There are so many visitors who have asked me how to get from Dubrovnik to Hvar or the other way around. In some periods of the year it's not even possible as there are no ferries connecting these two top Croatia destinations.
From my experience I know for sure when travelers are inquiring the best way to get to Hvar, they refer to Hvar town and not on Hvar island. To make things clearer here is the map of this route to get an idea how far is Hvar from Dubrovnik.
The situation changes each summer season (roughly from May to October). This year there are two summer catamarans that connect Dubrovnik and Hvar. There is no car ferry on this route any more.
Booking can be done online at the Jadrolinija website
This catamaran is run by Krilo company and can be booked online or at local travel agencies. There is a high demand for this line and advance booking is highly advisable , particularly in summer period. (July and August)
For four wheels travelers the only way to get to Hvar is taking a car ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj and than driving to Hvar town, via Jelsa and Stari Grad.
Drvenik is situated on the Adriatic coastal D1 road 96 km southeast from Split and 120 km northwest from Dubrovnik. See Drvenik to Sucuraj on the map! The distance from Sucuraj to Hvar town is about 77 km. Don't forget to fill the tank as there are only two gas station on the way!
The ferry takes only 25 minutes between the mainland to Sucuraj village. In the winter season there are 6-7 crossings a day, while in high season (form June to September/ there are from 12 to 20 times. Click to see summer Drvenik to Sucuraj ferry schedule.
If you are not in a hurry the best way is to rent a sailing or motor boat. Hire a sailing boat in Dubrovnik and leave at Hvar town. It's definitely the most scenic and enjoyable to reach Hvar, visiting Mljet, Korcula or even Lastovo island. The most exciting way of Dalmatia island hopping.
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