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Most people travel to Hvar by ferry (although some now get there by private yacht). People frequently ask how to take a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar Island. For most of the year it's not so easy! There are no direct daily ferries from Dubrovnik to Hvar Island that run all year. Summer is another story. There are now two summer catamarans that connect Dubrovnik and Hvar: from Split to Milna (Brac), Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik (see the schedule); from Dubrovnik to Korcula, Hvar and Bol (Brac) (see the schedule).
There are frequent daily car ferries that run all year between Drvenik, on the mainland, and Sucuraj at the southeastern tip of Hvar Island. (see the schedule) The entire journey from Hvar Town to Dubrovnik takes about 3 1/2 hours.
There are no car ferries between Hvar Town and Split . Ferries are not allowed to discharge cars in Hvar Town; car ferries land in Stari Grad. From the Stari Grad port you can drive to Stari Grad town (2km), Hvar Town, Jelsa or Vrboska.
Here are your options:
Local Car Ferry
From Split to Stari Grad there are up to five car ferries a day.The trip takes two hours.
See the Split-Stari Grad ferry schedule.
Most convenient is the seasonal catamaran that links Hvar with Brac, Split, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik. Get the schedule here.
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From Korcula to Hvar town, there's a daily catamaran that runs year-round (see the schedule) and two seasonal catamarans: from Split to Milna (Brac), Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik (see the schedule); from Dubrovnik to Korcula, Hvar and Bol (Brac) (see the schedule). Otherwise you can take the daily Jadrolinija catamaran to Vela Luka on Korcula Island. (see the schedule)
If you have a car and you want to drive from Split to Dubrovnik with an overnight stop at Hvar, here is what to do: Take one of the car ferries from Split to Stari Grad. Overnight in Hvar (maybe Hvar Town?) Then drive across the island to Sucuraj and take the car ferry shuttle to Drvenik. Then, you can drive on to Dubrovnik.
There are ferries from Ancona, Italy to Hvar Island in the summer only. See more.
All about Hvar in Croatia Traveller's Dalmatia: Split to Dubovnik 2017
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