Getting in and around Šibenik

Spending a month in rented accommodation in any country no matter how cheap, can set you back some hundreds. Looking at car rental prices at Split Airport I decided to plunge for a taxi to get me to my destination in Šibenik at a decent hour in the evening. Jam Transfer charged me €55 one way which is not that bad considering it’s a 60 minute drive.

Banj Beach, Šibenik, voted last year as one of the best city beaches in the world.
Banj Beach, Šibenik, voted last year as one of the best city beaches in the world.

My cheap apartment was not what you might call centrally located. Although only about a 15 minute walk from the heart of town it was a somewhat longer hike to Banj Beach, about 30 minutes or more depending on the heat and coming home involved getting up a slope. Sweating my way back, I happened to notice a bike rail called Next Bike with very clear and easy instructions on how to sign up. You need a credit card, a mobile phone number and a self-created password. Once you’ve signed up with these details, you enter the number of the bike you’d like (granny needs a shopping basket…), you get a code for the lock and off you go. The first 30 minutes daily is free and then it costs you 8 kuna (approx. €1,10) per hour. This ‘bike station’ was located in Baldekin about 100 m from my block. There was another one at Banj Beach and another one on the shoreline where the action is. When you return the bike, you just pop it into a slot, there’s a beep and then another beep to signal that they’ve recorded your return. If there’s no space on the rail, just lock the bike to another one, press Return on the touch pad terminal, enter what they ask for i.e. telephone number and password and answer a few questions with yes or no like “Was there any problem with the bike…” etc. This made life a LOT easier.

Boats to the islands:

Jadrolinija is the ferry serving most Croatian islands. In Šibenik there’s a ticket office sandwiched in between restaurants on the promenade (green wooden door) but there’s also a little booth closer to mooring spot which is to the left as you face the sea passed the bus station closer to the cranes of the port.

Jadrija – See my blog: Magical Moments on Jadrija. the boat leaves from the shoreline at the beginning of the promenade where all the restaurants are. Buy your tickets on board. Time: 20 minutes. Cost: 14 kuna (€2.05).

Zlarin – see my blog: Pristine Zlarin  Time: 30 minutes. Cost: 17 kuna (€2,50) one way. Details: Jadrolinija

Žirje – see my blog: The Island and its Mysteries.  Same as above. Time: 1 hour 40 minutes. Cost: 23 kuna (€3,35). Details: Jadrolinija

Kaprije – on the way to Žirje. Time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Cost: 23 kuna (€3,35) one way. Details: Jadrolinija

Prvić Luka – birthplace of inventor of the parachute and many other innovations Faust Vrancic with a museum worth seeing. Time: 45 minutes. Cost: 17 kuna (€2,50) one way. Details: Jadrolinija

Vodice – not exactly an island but a huge resort with beaches that stretch along for miles. Reachable by boat from Šibenik. Time: 1 hr 15 minutes. Cost: 18 kuna (€2,65) one way. Details: Jadrolinija

Buses:

Krapanj Island – one of my favourites. See my blog ______________ . Take Bus number 5 from the open air market in Šibenik to Brodarica. Tickets from ticket office. Time: 20 minutes max. Cost: 24 kuna return. Then take the ferry that runs every 30 minutes from in front of the Konzum where the bus stops. Time: 5 minutes max. Cost: 12 kuna (€1,75)

Split Airport – Bus from Šibenik bus station to Trogir bus station. Timetable: Every half an hour. Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Cost: 38 kuna one way. Take Bus no. 37 from Trogir bus station to Split Airport. Timetable: every 20 minutes. Time: 10 – 15 minutes. Cost: 11 kuna (€1,60) one way. Same applies from Split to Šibenik.

Krka National Park – See my blog: Steve and Krka National Park. Bus from Šibenik to Skradin from where you can take a pleasant boat ride to the park included in the entrance fee of the park (110 kuna/€16). Bus fare: 24 kuna (€3,48)/one way. Time: 30 minutes.

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