Monday, May 25, 2009

Travel from Dubrovnik to Hvar

The island of Hvar is one of the most popular summer destinations in Southern Dalmatia, and is known for its natural beauty and great nightlife. It is easiest to travel to Hvar from Split, but it can be reached from Dubrovnik directly by ferry or by a combination of bus or rental car and ferry. The following is an overview of the available travel options from Dubrovnik to Hvar:

1.) Direct ferry from Dubrovnik: During the summer season, Jardolinija operates a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar on Thursdays & Sundays, making a stop in Korcula on the way. The journey takes approximately 6.5 hours and tickets are priced at 17,50 EUR per person and 55,00 EUR for a car (these are high-season prices; slightly lower prices apply in low season). Detailed schedule information, pricing, and on-line booking is available at the Jadrolinija website.

2.) Ferry from Drvenik: The quickest and most-direct route from Dubrovnik to Hvar is by car or bus to Drvenik and then ferry to Sucuraj. Drvenik is a small town on the Makarska Riveria, located midway between Ploce and Markarska. It can be reached by car or by taking the Dubrovnik - Split bus and exiting at Drvenik. The ferry operates 10 times per day during the summer season and takes 25 minutes to reach Sucuraj. Tickets are priced at 13 Kuna (2 EUR) per person and 95 Kuna (13 EUR) for a car (these are high-season prices; slightly lower prices apply in low season). Once in Sucuraj, which is on the eastern end of the island, visitors must drive or take a bus to Hvar town at the other end of the island. Ferry schedules can be viewed at the Jadrolinija website.

3.) Ferry from Split: The most frequently traveled route to Hvar is from Split. From Dubrovnik it is possible to drive or take a bus to Split and then catch the ferry to the island of Hvar (for information on travel to Split see the article Travel from Dubrovnik to Split). If traveling without a car, it is best to take the high-speed catamaran directly to Hvar town, which leaves Split daily at 11:30 and 15:00. The journey takes approximately one hour and costs 22 Kuna (3 EUR) per person. If traveling by car, the ferry from Split arrives in Stari Grad, which is 20- to 30-minutes' driving distance from Hvar town. This ferry operates 6 times per day and the journey takes approximately two hours. Again, detailed schedule information, pricing, and on-line booking is available at the Jadrolinija website.

59 comments:

  1. We are travelling from Hvar to Dubrovnik. Any tips where we can find information about busses from Drevnik to Dubrovnik? And from Hvar to Sucuraj?

    Or is it easier to go from Hvar to Korcula and from there by bus to Dubrovnik. Thanks!

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  2. I think that the regular Split to Dubrovnik bus stops in Drevnik. This bus runs about 15 times per day so it should not be a problem to catch one. This website has some useful information on travel to and from Hvar: http://www.hvarinfo.com/travel-to-island-hvar/. There are also regular buses from Hvar town to Sucuraj and they general run before the ferry departures. You should be able to sort this out once you are in Hvar. Sorry that I cannot offer more specific information on this topic.

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  3. trying to plan a trip to hvar from split. i understand there are only two catamaran rides to hvar in a day. and there seems to be no ferry back to split in the afternoon/night. does this means i have to stay overnight in hvar and a day trip to hvar is not possible? could u advise? thanks.

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  4. Depending on the day of the week you may be able to make a day trip to Hvar. According to the following schedule there is a ferry from Stari Grad on the island of Hvar to Split on Thursday and Sunday at 17:00: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/K%C3%9CSTENLINIE%20%202011.pdf. You would just have to make your way from Hvar town to Stari Grad.

    According to this schedule there is a ferry from Hvar town to Split everyday at 13:45: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/9603A.ljeto.2011.e.pdf.

    Finally, on Tuesdays there is a ferry from Hvar town to Split at 17:10: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/9602.2011.ljeto.e.pdf.

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  5. Hello,

    Me and a friend are traveling to Croatia and we are wanting to party on the Island of Hvar. Here is our schedule:

    Sept 25 arrive in Dubrovnik at 10 pm (we're assuming there are no ferries or travel options for the evening so we're staying the night in Dubrovnik)
    Sept 26: Travel to Hvar
    Sept 27: Party in Hvar
    Sept 28: Leave Hvar back to Dubrovnik (hopefully get to see the city at night)
    Sept 29: Leave Dubrovnik at 6 am

    We really want to get to Hvar but are so confused on how to get there. My understanding is that we'll have to take a bus first to Drevnik (do you know where we can find this schedule). Then we'll have to take a ferry from Drevnik to Sucuraj then bus from sucuraj to Hvar town.

    Do you know where we can find the schedule for all of this and the approx travel time one way there? Is it owrth it for us to go to Hvar or just to Korcula instead?

    Does korcula have a night life? Obviously not comparable to Hvar from what i've heard but i feel if we spend four days in Dubrovnik we'll most likely get bored. We want to make the most of our time in Croatia please HELP!!! =)

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  6. It is certainly possible to go to Hvar as planned, but I think it is too much travel in such a short time. You really only have 3 days in Croatia (26, 27, & 28 Sept). You will spend 2 of those days traveling and have only 1 day to really enjoy.

    To get to Drvenik I think you just take the bus from Dubrovnik to Split and get off at Drvenik. Here is the schedule of departures for that bus: http://www.libertasdubrovnik.com/voznired.pdf. You can find the ferry schedule from Drvenik to Sucuraj at www.Jadrolinija.hr. It may be a little faster to travel that way if you are able to time it right, but you could also just travel all the way to Split and then take the ferry or catamaran to Hvar from there. The catamaran will get you directly to Hvar town.

    There is little or no nightlife on Korcula and would not go there for that. Hvar definitely has the best nightlife around, but I don't know if 2 nights in Hvar is worth all the travel to get there and back. Ideally you would be able to fly in and out of Split, in which case you could easily get to Hvar on the same day with very little travel involved. If this is not possible for you then I think it would be best to stay in Dubrovnik. I don't think you'll get bored in Dubrovnik with only 3 full days.

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  7. Do you know where i could find details of the buses that go from Sucuraj to Hvar Town? I am flying into Dubrovnik at 11.00am on 12th September and need to travel to Hvar that day. Alternatively, do you know if it would be possible to travel to split in time for the last ferry to Hvar?
    Thanks!!

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  8. I was not able to find a schedule for the bus from Sucuraj to Hvar town. The last ferry from Split to Hvar town seems to leave at 15:00 (so you would not make it) but there are later ferries at 17:00 and 20:30 from Split to Stari Grad. You might be able to make the 17:00 and will certainly make the 20:30, but then you will have to travel to Hvar town.

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  9. We are staying in Dubrovnik for 5 days and then we wish to go to Havar for 2 nights. Is Split the best option, we have no car ? do we need to book the catamaran ? We are leaving Dubrovnik on Fri 9th Sept. What is the best way to travel out of Havar to Italy ?

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  10. If traveling without a car the best way to get there is to take the bus from Dubrovnik to Split and then the catamaran to Hvar. You generally do not need reservations in advance for the catamarans.

    The ferry from Hvar to Ancona in Italy stops running at the end of August. You will have to take the catamaran back to Split and then catch the ferry to Ancona. Here is a schedule for the Split to Ancona ferry: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/ENG.ANCONA%20-%20SPLIT-STARI%20GRAD%202011.pdf.

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  11. I'm struggling with reading the ferry schedules. I thought I had read in the summer the ferry from Split to Dubrovnik, and the Anacona, Italy to Split, ran daily. Am I wrong on both? I'm looking at mid to late June.

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  12. The ferry from Split to Dubrovnik only runs twice per week. The 2012 schedule is not yet published, but in 2011 it ran on Tuesdays & Saturdays. The ferry from Ancona to Split ran 4 times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Here is a link to the Split to Dubrovnik 2011 ferry schedule: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/ENG.%20COASTAL%20LINE%202011.pdf. Here is a link to the Ancona to Split 2011 ferry schedule: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/ENG.ANCONA%20-%20SPLIT-STARI%20GRAD%202011.pdf.

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  13. Thanks so much for your information. I've enjoyed reading all of it.
    Would I be able to catch a catamaran from Split to Korcula, and then from Korcula to Dubrovnik? in one day?

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  14. I don't know for sure, but the catamaran schedule I found online only goes from Split to Korcula once per day leaving at 17:00 and arriving at 19:25. So, you would then have to wait until the next morning to depart for Dubrovnik. If you just want to travel from Split to Dubrovnik I suggest taking the bus. There are about 15 departures per day and the trip takes just 4.5 hours.

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  15. We are planning to travel from Dubrovnik to Mijet then on to Hvar for a few days, then we will fly back to England from Split. We will have a car. What's the best way to get from Mijet to Hvar please? Should we drive up the coast and catch a ferry from Sucuraj? Can we drive through Bosnia?

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  16. I am not aware of any ferries from Mljet to Hvar so I think you have to drive up the coast. You can catch the ferry to Sucuraj Hvar in Drvenik. It is not a problem to pass through Bosnia; just make sure to have your passports available for inspection.

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  17. Hi Andy and Michelle, I was hoping you could give me a quick tip. My girlfriend and I are looking to travel from Hvar to Dubrovnik by comfortable and easy means. It appears that our options are trying to catch a ferry, or to ferry to Drvenik and rent a car from there. I read your earlier posts and checked the sites, but could not find a schedule from Hvar to Dubrovnik for ferries. Do you know where I could get one? Or do you think catching a ferry to Drvenik and driving and leaving car in Dubrovnik is better?
    Thanks so much in advance

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  18. If you're looking for an easy, comfortable way to travel then it would be best to take a ferry directly from Hvar to Dubrovnik. It is a long trip (about 8 hours), but comfortable. In past years the ferry ran twice per week, but I just checked the ferry website (www.Jadrolinija.hr) and there is no schedule posted yet for this season.

    If you are not able to take the ferry to Dubrovnik then you can also take a ferry to Split and take a bus from there to Dubrovnik. It might be possible to take the Drvenik ferry and rent a car, but it is difficult to find car rentals with a pick-up in Drvenik and drop-off in Dubrovnik. If you can find it, you'll pay a fee for the one-way rental.

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  19. Hi Andy and Michelle,

    I have been desperately looking for information about a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar for the last few days until I found your blog. You seem to have all the answers!
    The ferry is by far my preferred option to do this trip. Do you think it is likely there will be a ferry this summer from Dubrovnik to Hvar, and that the schedule is simply not posted yet? I'm so confused! And if yes, is it best to book in advance to travel mid-August?
    Finally, if it's not too much trouble, where would suggest staying on Hvar, if it's just for two or three days?
    Thanks a lot!

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  20. I don't yet know if the Dubrovnik to Hvar ferry will run this summer. I will check with the Jadrolinija office next week and post the information on this blog so check back then for more info.

    If you are traveling by car then you definitely have to book the ferry in advance. Foot passengers generally do not have to book in advance but you might want to book the day before if it makes you feel more comfortable to have a ticket in advance.

    For 2 or 3 days on Hvar, I would definitely stay in or within walking distance of Hvar town. Unfortunately, I don't have any specific suggestions for accommodation.

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  21. Hi Andy and Michelle,

    Thanks so much for all of the information! I have exactly the same question posted a couple of weeks ago about the ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar. Do you have any news about schedule of this ferry for this summer?

    I will be arriving Dubrovnik on a thursday night (june 21st) and leaving Croatia on june 28th. Of course I want to spend 3 or 4 nights in Hvar, but need to check out what is going on with this ferry so as to make the most of our time in Croatia and get to know Split and Dubrovnik as well.

    Thanks guys!

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  22. You can find a recent post on this topic written on April 13th. You can navigate to it by clicking on April 2012 on the right side of this page. The fate of the coastal ferry is uncertain and Jadrolinija probably won't make a decision until May. You may have to take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split and then the ferry to Hvar.

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  23. Hi Andy and Michelle,

    It seems you have all the answers to the questions I need to answer :-)

    I am travelling to Dubrovnik on the 26th May, there was a massive communication error with who I booked my accommodation through and now is causing me issues as I need to get to Jelsa in Hvar Town.

    Would you say the best and easiest way is to get a bus from Dubrovnik - Drevnik, Then the ferry from Drevnik - Sucuraj, then a bus/taxi from Sucuraj to Jelsa?

    Sorry to ask so many questions but I just cant seem to figure this one out. I have found timetables for the ferry from Drevnik - Sucuraj which works fine with my flight times but then when in Sucuraj I dont know the best way to get from there to Jelsa and if I even can at that time of night as we will get into Sucuraj about 23.10.

    Have you got any information or ideas on how to do this trip please? We are then staying in Hvar for a week, we dont leave until 2nd June.

    Thanks

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    1. I don't know that the best way to get to Jelsa is through Sucuraj. Bus service from Sucuraj is very infrequent and I have not been able to find a schedule online. If I were making the trip I would take the bus to Split and then a catamaran to Hvar town. From there it will be much easier to get to Jelsa, by bus or taxi.

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  24. is there a direct ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik? I cant seem to find it on the Jardolinija website

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    1. It does not look like there will be a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik this year. Please see the following: http://www.dubrovniktravelinfo.com/2012/04/fate-of-coastal-ferry-uncertain.html.

      You will have to travel to Split first and then take a bus to Dubrovnik.

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  25. Hey, thanks for that page, it helped me with lots of quastions about the trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar. And i guess there is already a ferry schedule for 2012 at the Jadrolinija page, look: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/COASTAL%20LINES%202012%20.pdf
    Do you think we can trust it´s going to work this year?

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    1. Great News! Yes, since it is now posted on the Jadrolinija website you can trust it. I will update the information on this blog right away. Thanks!

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    2. Do you know much does the ferry cost? And there´s different prices for how long do you go? I mean, it´s a different price between Dubrovnik-Hvar or Duvrovnik-Korcula?

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    3. Here is a link to the price list for the coastal ferry: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/EUR%20-%20engl.DUZ.%202012%20%20SEASON.pdf.

      The prices vary depending on how far you are going, whether you book accommodation or just a deck ticket, and whether you bring a car.

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  26. Hi

    Your site is very good and includes lots of info, I wonder if you can help me with a good map of driving directions, I need to take the ferry form Drvenik to Sucuraj and I have the ferry schedule but every driving directions I find include a ferry between Trpanj - Ploce. can I just drive the route from Dubrovnik to Drvenik? I know this may mean driving through bosnia, is this allowed?

    Also is it possible to pre book the ferry from Drvenik to sucuraj?

    Thank you Nicola

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  27. Hi Nicola,

    Yes, you can drive directly from Dubrovnik to Drvenik. You pass through a short part of Bosnia, but it is not a problem. Just have your passport ready in case they ask for it. You don't really need a map as you just follow the coastal road straight from Dubrovnik to Drvenik.

    I do not know if it is possible to prebook the ferry but it is run by Jadrolinija. I suggest you go to the Jadrolinija office in Dubrovnik (at the port in Gruz) before you leave Dubrovnik to see if you can book there.

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    1. Thank you for your response, it has put my mind at rest about the drive.. one last thing do you know how long I should allow for the drive up? I know the crossing is around 30 mins.

      Thanks

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    2. I would give yourself about 2 to 2.5 hours for the drive from Dubrovnik to Drvenik.

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  28. Hello!
    I have been on a lonley planet asking questions about travel from Dubrovnik to Havar and have just realized that i was sadly mis-informed. I have spent so much time on trying to figure out the QUICKEST way to Hvar. I was told in error that the bus from Dubrovnik to Drecnik was 30 minutes..which sounded off but i didnt question it at first. I am now hearing it is 3 HOURS..which is very different. Can you confirm that this is true and tell me what the quickest travel means would actually be. As of now we were planning to bus it to Drevnik from Dubrovnik, take the ferry to Sucuraj and then our hotel set up a transfer to meet us in Sucuraj and take us to Hvar town. Now with this new news im thinking the path is now at all quicker? Help me..Please :)
    thanks

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    1. You will save some time by traveling from Drvenik to Sucuraj, but not as much as you had probably thought when you were misinformed about the travel time from Dubrovnik to Drvenik. 3 hours is probably accurate. Split is about another hour further, but from Split you can travel directly to Hvar town by catamaran.

      If cost is not an issue and you don't mind paying for the private transfer from Suucuraj to Hvar town, then that is probably the way to go. If you want to save some money, then I would go to Split and take the catamaran from there.

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    2. oh my heavens!
      i am so grateful for all of your good information. we are leaving for croatia at the end of the month, and your ferry/bus information has really put me at ease.
      we will plan to take the bus to drvenik, and then ferry to hvar island. we'll have to figure out the bus to take us to the other side of the island.
      thanks again!
      sarah

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  29. Hi Andy and Michelle! Your blog is great and yours answers are very helpful. So maybe you can help me... I want to go from Dubrovnik to Hvar, probably by Sucuraj ferry, but I dont know how I can go from Sucuraj to Hvar town.

    This information is very difficult to find on the internet... it seems the road is complicated and the buses are not frequent... I heard I could get a taxi for 100 euros... Do you know? It is per person??
    Thanks!!!

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    1. I do not have any information on getting from Sucuraj to Hvar town but I have heard that the bus only operates 3 times per week. I don't have a price for the taxi but I would guess that 100 EUR is the price for the taxi and not per person.

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  30. Does the ferry run from Hvar to Rijeka in November?

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    1. No, the last coastal ferry from Hvar to Rijeka is on September 30th. You will have to take the local ferry from Hvar to Split and then travel by car or bus to Rijeka.

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  31. Hi Andy and Michelle,

    We are planning our honeymoon in Croatia and Italy. We start in Dubrovnik and want to travel to the islands. Is Hvar a good island for relaxing or is there a more serene, quiet island that we should travel to? I have only been hearing about Hvar, so right now that is the plan.

    Do you know if we can hire a car in Dubrovnik and drop it off in Split? You mentioned a catamaran going from Split to Hvar Town 2x/day, do you know if that catamaran is running in April? It seems like there aren't many ferry lines running this time of year.


    After Hvar, we want to make our way to Venice, Italy. Do you know the best way to get there? It doesn't look like any ferries are running, unless I'm reading the ferry schedules wrong...? If we hire a car and drive to northern Croatia, then take a train to Venice, what are the names of the car rental companies? I want to make sure we can drop off the car at another destination.

    Thank you in advance for your help!!

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    1. Hvar is quite nice, but is not the quietest of all the islands. You can certainly find nice, quiet spots on Hvar, but there is also a lot of nightlife. If you are looking for a more sleepy island, then perhaps Brac, Korcula, or even one of the Elaphiti islands (Kolocep, Lopud, & Sipan) would be suitable.

      There are certainly ferries running to Hvar and other islands in April. You can find the schedules online at www.Jadrolinija.hr.

      For car rental companies, I would suggest larger international companies that will have offices in all of the locations you need, such as Hertz, Avis, Budget, or Europcar. You may also want to check a local company called Onyx. I am not aware of any ferries running to Venice at that time of year.

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  32. Hi Andy and Michelle,

    My friend and i are travelling to hvar on the 13th of july and will be staying for a week, we will be coming from split, is it true you cant pre-book your tickets to hvar from split? what a read on another site you just have to rock up before departure time and purchase your ticket on the day, is that correct?

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    1. It is true that you can't buy your tickets from Split to Hvar online or at travel agencies in advance, but you may be able to buy them at a Jadrolinija office in Croatia if you are there a few days in advance. However, I don't really know if it reserves you a spot on the actual ferry you plan to take, or if it is just a general ticket that can be used on any ferry to Hvar.

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  33. Hi! My friend and I, are travelling to hvar on the 9/08/2013 .
    I'm searching information to reach the ferry from dvrenik to hvar, but i don't found a bus from Dubrovnik to Drvenik. I can't to find a web with the routes.
    Can we help me, please?

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    1. Buses from Dubrovnik to Split stop in Drvenik on the way. You can take any of the Split buses listed on the following schedule: http://www.libertasdubrovnik.com/voznired.pdf.

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  34. Hi there, great site! Useful info about Korcula and Croatia. I have a quick question. I am looking to travel from korcula (lumbarda) to dubrovnik airport on the morning of 5th oct. I really need to get to the airport by 9.30am. Is there a way I could do this by bus? Would the bus to dubrovnik be running on 5th october?

    Steve

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    1. The earliest bus from Korcula to Dubrovnik arrives at Dubrovnik's main bus station at about 9:45am. It is then another 40 minutes or so by bus from there to the airport, so you will not make it in time. I really don't know any way of getting from Korcula to Dubrovnik airport that early in the morning.

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  35. Hi! I am going with my husband and my 1 year old daughter to Croatia next week. We will arrive in Dubrovnik Saturday and we are planning to go to Hvar on sunday afternoon. Wich is the fastest way to get there? And how long does it take and how much does it cost? Where can we buy the ticket in advance? Thank you very much for your help

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    1. The fastest way from Dubrovnik to Hvar would be the one described in paragraph #3 above (bus to Split and then ferry to Hvar). It will take about 6 hours and I don't know the cost. It is not possible to buy tickets anywhere online in advance. You will have to get the bus tickets at the bus station and the ferry tickets at the Jadrolinija office, either in Dubrovnik or Split.

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  36. Hello, are those ways to travel from dubrovnik to hvar still working now in summer 2013?
    Can I book the bus ticket to split and the catamaran ticket from there to hvar on internet? Is it necessary to do it in advance, considering the high season?
    Thank you!

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    1. Yes, these are still the best ways to travel from Dubrovnik to Hvar. You cannot book the bus or catamaran tickets online. You can just get them at the port or bus station.

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  37. I am travelling from Stari Grad to Sucarej by car. What are the road conditions like and are there any problem areas to be aware of?

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    1. I am really not familiar with that drive, but in general the roads are quite good in Croatia. They are probably a bit narrow and windy, but probably in good condition.

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  38. Hello. Your site is very helpful, thanks for the tips. I have checked on the Jadrolinija and I could not find a ferry available from Dubrovnik to Hvar for September. I don't if I checked correctly. Please, could you help me to confirm if there is this ferry for September 2013? Thanks.

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    1. The ferry runs from Dubrovnik to Stari Grad on Hvar until until 29 September. It operates only on Thursdays and Sundays. You can view the schedule here: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/docs/default-source/red-plovidbe/du%C5%BEobalne-i-me%C4%91unarodne-linije/coastal-line-2013.pdf?sfvrsn=2.

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  39. Hi Andy & Michelle,

    Can you please advice me on a couple of things:

    1. Is there a direct Ferry on thursday and sunday from Dubrovnik to Hvar? cant seem to find it on the Jardolinija.

    2. Or will the bus be a better idea to split and ferry to Hvar.

    Thank you.

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    1. Jadrolinija does not publish its coastal ferry schedule until much closer to the summer (often not until May). Taking the bus to Split and then catamaran to Hvar is a good option. It goes everyday and is faster than the ferry anyway.

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