If you are looking for information on ferries to Dubrovnik, here you'll find the real truth about this way of traveling to Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic.
Searching the web you'll find a lot of Dubrovnik ferry connections with Split, Hvar or Korcula. All these information are about non existing connections. The reality is that there is not a single connection by a local ferry to Dubrovnik.
When in 2015 Jadrolinija decided to abolish the famous ferry (car and passengers) line Rijeka to Split, Hvar, Korcula to Dubrovnik, actually there is no way to get to Dubrovnik by ferry transferring your own car.
To make more clear my statement I have to clarify the difference about ferry and catamaran (fast speed ship).
Clarifying this difference, there only one ferry line (car and passengers) to/from Dubrovnik.
If you are planning your trip from Italy to Dubrovnik, the best way is to take a car ferry connection from Bari (southern Italian town on Italian Adriatic coast) to Dubrovnik.
On this route sails a modern and comfortable car ferry ship 'Dubrovnik' , 130 meters long with 148 cabins with a total of 457 beds and 384 airline seat. It takes 10 hours of sailing between Dubrovnik to Bari.
This international ferry line N° 54 runs all the year around between Italy and Croatia from two weekly crossing in winter period up to 6 weekly crossing in high season (July and August). Here you can check downloadable ferry's schedule for 2016.
Frankly speaking you don't need a car to visit Dubrovnik or its surroundings. In fact there are no car ferries to Dubrovnik from Split or Korcula island. On the map below , you can notice only one local ferry connecting.
Jadrolinija keeps one ship line and one car and ferry line from Dubrovnik to Elaphiti islands that consists of 13 islands but only three large islands are connected by regular lines from Dubrovnik.
Besides the three largest and only populated islands, Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan, there are 10 more islands, Misnjak, Kosmec, Golec, Crkvina, Tajan, Olipa, Daksa, Sveti (St.) Andrija, Rude and Jakljan. A total of 13 islands.
All boats to these islands leaves from Gruz, Dubrovnik harbor. Ferry tickets are bought at the main office of Jadrolinija in Gruz harbor. Ferry line from Dubrovnik connects islands Lopud, Sipan, and Kolocep several times per day. In high season ferries are more frequent. Below you can check all schedules and prices in downloadable PDF format:
Although all car ferries to Dubrovnik are abolished, fortunately for its admirers, there are many catamaran fast boat lines to reach Dubrovnik. From Split to Dubrovnik there is a regular daily catamaran linking Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet islands all the way to Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik shipping company G & V line keeps summer connections from Dubrovnik to Lastovo island.
Croatian ferry company Jadrolinija have announced a new fast-line connecting Central Dalmatia popular islands with Dubrovnik.
Jadrolinija will from July introduce a new catamaran route Dubrovnik –
Korcula – Hvar – Bol (Brac), which will connect the popular islands with
Dubrovnik. The new route will start on 1.7.2016 and operate until
11.9.2016. This line can be booked on line!
According to the announcement, 'Novalja' catamaran will leave Dubrovnik on the southern Dalmatian coast at 7:15 am every morning, from Korcula at 9.45 am, Hvar at 11.30 am and arrive in Bol on the island of Brac at 12.30 pm.
On return the catamaran is scheduled to leave Bol at 16:15 pm for Dubrovnik. It will leave Hvar at 17:30 pm and Korcula at 19.15 pm before arriving in Dubrovnik at 21:30 pm.