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Getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik

How to get from Hvar to Dubrovnik – Hvar is an island just up the coast from Dubrovnik, it seems reasonable to assume it will be easy to reach Dubrovnik from Hvar by ferry. Unfortunately, it is currently not as straightforward as it appears as direct ferries are not running all year round.

Passenger deck - on the way to Dubrovnik, enjoying the views
Above photo: On the way to Dubrovnik, enjoying the views from the deck

In the period between April and October, there is a daily fast ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik and back. If you are travelling in this part of the year, taking this ferry is the fastest, cheapest and easiest option to reach Dubrovnik from Hvar. From June to September, there is an additional ferry that also connects these two places. Both are listed in the links above. Make sure you check schedules carefully and book your tickets in advance as this is a very popular journey and the ferry gets full pretty quickly. The online booking is straightforward, after the payment you get your e-ticket and you are ready for boarding!

For all other travel options and out-of-season travel between Hvar and Dubrovnik see below – keep reading.

Fast catamaran ferry on route from Hvar to Dubrovnik
Above photo: Fast catamaran ferry on the route from Hvar to Dubrovnik (April to October ferry line)

Here are several options to consider when planning your journey from Hvar to Dubrovnik:

Taking a ferry from Hvar to Split and bus to Dubrovnik:

  • This option is good for foot passengers: Hvar Island has good ferry connections with Split, while Split is well connected with Dubrovnik by buses. There is a daily morning ferry from Hvar to Split (check schedules). You will be in Split by 9:30. Once in Split, get to the main bus terminal (5 min walk from your ferry terminal) and take a bus to Dubrovnik. Buses from Split to Dubrovnik run at least once an hour. The whole journey from Hvar will take about 5 1/2 hrs (with the bus journey being approximately 4 hours). You can take this journey all year round and out of season (winter), this is the fastest way to reach Dubrovnik if you are not driving.

Take a ferry from Hvar Island to the mainland and drive or take a bus along the coast to Dubrovnik:

  • This option is good for foot passengers as well as for driving: Hvar Island is connected to the Croatian mainland by a daily car ferry that runs between Sucuraj on Hvar Island to Drvenik, on the mainland. If you rent a car with a pick-up option at Hvar and drop-off in Dubrovnik, the whole journey will take about 3.5 – 4 hrs. If you don’t have a car, use one of the public buses which pass through Drvenik on the way from Split. It will take longer by bus but at least you don’t have to go back to Split to get on the bus from there. You can take this journey all year round and in any weather as a ferry from Sucuraj to Drvenik sails even in the worst weather conditions.

Taking a ferry to Korcula (Vela Luka) and another ferry to Dubrovnik:

This option is good for driving as well as for foot passengers:

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  • If you are traveling out of season or would like to do a detour via Korcula island, this is a good travel option – Get on a fast ferry from Hvar town to Vela Luka and get on a bus from there to Dubrovnik. In the winter, this would involve overnight on Korcula island as buses to Dubrovnik goes just once a day, in the morning. However, from June to September there are several buses a day so you can adjust your journey according to your preferences. (see bus schedules here and for ferry schedules check the croatiaferries.com website)
  • If you are making your journey in July and August, you can take a ferry from Hvar to Korcula (Vela Luka) and then get a bus to Korcula Town. Once there, you can take the afternoon ferry to Dubrovnik. This journey is available at least 4 times a week (check Korcula to Dubrovnik ferry schedules). The whole journey from Hvar Town to Dubrovnik via Korcula will last from early morning to late afternoon – arrival in Dubrovnik is at 6.30 pm.

Taking a ferry along the coast from Hvar to Dubrovnik:

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