How to Get to Hvar | An Island in Croatia

If you didn’t know, Hvar is actually an island off the coast of Croatia. And… Hvar Town, the main town on Hvar – most likely where you’re looking to head… is NOT where the ferry drops you off.. So how will you get to Hvar, and even further.. How to get to Hvar (the town)??

There are a couple different options for reaching Hvar (the island) and Hvar (the town)… All of them will include some sort of boat transportation from mainland Croatia. If you’re confused now, hopefully by the end of this post you’ll have a better understanding of how to get to Hvar, and if not… there’s always room for comments at the end ;).

How to Get to Hvar by Car:

Renting a car in Croatia in the offseason is extremely cheap, and is our top recommended way of exploring the country. If traveling by car, you can take the car ferry to two locations on Hvar (the island). From Split, you can take the car ferry to Stari Grad. This is the closest port via car to the town of Hvar. Check prices and timetables of the ferries between Split to Stari Grad, Hvar here.  From Stari Grad, you’ll have about a 20-minute drive to Hvar (the town).

If you’re traveling from the south of Croatia, you can take a car ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj. This is a shorter and cheaper ferry crossing, however from Sucuraj, you’ll have about a two-hour drive to the town of Hvar. Check prices and timetables for the ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj here.


READ MORE : Renting a Car in Croatia


How to Get to Hvar Without a Car:

If you don’t plan on renting a car in Croatia, don’t worry, you can still get over to Hvar! There are passenger ferries to and from Hvar, however, they tend to be quite expensive, although quicker than the car ferry. These can be booked and arranged in the town of Split. But honestly.. unless you’re traveling high class.. this is not necessary and WAY too expensive!

Alternatively, you can jump on either car ferry as a passenger (with no car) for a really cheap price 47 HRK (Croatian Currency) or about 7 USD from Split, and 16 HRK or 2.50 USD from Drvenik.

The best route to get to Hvar (the town) without a car would be from Split to Stari Grad. Stari Grad is about 30 minutes away from Hvar (the town) and has public transportation to the town, or you could give hitchhiking a try.

{Traveler’s Tip… If you’re planning on taking public transportation here, have cash on you. It costs 27 HRK (4 USD) one way, and you need to pay in cash upon arrival. Look for the small white bus upon departing the ferry.. and be sure to depart fast, you don’t want it taking off without you!} 

To reach Hvar via Drvenik to Sucuraj without a car, you’ll need to first ferry to the island of Hvar, and then again either give hitchhiking a try or pay for public transportation (however, we aren’t 100% sure about public transportation from here). This is quite a way south of Hvar (the town), so we don’t really recommend this option.


Things to Note About Hvar:

  • If you’re planning on simply staying in Hvar (the town) for a day, we recommend just taking the car ferry as a passenger without a car. It will be cheaper to leave your car in Split and take the car ferry and bus combo than it would be to drive your car and pay for parking in Hvar (the town).
  • Hvar (the town) is easier to navigate by foot than by car! There are loads one-way roads, and small – no tiny – streets to drive through! Not the most stress-free place to drive around!
  • Hvar (the island) is GORGEOUS! If you can spend more than one day there, we highly recommend doing so – with a rental car to enjoy more freedom!
  • If you’re looking for the best place to eat on Hvar, check out this post here.
  • And for more ideas on what Hvar has to offer, read our travel tips for Hvar here.

Recommended Gear For Hvar: 


While you don’t need a fancy camera like this one here, you should definitely have a waterproof camera to take photos of the crystal clear water!

Water Bottle: 

In the Croatia heat, make sure you’re staying hydrated. This water bottle keeps your drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and trust us, it’s a lifesaver when you’re on the water all day! The water in Croatia is great.. so, if you don’t bring a bottle, be sure to buy one and then just refill it with tap water as you go!


Either bring a packable small towel like this one here or find some kind of sharong or shawl to use on the beach! You can buy them there, and then it’s a nice usable souvenir from your trip!


As always, if you have any questions or comments, leave them below! We’d love to hear from you and help make your travels easier, cheaper, and more enjoyable in general any way we can!

For more information and inspiration for your trip to Croatia, check out our Croatia Page or our Croaitia Playlist for videos of our time there!


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