Ferries from Italy to Croatia

Jadrolinija's Car Ferry Dubrovnik serving Bari to Dubrovnik ferry line
Jadrolinija’s Car Ferry Dubrovnik serving Bari in Italy to Dubrovnik in Croatia ferry line

Northern Italy to Croatia Ferries

Fast ferry from Venice to Istria

From the northern coast of Italy, there are some great fast catamaran ferry connections between Venice and Istria in Croatia, where Porec, Umag, Rovinj and Pula are all connected by fast catamaran ferry service. These convenient lines enable visitors to Venice to get to an overnight trip to Istria (departing in the afternoon and getting back in the morning) and experience some of the highlights of this lovely Croatian region.

The ferry trip in the opposite direction, from Istria to Venice is often used as an excellent day trip to explore this amazing Italian city for visitors to Istrian towns to do some Venice sightseeing while holidaying in Porec, Rovinj, Umag or Pula.

Besides day trips, quite a few visitors to Italy choose to visit Croatia too and are using these fast ferries for one-way journeys to continue further along the Croatian coast or to other Italian destinations.

If you are visiting Venice or Istria it can be a great idea to take a day or two detours to visit either of those places. The ferries are connecting Italian and Croatian coast from April to September, starting from once a week to six times a week, depending on the season.

As Venice to Croatia is fast and short ferry journey (up to 3 hrs), there are no cabins available as it doesn’t include overnight crossings.

Although these ferries are run by at least two companies, the advance booking is advisable, especially for the high season (June to September) when ferries tent to get fully booked.

Fast catamaran ferry from Italy to Croatia

Fast ferry from Pesaro and Cesenatico to Rovinj, Losinj, Pag, Rab and Zadar

Although Venice is among the most popular Italian destinations and a very busy in the North Adriatic region, there is also another option – Pesaro and Cesenatico are is also a busy ferry connecting points between Croatian and Italian coasts.

A fast catamaran ferry connection between Pesaro or Cesenatico to Rovinj, Losinj, Pag, Rab and Zadar is running in July and August connecting Croatian and Italian coast several times a week. The advance booking for these lines is advisable due to the limited amount of places available on these ferries.

Southern Italy to Croatia Ferries

Southern Italy to Croatia is all overnight and fairly slow ferry crossings (up to 11 hrs) that are run by large car and passenger ferries offering deck and cabins accommodation too. These crossings are popular among passengers exploring Italy by car or camper vans as well as among backpackers and budget travellers.

Ancona to Zadar Ferries

Jadrolinija, the local Croatian ferry company, maintains direct car ferry service from Ancona to Zadar and back from May to September. The journey is an overnight crossing by a large car ferry boat with almost unlimited deck passenger spaces.

If you are foot passenger and do not need a cabin, advance booking for this ferry is not essential. However, if you have a car or need a cabin, it is advisable to book well ahead.

Book Ancona to Zadar ferry here

Ancona to Split Ferries

This popular ferry service Ancona to Split and back is run by two ferry companies: Jadrolinija and SNAV.

Jadrolinija maintains the all-year-round connection between Ancona and Split while Snav runs this service from April to October. In the summer months, Stari Grad on Hvar is also included once a week as a stopover between Ancona and Split.

Book Ancona to Split ferry here

Bari to Dubrovnik Ferries

This is one of the most popular ferry crossing from southern Italy to Croatian town of Dubrovnik. It is run by Jadrolinija usually from late March to early November.

For updated schedules and advance bookings, check here.

How to Get from Italy to Croatia by ferry

  • Ancona Ferry Port

    Situated in at the waterfront of this lovely Italian city, Ancona ferry port and cruise terminal is on the walking distance from this vibrant city’s squares, hotels, markets and several amazing landmarks. Car ferries to and from Albania, Greece and Italy all arrive and depart from here. Beside Bari, from here you can get direct international overnight crossing to Albania,...
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  • Split Ferry Port

    Split Ferry Port

    Situated in the very centre of the city, Split ferry port and cruise terminal is one of the busiest ferry ports in Croatia. Car ferries to and from Ancona, Italy arrive and depart from this spot as well as numerous local ferries to nearby islands and to Dubrovnik all arrive and depart from this busy place (detailed local ferry schedules...
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  • Bari to Dubrovnik ferry

    Bari to Dubrovnik ferry is run by Jadrolinija ferry company. In 2020, it will sail from 06.04.2020 to 26.11.2020. Dubrovnik to Bari is mostly an overnight ferry with a journey time of about 10 hours. The ferry is sailing from two to four times a week, depending on the season. Here are the schedules, booking and prices. Book Bari to Dubrovnik ferry Schedules and timetables...
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  • Ancona to Split Ferry

    Ancona to Split ferry is run by Jadrolinija ferry company. In 2020, it will sail from 01.01.2020 to 31.12.2020. Split to Ancona is an overnight ferry with a journey time of about 11 hours. The ferry is sailing from two to four times a week. Here are the schedules, booking and prices. Book Ancona to Split ferry Schedules and timetables Deck and Cabin Prices Split...
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  • Ancona to Zadar Ferry

    Ancona to Zadar ferry is run by Jadrolinija ferry company. In 2020, it will sail from 05.06 to 22.09.2020. Zadar to Ancona is an overnight ferry with a journey time of about 9 hours. The ferry is sailing from two to five times a week. Here are the schedules and prices. Book Ancona to Zadar ferry Schedules and timetables Deck...
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  • Dubrovnik Ferry Port

    Situated in Gruz bay, the working class area of Dubrovnik, the ferry port and cruise terminal is on about three kilometres distance from the Old City of Dubrovnik. Car Ferries to and from Bari, Italy arrive and depart from this spot. For time being, this is the only direct international overnight crossing from Dubrovnik and south Croatia. From here, you...
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  • Venice to Dubrovnik by Ferry

    Getting by ferry from Venice to Dubrovnik may be among the most interesting sea crossings in the Adriatic. It is particularly good for summertime when calm and sunny sailings can be such a relaxing experience. There is no direct ferry nor car ferry line that connects Venice and Dubrovnik. It used to be one that has been for some reason, discontinued...
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  • Venice to Split by Ferry

    Travelling by ferry from Venice to Split is a viable travel option for people who would like to avoid travelling by car, bus or flying while doing their summer holiday in the Adriatic. There is no direct ferry line that connects Venice and Split. You would need to change two ferries. One from Venice to Ancona and another one from Ancona to...
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  • Ancona to Dubrovnik by Ferry

    Getting by ferry from Ancona to Dubrovnik is a very good option to consider. If the weather is good this can be a relaxing journey with amazing views. No direct ferry line exists between Ancona and Dubrovnik. Travellers often use Bari to Dubrovnik crossing, but if you prefer to avoid getting by train or bus from Ancona to Bari to get on the...
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  • Venice to Zadar by Ferry

    Getting by ferry from Venice to Zadar can be a very nice sea crossing and an excellent option to include in your summer holiday. Summers on the Adriatic are pretty calm and sunny so this travel option is also very relaxing. Although there is no direct ferry line that connects these two cities, by carefully planning your journey you can...
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Some Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is a boat ride from Italy to Croatia?

A: From 3 hrs to 11 hrs, depending on the route

Q: Can you take a ferry from Italy to Croatia?

A: Yes!

Q: How long is the ferry ride from Venice to Croatia?

A: About 3 hours max

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