With 1185 islands along the coast, Croatia ferries network is the most common way to access islands and coastal towns.

This is an outline of the various ferry routes between Croatia and Italy, with major Italian departure cities and ferry companies operating on this important sea crossing.

Split to Dubrovnik ferry routes
Ferry lines between Split and Dubrovnik

Ferry or catamaran travel is a way of life on Croatia’s coast. Practically it’s the only way to get to the islands, apart from Pag and Krk islands, which are connected to the mainland by bridges.

When planning your ferry trip you should calculate two important factors:

  • First take into account the time to get to the Split ferry port and time you occasionally have to loose waiting in a long vehicle tails to get to the ferry (specially through July and August). It refers only for travelers with a car.
  • Calculate the sea crossing time to get to your final destination.

From Italy, four lines serve major Croatian ports from Bari, Ancona and Venice. Not all ferries operate daily routes to all destinations, most of them keep overnight lines (mostly from Italy to Croatia), so you need to check arrival/departure information carefully.

Check for Italy to Split ferry connections and book your ferry trip online.

Adriatic Coast main islands
Adriatic Coast main islands

Croatia Ferry Connections and Companies

Croatia ferry company Jadrolinija (state-owned) has three international routes, daily route Ancona – Zadar – Ancona and Ancona – Stari Grad – Split – Ancona, and once a week connection between Bari and Dubrovnik.

All routes are much more frequent in period June – September than in winter season from October – April. Check Split ferry port connections!

Jadrolinija

Jadrolinija ferryJadrolinija operates the following international routes from Italy:

  • Ancona Split Ferry
  • Ancona Stari Grad Ferry
  • Ancona Zadar Ferry
  • Bari Dubrovnik Ferry
  • Book online!

Jadrolinija in 2015 will not run on this summer coastal ferry connections between Rijeka and Dubrovnik. After more than 40 years Jadrolinija has decided to abolish this coastal line from Rijeka to Dubrovnik.

  • Rijeka – Split R/T (round trip)
  • Rijeka – Dubrovnik R/T
  • Rijeka – Stari Grad (Hvar island) R/T
  • Rijeka – Korcula island R/T
  • Rijeka – Sobra (Mljet island) R/T

Blueline

Blueline car ferry
Blueline ferry ‘Regina della Pace’ (Queen of Peace) at Split port

Blue Line is the international maritime company specialized in transport of passengers and vehicles between Croatia and Italy.

Journey Ancona – Split or vice versa takes about 10 hours. In case of a stop on the island of Hvar (Stari Grad), the trip takes additional 2 hours (12 hours).

Blueline keeps this route with two car and passengers ferries from March 28th to November 4th.2015.

BlueLine ferries from Italy to Croatia:

  • Ancona – Split Ferry R/T
  • Ancona Stari Grad – Split Ferry R/T (Ferries dock in Stari Grad (Hvar island) port only from July 31st to August 29th.2015)

Blueline ferry company prices

The prices are expressed in Euro € and are only informative. The cabin prices apply to one bed in a cabin.

Snav

Snav is a shipping company, leader in the Mediterranean sea linking Ancona to Split from March to November.

In 2015 this company has prepared a pleasant surprise introducing a convenient and fast service by hydrofoils connecting directly Pescara to Bol (Brac island) and Pescara to Vela Luka (island of Korcula).

With Snav you can reach the most beautiful islands in Croatia in just five hours, without stopping in Split. From July 18 to September 16 2015 fast catamaran Jets will keep twice a week connection between Pescara and these two islands.

For detailed schedules and prices, visit Italy to Split ferry connections.

Venezia Lines

Venezia lines shipVenezia Lines is a high speed ferry operator linking Italy with Croatia, from Venice to Istria peninsula. As their name suggests, Venezia Lines sail primarily from the Italian port of Venice. It keeps only passenger lines during the period between May and September.

  • Venice – Mali Losinj R/T
  • Venice – Porec R/T
  • Venice -Pula R/T
  • Venice – Rabac R/T
  • Venice – Rovinj R/T
  • Venice – Umag R/T
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