Planning a trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar? Then you’re definitely in the right place because we’ve got all the info you need to prepare for this trip!
Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular Adriatic islands, and there are several ways to reach it. Most of the main ports in Croatia offer fast ferries and catamarans to this island, so there are numerous options for the average foot passenger. It’s a bit trickier for those traveling by car, but don’t worry – we’ll tell you all you need to know about traveling from Dubrovnik to Hvar!
The best and quickest way to travel from Dubrovnik to Hvar for foot passengers is by boat, but the route doesn’t operate year-round. There are boat transfers between Dubrovnik and Hvar Island from April to October, with two departures per day during peak season and just one ferry departure per day in the off-season.
The ferries depart from Dubrovnik at 7 AM and 4:30 PM. The duration of the journey is between three and three and a half hours, while ticket prices range between 210 and 310 Kunas.
The Jadrolinija ferry is cheaper and takes longer, while the catamaran operated by Kapetan Luka costs more and arrives 20 minutes earlier. It’s worth noting that there are no car ferries that travel between Dubrovnik and Hvar, so this route is an option only for foot passengers.
Also, the Jadrolinija ferry stops at Mljet and Korcula before arriving at Hvar town, which is why the journey takes a bit longer.
In the off-season, there is just one transfer per day and that ferry departs at 4:30 PM. It’s a catamaran operated by Kapetan Luka company, and ticket prices start at 41 Euros (310 Kunas).
The boat transfer is a bit pricey, but it’s by far the most convenient way of traveling for those without a car. It’s also the only direct route from Dubrovnik to Hvar town – in case you are planning to stay in a different town on the island, you will need to travel by bus through Hvar Island.
On top of that, it’s actually the cheapest option, especially if you take the cheaper Jadrolinija ferry. Car rental alone is more than the ferry ticket, plus you would still need to pay for car ferry tickets. Even bus travel is more expensive since it includes at least one ferry and two bus tickets.
There are two ways to reach Hvar from Dubrovnik via car ferry. The quickest way is to drive to Drvenik, which is some 124 kilometers away from Dubrovnik. It takes about 2 hours to cover that distance, but it does include a border crossing through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Long queues and border delays are frequent during the high tourist season, so it’s best to travel at night or very early in the morning to avoid the crowds. One thing worth noting is that the queue for EU passengers moves a bit faster than the one for Bosnian citizens, but the wait times can still exceed two hours during the high season.
The car ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj is frequent in the off-season with six ferry transfers per day. That goes up to 11 car ferries per day in the peak season, and there’s pretty much one every hour or so. The car ferry duration is only about half an hour, and the ferry ticket prices are about 108 Kunas for cars and 16 Kunas for foot passengers.
Those are prices for the peak season, and it’s worth noting that ferry tickets are even cheaper in the off-season. The only ferry company that operates this route is Jadrolinija.
One thing to keep in mind is that this ferry arrives in Sucuraj, which is on the far eastern side of the Hvar Island. If you’re trying to travel to Hvar town, you’ll still need to drive for about an hour and a half to cover the 80-kilometer distance between the two towns.
The other Hvar ferry you can catch departs from the ferry port in Split. This is a much longer route since you need to drive for about three hours from Dubrovnik to Split, and then it’s a two-hour ferry ride from Split to Stari Grad port on Hvar Island. It’s certainly not the quickest or the most convenient way of traveling from Dubrovnik to Hvar, but it’s an option that exists and it’s worth mentioning.
The longer route makes sense if you want to visit Trogir or Split, and maybe explore a few of the other towns or even a national park in Dalmatia.
It’s worth noting that renting a car is by far the most convenient way of traveling from Dubrovnik to Hvar. Although you don’t have too many transport options, there are even fewer options for those traveling on foot. Renting a car gives you a bit more flexibility, and it makes it easier to get around Hvar Island.
It is possible to travel from Dubrovnik to Hvar by bus and ferry, but it’s important to note that there are no direct buses to Hvar Island from Dubrovnik. The closest you can get is to Vela Luka on Korcula Island, from where you take a ferry to Hvar.
There are several buses from Dubrovnik to Vela Luka on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. It’s not noted whether they stop in other towns on the island, but it’s safe to assume they do – this is important because there are more ferry operators in Korcula town than in Vela Luka.
There are also summer catamarans that depart from both towns on the island for Hvar, and there’s public transport on the island that can help you travel from one town to another.
In addition to that, it’s also possible to travel from Dubrovnik to Drvenik by bus. The bus duration is a little less than three hours, and tickets cost some 100 Kunas. From Drvenik, you can catch a ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar Island, and from there you can take public transport to any town on the island.
It’s worth noting that public transportation exists on Hvar island, but there’s very limited information available about it online. Phone numbers of the main bus stations on the island are available online, so it is possible to call them up and ask for information about ticket prices and bus departures.
Also, it’s not possible to buy tickets online. They are purchased from the driver on the spot, so there’s no way to guarantee that you will have a spot on the bus.
Private boat transfers are available to most islands in the Adriatic Sea, and they’re a great option if you can afford them. There are private transfers from Dubrovnik to Hvar and they start at around 1950 Euros for the boat.
This is for the transfers by SeaYou company, and they don’t specify how many passengers they can accommodate on this boat. Also, it’s important to note that the listed price is not definitive, and you still need to send an inquiry to the company to get more information on exact prices.
Private transfers are by far the most convenient and luxurious way of traveling from Dubrovnik to Hvar. You’ll be picked up where it suits you best and dropped off wherever you want. In the meantime, you’re riding on the Adriatic Sea in a boat with a luxury cabin, soaking in the sun and wanting for nothing.
However, this is also the most expensive way of traveling between the two towns, and it’s an option only for those with deeper pockets. The cost of a private transfer is enough to cover a week in either of these towns for a family of four, so unless you’ve got money to burn, it doesn’t make much sense to arrange for a private boat transfer.
Another company you should check out is Hvar Tours. They offer speedboat transfers from Dubrovnik to Hvar and other nearby islands, and they’re a bit more affordable than SeaYou. The prices start at 1250 Euros for a speedboat that can carry up to four people, up to 2250 Euros for a boat for 14 people – when you split the costs, that’s actually not too bad.
The cost of fuel and a skipper is included in the price of the transfer and passengers will also get free drinks and car transfers from wherever they are to the speedboat port and this includes transfer from Dubrovnik airport.
The duration of private transfers is about three and a half hours door-to-door, so it’s not much faster than the ferries and catamarans you can take for a fraction of the price. It’s a much more luxurious way of traveling, but if you’re trying to be efficient and fiscally responsible, you’re better off just buying tickets for one of the existing ferries and catamarans that operate on this route.
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