Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar

by Cristina on December 23, 2011

by Cristina | December 23rd, 2011  

Dubrovnik is located on the Adriatic Sea coast and aside from being an important travel destination in Croatia , it’s also a major transportation hub for ferries to/from Italy , as well as domestic ferries.

The island of Hvar and especially Hvar Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Adriatic Sea. During the summer season – May to September – the city gets very crowded and the prices spike. The beaches, the vineyards, the harbor along with the impressive fortifications make this town a pleasure to visit, regardless of what you want to do here.

Passenger Ferries from Dubrovnik to Hvar

The only way to get between Dubrovnik and Hvar is by ferry. There are both fast ferries (passengers only) and car ferries available (in case you’ve rented a car during your vacation in Croatia).

The ferries only operate between end of May and end of September. The depart from Dubrovnik on Thursday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Stari Grad (island of Hvar) at 5 p.m. On the way back, catch the ferry from Stari Grad at 9:15 a.m. and you’ll be in Dubrovnik at 6:30 p.m. The ferries are operated by Jadrolinija .

Prices start at 14.50 euro per person, one way during the low season for a deck seat and 17.50 euro per person one way for the same seat during the high season (Jun 24 – Aug 28). If you get a round trip ticket, the discount is 20%. Cabin accommodation is also available. To look for the prices search under “coastal lines” on the website.

From Stari Grad you can catch one of the local buses to get to Hvar Town (or other place on the island). Or you can rent a scooter once you arrive and enjoy the scenic beauty of the island at your own pace.

>>read more about Croatia Ferries

Driving from Dubrovnik to Hvar

In case you prefer to drive between Dubrovnik and Hvar , there are three possible ferry crossings and routes. But the best option is the 234 km route along Route 116 which includes the Sućuraj – Drvenik ferry crossing. This ferry runs year round and there are three departures per day. You can complete the journey on this route in about 4 ½ h. This route is also operated by Jadrolinija.

To look for the prices, search under “local lines” on the website. An adult single ticket is 13 euro while for a compact car you’ll pay 6.50 euro one way.


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