How to get from Split to Korcula
Although Split seems further to Korcula than Dubrovnik, due to introduction of cheap flights to Split couple years ago especially Easy Jet’s flights to Split people often fly there, instead to Dubrovnik Airport which is actually Korcula Town’s nearest airport.
Another reason why Split is a good access point to Korcula is that ferries from Ancona and Pescara (Italy) arrive here so people who arrived by early morning ferry from Ancona to Split can get in Korcula on the same day. Also, if you are visiting Vela Luka, getting there from Split is a better (faster) option.
Update: see articles I wrote about getting from Brac island to Dubrovnik and from Hvar to Dubrovnik which are both relevant to getting to Korcula. Some info in these articles may be useful for your travel options as ferries also stop in Korcula.
There are several options to reach Korcula from Split:
- The first option is to take a bus from Split airport to port of Split, and then take any of the ferries from Split to Korcula or Vela Luka. This option is probably the easiest one and very good for morning arrivals by Ancona ferries. However for flights arrivals this option is sometimes not suitable especially if your flight arrives late(r) in the day.
- The alternative is to take a bus from Split airport to Split bus station and from there take any bus that goes down the coast towards Dubrovnik. Change bus at Doli station, near Ston, Peljesac Peninsula and catch bus that runs from Dubrovnik to Korcula or Orebic . It is important to bear in mind the buses from Split to Dubrovnik are quite frequent, while bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula or Orebic goes only twice a day (3 times a day in the high season)
- The third option is to take direct bus from Split to Korcula, the one that goes daily from Zagreb via Split to Korcula proceeding to Vela Luka . This option is bit awkward as journey lasts all night, departing around 00.45 hrs arriving in Korcula following morning at 6.45 hrs. Nevertheless, this is the best option if you miss all earlier ferries or buses.
Note – The buses and ferries are in operation every day so they are pretty reliable means of transport. They are comfortable and air-conditioned and there are some nice views of the islands and bays as you travel along the coast of Adriatic Sea.