Getting by Ferry from Split to Dubrovnik

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.

During the main tourist season it is pretty easy to do this journey, however out of season, unfortunately, it is currently not as straightforward as it may appear.

Foot Passengers on ferries from Split to Dubrovnik:

There are two ferry companies that operate foot passenger ferries from Split to Dubrovnik:

Krilo (Kapetan Luka) Ferries:

Krilo operates two ferry catamarans from Split to Dubrovnik:

  • The first ferry route runs from Split port to Dubrovnik port via Hvar, Brac, Korcula and Mljet.
    This route operates from May to October, departing from Split daily at 07:40 and arriving in Dubrovnik at 12:00 noon. Journey time between Split and Dubrovnik is 4 hours 15 minutes, including a stopover in Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Brac (Bol). Ticket prices are 210 HRK one way which is about 28 Euro.
    This route is in operation from mid-April to October. (see video)
  • The second route is in operation in high season only. It runs from Split to Dubrovnik via Brac, Makarska, Korcula and Mljet, departing from Split daily at 07:30 and arriving in Dubrovnik at 12:00. Ticket prices are also 201 HRK.

Jadrolinija Ferries:

Jadrolinija ferries operate just one ferry catamaran from Split to Dubrovnik. It is a foot-passenger catamaran ferry during July and August from Split port to Dubrovnik.
The route is in operation from mid-June to mid-September, departing from Split daily at 15:45 arriving in Dubrovnik at 21:00.

Check here for timetables and all other info at croatiaferries.com website: https://www.croatiaferries.com/split-dubrovnik-ferry.htm

Where to buy your tickets?

I would strongly advise you to buy your tickets in advance whenever possible. These ferry routes are very popular and get filled up quickly.

  • Tickets for Krilo (Kapetan Luka) ferries buy online at the krilo.hr site or at the ticket office in Split port.
  • Tickets for Jadrolinija ferries buy online at jadrolinija.hr site or at the ticket office in Split port.

Car Ferry from Split to Dubrovnik:

Arriving by Car:

There are no direct car ferries from Split to Dubrovnik. To get to Dubrovnik by car you will have to drive along the coast. However, if you also wish to visit some islands in between, below are some further details how to do it by car.

By Ferry from Split to Dubrovnik via Islands:

There are several also very pleasant other ferry options to consider – see below:

Taking a slow car ferry from Split 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 to Korcula Island (Vela Luka) and then get a bus to Korcula Town.

Once there, you can spend several hours sightseeing and take an evening ferry to Dubrovnik or 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) and this one here that runs daily.

The whole journey from Split to Dubrovnik will last from morning to late afternoon or evening – arrival in Dubrovnik ferry terminal is at 6.30 pm or at 21:00.

The total cost of ferry and bus tickets is about 35 Euro.

This slow ferry is car ferry (see photos) so you can use it if you are driving around too. Once in Vela Luka, drive to Korcula town and take a ferry from there to Orebic and proceed with driving to Dubrovnik. Again, for all car ferry schedules, prices and info see croatiaferries.com website.

Taking a fast ferry from Split via Hvar to Korcula and following morning proceed to Dubrovnik

If you are not in a 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 round, 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 9.30 am. 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) or evening one mentioned above.

I recommend you this journey, especially for the summer period, as it gives you the opportunity to involve in your journey a short visit to Hvar (if you wish to leave early morning from Split) as well as Korcula island.

Other ferry options:

There is also some other Split to Dubrovnik ferry options that take a 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 wrote about these options in my other post here.

Taking a slow, coastal ferry from Split to Dubrovnik

  • Update: This ferry has been discontinued; there are some rumours it will be reintroduced, let’s hope it is true… 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 fa oot passenger and about 60 for a small car. Check detailed schedule.

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