Split Airport is the nearest airport to the island, and the best place to fly to if you’re planning on getting to Hvar. See our Getting to Split page for details on which airlines fly there from the UK and Europe.
Getting to Hvar by catamaran from Split
Read on below for car ferries to Hvar!
The easiest way of reaching Hvar (assuming you’re not bringing a car with you!) is to take one of the daily catamarans from Split to the island.
Jadrolinija operate a year-round daily catamaran from Split to Hvar Town, that then travels on to the islands of Korcula (Vela Luka) and Ubli; journey time to Hvar Town is just over one hour. They also operate a slightly later-in-the-day catamaran service from Split to Hvar, that then goes on to Prigradica and Korcula Town, both on the island of Korcula. During the peak summer months (June to September, and especially in July/August) they operate additional services on the Split – Hvar – Korcula route.
The same company also has a summer service – that operates in the morning – from Split to Hvar Town that once-a-week also travels via Milna on Brac.
Jadrolinija also operate a daily catamaran service from Split to Jelsa on Hvar that stops at Bol (on the island of Brac) along the way. Journey time from Split to Jelsa is 1 hour 50 minutes.
Finally, Jadrolinija also have a daily catamaran (early June to mid September) that travels Split – Bol – Hvar – Korcula – Dubrovnik.
Kapetan Luka run a catamaran that operates a route from Split to Milna (Brac) – Hvar Town – Korcula Town – Mljet – Dubrovnik…and vice versa, of course! This service runs several times a week from the end of April to the end of October, with daily sailings from the end of May to mid October. This service is great for reaching Hvar Town direct from Dubrovnik, as well as from Mljet, Korcula or Brac.
Kapetan Luka also have a service from Split to Vis that once a week (on Tuesdays) stops at Hvar Town. This service is suitable if you’re trying to get from Hvar to Vis and vice versa…as long as you’re travelling on a Tuesday, that is! They also have a once-a-week service (on Fridays) that runs Split – Milna (Brac) – Hvar Town – Vis.
Getting to Hvar by catamaran from Dubrovnik
Jadrolinija have a catamaran that sails Dubrovnik – Korcula – Hvar Town – Bol – Split. This catamaran operates from early June to mid-September, sailing daily. The catamaran sails in the early morning from Dubrovnik, and makes the return journey in the late afternoon/early evening.
As mentioned above, Kapetan Luka‘s catamaran also sails form Dubrovnik to Hvar. The journey takes just over three hours, and this service runs from the end of April to the end of October (daily from the end of May to mid October). The catamaran sails from Dubrovnik in the mid afternoon.
Getting to Hvar by car ferry from Split
There are several daily ferries from Split to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar (journey time 1 hour 40 minutes) with Jadrolinija, a service that is run year-round. There is a greater frequency of these ferries during summer (June to September inclusive). This is a car ferry service (with other vehicles also allowed on board) although you can also use this ferry as a foot passenger.
Getting to Hvar by ferry from Drvenik
There is also a car ferry service from Drvenik on the mainland (about 30km/18 miles south of Makarska) to Sucuraj on the eastern tip of Hvar. This service operates several times a day, year-round, with a higher frequency in the summer months. Journey time is only 35 minutes.
This route is the most suitable for those driving from the south of Croatia (such as from Dubrovnik) and trying to reach Hvar, meaning you don’t have to drive all the way up to Split to get a car ferry. Again, this is operated by Jadrolinija.
Getting to Hvar by coastal car ferry
Jadrolinija‘s coastal car ferry – Rijeka to Split, Stari Grad on Hvar, Korcula Town, Mljet and Dubrovnik – no longer operates.
Getting to Hvar by ferry from Ancona
Getting around on Hvar
If you’re planning on doing a bit of travelling around on the island, the best and most hassle-free way is to hire a car. You can hire a car just for a few hours (to keep costs down) or a day or so. You could also hire a scooter or even a bicycle – although this probably means that you won’t be going all that far!
Alternatively, buses do run between the towns on Hvar – check local bus stations for timetables. The Hvar Tourist Office website does have schedules for bus routes to and from Hvar Town.
Boat services to nearby islands
The nearby Pakleni islands are a wonderful set of islands to visit, with their tranquil nature and lush vegetation. You can reach them by taxi boat from Hvar Town – you should see the boats moored in the harbour there. Alternatively, ask at a local travel agency.