Jadrólinija - Your Holiday Begins Onboard
Getting to Hvar island from your Croatian coast portal of choice will usually be on a Jadrólinija ferry. Service from Drvenik, Dubrovnik, Riejka and Split are the primary access points, although daily service is only available from Drvenik and Split. Split being the only one of those two with an international airport. Therefore the fastest and easiest access is through Split. In peak season, typically June 1 through September 30,there are seven ferries per day from Split to Stari Grad, the main Hvar island ferry port; in low season there are four per day.
Split is an incredibly scenic city, set on the Adriatic coast with a beautiful harbor and with the backdrop of the beautiful limestone hills. The waterfront ferry port is a short 30 minute drive from the airport. Taxi and bus service is also available.
Right next to the ferry port is the famed Riva, a wide marble-paved, palm-treed promenade lined with benches, shops and cafes for walking and sitting, to see and be seen and to enjoy your favorite beverage and the scenery. Adjacent to the Riva are the walls of Diocletian’s palace, built by the Roman emperor as a summer retreat in the –00’s, and now designated as a UNESCO world Heritage site. Inside the original exterior, now is a maze of shops and stalls and more cafes. During the peak season an open air bus offers tours of the highlights of Split, making it the perfect addition to add either before or after your Hvar holiday.
Then as Jadrólinija’s slogan so aptly promises your “Holiday begins on-board!” The approximately two hour trip from Split to Stari Grad is a magical journey through only a few of Croatia’s over 1100 coastal islands, but a few of the most beautiful with the magnificent skyline of the city of Split nestled into the hillside fading in the rear as your ferry slowly floats between the rugged coastlines of Solta, Brac and Hvar. The islands terrain is covered with pine, interspersed with the more traditional semi-tropical Mediterranean foliage, the many vineyards and the limestone peaks and ridges of the Dineric Alps.
The alternate main ferry access is from Drvenik to Sućuraj, on the eastern end of the island. While the distance is actually shorter from the mainland, due to the smaller two lane, winding roads and the longer distance to the cluster of primary villages and Hvar town all located on the western end of the long, narrow island, this route takes longer when combining the ferry time with the driving time. And it really is only a preferred access from the south—Dubrovnik or Bosnia. Since it is shorter the ferry itself is smaller but the positive side is it costs a bit less and there is more frequency—11 ferries a day in the peak season.
Jadrólinija also offers twice a week service from Rijeka and Zadar to the north and from Dubrovnik, via the island of Korcula, on the south. These are overnight ferries that offer sleeping accommodations as well as just a deck passenger fare.
A daily Jadrolinija Ferry operates between Jelsa and Bol. It leaves at 6:00AM to Bol and returns at 4:30PM. During the summer there are twice weekly ferries from Stari Grad to Korcula and to Dubrovnik.
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