Hi guys - a friend and I are going to Oktoberfest then are planning on a beach break in Croatia, most likely Split. But are getting VERY confused about the best way to get from Munich to Split! Does anyone have any idea about which is the best route and preferably cheapest route?? Trains seem very expensive so flying may be the best option but thought I would get some expert advice!!! Also do you think booking accommodation in advance (in Split) is required at this time of year, or could we just turn up on the day?? Any recommendations on a good hostel?
Eurolines run a daily coach departure which costs 63euros.
Train is more expensive for logistal reasons - You have to go all the way to Zagreb which is well off course.
Other options include train/bus via Ljubljana, or train from Munich to Rijeka and the bus or ferry down the coast.
Or you can fly - amongst others options TUIfly have some cheap flights to Rijeka (though only until the middle of Sept) and Dubrovnik with prices as low as 10euros depending on the date. You can then Bus or Ferry it to Split.
As for accom, you will be at the very end of season, so things will be winding down and some will already probably be shut up. There are lots of guesthouses etc in Croatia, owners of whom meet ferries/buses/trains offering rooms, which in low season you can haggle down to very good rates. If you choose to stay in a hostel instead, i'm afraid i have no first hand experience in Split that i can offer.
good advice from Gelli, as usual. However I would suggest that getting to Zagreb might actually be cheaper for you from Munich (I could be wrong) and the train from there arrives in central Split. I´ve only stayed in one hostel in Split but there should still be people touting rooms to rent, even in October. If not you might try www.hostelbookers.com who seem to have lots of nice looking places in the Old City.
You could try going to the islands Hvar or Brac which are close by but the ferries run limited services from early October.
Thanks heaps guys - will look into those options!! Makes it so much easier to try and reach a decision once you've talked to people with experience!! Cheers!