How to get here
How to reach Hvar island
and Hvar town
Here are some useful tips for your travel to Hvar island and Croatia. The easiest way to Hvar depends on your means of transport, and direction you are coming from. Generally, if you travel by car, bus or train, you need to reach Split or Drvenik in central Dalmatia, where you can take a ferry to Hvar or catamaran to Hvar (from Split). Ferries Split - Stari Grad (Hvar), and Drvenik Sućuraj take cars. If you go by plane, the closest local and international airports are Split, Dubrovnik and Brac airport, and then you need to take a local bus, rent a car, or take a taxi to Hvar. There are also international ferry lines to Hvar (from Italy), and ferry lines along the coast which stop in Hvar.
If you are travelling to Hvar by car, depending on the direction (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary) you need to go through Zagreb to Split or Drvenik with main Croatian highway A1, or along the Croatian coast from Rijeka to Split or Drvenik. From Split you can take car ferry to Stari Grad on Hvar (105 minutes), or from Drvenik (south of Makarska) to Sućuraj on Hvar island (25 minutes). The choice of ferry might depend on where is your final destination on Hvar, the price, the frequency of departures and the lenght of crossing. Stari Grad is closer to Split and Town of Hvar (20 km road). Sućuraj port is more suitable if you are coming from the direction of Drvenik (departure port) and Dubrovnik. Also, you can take into account the frequency of departures. Out of season ferry from Split to Stari Grad sails 3-4 times a day and from Drvenik to Sucuraj 6-7 times. During summer season (july, august), ferry from Split to Stari Grad sails 4-7 times a day and from Drvenik to Sucuraj 12-20 times. Ferries from Italy sail only during summer season.
Croatian auto club Information about highways, tolls, conditions on roads, maps, location of gas stations, tourist info for travellers on Croatian roads, multilingual - Website. Documents When arriving in Croatia by car it is requested that you carry a valid driver's license, car registration card and your Green Card (proof of car insurance). Speed and alcohol limits Speed limit in settlements is 50 km/h and 80 km/h in out of settlements (unless stated differently). On highways a speed limit is 130 km/h. Police are strictly enforcing Croatia’s drinking and driving laws and posted speed limits. If you are a driver under 24 years of age, zero tolerance (0.0 percent blood alcohol) applies. For those 24 and over, a limit of 0.05 percent is the rule. Petrol stations In Croatia, petrol stations are open from 7 am to 7 pm or 8 pm every day and during the summer until 10 pm. There are also petrol stations that are opened round the clock in the larger towns and on main international routes all petrol stations sell: Eurosuper 95, Super 98, Normal and Euro Diesel. In Hvar island, car petrol stations are available in Jelsa and Hvar town, and are opened whole day during season. Taxi service This service is available in all cities and tourist places, for Taxi service and transfer in Hvar, and to Hvar from other places in Dalmatia (Split - Hvar, Dubrovnik - Hvar and vice versa) , check UBER, Cammeo, Go Green services Rent-a-Car This service is available in all cities, tourist resorts and airports (Split and Dubrovnik airport), and in Jelsa, Stari Grad, Hvar town and Vrboska on Hvar island.
The easiest way to come to the Hvar island wether you come by car, train or plane is from Split and Drvenik (Dalmatia) or Ancona and Pescara(Italy) by ferries or catamarans. There are also cross - island ferry lines to Hvar from Korcula, Vis and Brac (Dalmatian islands), and coastal boat line from Rijeka to Dubrovnik and vice versa.
Jadrolinija is the main Croatian ship passenger carrier that keeps the majority of the regular, international and domestic ferry and shipping lines. Their official: website Other ship passenger carrier is Kapetan Luka. Their official website you can find here. With both, you can buy tickets online.