Getting by Ferry from Split to Dubrovnik
As Dubrovnik is a town just down the coast from Split, it seems reasonable to assume it will be easy and fast to reach Dubrovnik from Split by ferry. Unfortunately, it is currently not as straight forward as it appears,
because there are no fast direct ferries from Split to Dubrovnik.
Update April 2015: There is now direct fast ferry that serve Split to Dubrovnik route (May to October) – check here for timetables: http://www.croatiaferries.com/split-dubrovnik-ferry.htm . Journey time between Split and Dubrovnik is 4 hours 15 minutes, including stop over in Hvar, Korcula and Mljet.
However, there are several also very pleasant other ferry options to consider – see below:
Taking a slow, coastal ferry from Split to Dubrovnik
- If you are making your journey between June and September, you can take a ferry along the coast from Split to Dubrovnik. This way of travelling is very pleasant but also very slow.
There is Jadrolinija’s ferry which sails twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays from Dubrovnik to Split and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Split to Dubrovnik – check here . This ferry sails from the Split port via Hvar (Stari Grad), Korcula Town and Mljet, Sobra to Dubrovnik (Gruž port).
This ferry journey takes about 8.5 hours and tickets cost about 20 euro for foot passenger and about 60 for small car. Check detailed schedule . (update: This ferry has been discontinued since 2015, however it will be reintroduced from summer 2017)
Taking a slow ferry from Split via Hvar to Korcula Island and another, faster ferry to Dubrovnik
- If you are making your journey in July and August, you can take a ferry from Split via Hvar to Korcula (Vela Luka) and then get a bus to Korcula Town. Once there, you can take the afternoon fast ferry (catamaran) to Dubrovnik. This journey is available at least 4 times a week (check Korcula to Dubrovnik fast ferry schedules).
The whole journey from Split to Dubrovnik will last from early morning to late afternoon – arrival in Dubrovnik ferry terminal is at 6.30pm. The total cost of ferry and bus tickets is about 35 Euro.
Taking a fast ferry from Split to Hvar and Korcula and following morning proceed to Dubrovnik
- If you are not in terrible hurry, you can do a bit of island hopping on your way from Split to Dubrovnik. The advantage is that you can do this route all year around, seven days a week which gives you lot of flexibility:
Take an afternoon fast ferry from Split to Korcula Town and overnight there. Following morning get a bus from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik. You will be in Dubrovnik at 9.30am. The total cost of ferry and bus tickets is about 20 Euro.
Note: If you are making your journey in July and August, once in Korcula, you can decide to spend a half-day of sightseeing and take the afternoon ferry to Dubrovnik (at least 4 times a week).
I recommend you this journey, especially for summer period, as it gives you opportunity to involve in your journey a short visit to Hvar (if you wish to leave early morning from Split) as well as Korcula.
There are also some other Split to Dubrovnik ferry options that takes bit longer, involving several days of travelling. These routes are suitable for people who are keen to ‘properly’ enjoy Dalmatian Coast as they involve island hopping. I will write about these options in my other post.
- download this very nice Split to Dubrovnik ferry map here
- see our travel forum conversation about travel between Split and Dubrovnik
- see Split to Dubrovnik ferry map
- page about getting by ferry to Dubrovnik