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Dubrovnik to Hvar

How to get from Dubrovnik to Hvar?

If you are a foot passenger, there is a fast ferry catamaran that departs from April to October daily from Dubrovnik ferry terminal to Hvar town on Hvar island. This is the only direct travel option, the most convenient and fastest way to reach Hvar from Dubrovnik. The alternative is several indirect bus and ferry routes, all in operation all year round. If you are driving and plan to use a car ferry, there are no direct car ferries between Dubrovnik and Hvar. You will have to drive along the coast and across the Peljesac Bridge all the way to Drvenik and from there to cross by car ferry to Sucuraj at Hvar island.

4 Ways to get from Dubrovnik to Hvar

Transport optionTravel DurationCost (Ticket Price)
Foot Passenger Ferry (Catamaran)3 hrs 15 minutes37 Euro (per person)
Bus & Ferry3.5 hrs30 Euro (single tickets)
Driving (Self Drive)3.5 hrs
Private Transfer (Taxi) or UBER3.5 hrs265 Euro (price for up to 4 persons)
Interior seating and lovely views from the fast ferry catamaran sailing from Dubrovnik to Hvar island
Above photo: Interior seating and lovely views from the fast ferry catamaran sailing from Dubrovnik to Hvar island

The distance between Dubrovnik and Hvar across the sea is 150 km (or 81 nautical miles). The easiest and most pleasant way to travel is by fast passenger ferry (catamaran). Here are the details:

Dubrovnik to Hvar by Foot Passenger Ferry (Catamaran)

Schedules, Tickets, Booking

Passenger Ferry (Catamaran)Departures*Ticket PricesBooking & Tickets
from Dubrovnik to Hvar (April to October)*07:00,15:15,16:3037 EuroBook here

Departures*: High season: April (June) to (September) October

Ferry fompanies that run passenger ferries from Dubrovnik to Hvar are Krilo (Kapetan Luka), TP Line, and Jadrolinija. All depart ferries from the same spot in the ferry terminal in Dubrovnik (check map and photo below) and arrive in the Hvar Town port. For detailed ferry timetables consult croatiaferries.com

Approach and boarding the catamaran, a fast passenger ferry for departing from Dubrovnik to Hvar
Above photo: Approach and boarding the catamaran, a fast passenger ferry departing from Dubrovnik to Hvar

Important Note: 

In case of stormy weather, the catamaran (fast passenger ferries) is not sailing. In such circumstances, you have to travel across the mainland, by bus or private transfer to Drvenik and cross by car ferry to the island (see more details below)

Driving from Dubrovnik to Hvar (Car Ferry)

There are no direct car ferries connecting Dubrovnik and Hvar. If you are driving, you have the following options (check the map below):

  • Step 1: Drive from Dubrovnik to Ston (Doli) via roads D8 and D414 road to Brijesta
  • Step 2: Cross Peljesac Bridge to Komarna
  • Step 3: Drive to Drvenik either via E65, along the coast
  • Step 4: Cross by car ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj (Hvar island)
  • Step 5: Drive from Sucuraj to Hvar town

By this shortest and the fastest driving route, you can reach Hvar town from Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Traveling on this route your driving time will be:

Driving sectionDistanceDriving time
Dubrovnik to Doli (Ston)48 km50 minutes
Doli (Ston) via Peljesac bridge to Komarna29 km30 minutes
Komarna to Drvenik50 km50 minutes
Drvenik to Sucuraj (car ferry)7 km35 minutes
Sucuraj to Hvar Town75 km80 minutes

Driving tip

Due to Peljesac Bridge roadworks, for time being, the Ston to the Prapratno crossroads section of the route (about 8 km) may take a bit longer than usual.

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from Dubrovnik old town drive towards Drvenik to Sucuraj on Hvar island
Above photo: from Dubrovnik old town drive towards Drvenik to Sucucraj on Hvar island

Dubrovnik to Hvar by Bus

If you prefer to travel by bus, you can get a bus to Drvenik several times per day. Bus departs from Dubrovnik’s bus terminal and drives to Drvenik ferry port, from where you will take car ferry to cross to the island. Buses are fairly frequent in tourist season, while out of season, there are just a couple of buses per day. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach Drvenik. The current ticket cost is about 18 Euros one way (see timetable and prices)

By Taxi, Uber, or Private Car Transfer

taxi ride between Dubrovnik and Hvar lasts about 3.5 hours including crossing the Peljesac bridge and ferry crossing from Drvenik to Hvar (Sucuraj). The current price quoted to me is 290 Euro. The quote from UBER is 260 Euros (see photo/map below). This is a very good and convenient travel option if 3 to 4 people travel together and share costs of taxi.

Uber quote for ride to Hvar Town
Above image: Uber quote for a ride to Hvar Town

Map

The above map of how to get to Hvar island is showing all transportation options including the car ferry route as well as the driving and bus routes. As you can see on the above map, driving is not as convenient as day-tripping by ferry – see map here.

FAQ

  • Can I take a bike or dog on a fast ferry? Yes, if you are traveling by bicycle you can take your bike on the foot passenger ferry. The same applies to dogs and other pets. Advanced booking is recommended as bike/pet spaces are limited.
  • Do I need a car in these two places? In Dubrovnik, you most probably do not need a car, as public transport is very good. In Hvar, you may need a car if you plan to explore the island as public transport is not frequent.

Dubrovnik to Hvar Day trip

Can you do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar? Yes, you can. Visiting Hvar for a day trip is pretty easy. From 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 from 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 ArchipelagoMljet IslandKorcula 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 than June to September, which is here considered an 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 a ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar island, and a further bus from Sucuraj to Hvar Town. However, it is also a time-consuming option and hardly viable for a successful day trip even in a 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. That however depends 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 a 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 a 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 harbor and nearby Pakleni islands.
  • Take a local taxi boat (water taxi) to Sveti Jerolim island for a swim (10 minutes by speedboat)
  • Have 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 harbor well in advance (at least 45 minutes) to embark on the ferry heading back to Dubrovnik.

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fast passenger ferry on the route from Dubrovnik to Hvar island
Above photo: Jadrolinija’s fast passenger ferry on the route to the island

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