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Istria to Zadar/Split in spring

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Istria to Zadar/Split in spring

Hi everyone,

I'm researching a 10-12 day trip for our family of four for April or May. I would love to include a few days in Istria and am trying to determine transportation options between Istria and Zadar/Split. Dubrovnik is our real must-do and we're trying to see how we can piece it all together.

From what I understand, the catamaran between Pula and Zadar doesn't start until June 1. The bus ride is going to be too long for our little ones (3.5 and 5 yrs old; I would like to limit bus rides to 5 hrs if possible). Are there other ferry options from points in Istria to Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, or Korcula (as we are also considering a stop at either of those islands)?

Am I missing anything else? Thank you so much in advance for your help!


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1. Re: Istria to Zadar/Split in spring

Istria, Zadar/Split and Dubrovnik in 10 to 12 days is too much travelling for adults, let alone young children. I would leave Istria for another time and travel between Trogir/Split and Dubrovnik. There's a daily catamaran between Split, Hvar Town and Korcula Town. There's a daily bus between Korcula Town and Dubrovnik. If you do want to travel between Pula and Zadar the quickest way is the 5.55am Croatia airlines flight.

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2. Re: Istria to Zadar/Split in spring

apt22, thanks for your input! I was up late last night playing with different itineraries and reached the same conclusion: Istria and Dubrovnik are too much for a single trip. What do you think of this itinerary?

Day 1 Fly into Split, arrive Trogir

2 Trogir

3 Trogir

4 Bus to Dubrovnik

5 Dubrovnik

6 Dubrovnik

7 Rental Car Dubrovnik to Kotor

8 Kotor to Mostar

9 Mostar

10 Mostar to Split

11 Split

12 Depart

That should minimize travel time and allow more flexibility. We could use one of the days in Trogir or Dubrovnik for a day trip to one of the islands. Do four days seem sufficient for driving from Dubrovnik to Kotor, back up to Mostar, and then to Split?

Thanks again!!

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