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.

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Dubrovnik & Split to Ljubljana

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Dubrovnik & Split to Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague

There will be no Regiojet train between Split & Prague this year.

Option 1, every day all year round, via Zagreb

Option 2, summer-only EuroNight sleeper from Split to Vienna & Bratislava - with a proper sleeping-car, also recommended

Scenery from the Vienna-Split train

What a journey!  Scenery between Zagreb & Split seen from the sleeper train.  Photos courtesy of Rob Romans.

Sleeping-car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split   Sleeper compartment on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split

The comfortable air-conditioned Slovakian sleeping-cars on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split, arrived at Split station.  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double or triple, and comes with soap, towel, fully-made up beds and a washbasin.  A light breakfast is included. Larger photo. Photo of 2-berth, courtesy of Michael Allsop.

Couchette compartment, of sort used on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split   Couchette car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split

A couchette car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna, arrived at Split. Larger photo.

Option 3, by EuroNight sleeper train Adria from Split to Budapest, 3 times a week, mid-June to late September, recommended.

The Adria from Budapest to Split approaching Split

The southbound Adria from Budapest approaches Split.  Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lacey.

2-bed sleeper   Restaurant car on the Adria

2-bed sleeper of type used on the Adria.


Classic restaurant car. Courtesy Rebecca Lacey

The Adria from Budapest arrived at Split station

The Adria from Budapest arrived at Split station.  So much nicer than a flight!  Courtesy of Rebecca Lacey.

Option 4, 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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