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Day trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar

Can you do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar? Yes, you can. Visiting Hvar for a day trip is pretty easy. In June to September, there is a daily fast ferry that is convenient for such a trip. Out of this period, you can still do it, however, it takes a bit of planning.

Hvar Town
Hvar Town

Here are my travel tips and recommendations for this journey:

June to September Day Trip

If you are visiting Dubrovnik in June to September, take a fast ferry to Hvar Island and back. Here are the details:

  • depart @ 7:00 from Dubrovnik (Gruz), arrive in Hvar Town at 10:30
  • spend a day in Hvar
  • return @ 17:55 from Hvar Town, arrive back in Dubrovnik at 21:25

At present, this ferry is run by Jadrolinija. It cost 420 HRK (62 US Dollars / 56 Euro) for a return trip and you can book the tickets at its website.

You will depart from Dubrovnik early morning and come back in the evening. It will be a long day but very much worth it.

The ferry is very comfortable, air-conditioned has comfortable seats and you will enjoy lovely views. On your way, you will also see through the windows Elafiti Archipelago, Mljet Island, Korcula Island and the Old Town.

Getting to Hvar for a day by fast ferry
Getting to Hvar for a day by fast ferry

Out of season options

If you are visiting in other periods then June to September, which is here considered as out of season period, here are the options:

Self-Drive to Hvar island from Dubrovnik:

You can choose to drive to Hvar. It takes about 4 1/2 hours each way (about 200 km) and includes crossing the border with Bosnia (time-consuming) and taking a car ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj (Hvar). Dubrovnik to Drvenik is 125 km (about 2 hrs drive) + border crossing + ferry crossing it takes about 4 1/2 hrs.

Bus to Hvar island from Dubrovnik

In theory yes. Out of season, you can get a bus from Dubrovnik to Drvenik, change there to ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar island and further bus from Sucuraj to Hvar Town. However, it is also a time-consuming option and hardy viable for a successful day trip even in full season.

Getting to ferry for Hvar day trip
Getting to ferry for Hvar day trip

Book in advance, public transport or self-drive trip?

An alternative to public transport that I already mentioned is private tours or private speedboat tours. The however depend on the weather. For most of the days in the summertime, the weather is fine, but with the weather you never know. Relying solely on a private speed boat trip can be risky.

For a day trip to Hvar, there are few things to bear in mind:

  • Yes, book in advance any tickets especially for June to September period
  • Try to stick with visiting Hvar Town only. Avoid getting to other places on the island as local buses are not very frequent. Taking a taxi is a good option.
  • If you are renting a car, for self-drive day trip then, yes, you will have enough time to drive a bit around the Island.
  • Hvar Town offers a wide range of activities you can do in these few hours there: swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, sailing, sightseeing, lunch, ice cream, coffee & relax with amazing views over the bay and nearby Pakleni islets.

What to do in Hvar?

Hvar Panorama
Hvar Panorama
  • In Hvar, visit the Tower Fortica (Španjola) above the Town for amazing views (above photo) of the town’s harbour and nearby Pakleni islands.
  • Take a local taxi boat (water taxi) to Sveti Jerolim island for a swim (10 minutes by speedboat)
  • Have a lunch or coffee in one of the waterfront cafe bars/restaurants
  • Try Hvar’s ice creams on the local promenade
  • Get back to the town’s harbour well in advance (at least 45 minutes) to embark on the ferry heading back to Dubrovnik.

Driving Map from Dubrovnik to Hvar

As you can see on the above map, driving is not as convenient as day-tripping by ferry – see map here.

More info:

Check also Island hopping from Dubrovnik article, and see detailed info for all local ferry schedules on croatiaferries.com website