Thursday, June 10, 2010
Travel from Dubrovnik to Korcula
A popular stop along the Dalmatian Coast is the Island of Korcula. It lies just off of the Peljesac Peninsula, approximately 2 hours northwest of Dubrovnik by car or ferry. There are 2 routes used to reach Korcula from Dubrovnik; the following is an overview of each:
1.) Direct ferry from Dubrovnik: During the summer season, Jardolinija operates a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays. The ferry is direct on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but makes a stop in Mljet on all other days. The journey takes 3 hours direct and 4 hours and 10 minutes with the stop in Mljet. Tickets are priced at 14,50 EUR per person and 53,00 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.
In addition to the Jadrolinja ferry, Nona Ana operates a high-speed catamaran from Dubrovnik to Korcula in July & August only. It runs 4 times per week:
Monday & Saturday: departs Dubrovnik at 9:15, arrives in Korcula at 11:45
Tuesday & Thursday: departs Dubrovnik at 8:00, arrives in Korcula at 10:35
Schedules may be viewed on the G&V Line website. Tickets must be purchased at the port prior to departure and cannot be purchased online in advance.
2.) Travel to Orebic and then ferry to Korcula: Orebic is a small town on the western end of the Peljesac Peninsula, approximately 2 hours drive from Dubrovnik. From Orebic, there is a local car and passenger ferry to Korcula that operates at least 12 times per day, 7 days per week. The ferry costs approximately 14 Kuna per person (about 2 EUR) and 64 Kuna (about 9 EUR) for a car (these are high-season prices; slightly lower prices apply in low season). Detailed schedule and pricing information can be found on the following website: Korcula Info.
Travel from Dubrovnik to Orebic can be accomplished in 4 ways: rental car, public bus, long-distance bus, or minibus transfer. If you rent a car you will have to take it with you to Korcula and then return it to the mainland after your stay on the island as there is nowhere to leave the car in Orebic. The public bus is a good, reasonably-priced option, but it only leaves Dubrovnik's main bus station once per day at 14:15 hrs, except on Sundays and holidays when it leaves only at 18:00 hrs (schedule can be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik). Once in Orebic, you will have to buy tickets for the passenger ferry to Korcula. There is also a direct long-distance bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula that leaves Dubrovnik's main bus station once per day at 15:00 hrs as well as at 18:00 hrs on Sundays (schedule can be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik). This option takes passengers directly to Korcula and the ferry ticket is included in the price of the bus ticket.
The travel agency Korkyra operates a daily minibus from Dubrovnik to Korcula leaving from their office just outside the Ploce Gate between 2 - 4 pm every afternoon. The bus holds up to 17 people and tickets are priced at 120 Kuna per person plus 10 Kuna per bag. For an extra 10 Kuna per person they will pick you up at your accommodation anywhere in Dubrovnik. Transfers must be reserved in advance by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling +385 20 711 750.