Want to know how to get from Korcula to Hvar? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Hvar
Hvar is a Croatian paradise for the rich and famous. Culture, traditions, Venetian architecture, and Greek agriculture blend so beautifully here that it’s hard to identify which part we like best. In fact, Hvar Island is home to the highest number of UNESCO sites in the world!
From the picturesque lavender fields to the ancient fortresses, there is so much to explore here. And that’s only during the day. Travel guides to Hvar say it’s the Ibiza of Croatia. Because at night, the island transforms into a party destination — attracting top-tier celebrities like Beyonce and Tom Cruise.
2 ways to get from Korcula to Hvar
There are two ways to travel the distance of 55 km (34 miles) from Korcula to Hvar: by ferry (1.5 hours) and catamaran (2 hours). The journey takes between 1h30m - 2h and the quickest way is by ferry. The lowest priced tickets start from 84 KN (€10.50) for the catamaran.
Korčula Island has many interesting spots – from east to west. Depending on your last stop on the island, you can also consider departing from Vela Luka. This town is on the western end of Korčula island.
There is only one catamaran operating from Vela Luka to Hvar daily, but we like that it is available any time of the year. Thus, this is also a good alternative if you run out of direct ferry tickets from Korčula Town to Hvar Town.
Step 1: Korčula to Vela Luka by Bus or Taxi
Duration: 1hr 5m
Costs: 45 KN (€5.50)
Duration: 1hr 5m
Costs: 45 KN (€5.50)
The bus is a cheap way to get from Korčula Town to Vela Luka. The Korčula Bus Station is also easy to get to, as it is just a 5-minute walk from the Old Town.
Arriva operates six bus trips for this route every day. However, on most days of the week, the connecting ferry to Hvar departs early at 05:30. No bus will arrive before this time.
You can take the bus only if you’re travelling on a Sunday when the catamaran departs at 08:05. This means that you have to take the first bus trip from Korcula to Vela Luka.
A bus ticket costs 45 KN (€5.50), and the journey takes a little over an hour. You can book your ticket on GetByBus beforehand to be assured of a seat.
Tickets sell out really fast, so it’s best to book online beforehand to secure a seat.
Our favourite places to stay in Hvar
Important: Tourism in Croatia is very seasonal. Much of the available accommodation in Croatia is fully booked in the summer, but many sites are closed in the winter months. 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.
Choose to stay here and you’ll be just 45 meters from the main square. You can’t really get much closer! Guesthouse Kampanel is set within a traditional Dalmatian stone house that was fully renovated only a few years ago.
The pops of colour, in amongst the predominately white rooms, give them a fresh and clean feel. Opt for a studio apartment and you’ll get your own kitchenette with a coffee machine and microwave.
Kampanel 10 looks and feels like a luxury boutique hotel, without the luxury price tag. Every detail of the room has been thought about, but it’s the velvet statement pieces that really complete the room.
Here you’re only a stroll away from Hvar main square which is brimming with bars and restaurants, and also the port. That’s if you can steal yourself away from the huge and comfy beds.
This place is just wow! You won’t be able to stop yourself from saying that when you step into this modern and charming suite. Every suite is large and offers a fully functional kitchen, if you fancy cooking during your stay.
You probably won’t want to cook though, as it’s moments away from bars and restaurants, plus Croatia’s most famous breakfast spot. Your hosts will be the cherry on top, offering a top-notch service and advice.
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