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Split - Brac - Dubrovnik

Coming from Zagreb - Plitvice - Zadar. Family of 6 (2 adults + 4 teens). We will plan to stay in Split 4 nights and day trip to Omis, Trogir, as well as do a boat trip to nearby island highlights. Best to book a speedboat tour or charter boat with a guide? Is it best to stay near Bacvice Beach, close to ferry port area in Split?

As for going to Brac, should we keep the car? Is the passenger ferry from Split to Supetar via Jadrolinija? And then is there a ferry that goes from Split to Bol via Jadrolinija, Kapetan Luka (Krilo) or Adriatic Fast Ferries? What is the car ferry from Split to Brac if we choose to go that route? How far in advance do you need to book the ferries?

Not sure if 2 nights will be enough on Brac Island. Where is the best area to stay? We want to walk along the promenade in Bol to Zlatni Rat Beach - maybe rent the paddle boat with slide thing. Other must-dos on Brac Island?
Lovrecina Bay + Sumartin + Pucisca Town + SUP tour from Postira to Pjra Bay via Brac Adventure?

Ferry from Brac (Milna) to Dubrovnik via Kapetan Luca... Is that right? And is there only 1 journey / day even in summer months? Do you recommend holding onto car till we drop in Dubrovnik? Are there car ferries from Split to Brac and Brac to Dubrovnik?

Thank you so much for your help clarifying, much appreciated!

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Sorry I can’t give you too much advice since I haven’t been to Omiš or Brač. Some ferries run more than once a day. Check out Croatiaferries.com. I like Kaptian Luka because it only takes passengers, no cars. They have catamarans while Jadrolinija is a large ferry. I do love Split and Trogir is a nice morning trip. The bus takes about an hour. We stayed at the Hotel Peristil (in Split) which is inside the Palace. It is wonderful and includes a lovely breakfast served in their dining room. They also have a great restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

If you need a guide while in Split let me know, I have someone is is great and very reasonably priced.

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I have not been to Brac, so can’t comment on whether or not to keep the car, but based on stops in Hvar and Korćula between Split and Dubrovnik, I would be researching the possibility of just renting a car for a day (or 2) on Brac instead. Quick search shows a company near the ferry arrival in Supetar.

You don’t need a car in Split or Dubrovnik, so unless it is worth the ferry cost AND the hassle to do a round trip rental back to Dubrovnik (if it is even possible to island hop from Brac with the car), it doesn’t seem to make sense to take the car all that way. Return the car in Split and you probably have more options for finding a place to stay instead of having to select one with parking.

Yes, I only see one ferry a day on Krilo or the Jadrolinija car ferry. I am with Barbara on enjoying the catamaran without worrying about a car, but that is an individual decision. https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/sailing-schedule-ENG/local-lines-2022.

Remember that with 2 nights, you will have about 1 1/2 days on Brac. So how long to stay depends on what you want to do: relax or stay busy.

Definitely stay within walking distance of the Palace and ferry area in Split.

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Avoid Zlatni Rat between the hours of 11am - 4pm as it’s full of drunk teenagers on party boats there for the day. Drunk loud Russians mainly who have no regard for the privacy of others.

It’s probably not worth taking the car to Brac for such a short stay. With a car, you have to be at the ferry terminal at least an hour before sailing to queue. If the boat is full, you could have a longer wait for the next boat. As a foot passenger, you can just walk up. Book for the catamarans (no cars) in advance. Some car hire operators don’t allow you to take the car on ferries.

Jadrolinija.hr and Krilo.hr are the websites you need for the ferries and catamarans. Yes, on many routes there is only one sailing a day in each direction.

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On Croatiaferries.com you can see all the ferries and the times leaving and length of trip. They also have the prices at the bottom. Make sure you check the correct sailing month. You then have to go to the individual websites to book.