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

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

Jadrolinija and SNAV both operate services from Ancona to Split that also stop at Stari Grad in peak season (end of July to end of August).

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.

  • Arbours Abroad

    Hey thanks so much for this post! It’s really helped with us planning our trip to Hvar!! We’re visiting Croatia at the end of the month, and after we visit we’ll be writing posts about our time there on our website. Would you mind if we linked to this post within our posts? No reason for both of us to be writing the smae content!! 🙂
    Cheers, Heather

  • Arbours Abroad

    Hey thanks so much for this post! It’s really helped with us planning our trip to Hvar!! We’re visiting Croatia at the end of the month, and after we visit we’ll be writing posts about our time there on our website. Would you mind if we linked to this post within our posts? No reason for both of us to be writing the smae content!! 🙂
    Cheers, Heather

    • Thanks for your kind words – glad the information was helpful! Absolutely, please do link to this page! I’d also be very happy to share any content on Hvar/Croatia on our social media channels. Hope you enjoy your time in Croatia!

      • Arbours Abroad

        That’s great. Thanks for giving us the okay to share this post!! And sounds good.. we’ll be tagging you in our photos and posts to share! 🙂 Can’t wait to visit your beautiful country! 🙂

  • Thanks for your kind words – glad the information was helpful! Absolutely, please do link to this page! I’d also be very happy to share any content on Hvar/Croatia on our social media channels. Hope you enjoy your time in Croatia!

  • Arbours Abroad

    That’s great. Thanks for giving us the okay to share this post!! And sounds good.. we’ll be tagging you in our photos and posts to share! 🙂 Can’t wait to visit your beautiful country! 🙂

  • Chloe

    Hi! Do all the catamarans and ferries have bathroom facilities? I’m travelling from Dubrovnik to Hvar and then Hvar to Split 🙂 Thanks!

  • Chloe

    Hi! Do all the catamarans and ferries have bathroom facilities? I’m travelling from Dubrovnik to Hvar and then Hvar to Split 🙂 Thanks!

    • Yes, they do! 🙂

      • Chloe

        Thanks! can’t wait to Visit Crotia 🙂

  • You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Yes, they do! 🙂

  • Chloe

    Thanks! can’t wait to Visit Crotia 🙂

  • Leana Danesh

    What is the average price for a ferry ride? My friend and I will be traveling in July from Split to Hvar. Thanks!

  • Leana Danesh

    What is the average price for a ferry ride? My friend and I will be traveling in July from Split to Hvar. Thanks!

  • It’s not possible to give an average price – fares vary depending on the route (the distance travelled) , the type of sailing – fast (foot passenger only) catamarans are more expensive than the slower ferries, and even on which company run a route. You can see prices of the most popular routes on this page on our site: http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/travelling-around-croatia/ferries-croatia/ferry-and-catamaran-prices-in-croatia/. Split to Hvar costs from 55 to 100 Kunas depending on which route and company you go with.

  • hari

    Hello, I will be travelling to Hvar on 3rd August 2017. We will get to Split town by 9/9:30am, is there a Ferry we can use to get to Hvar from Split at this time of morning? Thank you

  • hari

    Hello, I will be travelling to Hvar on 3rd August 2017. We will get to Split town by 9/9:30am, is there a Ferry we can use to get to Hvar from Split at this time of morning? Thank you

  • Yes, Jadrolinija run a number of mid-morning catamarans from Split to Hvar Town. If you use the search box on their website at http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/sailing-schedule/local-lines-2017, you’ll see there’s sailings at 9.15am, 9.45am and 10.30am. (And afternoon ones as well, of course.)

  • onjone

    Does Jadrolinija operate car/foot passenger ferries between Split and Hvar on all days in October ? Are ferry timings suitable for a day trip to hvar from Split ?

  • onjone

    Does Jadrolinija operate car/foot passenger ferries between Split and Hvar on all days in October ? Are ferry timings suitable for a day trip to hvar from Split ?

  • Yes, Jadrolinija has daily catamarans and car ferries from Split to Hvar in October (all year round, in fact). However, their off-season (i.e. in October) catamarans to Hvar Town don’t work for a day trip – these sail in the morning from Hvar to Split, and back to Hvar in the afternoon (see http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/2017-red-plovidbe/9608eng.pdf?sfvrsn=0 and http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/2017-red-plovidbe/9604-en.pdf?sfvrsn=2 ). There is a car ferry that *could* be used for a day trip to Stari Grad on Hvar – http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/2017-red-plovidbe/635-enDB7681903DA639ABD8776442.pdf?sfvrsn=0 – but at two hours sailing each way it’s not the most convenient. How about using Kapetan Luka’s catamaran – https://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing-schedule/split-dubrovnik/? This sails in the morning Split to Hvar and then back at around 7pm…so that’s actually quite a long day in Hvar Town. It sails daily until 9th October and then three times a week for the rest of the month.

  • Kat

    Hello,
    I land in Split at 12.30pm will a 3pm boat be ok for me to get?
    Also i see quite a big difference in prices some are 100 Kn and some 55 kn but i cant tell what the difference actually is? This is using jadrolinija as this seems to be the most popular? Its Split to Hvar

  • Kat

    Hello,
    I land in Split at 12.30pm will a 3pm boat be ok for me to get?
    Also i see quite a big difference in prices some are 100 Kn and some 55 kn but i cant tell what the difference actually is? This is using jadrolinija as this seems to be the most popular? Its Split to Hvar

    • Loads of time – maybe even enough to get a coffee as well! 🙂 No, seriously, Split Airport is small so going through immigration/picking up your suitcase is quick. It’s about 30-40 minutes on the bus from the airport to the main bus station, which is next to the port. I’d go and get your ticket first and then go for a wander/sit down/coffee.

      The price difference reflects the type of catamaran used – one of the ones for the 100Kn fare is the newer Vida catamaran which has some extra facilities, wifi etc. Also, some of the Split – Hvar catamarans run a full route on to Korcula and even Dubrovnik (well, the latter only for the next week or so!) which overall (as a route) is more expensive. But the 55Kn one is 100% fine (it’s still definitely a catamaran, not some decrepit old boat!). If I was sailing from Split to only Hvar, I would definitely be much happier having to pay only 55Kn than 100Kn! 🙂

      The only other company running services Split to Hvar is Kapetan Luka, but theirs run early in the morning so you won’t be able to use their sailings.

      • Kat

        Thank you so much this is perfect advice, I will book it now.
        For the airport bus should i pre-book this or just turn up? Do you know which bus is best to get?

        • You’re welcome! Absolutely fine to just turn up – the buses are supposed to be timed to coincide with flight arrivals, so you should see a bus waiting outside the terminal building as you exit (or one will be along very shortly). You can pay the driver on board. There are Croatia Airlines buses (which anyone traveller can use) and some other companies operate services too. I would simply follow other travellers and hop on the first available bus!

          • Kat

            Great thanks, can i ask about the bus? do you know how much it approx? is there bus that will take me to the port? Or recommend a specific bus or bus stop?

          • All the airport shuttle buses go direct (no stops) to the main bus station in Split, which is right next door to the port – it’s an easy walk (even with luggage) to the catamaran to Hvar. The bus is 30 Kunas one way – pay the driver on board.

  • Loads of time – maybe even enough to get a coffee as well! 🙂 No, seriously, Split Airport is small so going through immigration/picking up your suitcase is quick. It’s about 30-40 minutes on the bus from the airport to the main bus station, which is next to the port. I’d go and get your ticket first and then go for a wander/sit down/coffee.

    The price difference reflects the type of catamaran used – one of the ones for the 100Kn fare is the newer Vida catamaran which has some extra facilities, wifi etc. Also, some of the Split – Hvar catamarans run a full route on to Korcula and even Dubrovnik (well, the latter only for the next week or so!) which overall (as a route) is more expensive. But the 55Kn one is 100% fine (it’s still definitely a catamaran, not some decrepit old boat!). If I was sailing from Split to only Hvar, I would definitely be much happier having to pay only 55Kn than 100Kn! 🙂

    The only other company running services Split to Hvar is Kapetan Luka, but theirs run early in the morning so you won’t be able to use their sailings.

  • Kat

    Thank you so much this is perfect advice, I will book it now.
    For the airport bus should i pre-book this or just turn up? Do you know which bus is best to get?

  • You’re welcome! Absolutely fine to just turn up – the buses are supposed to be timed to coincide with flight arrivals, so you should see a bus waiting outside the terminal building as you exit (or one will be along very shortly). You can pay the driver on board. There are Croatia Airlines buses (which anyone traveller can use) and some other companies operate services too. I would simply follow other travellers and hop on the first available bus!

  • Kat

    Great thanks, can i ask about the bus? do you know how much it approx? is there bus that will take me to the port? Or recommend a specific bus or bus stop?

  • Huifen Sherlyn Sim

    Hello, is it easy to get a catamaran ticket for 2 from Split to Hvar on a October Saturday afternoon? What are the timings like between 2-4pm? Thank you!

  • Richard Storrow

    Hi,
    I have a flight from Split back to London at 10.35am on 25th June 2018 – what wort of time would I need to get a ferry? Will they be running early enough for me to catch the flight?
    Thank you!

    • There are early morning catamarans that run from Hvar to Split. In late June, there’s one that departs Hvar at 6.35am, arriving into Split at 7.40am. Then it’s about a half hour (/40 minutes) by shuttle bus to the airport – the port in Split is next to the main bus station, so it’s an easy walk across to where the buses depart. So that should be perfect timing for your 10.35am flight!

  • Janice Conington

    Hi. We will be travelling to Hvar from Split on 5 th July 2018. Would like to book tickets for the catamaran but it looks as though they have to be bought on the day, not available online in advance…have I got this right? We will hire a car to drive from Dubrovnik to Split the same morning, any idea of what time we need to leave Dubrovnik and what time cat we might get on? Thanks

    • Tickets can definitely be bought online in advance – it’s just a little too early in the year to do so now! I’d suggest looking again two or three months ahead of your travel date. In peak season (July) as well as the morning catamarans there are sailings from Split to Hvar at 3pm, 3.45pm, 5pm and there should also be one at 6.45pm. So that’s plenty of time to travel from Dubrovnik to Split! I’d probably set off from Dubrovnik about 9am/10am (assuming you want the first of these afternoon catamarans) – it definitely shouldn’t take that long, especially if you take the motorway route where available, but that means you’ll get to Split in good time and then hopefully have a rest and maybe even some lunch. You could, of course, not hire a car at all and take the bus instead – this would take longer, but it’d be cheaper and more relaxing! Finally, there are also direct catamarans between Dubrovnik and Hvar – http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/2017-red-plovidbe/9811sengE54C173F838013002107E87B.pdf?sfvrsn=0 or https://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing-schedule/split-dubrovnik/. (Yes, 2017 schedules, but should be the same this year!)

  • Hannes Jansen

    Hi Very excited to visit Fontana resort on island of Hvar near Jelsa…..need some advice on transfer from SPLIT AIRPORT to our final destination in Fontana Resort
    Arrival 18 May 2018.
    Then we will be visiting Montenegro….need some advice on transfer to Bay of Kotor – fling Split to Podgorica or ferry from Jelsa to Bay of Kotor.
    Thanking you in anticipation

    Regards

    Hannes Jansen

  • Alex Foreman

    Hi. a party of 10 are coming to Split airport land at 18:45 14th june, then going to Hvar is there a catamaran after our flight arrival. Also what is the best way to get there i.e. bus/mini bus hire.

    Regards

    Alex

    • In peak season, the last catamaran of the day is at 18.45 so obviously that’s too early for you. The alternative would be to get a slower (2 hour) ferry from Split to Stari Grad on Hvar (there is a ferry at 8pm, and then another at 11pm – http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/lokalne-linije-2018—red-plovidbe/635-split—stari-grad-eng.pdf?sfvrsn=2 ), and then transfer down to Hvar Town; it would probably be best to ask a local company to transfer you as you’re a big group. (Contact Stari Grad Tourist Office – http://www.stari-grad-faros.hr/en/ or Hvar Town Tourist Office – http://www.tzhvar.hr/en/ ). TBH, you may wish to actually ask one of these tourist offices for recommendations for a company that would be able to pick you up at Split Airport, get you on board the ferry (this is a vehicle ferry) and then transfer you down to Hvar Town to see what the price of this is and whether it would work for you.

      One final option is to merely stay the night in Split (there are regular transfer buses from the airport to Split Bus Station in the heart of Split) and then get a morning catamaran over to Hvar Town the next day. (With Jadrolinija – http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia or Kapetan Luka – https://www.krilo.hr/en/). If you stay in the centre, you can easily walk to the port.