Getting by ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik

ferry mapI often receive emails where travellers ask me about details of getting by ferry from Bari, Italy to Dubrovnik. They usually ask about the process of booking, checking in, boarding and other logistics for this ferry travel route so I decided to write it all down on this page.
The first time I went by ferry from Dubrovnik to Bari was in 1975 (yes it sounds long time ago, but I was born long time ago 😉  ) At that time we used to go by ferry to Bari once or twice a year just to buy stuff in Italy, things you could not get here such as jeans, vinyl records, cool t-shirts, Italian shoes, trainers and things like that. We would just go there for shopping day trip. The ferry route was convenient as it was the nearest point of departure abroad to West from this, South part of the country. It was always great fun sailing across the Adriatic.
And if I compare procedures of booking, checking in, boarding and other logistics from that time to nowadays, it actually did not change a lot except some minor details (Still the same ferry boat)

Ferry booking procedure:

First, check Timetables / Schedules >> Jadrolinija is still the only ferry company that runs this ferry line. However, departures are now seasonal only and starting from early April to late October.  There are no off season departures. In case you need off season travel your nearest alternative ferry line is Ancona to Split ferry.
Click to see current timetables for Bari to Dubrovnik here and here for Dubrovnik to Bari

Online booking process:

The most convenient way to buy your ticket is online – click here to book

Online booking process ferry from Bari, Italy to Dubrovnik

Select your type of ferry ticket – There are a few different types of tickets you can buy : deck or cabin of two types – either outside or inside . Although the deck are the least expensive and booking of cabin the most, bear in mind this is overnight ferry and I would recommend you to book cabin:

Four different types of ferry tickets

Checking In / Boarding ferry:

Once the booking process is finished and your ticket is paid, you will receive confirmation email which you have to print out and take with you in Bari ferry port to present it on  check in / boarding desk prior to boarding the ferry! (important!) You will then get a printed boarding pass for boarding the ferry.

Now, what is important to know is that in Bari ferry port boarding dock of ferry to Dubrovnik is about 2.5 km away from check in/boarding (and left luggage) office (see below map) . It opens at 6pm. They are connected by shuttle bus that will take you from there to dock for immigration check and boarding point (opens at 7:30 pm)

Location map of checking in and boarding Bari – Dubrovnik ferry:

map of checking in and boarding Bari - Dubrovnik ferry

Above map >> you first go to point A (check in) and then to point B (boarding/immigration)

Boarding ferry:

After passing through passport / immigration control you will board the ferry. Once on the ferry you are in safe hands, the staff / crew will help you with directions and luggage.
Check in for cabins is in the reception area upstairs where you will get the keys for your cabin. The ferry leaves Bari at 10 pm. Enjoy your journey and following morning you will be in Dubrovnik !

ferry from Bari, Italy to Dubrovnik

See more info: Dubrovnik ferry map + forum discussion: