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Ferries - advance ticket purchase?

How far in advance should ferry tickets be purchased (not car ferries, just passengers with luggage)? For example, Split to Hvar, Hvar to Korcula, and high speed ferry from Korcula to Dubrovnik. Thanks!

Posted by Will
Columbia, SC
383 posts

Some years ago I took the high speed catamaran from Split to Korcula (which stopped in Hvar). I just purchased a ticket at the dock when I arrived in Split in the morning from Italy, for that afternoon's boat.

Didn't really know there was a ferry from Korcula to Dubrovnik - I just took a bus on that route.

Posted by Jennifer
Tunbridge Wells
2185 posts

If you are travelling in July and August, buy tickets well in advance, as there is only one catamaran a day between Hvar and Korcula and Korcula and Dubrovnik, although you can get a bus for the latter journey.

If you get the car ferry to Stari Grad as a foot passenger, you can just pitch up and buy a ticket.

Posted by nancy
14 posts

I had the same question (and itinerary) Jojo3000. What site did you use to find ferry from Korcula to Dubrovnik? We are going in early June, so hopefully it won't be so crowded.

Posted by Barbara
Brooklyn, NY
864 posts

How many people are you? We are also going from Korčula to Dubrovnik on a Wednesday in August. Since we are 6 people price wise it is just a tad bit more to book a private transfer through Korkyra. They quoted us 150€ from the port in Old Town, Korcula to the Ploce gate in Dubrovnik. The ferry drops you at Port Gruz which would then be a taxi ride to the Old Town. The ferry is approximately $17pp which would be $102, then we would need 2 taxis €??. We figure it is about 10€ more per couple and it is worth it for the convenience. Also, we won't have to worry about securing a spot on the one catamaran per day. This is where pre-planning helps us figure out the easiest and least stressful way to get from point A to point B. I hope this helps a little.

PS. Check croatiaferries.com for times and prices

Posted by Jennifer
Tunbridge Wells
2185 posts

Do not use the Croatia Ferries website, use those of the operators direct. Krilo.hr for the catamarans and jadrolinija.hr for the ferries. Both have the information available in English.

For peak season, the daily catamaran gets full, so book as far in advance as possible online. You can just turn up without reservations for the ferries.

Posted by Barbara
Brooklyn, NY
864 posts

The Croatia ferries website is in English and it gives you the times and prices for both lines so you can compare. You can also see where they dock.

Posted by Jennifer
Tunbridge Wells
2185 posts

Krilo and Jadrolinija websites are in Croat and English. They have timetables and prices online. Best to book direct rather than a third party. These are the only operators on the Split - islands - Dubrovnik route.

Posted by Barbara
Brooklyn, NY
864 posts

Yes Jennifer, I agree to always book directly with the operator, not through a third party, but it is important to know which port each company uses to go in and out of. This is where the other website gives better information. You can compare all information without going back and forth between the 2 websites. Then when you have made a decision, book through the operator's website.