Discover the Scenic Route: Traveling from Mostar to Split by Bus
After 19 days in Mostar, it was time to move on. We’re heading for Split, where we’ll stay for 4 nights. After that, we’ll visit Sibenik, Zadar , and Zagreb.
As usual, we booked out bus tickets with getbybus.com.
The journey time varies from 3 hours 55 minutes and 5 hours, depending on which bus you get.
The current bus times are as follows:
Monday & Wednesday: 06:45-10:40 (3 hrs 55 mins); 13:00-18:00 (5 hrs)
Tuesday & Thursday: 13:00-18:00 (5 hrs); 17:00-21:15 (4 hrs 15 mins)
Friday & Sunday: 06:45-10:40 (3 hrs 55 mins); 13:00-18:00 (5 hrs); 17:00-21:15 (4 hrs 15 mins)
Saturday: 13:00-18:00 (5 hrs)
All buses are run by Croatia bus-Globtour-Touring-Jadran ekspres, except the 13:00 buses which are run by Centrotrans. The Croatia bus-Globtour-Touring-Jadran ekspres buses usually have toilets on board but Centrotrans usually don’t.
The above times are from Mostar East bus station. Some buses stop at Mostar West bus station and Mostar Cathedral, so check the getbybus website for times.
Booking our ticket online
We booked our tickets on the GetByBus.com website. We’ve used them many times in the past and have always found them to be reliable. The tickets cost 18.45 EUR each. As is usual in this region, we had to pay the bus driver an additional 1 EUR each for our luggage.
Once we booked the tickets we got an email confirmation with the tickets attached. The tickets contain a QR code that you show the bus driver, so there’s no need to print the tickets.
Mostar East Bus Station
Mostar East bus station is a pretty dilapidated place. It’s next door to the train station. Neither look like they’ve had any work done to them for the past 20 or 30 years. There is a main ticket office at the bus station and separate one for Globtour and Croatia Bus.
If you’ve been following our travels around this region you’ll be familiar with the bus, as we’ve caught similar buses many times. The bus is very standard. As the bus came from Sarajevo, it was already fairly full. Our tickets showed that we could sit anywhere from seats 33-42, but in reality you are able to sit anywhere.
The bus came from Sarajevo, so if you’re waiting for it at Mostar don’t worry if it’s late. Ours was 30 minutes late.
There wasn’t any wifi on the bus and neither was there a toilet. However, the bus stopped for around 20 minutes at Capljina and Makarska bus stations.
It was only around an hour and a quarter to the border crossing.
The Bosnia & Herzegovina/Croatia Border Crossing
The last time we stopped here, we all had to get off the bus to get our passports stamped. This time, an immigration officer got on the bus to check our passports. It was very quick.
It was not so quick entering Croatia though. As usual, we got of the bus to have our passports checked and then had to wait a long time for the Customs department to check the bus. We were all asked if we had any cigarettes or alcohol to declare, but no one did. We were there for over 30 minutes.
Great views from the bus
Whenever we’ve gotten buses around the Balkans, the views have always been fantastic, and today was no exception. It’s difficult taking decent photos from a bus, so what follows doesn’t do the views any justice at all. Anyway, here are a few photos from the journey.
Split Bus Station
The bus was an hour late arriving in Split. We were hungry when we arrived, so had food at Siam Thai Food restaurant, which is only a 2-3 minute walk from the bus station.
Where we stayed in Split
For our 4 nights in Split, we stayed at Super Mario Apartment which we booked via Airbnb. On our previous in March, we stayed at a 500-year old stone house apartment. We would have stayed there again but it was already booked.
Book your hotel in Split
You can book great hotels and apartments on Agoda as well. We’ve sometimes found the same apartment was cheaper there than on Airbnb.