Local Ferry Companies
the state-owned company that runs all car ferries in Croatia, and many passenger ferries 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.
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.
G&V Line Jadera
runs a new service that connects Rijeka with Zadar, stopping at Krk, Lopar (Rab island) and Novalja (Pag island) daily from 15 June to 15 September. The company also handles routes from Zadar to Sali and Zaglav on Dugi Otok. Timetables and online booking available on the website.
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), a seasonal passenger ferry between Split and Hvar (see schedule) and a year-round ferry that connects Split with Korcula and Hvar (see schedule). Krilo also runs a passenger ferry that connects Rijeka with Cres and Mali Losinj.
runs a handy catamaran from Orebic to Korcula.
operates local catamarans from Zadar to Pula, Premuda, Silba and Olib islands.
operates summer catamarans from Split airport to Hvar and Brac islands
connects Vrgada with Biograd and Pakostane
Following are all ferries running between Split and Dubrovnik. Click for the 2021 schedules.
Car Ferries (All run by Jadrolinija)
Split-Hvar-Vela Luka-Lastovo Jadrolinija
Split-Hvar Jadrolinija, Krilo
Split Airport-Split-Bol-Stari Grad SplitExpress
Dubrovnik-Korcula-Lastovo GV Line
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.
[See detailed advice about booking local ferries in Croatia ]
For shuttle car ferries that connect the mainland with several island ports such as:
Jablanac to Misnjak (Rab Island)
Show up at least 1/2 hour in advance (two 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.]
To see it all, rent a car
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.
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.
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