A guide to buying tickets for the ferries and catamarans on Hvar, from Sucuraj to Hvar Town.
Buying tickets for the catamaran and ferry should be a straightforward process. In the 21st century in a country in the European Union which is heavily dependent on tourism, it would be not unreasonable to expect to be able to buy tickets in advance and online.
But this is Croatia, where nothing that logical is currently possible. The Jadrolinija ferry company announced recently that it was introducing online ticket sales for national routes on one catamaran line in northern Croatia last month, so hopefully this situation will change. Currently the only Jadrolinija tickets which can be bought online apart from this are for the international crossings to Italy.
So how do you buy tickets on Hvar, and what about those other ferry companies – SNAV, Krilo and Blue Line, for example. Things vary according to each port. A step-by-step guide.
There are two offices which you need, both very close to each other and located on the waterfront close to where the catamaran departs.
The main Jadrolinia office sells ferry and catamaran tickets. Unlike Split, tickets for the catamaran can be bought the day before. It is located next to Carpe Diem.
A little before Jadrolinija is a very useful office to know – Pelegrini Tours. Among their range of excellent services, Pelegrini are also sales agents for Krilo, SNAV and Blue Line. While SNAV and Blue Line do not sail to the island, it is a very useful service for people going from the island to Split and on to Italy. Off season Krilo sails to Split via Hvar only on Tuesdays, and this season’s schedule has not yet been released. In Hvar people can buy tickets for Krilo one day in advance. Pelegrini will open for the season on April 1. Planned opening times from 07:30-12:00 and again from 15:00-17:00. In high season they are open 07:00-14:00 and again from 15:00-22:00.
099-2548503 (mobile number for emergencies)
While Pelegrini do not sell Jadrolinija tickets directly, they do offer a buying service for their clients, and the Pelegrini team does a fantastic job informing people on the status of catamaran departures in bad weather, a service we will shortly be introducing with Pelegrini to Total Hvar.
Ticket sales in Stari Gad are relatively straightforward, in the Jadrolinija office in the main ferry terminal. Tickets can be bought in advance, but it is important to note that a ticket purchase does NOT guarantee you a place on the ferry with a car – it is first come first served.
Jelsa has a daily catamaran which leaves for Bol and Split at 06:00 each day (13:00 on Sundays and public holidays in winter, usually 07:00 in summer). Tickets are sold on the morning of departure in a small sales booth in the Konzum supermarket on the waterfront just next to the main square.
Tickets are available from the small ticket office next to the ferry, and the office typically opens 30 minutes before sailing. As with Stari Grad, a ticket for a car does not guarantee a place on the ferry, and with a capacity of just 32 cars, it is important that you park in the queue on arrival before buying your ticket.
For all ferry timetable enquiries, a very useful Jadrolinija helpline in many languages can be found on +385-(0)21-338333 – it is open from 05:30 – 23:00 and its staff are multi-lingual.
For information on how to buy tickets from Split, which is a little more complicated, click here.