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Leaving a car in Split while on ferry?? Safe??


I will be traveling with a group of four in Croatia in May. We will be covering the entire coastline plus Mostar and we need a car. But halfway through the trip, we will take a (non-car) ferry out to Hvar for 3 days. We are planning to park the rental car but could also consider dropping it off at the rental agency (if near the ferry building) and getting three days of credit. However, our return ferry and next day plans are tight, so it might be more hassle than it's worth to drop it off and then re-rent another car three days later. Is there a safe place to leave a rental car for three days near the main Split ferry terminal/port?? I have traveled by boat in Greece and do not remember parking lots near their ports (except at Pireaus, the huge Athens port).

Any input is welcome,


Posted by
795 posts

I would turn it in and then rent another on return. Parking lots are notorious for lack of adequate security and the hassle you would face if the car is stolen while you are gone. You are responsible for the car's safety while your rental period is going on.

Posted by
5295 posts

Why aren't you taking a car ferry to Hvar? Won't you want a car on the island? We stayed on Brac for 5 days and I can't imagine not having a car there.

To answer your question, I would not leave my car for 3 days near the ferry terminal unless it was secured.

Posted by
66 posts

Did you find information on passenger ferries from Split to Hvar? I have had a very frustrating time of trying to find ferry schedules, and we will be there in late April. I get the impression that isn't a good time to be trying to go to the islands. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by
301 posts

Yes, there are passenger ferries from Split to Hvar (Hvar town, Jelsa, Stari Grad) in April. I agree that Croatia ferry travel is more complicated than any other European travel I have tried thus far. I would go directly to the Jadrolinija Ferry website ( and put in your dates. Ferry schedule is VERY limited (like one-two times/day and not every day of the week in low season). Also these tickets cannot be purchased ahead of time online. I have been advised to arrive 45 minutes in advance for passenger (non-car) ferries to buy tickets. Car ferries require getting in a line for car loading, so have been advised to arrive earlier with these. You will be in low season though.

FYI there is also a seaplane leaving out of Split airport to Hvar (European Coastal Airways, I believe is the name). Not too much more than cost of ferry.

Good luck,