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Korcula to Hvar

Getting from Korcula to Hvar island includes several options – you can get there by direct fast passenger ferry, car ferry, taxi, Uber, water taxi, and/or private transfer. The road distance from Korcula Island to Hvar is about 105 km while the distance across the sea is about 60 km. There are no trains nor direct flights between Korcula and Hvar island.

Departing Korcula Town on route to Hvar island
Above photo: Departing Korcula Town on route to Hvar island

How to get from Korcula to Hvar

  • The best, fastest and cheapest way to reach Hvar island from Korcula is to take a fast foot passenger ferry (catamaran). You can get a fast-passenger ferry from three ports on the island: Korcula town, Prigradica, and Vela Luka. Ticket prices start from 10 Euro. The total travel time is about 1.5 hours. This is a foot passengers option.
  • If you are driving – there is no direct car ferry from Korcula to Hvar. The alternatives are to take a car ferry from Korcula to Orebic or a car ferry from Vela Luka to Split and change there for another car ferry to Hvar (Stari grad).
  • Other options include a bus to Ston/Drvenik & a slow car ferry to Sucuraj, a private transfer (Uber or taxi), or a water taxi.

Here are all available options to reach Hvar from Korcula:

Jadrolinija’s catamaran – fast foot passenger ferry on route to Hvar
Above photo: Jadrolinija’s catamaran – fast foot passenger ferry on route to Hvar

Driving Korcula to Hvar (Car Ferry)

The only car ferry that goes from Korcula island is the one that sails from Vela Luka to Split and one that sails from Korcula to Orebic. There are no direct car ferries from Korcula to Hvar.

If you are traveling by car, you can take a car ferry from Vela Luka to Split and change in Split for a car ferry to Stari Grad (Hvar island). There are two daily car ferries sailing all year round from Vela Luka and several from Split to Stari Grad. The alternative is a car ferry from Korcula to Orebic and a car ferry from Sucuraj to Drvenik. (see details on croatiaferries.com site). Both routes are good, but which one to choose depends on where exactly you are traveling to (staying) on the island – if you are staying closer to Vela Luka, the route via Split is probably better than then the one via Orebic.

Car ferry from Korcula island to the mainland on a rainy day
Above photo: Car ferry from Korcula island to the mainland on a rainy day

If you decide to drive via Korcula town, go by ferry to Orebic, drive along and cross to the mainland using either the Trpanj to Ploce car ferry (which will shorten your driving time) or drive further via Peljesac Bridge from Brijesta to Komarna. Once in Komarna, drive to Drvenik and cross from there by car ferry to Sucuraj (Hvar island). Check the detailed route on the below map.

Catamaran by Krilo or TP Line, interior & views @ fast foot passenger ferry on the route from Korcula to Hvar island
Above photo: Catamaran by Krilo or TP Line, interior & views @ fast foot passenger ferry on the route from Korcula to Hvar island

Korcula to Hvar by Passenger Ferry

There are at least 2 available ferries that sail from Korcula island to Hvar, both are daily ferries, sailing all year round. Both of them are fast passenger ferries too. In the high season, there are several more sailing on the same route(s), mostly from Korcula Town port. If you are a foot passenger, choose a fast passenger catamaran as that is the fastest and most comfortable option. Here is what is available:

Timetables for fast passenger ferries

  • Morning ferry to Hvar (daily fast passenger ferry) – morning departure (06:00)
  • Afternoon ferry to Hvar (April to October, daily fast passenger ferry) – afternoon departures (17:00 or 18:00) – note: in July & August there is a couple of more departures earlier in the day
  • Vela Luka to Hvar (daily fast passenger ferry) – morning departure (05:30)

All passenger ferries arrive in the Hvar Town ferry port, located in the town center, on its waterfront.

Important to note – Fast passenger ferries (catamarans) usually do not sail in bad weather. If that happens, take the early morning slow car ferry from Vela Luka, and in Split, change to the slow car ferry to Stari grad (Hvar). Both ferries sail in any weather. For detailed schedules and pricing for all the above options check the croatiaferries.com website.

Boarding foot passenger ferry to Hvar (catamaran) on a busy day in Korcula ferry terminal (port)
Above photo: Boarding ferry to Hvar on a busy day in Korcula ferry terminal (port)

by Taxi or Uber

There is an Uber/taxi service from Korcula to Hvar. The quoted price is about 273 euros (see the below screenshot). You can also get or pre-order a taxi. The price is calculated on basis of the number of passengers, pick-up time, pick-up location, and season. The standard rate quoted to me is 245 euros >>  check and book your taxi here

Uber quote & map

by Water Taxi

You can also get a water taxi (private speed boat transfer) to take you from the island to Hvar. The price for this service is calculated on basis of the number of passengers, pick-up time, pick-up location, and season. The current standard rate quoted for a water taxi from Vela Luka is 325 Euro and from Korcula Town 495 Euro > check and book your water taxi here

Travel Routes Map

On the below map, you can see all available routes to reach Hvar from Korcula (and Korcula from Hvar)

Video

Here is a video of one of the fast passenger ferries sailing on this route this particular ferry is the catamaran Jelena owned by Jadrolinija:

Additional Points to Consider (further info)

  • All the above ferries are run by three Croatian ferry companies: TP Line, Jadrolinija, and Krilo Kapetan Luka. All of them offer advance online ticket bookings. Double check with the CroatiaFerries website where you can find the latest updates and booking info for all ferries in Croatia.
  • The ferries and buses are in operation every day of the year. They are reliable means of transport, comfortable and air-conditioned offering nice views of the islands and bays you will be passing by. If it is very very bad weather, some of the fast ferries (catamarans) are not in service so instead, get on slow car ferries, which cope better in storms and large waves.

See also an article about the return route from Hvar to Korcula, as some suggestions in that article may be useful for this and other travel options.