Getting from Hvar island to Korcula includes quite a few options – you can get there by car ferry, fast passenger direct ferry, taxi, Uber, water taxi, and/or private transfer. The road distance from Hvar Island to Korcula is about 105 km while the distance across the sea is about 60 km. There are no trains nor direct flights between Hvar and Korcula island.
Here are all available options to reach Korcula from Hvar:
The only car ferry that goes to Korcula island is the one that sails to Vela Luka from Split and one that sails from Orebic to Korcula. There are no car ferries from Hvar to Korcula.
If you are traveling by car, you can take a car ferry from Stari Grad to Split and another car ferry from Split to Vela Luka. There are two daily car ferries sailing all year round. The alternative is a car ferry from Sucuraj to Drvenik and a car ferry from Orebic to Korcula. Both routes are good, but which one to choose depends on where exactly you are traveling to (staying) on the island – sometimes, it is easier to go via Split and Vela Luka, although it is a longer route.
If you decide to drive, go from Hvar town to Sucuraj, cross by ferry to Drvenik and drive towards Orebic, using either Ploce to Trpanj car ferry (which will shorten your driving time) or cross via Peljesac Bridge at Komarna. Once at Peljesac, drive further to Orebic to cross to the island from Orebic ferry port – see the detailed route on the below map.
There are at least 2 available ferries getting from Hvar to Korcula island, daily, all year round. Both of them are fast passenger ferries. In the high season, there are several more sailing on the same route(s). If you are a foot passenger, choose a fast passenger catamaran. Here is what is available:
All ferries depart from the Hvar Town ferry port, situated in the center of the town, on its waterfront.
Important to note – Fast passenger ferries (catamarans) usually do not sail in bad weather. If that happens, take the slow car ferry from Stari grad to Split and from there another slow car ferry to Vela Luka instead. For all detailed schedules check with the croatiaferries.com site.
There is an Uber service from Hvar to Korcula. The quoted price is about 308 euros (see the below screenshot). You can also get or pre-order a taxi to the island. The price is calculated on basis of the number of passengers, pick-up time, and season. The standard rate quoted to me is 250 euros >> check and book your taxi here
You can also get a water taxi (private speed boat transfer) to take you from Hvar to the island. The price for this service is calculated on basis of the number of passengers, pick-up time, and season. The current standard rate quoted for a water taxi to Vela Luka is 400 Euro and to Korcula Town 500 Euro > check and book your water taxi here
On the below map, you can see all available routes to reach Korcula from Hvar (and Hvar from Korcula)
Here is a video of one of the fast passenger ferries sailing on this route:
The ferries and buses are in operation every day so they are reliable means of transport, comfortable and air-conditioned offering some nice views of the islands and bays. If it is very very bad weather, some of the fast ferries are not in service so use instead slow car ferries, which are more capable to cope with storms and large waves.
All the above ferries are run by three Croatian ferry companies: TP line, Jadrolinija, and Krilo Kapetan Luka. All of them offer advance online booking. Double check with the croatiaferries.com website where you can find the latest updates for all ferries in Croatia (and beyond).
See also an article about the return route from Korcula to Hvar, an article I wrote about getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik (dubrovnik-travel.net site) that are also relevant to getting to Korcula from Hvar as some suggestions in this article may be useful for this and other travel options.