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Numerous ferries connect the main coastal centres and their surrounding islands year-round, with services extended in the tourist season. Split is the main hub, with the other major ports being Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Zadar and Rijeka.

It's also possible to hire a yacht (with or without a crew) and explore under your own sail. Local boat-hire companies can be found in all of the main coastal towns, alongside the likes of UK-based Cosmos Yachting, which operates out of multiple ports.

Ferry Travel

  • Locals use the term 'ferry' to refer exclusively to car ferries and 'catamaran' to refer to the faster, passenger-only ferry services.
  • Ferries operate year-round but additional sailings are added in the busy months (from June to September), with the peak schedule kicking in for July and August. Some catamaran routes only operate in summer.
  • Boats are comfortable and well equipped, with toilets and seating both inside and out on the deck. The larger boats have restaurants, cafes and bars, and almost all have at least a snack counter. Most offer free wi-fi.
  • Outside of the busiest times, it's usually possible to simply turn up and purchase your ticket from a kiosk at the wharf.
  • In most instances you can buy tickets online, although it's not always possible to purchase tickets on the day of travel. Prebooking doesn’t guarantee you a space on a particular sailing, so it still pays to get to the wharf early in peak season, especially if you’re travelling with a car.
  • Bikes can be transported on car ferries (but not catamarans) for an additional fee (13KN to 45KN).
  • Travelling as a foot passenger gives you more flexibility and is considerably cheaper than travelling with a vehicle. In most cases you can hire a car, scooter or bicycle at your destination, should you need one.

Ferry Operators

  • Jadrolinija The main operator, with car ferries and catamarans on 35 different routes.

  • Kapetan Luka Daily fast boats on the Split–Hvar–Korčula route. From mid-April to October there is also a boat between Dubrovnik and Split, stopping at the islands of Mljet, Korčula, Hvar and Brač. From June to September an additional Dubrovnik–Split line also stops in Makarska.

  • G&V Line Has a daily catamaran between Dubrovnik and the islands of Šipan and Mljet. In July and August some boats continue on to the islands of Korčula and Lastovo.

  • Rapska Plovidba Services between Rab and the mainland and between Rab and Pag.