How to get from Split to Hvar?

Hvar town is often referred to as one of the world’s top party islands, thanks to visits from top-tier celebrities like Beyonce, Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria, and the most infamous of all — the former party boy in Prince Harry, among many others!

But world-class clubs are only one of the many great things you can enjoy on the island. Here is where culture, tradition, Venetian architecture, and Greek agriculture blend so beautifully, it’s hard to identify which part we like best. From the picturesque lavender fields to the ancient fortresses, there is so much to explore in Hvar.

Split is the most common jumpoff point to Hvar. The island itself though has a few entry points: Hvar town, Stari Grad, and Jelsa.

Hi-Speed Ferry, Private Transfer, Ferry to Hvar or Catamaran via Jesla?

There are 5 ways you can travel the 60km distance from Split to Hvar: a 1-hour ferry to Hvar town, a 1-hour-10-minute private transfer, an 8 to 11-hour day or night trip, a 2.5-hour ferry and car via Stari Grad, and a 2-hour ferry and taxi via Jelsa. Rates range from 40 KN (€5.50) to 2,811 KN (€371).

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
High-speed ferry1 hour 05 minutes40 KN (€5.50)Check ferry tickets
Private Group Transfer1 hour 10 minutes2,811 KN (€371)Book a private transfer
Ferry via Stari Grad2.5 hours289 KN (€38)
+ car rental, gas & toll
Check ferry tickets
Catamaran via Jelsa2 hours410 KN (€54)Check ferry tickets

The direct ferry from Split to Hvar town is our most recommended option as it is both fast and cheap. Fares start from 40 KN (€5.50) and the journey takes a little over 1 hour. Note that this is only open for foot passengers.

A private transfer is a very convenient option if you’re coming from Split Airport and are travelling with a group. It includes a minivan and motorboat ride reserved just for your group. You can get a private transfer for 2,811 KN (€371) for a group of up to 7 persons.

Travelling by car? Your only option to enter Hvar is via Stari Grad. This town is the oldest in Croatia and is located some 20km northeast of Hvar town.  Combined travel time is around 2.5 hours and rates start from 289 KN (€38), excluding costs for car rental, gas, and toll.

There is also an option to enter Hvar Island on the north coast through the town of Jelsa. Catamaran tickets from Split to Jelsa are cheaper, but you’ll have to spend a fortune on the taxi from Jelsa to Hvar town. We think that you should consider this option only if the direct ferries to Hvar town are already fully booked. Combined catamaran and taxi rates start from 410 KN (€54).

Organized tours to Hvar

Trip OperatorScheduleDurationCost
Day Trip with BookAway08:00-19:0011 hours754 KN (€100)
Day Trip with GetYourGuide08:30-19:3011 hours680 KN (€90)
Night Trip with GetYourGuide19:30-03:308 hours605 KN (€80)

Do you plan on visiting Hvar for just a day or a night? You can choose from a number of organized tours from Split to Hvar. Day trips take around 11 hours with rates from 680 KN (€90). If partying is your thing, you can join an 8-hour night tour with rates from 605 KN (€80).

Itinerary from Split to Hvar

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Split to Hvar by High-Speed Ferry

Duration: 1 hour 05 minutes
Cost: 40 KN (€5.50)

The fastest and easiest way for foot passengers to travel from Split to Hvar town is via a catamaran or high-speed boat. Jadrolinija operates on this route all year round, while Kapetan Luka is also available during the tourist season (April to October).

Ticket prices start from 40 KN (€5.50) for the 1-hour journey.

Ferries depart from the Split Ferry Port, which is just within walking distance from most hotels in the city centre or in the old town. They dock at the Harbour of Hvar in Riva.

Ferry CompanyScheduleDurationCosts
Kapetan Luka
Book with BookAway
1 hour
55 minutes
117 KN (€15.50)
Jadrolinija14:00-15:05 (daily)
15:00-16:05 (Tue)
1 hour 05 minutes40 KN (€5.50)

During the summer and shoulder seasons, from late April to October, there are more ferry departures due to the influx of tourists. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, we highly suggest booking online beforehand via the Jadrolinija website or BookAway.

It’s worth noting that ferries aren’t allowed to sail during severe weather conditions. No need to worry about that from May through November though, as blue skies and warm weather prevail.

On the chance that your ferry cannot sail, you will have the option to take the next available ferry or receive a full refund.

Check Ferry Tickets with BookAway

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Split to Hvar by a Private Group Transfer

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cost: 2,811 KN (€371)

If you’re travelling with a group and are coming from Split Airport, you can also consider taking a private transfer. It will still be quite expensive even if you divide the cost, but it’s also very convenient.

From Split Airport, a driver will transfer you via a minivan to the port, where you’ll then board a private speedboat directly to Hvar town. The only thing you’ll need to do is present your passport or ID card to prove your identity.

A private transfer can accommodate up to 7 persons and costs 2,811 KN (€371) when you book with BookAway. The journey takes around 1 hour 10 minutes.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

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Split to Hvar by a Day or Night Trip

Duration: 8 – 11 hours
Cost: 605 KN (€80)

Joining organized group tours is also a popular activity when travelling from Split to Hvar, especially if you don’t plan to stay long on the island.

Day tour from Split to Hvar

Island-hopping as a day trip is a popular activity for travellers in Croatia. You’ll get to visit at least 3 other islands before or after exploring Hvar town with a guide. There is a wide selection of tours you can choose from, each offering different inclusions: day tour ferries with snorkelling gears or a full-day catamaran cruise with snacks and drinks, among others.

Day trips begin at the Split Harbour. Your next stop depends on which tour you take. Day tours normally take 11 hours and rates per person start from 680 KN (€90) when you book with GetYourGuide.

Night tour from Split to Hvar

While Hvar is especially beautiful during the day, it comes even more alive at night. This island that never sleeps is a favourite party destination – even by Hollywood celebrities and British monarchs.

While day trips involve island-hopping, night tours are all about club-hopping. Your ferry or motorboat will take you straight to Hvar Island, where you can have dinner before setting off on a night to remember.

Reminder: the minimum age for the party tours is 18, minors are not allowed. Confirm with your tour organizer beforehand what time you have to be back at the ferry because if you are not there at the designated time, they will leave you behind. We hope you’re not too drunk to find your way to the port though!

With GetYourGuide, you can book a party tour from 605 KN (€80).

Trip OperatorScheduleDurationCost
Day Trip with BookAway08:00-19:0011 hours754 KN (€100)
Day Trip with GetYourGuide08:30-19:3011 hours680 KN (€90)
Night Trip with GetYourGuide19:30-03:308 hours605 KN (€80)

Split to Hvar (Stari Grad) by Ferry

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cost: 289 KN (€38) + car rental, gas & toll

If you’re travelling by car, the direct ferry from Split to Hvar town is not an option. Instead, you can take one to Stari Grad, located on the island’s northern coast. From there, you can travel 20km by land to Hvar town centre.

Step 1: Split to Stari Grad by Car Ferry

Duration: 2 hour
Cost: 39 KN (€5) per adult 250 KN (€33) per car

For some, an extra stop may be an unwanted hassle, but for a  history buff, a detour to this ancient town will surely be a treat! Stari Grad is the oldest town in Croatia. It boasts of a comprehensive Greek agricultural system that has been intact and maintained for 24 centuries.

Even if you’re not travelling by car, we think that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is worth making that stopover at Stari Grad. But if you are, then lucky you!

A ferry ride from Split to Stari Grad costs 39 KN (€5) per adult and 250 KN (€33) per car. Travel time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
2 hours39 KN (€5)

Check Ferry Tickets with Jadrolinija

Step 2.1: Stari Grad to Hvar Town by Car

Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: —

Hvar town is 20km away from Stari Grad. To get there, you’ll need to drive southwest for around 25 minutes.

Step 2.2: Stari Grad to Hvar Town by Taxi or Bus

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

If you’re taking this route not because you are travelling by car, but because the direct ferry was fully booked or you just want to visit Stari Grad, you can also go from the port to Hvar town by taxi.

Taxi rates start from 250 KN (€33) for the 30-minute ride. As with most tourist destinations, please beware of taxi drivers charging higher prices. Make sure to negotiate a fixed price first before getting onboard.

If you’re not in a hurry, you can take a bus. The bus journey also just takes 30 minutes, but departures aren’t as frequent. There is a 1-hour interval in the morning and 2 to 3-hour interval in the afternoon and evening. A bus ticket is much cheaper though at 27 KN (€4).


Split to Hvar (Jelsa) by Catamaran

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 410 KN (€54)

Another way to reach Hvar town from Split is through Jelsa. This is an option we recommend only if the ferries to Hvar town are fully-booked or if you want some extra sightseeing in Jelsa. Note that this option is also only available for foot passengers.

Step 1: Split to Jelsa by Ferry

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 40 KN (€5)

Jadrolinija operates the only catamaran from Split to Jelsa. This departs at 16:00 every day except Fridays and Saturdays, when it departs at 16:30. Travel time is 1.5 hours and a ticket costs 40 KN (€5).

You can book your ticket online beforehand via the Jadrolinija website. Note that this catamaran makes a short stop at Bol on the island of Brac before heading to Jelsa.

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Step 2: Jelsa to Hvar by Taxi

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

Hvar town is located some 26km southwest of Jelsa. A 30-minute taxi ride is your only option to get there. Fares start from 370 KN (€49).