Croatia's ferry guide will be all you're going to need to plan your travel from the mainland to the islands. At the same time, it will be a great help to find your way among numerous ferries in Croatia.
Ferry network in Croatia is quite interlaced covering all parts of Adriatic coast. Local ferries in Croatia are the most common and in some case the only way of transportation to remote islands but also the cheapest way to move around Croatia's Adriatic coast.
I know how frustrating can be to find the right ferry or catamaran to and from your favorite Croatian destinations like Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik to any of islands scattered along Croatia coast.
I'll help you find most of the local ferry schedules from all main coastal ports, with all prices to plan your budget. Each of ferry schedule is ready to have a look at and it's downloadable (PDF.format) or printable.
This guide will not miss chance to recommend the use of catamarans (high speed boats) for all visitors without a car, as a faster way to get to their destination. Keep in mind that some islands are not accessible by car or use of vehicles is not permitted.
My task will be also to assist you in your decision whether to take a catamaran or a car ferry and to advise you which is the shortest way to reach your island destination.
The main hubs for ferries to the islands in Croatia are Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik and Rijeka for the Northern Adriatic islands.
There are so many car ferries and catamarans each season, run by different companies and the timetables change very often during the year, sometimes two, three times a year.
Another problem which makes difficult to dig through the various ferry schedules is their different online format and the fact that not all ferry companies have online booking. On some others you can't reserve in advance and there are some where you must pay cash on the spot.
According my long experience I've decided to divide this guide in two parts. The first part includes the only car ferry schedule and the second one refers to catamaran (high speed boats). The guide covers following districts from the starting ferry harbors:
For many visitors catamarans are very popular means of transportation, because of their speed which allows them to get to their island destinations as soon as possible.