Getting to Hvar island can be very stressful if you are traveling in the high season, particularly by private car.

To avoid these unnecessary situations just follow my advices to facilitate that your holiday does not end before beginning.

On my Split in July and August page, I’ve suggested some tips to make your easy and trouble-free planning for your Split and islands adventure.

Usually the most visitors complain about the crowds as in these months a lot of  tourists from all of Europe (Germans and Italians in August), move down on the beaches and popular coastal cities such as Split, Makarska, Dubrovnik or Hvar and Kurcula islands.

By some estimates this year (2014), 9 million tourists will visit Croatia and the majority will be in high season, from mid July to mid August.

All possible ways to reach Hvar island:

  1. Car ferry from Split harbor.
  2. Passengers catamarans a high speed ships.
  3. Car ferry from Makarska Riviera – Drvenik – Sucuraj (Hvar island) – Drvenik.
  4. Coastal line – Rijeka – Split – Stari Grad (Hvar) – Korcula – Dubrovnik.
  5. International line from Italy – Ancona – Stari Grad (Hvar island) – Split.
  6. NEWSeaplane Split downtown or Split Airport – Jelsa town.
  7. Hiring a sailing or motor boat from Split marina.

Getting to Hvar island from Split by car ferries

The best ferry connection is from Split harbor. Ferries from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar) go in the winter at least three times a day, while in the summer season the number of trips increase up to six times a day.  Here are 2015 winter and summer schedules!

The two-hour long Split-Stari Grad car ferry crossing is the main link between Split and Hvar island and as such can be quite crowded in the summer period (mid July to mid August).

Stari Grad ferry port
Stari Grad ferry port

Keep in mind that foot passengers won’t have trouble boarding, but passengers with vehicles should reserve their crossing at least a day in advance during the high season.

Otherwise you can always drive down D8 coastal road to Drvenik and take the Drvenik-Sucuraj ferry. In that case you’ll have to drive across the whole island to reach Hvar town.

It’s important to know that Hvar town is not directly connected with any car ferry. If you are traveling with your car than Split – Stari Grad ferry is the only possibility to reach Hvar town. Getting to Hvar just follow the 20 kilometer road through the villages of Selca, Brusje to the town.

Foot passengers have a bus connections upon arrival in Stari Grad ferry port to Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska and Stari Grad town center.

During your stay in the Stari Grad, the surrounding villages can be visited using the bus company Cazmatrans. The lines between the Stari Grad, Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Dol, Vrbanj are held daily.

The Stari Grad  is connected with the ferry port in accordance with the ferries timetable. Tickets can be purchased on the bus. Company address is : Cazmatrans Ltd Mestrovic, B. B. 21460 Stari Grad. Phone: +385 (0) 21 765 904. Full information can be found on their website (also in English).

Getting to Hvar island by fast catamaran from Split port

For foot passengers catamarans is the fastest way to reach their vacation destination on Hvar island, particularly the most visited Hvar town or Jelsa in combination with popular Bol town on Brac island.

For those who choose catamarans to reach Hvar or Jelsa, it is important to find their way inside the Split harbor, which are crowded with people and cars in high season.

“Judita” Catamaran

On catamaran from Split harbor page I’ve indicated the pier at Obala Lazareta as the place where all on foot passengers can take one of fast catamaran to one of the islands.

On catamaran from Split page you’ll find all updated timetables with prices and children discounts.

Jadrolinija and Kapetan Luka are two companies managing fast catamaran connections with Hvar island.

  • Jadrolinija keeps lines Split – Milna (Brac island) – Hvar town, Split – Bol (Brac island) – Jelsa (Hvar island), Split – Hvar – Prigradica (Korcula island) – Korcula town.
  • Kapetan Luka company keeps fast line Split – Hvar – Vis.

Getting to Hvar island by catamaran is an ideal way for island hopping fans visiting in few days Brac, Hvar and Vis island. For visitors looking for a day or two tours from Split, taking catamaran is possible to visit:

  • Bisevo Cave with Hvar town tour
  • Hvar town and Pakleni islands tour
  • Bol Brac island with Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach.

Getting to Hvar island by
Coastal Line

This line is not operating in 2015!

Liburnija ferryCoastal line Rijeka – Dubrovnik is not running any more. Jadrolinija has announced that a new timetable on the coastal line from Rijeka – Split – Stari Grad (Hvar island) – Kurcula – Dubrovnik is definitely canceled in 2015.

As every year many tourists enthusiastically awaits for this popular route linking the North with the South Adriatic coast. Ship “Liburnija” will not sail in 2015 summer season as we were accustomed in past years in the period from 1 June until 30 September.

The centuries-old maritime tradition is not sailing any more which is certainly a sad news.

I must remind you that only port capable for disembarkation / embarkation of cars/passengers is Stari Grad (Hvar island). In Hvar town car ferries do not dock.

Book your ferry travel using this search engine box on the left. It gives you possibility to search all ferries to Hvar island (Stari Grad). Some lines like Pescara – Stari Grad can be still available as it’s a only high season route (July and August) operated by SNAV company.

This company runs fast ferries to Stari Grad and Split with departures at 11,00 A.M arriving in Stari Grad at 16,00 PM, and to Split at 18,00 PM.

During the high season getting to Hvar island is available by several ferry companies from Italian ports Ancona and Pescara and Jadrolinija coastal lines.

  • JADROLINIJA Croatian company covers line Ancona – Stari Grad – Split – Ancona only in high season.
  • SNAV company covers Pescara – Stari Grad – Pescara only in high season. (only from 26/07/2014 – 31/08/2014)
  • BLUE LINE company Ancona – Hvar only in high season.

Getting to Hvar Island From Drvenik

Sucuraj ferry port
Sucuraj ferry port

Drvenik to Sucuraj ferry connection is particularly convenient for all four wheels travelers coming from Dubrovnik or from Makarska Riviera intending to visit Hvar island.

Drvenik is situated on the Adriatic coastal D1 road 96 km southeast from Split and 120 km northwest from Dubrovnik.

The easiest way to come to Sucuraj (Hvar island) is by ferry-boat from Drvenik on the Makarska Riviera. The ferry takes only 25 minutes between the mainland to Sucuraj village.

In the winter season there are 6-7 crossings a day, while in high season (form June to September/ increments from 12 to 20 times. Click to see Sucuraj-Drvenik ferry schedule, winter or summer 2015!

Getting to Hvar by seaplane

I’m glad to announce that Hvar island will not be reachable only by sea, taking a ferry or fast catamaran, but even by seaplane or hydroplane starting from Split Airport or from Split Matejuska base, near Riva promenade (not yet operative).

Imagine getting to Hvar island (Jelsa town) in only 10 minutes while the quickest catamaran service takes an hour and only leaves from Split harbor or two-hours ferry crossing to Stari Grad! This service will cover also different destinations like Dubrovnik, Korcula and Vis islands.

European Coastal Airlines has two large planes in its fleet:

  • A DeHavilland Twin Otter 6-300
  • Grumman G-21 Goose.

The online booking system will be soon online but it’s possible to book your flights by contacting the company European Coastal Airlines. UPDATE: ECA company is out of business. We’ll provide updates or alternatives soon.

This will help island hopping as it has always been problematic, especially off season, when catamaran services are reduced.

Split to Jelsa in 13 minutes for € 19,50

Many visitors have asked me, how to get from Jelsa to Hvar town, after landing in Jelsa harbor?

The best way is taking a bus to Hvar. On local Cazmatrans company you can find more information.

Departure from Jelsa to Hvar

  • 07:20 (every day except Sunday and holidays)
  • 09,45 (via ferry port Stari Grad, stop and waiting passengers from ferry)
  • 14,10 (every day except Sunday and holidays)
  • 15,40 runs only Sunday and holidays

You can contact the tourist office right on Riva in the center of town for more information (taxi or private transfers).

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