Hvar to Split

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What to expect from Split?

A coastal town in Central Croatia, Split enjoys a strategic location on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. This makes it a popular transport hub to and from the nearby islands such as Brac and Hvar.

A beautiful mix of old and new, Split is a great place to explore Croatia’s colourful history while also enjoying modern luxuries. Even if you’re just passing by after exploring Hvar, we hope you can make a quick visit to the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. For the best views over the historical town of Split, climb the Bell Tower of St. Domnius!

How to get from Hvar Island to Split?

The best way to cross the 60km distance from Hvar to Split is via a 50-minute high-speed ferry with fares from 145 KN (€19). Alternative options include a catamaran (1hr 5min), a ferry to Split Airport (1hr 15m), a car ferry via Stari Grad (2.5 hours), a catamaran via Jelsa (2hr 10min), and a private transfer (1 hour). Fares range between 130 KN (€17) and 2,730 KN (€360).

Ferries from Hvar to Split

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
High-Speed Ferry50 minutes145 KN (€19)Check ferry tickets
Jadrolinija Ferry1hr 5min130 KN (€17) <br>(no seat garantuee)Read article for more info
SplitExpress Ferry (to Airport)1hr 15m226 KN (€30)Check ferry tickets
Ferry via Jelsa 1hr 40m
+ 30m from Hvar Town
63 KN (€8) + <br> 370 KN (€49) taxi fareCheck Jadrolinija website
Private Group
Transfer
1 hour 2,730 KN (€360)Book a Private Transfer

We recommend taking the direct ferry with Kapetan Luka from Hvar to Split. With a travel time of 50 minutes, it is the fastest option. Fares start from 145 KN (€19).

The ferries with Jadrolinija are a cheaper alternative, especially if you’re travelling in the off-peak season from Hvar to Split. However, it is important to note that a ticket with Jadrolinija does not guarantee a seat on the boat. Since they work with a full=full system, it’s possible that you can’t board your desired boat and have to wait for the next trip. A ticket costs 130 KN (€17).

Heading directly to the airport? Instead of travelling to the main port, you can take a SplitExpress ferry that will drop you off at a port just next to the airport. This option costs more at 226 KN (€30), but at least you don’t have to worry about any transfer to the airport. The ferry ride takes about 1hr 15m and the walk from the port to the airport is only about 10 minutes.

If you’re travelling with a group, you can also get a private transfer from Hvar to Split. Rates for a 4-seater private motorboat start from 2,730 KN (€360). Bigger boats are also available for up to 8 passengers for 3,000 KN (€395). Rates are quite expensive but worth considering if you are heading to Split Airport and want a flashy ride.

Indirect connections from Hvar to Split

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Car Ferry via Stari Grad 2hr
+ 30m from Hvar Town
326 KN (€43) + <br>55 KN (€7) ppCheck Jadrolinija website
Ferry via Jelsa 1hr 40m
+ 30m from Hvar Town
63 KN (€8) + <br> 370 KN (€49) taxi fareCheck Jadrolinija website

Taking a car from Hvar to Split? Your only option is to take a car ferry from Stari Grad. This town is also located on Hvar Island, situated 20km northeast of Hvar town. Ticket rates start from 55 KN (€7) per person and 326 KN (€43) per car. Travel time is around 2.5 hours.

If all other ferries are fully booked, it’s good to know that you can also take a catamaran from Jelsa. Jelsa is located a bit farther from Hvar Town, about 26km west. The ferry costs only 63 KN (€8), but you also need to take a taxi to Jelsa that costs around 370 KN (€49). Travelling this route takes 2 hours 10 minutes.

Itinerary from Hvar to Split

Hvar to Split by High-Speed Ferry

Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: 145 KN (€19)
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: 145 KN (€19)

Travelling by ferry is a cheap and easy way to get from Hvar to Split in just about 1 hour.

Kapetan Luka and Jadrolinija offer at least one trip daily all year round. More trips are available in the tourist season (May to September).

If you’re heading straight to Split Airport after your Hvar trip, you can also book with SplitExpress which will bring you to the ferry port nearest to the airport.

Book your ferry ticket in advance during high season (June-September)

Croatia has been rising in popularity for travellers, particularly Split and Zdar. This means ferries are often fully-booked and that’s why we highly recommend that you reserve your tickets online 3-5 days in advance.

If you purchase your ticket through BookAway, you can still cancel your tickets free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.

Rather buy your tickets at the port? It’s best to get to the harbour at least an hour prior to your desired departure for a chance at getting a ticket, especially during the high season. We recommend lining up at the harbour in the morning so that you’ll have more chances of getting a ticket for a ferry departing on the same day.

Prefer to buy your ticket at the harbour? In that case, line up at the port at least one hour before departure when travelling in the high season (June-September). We recommend going to the ticket office in the early morning so that you can avoid waiting in the hot sun and increase your chances to get a ticket for your desired departure time.

If you can’t board your desired ferry, you’ll have to wait for the next ferry from Hvar to Split.

Hvar to Split high speed ferry schedule (2022)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Kapetan Luka07:50-08:45
10:30-11:20
13:00-13:50
14:35-15:30
17:30-18:20
19:50-20:45
145 KN (€19)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
SplitExpress13:20-14:35226 KN (€30)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

Departure & Arrival station

Both ferries depart from the Harbour of Hvar in Hvar Town. This town is located on the western side of the island.

The ferries arrive at Split Ferry Port, located just around 500m south of the Old Town. This port is just within walking distance from most hotels in the city centre.

High-speed ferry of Kapetan Luka

Our ferry of choice is the high-speed ferry operated by Kapetan Luka. The ferry can take you from Hvar to Split in just 50 minutes.

The Kapetan Luka ferry has 6 departures per day from Hvar to Split during peak season and at least 1 trip daily on the low season.

More importantly, if you book your ride online via BookAway, you will be guaranteed a seat on your desired date and time. No need to queue at the port for at least an hour. BookAway also offers free cancellation up to 24 hours before departure for this route.

Book Kapetan Luka with BookAway

Alternative: Jadrolinija ferry

Jadrolinija also offers ferry rides from Hvar to Split. It’s a bit cheaper with fares from 130 KN (€17) during peak season, but also not as luxurious or comfortable as those offered by Kapetan Luka.

The Jadrolinija catamaran has several trips from 06:35 to 21:00. Schedules also vary, so you need to first check the Jadrolinija website for the scheduled departures on your desired date.

Note that Jadrolinija operates on a full=full rule. This means that even though you book your tickets online via their website, you will not be guaranteed a place on the boat.

When travelling with Jadrolinija, you need to queue at the port at least an hour before your trip. Better to schedule an early departure too! If you miss the boat you have booked, you can always take a later boat to Hvar Island.

We don’t think it’s worth the hassle to wait half a day for your boat just to save a few bucks though. It’s much better to spend a few euros more on Kapetan Luka’s fast boat that guarantees a place on board.

Going directly to the airport?

There is also an option to directly head to Split Airport from Hvar. SplitExpress offers a high-speed ferry that arrives at Divulje Ferry Port, which is just a 10-minute walk to the airport.

Although this ferry is more expensive at 224 KN (€29.50), we think it is more convenient and cost-efficient. Instead of taking the Kapetan Luka or Jadrolinija ferry to Split Ferry Port and figuring out your own ride to the airport, you can save money and time by booking with SplitExpress.

Travel time for this option is just 1 hour 15 minutes, and there is only one departure daily at 13:20.

Check Tickets for the Split Express high-speed ferry

Travelling in winter months?

The schedules above are for ferry schedules during the tourist season. There should be fewer ferries operating in the colder months (October-March), just 1 to 2 trips per day for both Kapetan Luka and Jadrolinija.

Also, note that ferries may not be allowed to sail during severe weather conditions. This is more common during the winter and less likely in summer.

You can expect blue skies and smooth seas from May through October. Just in case your ferry is not allowed to travel for some reason, you will have the option to take the next available ferry or receive a full refund.

Hvar to Split by Ferry via Stari Grad

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) per adult + 326 KN (€43) per car
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) per adult + 326 KN (€43) per car

If you’re travelling with a car from Hvar to Split, your best option is to take a ferry from Stari Grad. This town is located 20km northeast of Hvar town.

As the oldest town in Croatia, Stari Grad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although taking this route adds an hour to your travel time, this route gives you a chance to see the beauty of this ancient town.

Step 1: Hvar to Stari Grad by Car

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost:
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost:

When travelling by car, you only need to drive around 30 minutes northeast to reach the Stari Grad Port.

For foot passengers: Hvar to Stari Grad by Taxi or Bus

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 250 KN (€33)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 250 KN (€33)

However, if you’re travelling this route for other reasons – perhaps if the direct ferries are fully-booked – you can also take a 30-minute taxi or bus from Hvar to Stari Grad.

Taxis are very easy to find, and you can get a ride with rates from 250 KN (€33).

Buses are much cheaper with fares from 27 KN (€3.55). However, their departure times are very far apart (2 to 3 hours in the afternoon), so you might have to wait a while.

Step 2: Stari Grad to Split by Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) per adult + 326 KN (€43) per car
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) per adult + 326 KN (€43) per car

From Stari Grad, Jadrolinija offers several ferry trips bound for Split. The ferry journey takes 2 hours.

Ticket prices start from 55 KN (€7) per person. For vehicles, rates start from 326 KN (€43) per car.

Ferries dock at Split Ferry Port, from where the Old Town is just within walking distance.

Stari Grad to Split ferry schedule (2022)

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Jadrolinija7x departure a day from
05:30 to 23:00
2 hours55 KN (€7) pp*
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
*This quoted price is excluding the fee of 326 KN (€43) per car.

You can check the full schedule on the Jadrolinija website.

Hvar to Split by Catamaran via Jelsa

Duration: 2hrs 10m
Cost: 63 KN (€8) + 370 KN (€49) for a taxi
Duration: 2hrs 10m
Cost: 63 KN (€8) + 370 KN (€49) for a taxi

If you’re a foot passenger looking for an alternative route, there is also an option to take a catamaran from Jelsa. Located 26km west of Hvar Town, Jelsa is another one of the island’s charming towns.

We recommend though that you take this route only if the abovementioned ferry routes are already fully booked. The taxi from Hvar town to Jelsa can be quite expensive.

Step 1: Hvar to Jelsa by Taxi

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 370 KN (€49)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 370 KN (€49)

Your only option to get to Jelsa from Hvar town is a taxi ride. Rates start from 370 KN (€49) for the 30-minute journey.

Step 2: Jelsa, Hvar to Split by Ferry

Duration: 1hr 40m
Cost: 63 KN (€8)
Duration: 1hr 40m
Cost: 63 KN (€8)

Jadrolinija operates one daily catamaran trip from Jelsa to Split. A ticket costs 63 KN (€8).

The ferry ride takes 1.5 hours, as these ferries also make a short stop at Bol before heading to Split.

Jelsa to Split ferry schedule (2022)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Jadrolinija06:00-07:4063 KN (€8)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

From Split Ferry Port, you can find the Old Town about 500m to the north.

Hvar to Split by a Private Group Transfer

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: from 2,730 KN (€360)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: from 2,730 KN (€360)

Private group transfers are also available from Hvar to Split.

Bonaca Tours, Segorent, and Absolut Charter offer private motorboats for groups of up to 8 persons. Rates start from 2,730 KN (€360) for 4 persons and 3,000 KN (€395) for a speedboat that can accommodate 8 passengers.

This option is definitely more expensive, but having your very own motorboat is also an experience on its own.

Travel time is around 1 hour from Hvar to Split city centre.

The speedboats depart from Hvar Port in the town centre. They dock at Matejuska Port, just next to Split city centre.

Hvar to Split Airport with Private Transfer

A private transfer is especially convenient when travelling straight from Hvar to Split Airport. Rates are just the same as going to Split city centre.

The speedboats dock at Divulje Port, located about 1.5km south of Split Airport. From the port, a car will pick you up to bring you or your group to the airport.

For a guaranteed great experience (or topnotch customer support in the off chance that you need it), book your private transfer with BookAway.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

Our favourite places to stay in Split

Important: Tourism in Croatia is very seasonal. While many accommodations in Croatia shut down during the winter months, most of the accommodations get fully booked in the summer. With July and August being the peak season, rates can rise 3 times as high as compared the low season or shoulder months. We recommend booking your accommodation at least 1 month in advance to lock in better rates.

Apartment and Room Stone House - Budget Friendly

These modern and airy apartments, situated in Split centre are just moments away from the famous Diocletian’s palace, Bacvice Beach and a not unimportant - a delicious local bakery.

Watch the world go by on your own private balcony, or just relax after a day of exploring Split in your newly renovated, air-conditioned room. Nothing is too much for the host, Goran, who can give you the best insider tips.

  • Newly renovated
  • Short walk to famous landmarks
  • Very friendly host
  • Private balconies available

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Guest House Kala - Mid-Range

Close to the hustle and bustle of Split, but still located within a quiet neighbourhood. At House Kala you do not need to worry about being kept up at night.

The rooms boast a homely and charming ambience, utilising the rustic stone that Split is famous for. Each room has their own private patio, where you can enjoy your welcome drink and relax.

  • Modern and clean rooms
  • Welcome drink
  • Great location
  • Friendly and helpful hosts

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Luxury Rooms Lucija and Luka - Treating Yourself

Located within the pedestrian zone of Split’s Old Town, you can’t be closer to the centre than this hotel. The rooms offer a stunning blend of modern and old, with each one having a seating area, minbar and coffee machine.

You’ll struggle to find a fault in this hotel, especially when the hosts are so incredibly kind and helpful.

  • Perfect location
  • Room views of Split’s landmarks
  • Friendly hosts
  • Large and clean rooms

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