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Getting around by Ferry

Drvenik-Sucuraj car ferry
Jadrolinija Car Ferry



Hvar Island

Brac island

Korcula island

Hvar Island

Ferries IN Croatia connect the Croatian coast with all inhabited islands. Ferries TO Croatia connect Croatian ports with Italy. (See more about ferries TO Croatia)


the state-owned company that runs nearly all ferries in Croatia, helped by a few private ferry companies. Local Jadrolinija ferries connect all islands to the mainland. Ferry services from one island to another are much spottier. Don't assume that there "must be" a ferry from one island to another. Service is year-round on most routes although a few are summer only. Ferries are generally much more frequent in the summer.

runs a summer catamaran between Trogir, Slatine and Split.

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GV Lines
runs catamarans from Zadar to nearby islands and also the Nona Ana which runs from Dubrovnik to the Elaphiti Islands, Mljet Island, Korcula and Lastovo. Service to Mljet, Korcula and Lastovo are summer only.

runs a useful passenger ferry all year between Split, Milna, Hvar Town and Vis (see the schedule), a seasonal passenger ferry between Split-Milna-Hvar-Korcula-Dubrovnik (see schedule) and a summer passenger ferry that connects Split-Bol-Makarska-Korcula-Mljet-Dubrovnik (see schedule). Krilo also runs a passenger ferry that connects Rijeka with Cres and Mali Losinj.

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KTD Bilan
runs a handy catamaran from Orebic to Korcula.

handles the Pula-Zadar catamaran.

Rapska Plovidba
handles car ferry services to and from Rab Island.

operates a few local catamarans from Zadar.

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Following are all ferries running between Split and Dubrovnik. Click for the 2018 schedules.

Car Ferries (All run by Jadrolinija)












Passenger Ferries

Dubrovnik-Mljet-Sipan Korcula GV-Line

Dubrovnik-Korcula-Hvar-Bol-Split  Jadrolinija

Split-Bol-Makarska-Korcula-Mljet-Dubrovnik Krilo

Dubrovnik-Korcula-Hvar-Milna-Split  Krilo

Dubrovnik-Elaphiti Jadrolinija

Komiza-Bisevo Nautika

Orebic-Korcula Bilan

Split-Bol-Jelsa Jadrolinija

Split-Milna-Hvar-Vis Krilo

Split-Milna-Hvar Krilo

Split-Rogac-Milna Krilo

Split-Hvar-Korcula Krilo

Split-Hvar-Vela Luka-Lastovo Jadrolinija

Split-Hvar Jadrolinija

Reserving Local Ferries

You can now buy tickets for local ferries online at the company website or at a Jadrolinija outlet or at a local travel agency. Passengers can always get on board but reserve ahead if you're bringing a car, especially in the busy summer season. Even if you buy a ticket in advance you must still wait in line to board. The wait can be up to three hours in the summer.

[See detailed advice about booking local ferries in Croatia ]

For shuttle car ferries that connect the mainland with several island ports such as:

Drvenik to Sucuraj on Hvar Island

Valbiska (Krk Island) to Merag (Cres)

Jablanac to Misnjak (Rab Island)

Ploce to Trpanj (Peljesac peninsula)

Orebic to Domince (Korcula Island)

Show up at least 1/2 hour in advance (1 1/2 hours in the summer), park your car in the queue, collect your ticket from the nearby stall (if you don't already have your ticket) and wait. On the above routes, ferries run from four to eight times a day, depending on the season, and cost about 80Kn for a car and driver for the 30-minute run.

[See more about booking local ferries in Croatia.]

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Check the local ferry schedule carefully! Many routes from the coast to the islands are designed to bring islanders to coastal cities to work which means that they leave the island early in the morning and return late afternoon. That's exactly the opposite of what tourists are looking for to make a day trip to an island.

Ferry Services

Services on board Jadrolinija's ferries vary wildly depending on the boat. I've taken 1/2 hour trips on modern, well-equipped boats and suffered through seven-hour trips on dreary and aged buckets. The best idea is to plan ahead: bring something to eat and drink and a very absorbing book for longer ferry rides! See more about Jadrolinija onboard services.

Croatia Ferries--News

New! 2018 Croatia Ferry Schedules!
Jadrolinija shipHere we are at the beginning of a new year and with a new set of ferry schedules governing trips from the coast to Croatia’s best islands. As usual, Jadrolinija, Croatia’s state ferry line, is first off the mark with a complete package of car ferry schedules. Only Jadrolinija handles car ferries and the company’s schedules change little from year to year. Passenger ferry schedules are much more fluid as Jadrolinija and other companies adjust to the seasonal flux of visitors. Many of the passenger ferries are summer only and most do not see their schedules finalized until the spring. Continue reading →  More.
New Ferry From Split to the Islands
Krilo EclipseDay trips from Split to Croatia's most beautiful islands are now easier than ever. A brand new passenger ferry service is scheduled to start in mid-June and run until mid-September.  More.
It’s Back! Island-Hopping Ferry Officially Returns
Krilo CatamaranKrilo company just confirmed that the popular Split-Milna-Hvar-Korcula-Hvar-Mljet passenger ferry will start on  More.
New Split to Dubrovnik Catamaran 2017
Island-hopping in Croatia just got easier! There's a brand new passenger ferry that will connect Split and Dubrovnik via Hvar, Korcula and Bol (Brac island).  More.

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Last Updated: July 6, 2018

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