Port of Split has always been the most chaotic place in the city, especially during July and August. If may look so on the first sight if you don't know how to find your way to your ferry destination.
Everything is concentrated inside the Split harbor, a bus station, train station, ferry ticketing offices and fast ship (catamaran) docks. How to orient yourself in this relatively small area?
If you are confused about the dozens of ferries sailing in and to different Central Dalmatian islands, or if you're just arrived by bus from Split airport, where to take bus (for example - to Dubrovnik), don't panic, just follow my simple indications.
On the above map you can see key points inside the Split passengers harbor with three piers according different destinations and types of marine transportation, ferries for cars and passengers, catamarans only for passengers (foot passengers) and international pier.
Split port address is Obala Kneza Domagoja, 21000 Split, Croatia. You can find this address using this useful Split streets indicator (only in Croatian)
On the image below under the page title, you can notice three moles (Gat in Croatian). The first one looking from the city area is N° 1 local ferry mole called Gat Svetog Petra (St.Peter Mole), for ferries to Vis island, Stari Grad (Hvar Island), Split to Korcula island.
The mole in the middle called Gat St. Duje is usually used for ferry arrivals/departures from/to Split - Supetar (Brac island), Split - Rogac (Solta island), Split - Hvar town- Vis (catamaran) and ferry Ancona Italy - Split - Ancona. N.B Do not take this schedule for granted, as it can be changed without notice.
The third one is a Maritime International Border Crossing, usually dedicated for international cruising ships.
If you are arriving from Split airport by regular bus transfer or by taxi than you will stop at Obala Lazareta (in English seaside) where all on foot passengers can take one of fast catamaran to one of the islands.
Jadrolinija the Croatian national carrier, handles all car and passenger ferry connections with Central Dalmatia islands.
Tickets can be purchased at the main office of Jadrolinija, which is located within the large ferry terminal opposite the bus terminal and one at kiosks on Gat Sv.Duje pier.
It is important to point out that local ferries to/from Split can be reserved online. The special warning concerns all passengers traveling by car.
Jadrolinija is not only company running catamaran connections with Dalmatian islands. Another privately owned company Krilo (from nearby village south of Split) has been keeping for years now fast catamaran connections with Korcula, Hvar and Vis islands and very popular connection to Dubrovnik.
All Krilo company catamarans depart from catamaran port of Split from Obala Lazareta, in front of a big building building of Plovput , a Croatian company, active in waterway maintenance.