all year round via Zagreb...

Option 2, using the Regiojet sleeper train from Split to Budapest, Bratislava, Prague - summer-only, 3 times a week, cheapest, recommended!

Regiojet overnight train   Regiojet couchette compartment

Above left, Regiojet overnight train at Prague Hlavni.  Above right, a 4-berth couchette compartment on this train, in daytime mode.  The seat back hinges up to form the upper berths.  See video of this overnight journey, taken during the 2020 season.

Option 3, using a summer-only sleeper from Split to Vienna & Bratislava...

Option 4, using the Split-Budapest sleeper train Adria, 15 June to 7 September 2020, 2021 dates not known...

Option 5, via Podgorica & Belgrade...

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Dubrovnik to Belgrade...
High in the mountains of Montenegro

Spectacular scenery on the wonderful Belgrade to Montenegro railway.

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Dubrovnik to Bari, Rome & Italy...
Split to Ancona, Rome & Italy...

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To all other destinations...

From Dubrovnik...

From Split...

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