How to reach Hvar?

Many tourists have problem to find right way to come to Hvar. When I write right way, I mean right way for them, it depends are they coming with car or not. So here I will make little summary of all ways you can reach Hvar. So, let start!

  1. Car ferry from Split harbor.
  2. Passengers catamarans a high speed ships.
  3. Car ferry from Makarska Riviera – Drvenik – Sucuraj (Hvar island) – Drvenik.
  4. International line from Italy – Ancona – Stari Grad (Hvar island) – Split.
  5. High speed sailboats from Split airport or town.

To make it as simple as possible we will divide in three categories:

  1. With car
  2. Only passengers
  3. International

Arriving with car

If you are going to spend your holidays on Hvar with car there are two ways you can reach Hvar town. First one is from Split harbor. From there you can take ferry to Stari Grad, Hvar and from there you drive to Hvar town. Drive takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and then from Stari Grad to Hvar town 20 minutes driving with car. Ferries drive in winter time 3 times a day, and in season up to six times. For passengers without car there is no seat limitation however for those with car in season can be crowded.

There is also possibility to go to Drvenik (near Makarska) and take ferry to Sućuraj. Ferry drive is only 30 minutes however since Sućuraj is on opposite side from Hvar town you have 2 hours car drive. Bright side is if you are coming during day you can see whole island Hvar in one drive 😊

Passengers catamaran    

If you are arriving with car there are more option of transportation. Firstly, you can go with public transportation or private. Private transportation includes highspeed boats that can take you from your location to your destination no matter where you are, however it will cost you much more then public transportation, and also it is faster but more uncomfortable since it is open speed boat.

Public transportation can be divided depending where are you located and where you want to go. Directly to Hvar town you can go from Split harbor and these catamaran lines in season drive very often. If you are going to Jelsa on Hvar you can also take catamaran from Split harbor or even catamaran from Makarska. Also, in high season there is catamaran from Dubrovnik to Hvar and reverse. Duration is three hours but is saves lots of time. Catamarans from Split or Makarska take one hour of driving.


If you are coming from Italy, then we have good news since there is also direct line from Ancona to Stari Grad (Hvar). These line operates only in season and you can take it with car or without.

Hope these information will be at use for anybody that is planning their trip to Hvar 😊

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