Dates: 9-11 July 2021
Location: Park Mladezi Stadium, Split, Croatia
Ultra Europe is probably the most popular electronic music festival in Croatia. Each year it brings thousands of young people to Split. It is one of only 3 festivals under UMF platform taking place on the continent. The proof of its popularity is the fact people from all over the world plan their holidays around the event. Each year, over 100 thousand people attend the festival. As is the case with other EDM festivals, COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 edition. Read more about festival lineup, tickets, accommodation and general tips below.
About Ultra Europe
Split has been the host of the festival for the last eight years. Ever since 2013, some of the biggest EDM names have performed at the festival. Alesso, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack and Armin Van Buuren are just some of them. Everyone who is into contemporary electronic and dance music simply must go to the festival. In 2018, the festival changed the venue from Poljud Stadium to nearby Park Mladezi Stadium. Even though some festival-goers prefer the original location, the relocation did not affect the visitor numbers. In 2019, about 120 thousand people attended the festival. Event in Split lasts for 3 days, and it always takes place in July. However, there are several warmup and after parties called Destination and Residence. These take place on several Croatian islands like Hvar, Brac and Vis.
Lineup for Ultra Europe 2021 has not been announced yet. Since 2020 edition has been postponed, we presume that organizers are trying to return some of the previously confirmed artists. This is in line with organizers of other Croatian festivals in 2021. Also, bear in mind that headliners are usually announced really close to the festival start. In previous years, it wasn’t unusual to see a full lineup posted only a few days before start. We will update the list of artists as soon as organizers announce it.
As of recently, tickets for Ultra 2021 cannot be bought on the festival website. Reason for that is COVID-19 pandemic which postponed the 2020 edition. However, for anyone who purchased tickets for 2020, those are valid for 2021. If you don’t plan to come, refunds are also available. To get a refund, you would need to contact the festival directly via email. We will update the information about tickets as soon as they go on sale. Just to give you an estimate, 3 day festival tickets start at about 150€. There are also discounts for groups, as well as discounts for Croatians. Additionally, entire packages for warm-up and after parties will be available.
How to get to Split
Split is the second largest city in Croatia. It is also a very popular tourist destination. Therefore, getting to this amazing city shouldn’t be a hassle, as there are plenty of ways to do that.
Split Airport (SPU) is located about 20 kilometers from the city center. During the summer season (May to October), the number of international flights to Split dramatically increases. Therefore, if you are departing from a larger European city, it’s highly possible there are direct flights to Split. Once you are at the airport, reaching the city is pretty easy. Shuttle buses operated by Pleso has frequent departures. One way tickets cost about 4€, and you can check the schedule here. You can also take public bus No. 37 to the city. Bus stop is located on the main road next to the airport. However, that is not recommended if you have luggage with you. There is no luggage compartment, so you’d have to carry it in the seating area. One way bus ticket costs 2.5€. Another option is taking the ferry to Split and enjoying the panoramic views while arriving.
Being a popular tourist destination, Split is well connected to other countries by bus. There are numerous international lines to countries like Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy and so on. Of course, domestic bus routes to cities like Dubrovnik or Zagreb are really frequent. Best way to explore all routes is by checking the schedule on the official bus station website. The bus station in Split is located close to the city center, about 5 minutes away on foot.
Railway network in Croatia is pretty modest. That’s why there are only a few notable train routes to Split. The most important train line is Zagreb – Split. Departures are frequent, but it takes longer to reach Split than when taking a bus. All international train routes to Split go through Zagreb, so you would need to get there first. Positive side of riding a train to Split is scenery, which is really something special. Train station in Split is located right next to the bus station.
This is useful for people coming from Italy to Split. The only international ferry line is from Ancona (Italy) to Split. Therefore, taking a ferry is probably the least expected way of getting to Split. Ferries to and from Split are usually meant for anyone going to some of the nearby islands like Hvar, Brac or Korcula. Check the ferry schedule on Jadrolinija site.
How to get to Ultra Europe
Split is not a large city, so you can basically go through it on foot. Of course, public buses are also an option. Other ways of transport include taking a taxi, private transfers or an Uber. There will also be a special festival shuttle which will take visitors to the venue.
Venue is located at Park Mladezi Stadium, about 1.5 kilometres from the city center. To see the exact location, please visit our festival map at the end of the post.
Camping at Ultra Europe
The official festival campsite is called Beachville. The site is located in Omis, about 24 kilometers from the venue. Getting to and from the campsite is possible by public bus No. 60 operated by Promet Split. Of course, taking a taxi or Uber there is also an option, although more expensive one. The camping site is pretty far from Split, so we recommend that you plan your time accordingly.
There is no camping area at festival. You will need to find your own accommodation. But, as stated before, Split is a tourist city. That means there are hundreds of private accommodation units, apartments, hotels and motels. Our advice is that you book it on time, as prices go up as festival dates approach. Also, all the hotels and house owners usually increase the price of stay during the festival.
What to see while at Ultra?
We are not objective of course, but Split might be the most beautiful city in the world. There are numerous locations you MUST visit when going to the festival. Don’t miss out on these sights:
Old Town – the most famous part of the city, in the center of which is the Diocletian Palace. It is a magnificent cultural heritage of the city, with numerous small, narrow streets and squares. Anyone who ever visited Split simply had to go through the Old Town. There is no entrance fee, and there are still people living in the area.
Riva – is the city promenade located next to the Old Town and recognizable by its tall palm trees. Several caffe bars are situated on Riva. Part of the Croatian culture is having a good, loooong cup of coffee each day. You cannot leave the city without having a coffee at Riva.
Marjan – is the nature park located above the city. Getting there is pretty easy, and the view is simply magnificent. If you need a place to relax and charge your batteries for the next night of partying, Marjan is the perfect place.
Beaches – Split has dozens of beaches where you can go during the day. The most famous one is Bacvice beach, some 10 minutes away from the centre. Other notable beaches are Znjan beach and Kasuni beach. Take a look at our map to see the exact locations.
Islands – Brac, Hvar, Solta and Korcula are just some of the nearby islands you can visit while attending the event. If you arrive a few days early, or stay a few days after the festival, we recommend visiting some of these islands. Each of them has something to offer, from party locations to sandy beaches. Check the Jadrolinija schedule to see when the ferries depart.
Ultra Europe FAQs
Yes, visitors must be at least 18 years old. Anyone under 18 must have an adult to accompany them.
There are 3 stages at the venue – the smallest UMF Radio stage, Resistance stage and the largest Main stage. All of them are located within Stadium Park Mladezi.
Timetable for all three days is announced a few weeks before the festival. Because of the late lineup reveal, the schedule is posted pretty late too. Make sure to follow our page for the latest news about it though.
This depends on your preferences, energy and time. Venue opens in the early afternoon, and each day ends at about 6AM. Make sure to stay dehydrated because summer in Split is really hot.
Food and drink stands are located both inside and outside the Stadium. All kinds of drinks are available, from alcoholic to non-alcoholic beverages. As for food – there are hamburgers, hot dogs and other fast food.