Getting to Croatia by Ferry FB

Reaching Croatia by ferry is relatively straightforward…as long as you’re travelling from Italy, that is. The only international ferry services to Croatia are from there – no services exist from or to any other European country. (For those looking for the answer to an often asked question – sorry, there are NO ferries between Croatia and Greece.)

Getting to Croatia by Ferry

If you find yourself in a northern part of the Italian coast (say, Venice) and are looking to get to the southern part of the Croatian coast (say, Split or Dubrovnik), we would advise travelling down the Italian side of the Adriatic rather then the Croatian side. This is because you can utilise some of the high(er)-speed train services in Italy (you can look up train timetables on the Trenitalia website) to get to Ancona or Bari to then get a ferry across to Croatia. This would be quicker than travelling from Venice to Croatia, and then taking a slow bus down the Croatian coast. Or, if you’re pressed for time, you can always fly from Venice to Split or Dubrovnik!

You can take ferries (or catamarans) from the ports of Venice, Trieste, Cesenatico, Pesaro, Ancona or Bari to Croatia – which one you travel from depends on your final destination and the time of year.

The only route that operates year-round – although it only operates a couple of times a week during winter months – is the Ancona to Split route with Jadrolinija.

See the following table for route and ferry company website details.

2021
From…To…MonthsOperated by
Umagnot running in 2021Venezia Lines
Porec
 not running in 2021
 not running in 2021Adriatic Lines
Pula not running in 2021Venezia Lines
 not running in 2021Adriatic Lines
Rovinj not running in 2021Venezia Lines
 not running in 2021Adriatic Lines
 
Porec
 not running in 2021
Rovinj
 not running in 2021
Mali Losinj
 not running in 2021
 
Cesenatico
Rovinj
 not running in 2021
Losinj
 not running in 2021
Rab
 not running in 2021
Novalja (Pag)
 not running in 2021
 
Pessaro
Pula
 not running in 2021
Losinj
mid July – August
Rab
 not running in 2021
Novalja (Pag)
 not running in 2021
 
Split
June – December
to early OctoberSNAV
Zadarend July – August

Jadrolinija

(by catamaran instead of a ferry)

Stari Grad (Hvar)
end July – mid AugustJadrolinija
 
Dubrovnik
July – November

Getting to Croatia by Ferry – Online Booking

Booking for some of the above ferry routes to Croatia – especially Ancona to Split can be done using the search box below: